New York, United States

Hôtel Americano

Rates from (ex tax)$195.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD223.76), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Mesh-covered mod enclave

Setting

Chelsea arts district

Modern, minimalist and glittering in its metallic exterior, New York’s Hôtel Americano is striking, both inside and out. Rooms have a clean, simple ryokan look and feel to them, and many offer postcard-worthy views of the city. Equally curated views can be found indoors throughout the surrounding Chelsea gallery district, so it’s no surprise that the hotel is a favourite with fashionistas, who can be found sunning themselves by the rooftop pool.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

56, including seven suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but guests can check out between 2pm and 4pm for a half-day charge. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $195.00, excluding tax at 14.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $3.50 per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD195.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude Continental breakfast (from $15).

Also

No frumpy robes here. Kick off your clothes and try on Loden Dager’s soft, slightly distressed denim bathrobe, and a pair of felt wool slippers. Even the striped Imabari washcloths add to the bath appeal.

At the hotel

Roof deck, cruiser bicycle rentals, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: pre-loaded iPad with music, activity ideas and local recommendations; LCD TV; minibar loaded with locally sourced goodies; beanbag chair and Le Labo bath products (some of our personal favourites).

Our favourite rooms

Each room type is modeled after a Japanese ryokan, with a platform bed and minimalist furniture, but the Studio Suites are the most spacious, with a chair and a soaking tub. Opt for rooms 85 or 95 to catch the most sweeping skyline views. Upper-level Uptown Queen rooms have bird’s-eye views of the High Line, and Downtown Kings – overlooking the courtyard – get the most sunshine.

Poolside

The rooftop plunge pool (open in summer months) is surrounded by squishy day-beds for people watching, sun soaking and skyline gazing.

Spa

There's no spa on-site, but the in-room massages– with organic products from The Ritualist – are a delight.

Packing tips

Hipster glasses to help fit in with the gallery-hopping art crowd; botany books for identifying native plants along the High Line.

Also

Dogs are welcome; a $50 non-refundable deposit is required for Spot to stay in your room.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs and mogs are welcome for €50 each a night. Organic and gluten-free treats are provided. Just let the hotel know when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in New York.

Children

All ages are welcome, though the hotel does not provide rollaway beds, baby cots or a children’s menu, so accommodations are best suited to independent teenagers who can occupy their own room.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

In good weather, stake a spot on the back terrace, where a bright Americano sign and blossoming trees make this slice of Manhattan more like a film set.

Dress Code

Casual, but worldly. Rompers have been spotted.

Hotel restaurant

The Americano restaurant's menu is as culturally cross-pollinated as its decor. Chef Andres Grundy prepares French dishes with Latin American accents: classic French lobster salad has distinctly South American touches from quinoa and salsa verde, and the burger is topped with poblano peppers and avocado. And up on the roof, the restaurant changes by season: in winter, Arriba serves up tapas and tequila; in summer, La Piscine is the pool-party scene of your dreams. 

Hotel bar

Americano’s Lobby Bar is open from 7am until midnight, with breakfast pastries to start the day, and an enticing line-up of European beers to start the evening.

Last orders

The restaurant serves until midnight.

Room service

The kitchen creates a series of clever bento boxes, available from 7am until midnight. One combines guacamole, tacos and refried beans; another neatly compartmentalises a burger, coleslaw, ketchup, chips and pickles.

Location

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Address
Hôtel Americano
518 West 27th Street
New York
10001
United States

Planes

The closest New York hubs are Newark and La Guardia – around 30 minutes from the hotel. JFK is a little further (the drive should take about 45 minutes).

Trains

Penn Station, the Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) hub, is the access point for train travel along the East Coast. Taxis are readily available, and the ride should cost less than $10.

