Need to know
114, including five suites.
2:00pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Early check-ins are also based on availability.
Double rooms from $199.50, excluding tax at 17.4 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $3.50 per room per night on check-out.
Rates exclude à la carte breakfast (US$18–US$25).
The first piece of artwork you’ll see is Sarah Frost’s Qwerty 5 on the ground floor, one in a series of installations made from recycled keyboard keys. Curator Matthew Jensen used Artists Space (www.artistsspace.org) to find work by local artists to line the walls. Horticulturist Rebecca Cole’s landscape design is modern and calming in the multi-decked Urban Garden.
At the hotel
Gym, spa, garden and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, complimentary bottled water and Intelligent Nutrients bath products. The James Club offers complimentary light bites and beverages from neighbourhood favourites like Balthazar Bakery and La Colombe. Expect pastries and coffee in the morning, fruit in the afternoon and wine and cheese in the evening. Bikes are available to borrow during warmer months and guests can get lifts anywhere between 14th Street and Wall Street in the hotel’s Lexus Hybrid from 7am–10am and 4pm–7pm, weekdays.
Our favourite rooms
Honeymooners or diehard romantics should grab the keys to the huge penthouse, styled by Dutch designer Piet Boon. Through wide windows on three walls, you can admire the city (and Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges in the distance) in one skyline sweep. Bone, cream and taupe furnishings keep it soothing without being a snoozer, and in the marble bathroom, there’s a massive egg-shaped stone tub. Bathed in natural light, the panoramic Corner King Studio is rather wow-worthy. The rain shower and heated floors don’t hurt either.
The rooftop plunge pool (currently closed for the season) is also a great spot for sipping cocktails, which are served straight to your lounger.
Bring your journal to jot down the names of the up-and-coming artists whose work is on show in the public spaces. If you think of anything you've forgotten, enlist house stylist Mimi Lombardo for an in-room session to fill your bags with the season's hippest clothes and accessories.
The James is in cahoots with SoHo pet boutique Pup Culture to ensure visiting animals are pampered with treats, beds and bowls. The chef has even fashioned menus for foodie felines and picky pups. Dog walkers are also available.
Little ones will be lavishly cared for with milk and cookie turndown service, plus arts and crafts activities from Seedling. Babysitting is available on request for $30 an hour for each child; 24-hour notice is appreciated.
Little ones will be stylishly cared for with the Lil' James program, which includes a special welcome pack in a James backpack, arts and crafts from Seedling, kid-friendly movies and more. Children’s menu options are available in both David Burke Kitchen and room service.
Age two and up.
The Corner King Studio and the Queen Guestroom can be interconnected for families and rollaway beds ($40) and cribs (free) can be added to all room categories (except King and Queen Guestrooms).
Seedling provides hands-on arts and crafts activities so kids can play creatively at the hotel or on the road. Child-friendly movies and games are also available. Or, families can take a sunset walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to queue up for pizza at Grimaldi’s (www.grimaldisnyc.com).
Kids are welcome at the rooftop plunge pool, which has lifeguards and pool toys for kids, and is most family-friendly midweek. It’s more of a bar scene on the weekends.
David Burke Kitchen – whose menu is used for room service as well – offers a full kids’ menu for children 10 and under. The fridge in each room can also be emptied to store food and milk. There's also a special milk and cookies turn-down service for children, as well as a make your own Oatmeal Whoopie Pie kit.
Babysitting can be arranged in advance through the front desk.
No need to pack
Car and booster seats, jogging strollers, bike seats, helmets and colouring books are available.
Child-sized bathtubs for those under 24 months are available upon request. The hotel also has a wide selection of children's books and board games.
In rooms, you’ll find reclaimed wood, and pillows from Keetsa, a sustainable bedding brand.