Sleeping Around NYC: The Roxy Hotel
By Shari Hartford
There’s a new girl in town. She’s sleek, she’s stylish and she’s sexy. And she’s going to blow the competition out of the water.
Located in Tribeca, The Roxy Hotel boasts 201 fabulously renovated guest rooms featuring vintage light fixtures and wallcoverings plus soft tailored crisp bedding. My room had a leather night stand, a curved wall with black and bronze paper and a coordinating bronze deco chandelier. It was well lit and sunny and had the requisite bedside outlets and reading lights. Quite fabulous! (That word will be used numerous times to describe all that is Roxy!) It’s the kind of hotel that yearns for bias-cut silk satin negligees.
But, let’s go back down to the lobby. Upon arrival the experience commences with a welcoming glass of Champagne. A goldfish in a sparkly bowl delivered to keep you company for the night? No problem; he (she?) arrived with great pomp and circumstance. The lobby itself is a study in dark wood, clubby leather couches and chairs, exposed brick and fabulousness. There’s a large pool table, plenty of seating and a center atrium elevator. Also in the lobby you will find an outpost of Blackstone’s, the celebrity salon and a cool coffee bar.
Lady Gaga’s jazz bandleader curates the music at the lobby cocktail lounge as well as at Django on the lower level. And speaking of Django…this underground club mixes great jazz with splendid–and potent–cocktails and light fare in another fabulous setting. Under vaulted ceilings, there are two bars and a stage for the live music. It’s at once dark and sensual as well as reminiscent of Paris in the ‘20s.
Can you tell that I loved The Roxy? I was inspired to wear my cool clothes, to maybe put on some stilettos and walk the walk. This is not the place to shlump. It’s sophisticated but approachable. I felt at home. If only my home were in Paris, it was a different decade and I spent my days sipping Champagne and listening to music. Alas, but one can dream?
Doubles from $309. For more information, roxyhotelnyc.com.