Automobiles

Manhattan is notoriously difficult to navigate by car, so leave it to the cab drivers. There is no parking available at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

 One of Manhattan’s most fascinating sites, the High Line (www.thehighline.org), runs just next to the hotel. Set on an elevated plot, the long-abandoned railway line is now a beautiful promenade lined with plants, viewpoints, sunloungers and drinks carts. Walk south to the end to explore the Meatpacking district. Home to some of the city’s most fashionable designers, the area has cobbled streets, unrivalled shopping – don’t miss Jeffrey on 14th Street (+1 212 206 1272) – and darling cafés such as Pastis (www.pastisny.com) and Cafe Gitane (www.cafegitanenyc.com). Rent a cruiser bicycle from the Americano’s front desk to explore other parts of the island; the west side has bike lanes that travel all the way down Manhattan.

Local restaurants

Take a seat on the barstools at tiny Txikito (+1 212 242 4730), a Basque restaurant four blocks from Hôtel Americano that serves impeccable Spanish dishes, including ribbons of squid with sweet onions, and crisp beef tongue with mustard. Southern charm greets visitors to Tipsy Parson (+1 212 620 4545), a country-themed bar and restaurant a short walk from the hotel. The kitchen produces fluffy biscuits, devilishly good fried green tomatoes, and a thick cheeseburger that’s even better with a spread of pimento cheese. In a historic building a few blocks from the hotel, Cookshop (+1 212 924 4440) serves American dishes created with farmers’ market ingredients, including dandelion greens, local chicken and oysters.

Local cafés

Greet the day with coffee from Café Grumpy (+1 212 255 5511) down on 20th Street. One of the first shops to give customers their choice of beans for a standard cup of coffee, Grumpy has become a standard-bearer for good buzz. Happily, the pastries are equally tasty. The bustling Red Cat on 10th Street (+1 212 242 1122) serves a pleasant lunch with pizza, vegetable-filled sandwiches and a fudgy banana split.

Local bars

Jockey for a seat at tiny El Quinto Pino (+1 212 206 6900) for Spanish wines, sangria and the best summer cocktail in New York: a frozen basil daiquiri. Head toward Times Square for classic cocktails and a taste of the tropics at Rum Bar (+1 212 869 3005). Chelsea’s Bathtub Gin (+1 646 559 1671) recreates old-fashioned speakeasies with a menu of Collins drinks, slings and a wicked Martinez.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this sleek, minimalist hotel in the Chelsea neighbourhood and unpacked their limited-edition prints and vintage threads, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hôtel Americano in New York…

Manhattan’s Chelsea district is famed for its high-rolling arts scene; hoarding more than 200 galleries within its borders – including the Gagosian; David Zwirner; Hauser & Wirth; and Lisson Gallery. With so many well-hung white walls to ponder, you’ll need a spot to rest your art-dizzied head – Hôtel Americano, a stay as pulse-quickening as its namesake brew, sits at the bullseye of the neighbourhood, sandwiched between the High Line and new Hudson Yards complex (a glittering gathering of high-end boutiques and restaurants).

Fittingly, for culture connoisseurs, this worldly stay has an international mindset. Americano’s simple, sleek rooms are inspired by Japanese ryokans, right down to the Imabari-made washcloth; Mexican architect Enrique Norten gave the building its unique look (achieved with a shimmering veil of stainless-steel mesh and finishes in smoky glass, marble and concrete), and alpaca throws and denim bathrobes in the rooms add a dash of Latin American flair. One restaurant offers beachy Mexican cuisine; a second adds a dash of Gallic dining to justify the circumflex in the hotel’s name. Another fancy topper is the rooftop pool, a 10th-floor spot for plunging and posing, where the cityscape sparkles after dark.

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hôtel Americano’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The proximity to the High Line. The terraces at the new Whitney museum offer great views over downtown New York.

Don’t expect

Spacious rooms.

Rating

Stayed on 31 Dec 2016

We loved

Room deco, breakfast and rooftop pool. You can get a Polaroid camera during your stay. So nice! Go to High Line public park and Chelsea Market.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Dec 2016

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