Sleeping Around: The Redbury New York
A hip hotel in a fast growing and trendy part of the city
By Shari Hartford
It’s Spring and hotels are popping up on every street in New York City. Some are like generic weeds, indistinguishable from the next and others are like delicate flowers, unique and aching for further inspection.
The Redbury New York is such a delicate flower, located on a nondescript street (29th), in a neighborhood—NoMad–that is a fast growing and trendy part of the city.
Step inside the land-marked façade and experience a mild case of time warp. Opened in 1903, the hotel became the Martha Washington, a residence for young ladies of sterling reputation who had ventured to the big city. Throughout the years, movie stars, writers, poets and designers called it home. In fact, a famous milliner of her time is still in residence, her stunning hats on display in the lobby and on the heads of the front desk staff. The transformation from vintage hotel to The Redbury was completed in April 2016, with more surprises still to be unveiled.
The lobby is small but elegant with deep red (get it?) furnishings, oriental carpets and swagged lamps. There’s a touch of old New York mixed with a touch of Bohemian flair. The homage to Tin Pan Alley, the root of the ‘hood, is evident everywhere with music-themed art and imagery.
The rooms carry through on the colorful and cool hotel vibe. There is a deep red wall behind the bed, interesting textiles and multiple pieces of framed art. There’s even a blue tooth enabled gramophone for listening to your own tunes. The lighting is excellent, there are outlets galore and the bathrooms are modern and have plenty of shelf space for toiletries. I particularly loved the illuminated fabric-mounted photography of old New York that greets guests as they step off the elevator on each floor. Take a ride and see them all.
Hungry? The hot Marta restaurant (part of Danny Meyer’s empire) is right downstairs and also serves as the venue for room service. Their crackly crusted pizzas are the stuff of dreams…I tried the Funghi and the Carciofi and can’t wait to go back for seconds.
Whether for business or pleasure, The Redbury is a jewel box of a hotel tied in a neat, and colorful, package.
For more information, see theredbury.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.