By Shari Hartford
Take a stroll down quiet tree-lined 13th Street in Greenwich Village and you will come upon…a hotel !?! The Jade NYC, a new boutique property, was designed to mirror a fine European establishment. With only 113 rooms, the elegant ambiance permeates every inch of the townhouse-like setting. The lobby doubles as a lounge with drinks and snacks served. There’s a fireplace, reading matter and cozy seating to settle into. Walking tour guides of the neighborhood are provided by the concierge and the in-house restaurant and bar, Grape and Vine, serves fine artisanal and market-driven fare in a sensual and clubby atmosphere. In addition, you can sit back and listen to live jazz on Tuesday evenings.
Everything about The Jade speaks luxury and decadence, and that includes the room décor. With a nod to the Art Deco period, the lush bedding and furniture, the burnished wood and extra-large bathrooms meld modern convenience with old-world opulence. These are not rooms for sleeping in oversize tee shirts…these are rooms for bias cut satin negligees and silver hairbrushes.
As I have said before, bypass the hotels where the tour buses line the sidewalks and venture further afield. A stay at The Jade will harken back to a more sedate New York…the most picturesque neighborhood, the winding streets and the sights and sounds where history was made.
For more information, see thejadenyc.com
Shari Hartford is the former managing editor for Diversion magazine, where she wrote about travel in the northeast and cruising. She is currently a freelance writer and editor based in her hometown of New York City.