Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Greenwich Hotel opening April 1- NYC TriBeCa

Actor-director Robert DeNiro and Ira Drukier together with their partners Richard Born and Raphael DeNiro will open the Greenwich Hotel in the heart of TriBeCa in New York City on April 1. Located at 377 Greenwich Street; the newly built luxury hotel has eight floors.

“Our goal with the Greenwich was to create a space that would serve guests more as a residence than a hotel; a place for people whose sense of home combines sophistication and authenticity,” said Mr. DeNiro. “We’re very happy with the balance of comfort and craftsmanship that came together with the completion of the property and we’re confident that it offers a rare hospitality experience.”

This project is the result of a collaboration of many creative minds. Initially conceived by the Owners and the Rockwell Group, the public spaces and façade were re-envisioned by Grayling Design, while the rooms were designed and completed by Samantha Crasco. The Spa area was conceived and designed by Mikio Shinagawa, who also supervised a contingent of Japanese craftsmen to implement the design. Talented artisans from around the world, working with the Owners and Grayling created a warm and richly layered environment which celebrates craftsmanship and natural materials.

There are 88 rooms, of which no two are alike. The hotel has thirteen suites – some with saunas, others with working fireplaces. There are two duplex suites: the Greenwich, designed by Grayling and the N. Moore, designed by The Rockwell Group. Conceived as artist ateliers, both have soaring 30-foot skylights, chef’s kitchens, two master bedrooms with 2 ½ bathrooms, stone fireplaces, and offices with separate entrances. Each of these duplex residences can be expanded to accommodate up to 5 bedrooms.

The top floor of the Greenwich will have a 2500 square foot penthouse. While within the hotel, it is more like a private residence. It will have 2 master bedrooms, with dressing areas, a full kitchen as well as a butler’s pantry to serve any catering needs, a skylit dining room, and a media complex. It will open onto a large duplex roof top garden with a private hot tub and wonderful views of the city and Hudson River.

Behind the hand-made brick façade, DeNiro and Drukier have created an intimate and welcoming retreat that reflects the warmth and personality guests would feel if they were staying at the home of a good friend.

“With so much space dedicated to the exclusive use of our guests, we have created a serene place where visitors can unwind as well as accomplish all that they need to during their stay,” said Mr. Drukier. “Whether in our private courtyard, Drawing Room, or Spa we hope guests will feel immediately at ease”.

Common Areas
The common areas of the Greenwich set the tone for craftsmanship throughout. In the lobby, leaded glass windows and beams of reclaimed oak create a comfortable setting for morning coffee or evening cocktails. Just around the corner is the Drawing Room, similar in style. With twelve-foot ceilings, bookshelves and a wood-burning fireplace, the Drawing Room is the perfect place to host a casual meeting or an intimate lunch. Lining one side of the room are antique mirrored glass and French doors that lead to a small courtyard, where guests can dine beneath latticed vines, or just look out at the greenery. To maintain its availability, this room is reserved only for hotel guests.

The furnishing have been drawn from a wide range of cultural influences – from the hand-loomed Tibetan rugs to the patterns of Moroccan tiles, to the hand-made Italian terracotta floors, to the reclaimed pine, oak, chestnut and hemlock wood details throughout, natural materials have been used. Rooms have Dux beds, oak floors, soaking tubs and small libraries – all of which create a blend of style and substance.

The amenities and services are as well considered as the hotel design. Houseguests can opt for in-room check-in, newspapers from their hometowns delivered daily, and a refrigerator stocked with specialty items of their choice.

Additionally, the Greenwich offers a full array of amenities that sophisticated travelers have come to expect. This includes HDTV, iPod docking stations, free wireless Internet, and a range of bath and body products developed especially for the hotel.

Shibui Spa
Shibui, the Greenwich Hotel’s spa is a true haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. Shibui is available exclusively to hotel guests and houses a lantern-lit swimming pool and lounge under the roof of a 250-year old wood and bamboo farmhouse that has been reconstructed in the hotel by Japanese craftsmen, some of whom are ‘Living National Treasures’ of Japan.

There are four separate treatment rooms, as well as a room for relaxation either before or after treatments. Shibui has a shiatsu room; a traditional bathing room with a large tub for Japanese bathing rituals, a wet room that includes a shower for wraps and scrubs and finally a treatment room where massages as well as manicures, pedicures and facial treatments will be offered.

The fitness room is more than 1000 square feet, with more than 15 pieces of equipment. Its design has been integrated to fit the concept of Shibui, serenity, with old hemlock floors and hidden lights, coupled with the most state-of-the-art equipment. Trainers are always available.

Ago Ristorante
The Greenwich will house the New York outpost of Chef Agostino Sciandri’s famed Ago. The menu includes simple salads and pizzas, home-made pasta and risotto, and exceptional selection of fish and meat. It also will include Chef Ago’s signature dish, Bistecca alla Fiorentina – a 22-ounce Tuscan-style T-bone steak prepared in the wood burning oven. The restaurant’s bar and dining room, designed and crafted by Grayling Design, evokes an Italian ristorante, with exposed brick walls and hand finished wood paneling. A section of the ceiling is lined with over 90,000 corks, a nod to the restaurant’s extensive wine list. Ago will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week as well as provide 24 hour room service to the hotel.

For more information about the Greenwich Hotel, or to book a reservation, visit or call 212 941 8900.

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