Designed by St. Patrick’s Cathedral architect John Renwick in 1928, the original building housed artists’ studios and apartments that hosted John Steinbeck, Thomas Mann and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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Now, the newly opened hotel calls up that literary history with artist-inspired accommodations featuring easels, origami kits, hand-painted window dressings and stools, and quotes from its famous former residents.
Residential-style suites look and feel like private apartments, with original hardwood flooring and plush velvet couches in the separate living area. In-room amenities include Brooklyn-based Apotheke toiletries, complimentary bottled water and legendary novels to read. All guests can take advantage of a business center, complimentary Wi-Fi, and passes to a local NYC gym.
Scheduled to open at the end of 2015, the onsite restaurant Bedford & Co will feature elevated comfort food such as chicken pot pie and truffle mac and cheese. Room service will also be provided by Bedford & Co.
Stepping outside the hotel’s door on East 40th Street, guests find themselves a three-minute walk to Grand Central Terminal (including the 4, 5, 6, 7 and Shuttle trains) or five minutes from the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue. The Empire State Building is a 10-minute stroll away.