LWSY The Marlton Hotel, Greenwich Village NYC
When you’re in a city like New York, the likelihood that you’ll be spending much time in your room is quite low (unless you’re on that kind of holiday). With a city so full of things to see and do, you want your hotel to be comfortable, be in a great location, feed you a hearty breakfast every morning, or dinner perhaps on your first night if you’re too tired to head out. The Marlton Hotel on 5W 8th Street (between 5th and 6th Aves) has all the elements of what I certainly want in a hotel. Yes the rooms are small, this is a compact hotel, they’ve coined it as their very own ‘Baby Grand Hotel’. Think of it as a mini Greenwich Hotel or Bowery Hotel, and you’re some way in getting a feel for their vibe.
The Hotelier/Owner Sean MacPherson masterminded the design himself, owner of the Maritime, Jane and Bowery Hotels, he certainly has his own style throughout these design locations. Think along the lines of a Parisian aesthetic. Rich jewel like colours in the guest areas, herringbone floors, glorious wood panelling, he’s also reinstalled some beautiful plaster ceiling mouldings. As you enter the hotel you are greeted by the front desk, note the keys, not key cards, and an espresso bar to your right. A roaring fire is kept topped up in the cooler months, the library area offers different seating arrangements whether you need to catch up on some work and spread out on one of the tables or just find a quite corner with your iPad. As I mentioned the rooms are tight so having such a comfortable guest area adds to the charm here.
The hotel has become quite the destination in the city for it’s restaurant, Margaux (which I wrote about recently here), with the fashion and design crowd selecting the place as it’s secret place for intimate dinner parties. You only have to scan the webpages of Vogue to see Margaux being name checked several times. For me though, it’s a perfect spot for breakfast in the conservatory before heading out for the day. Spot the custom Apparatus Studio ceiling lights in the restaurant.
Up to the bedrooms, 107 in total, 6 variations and the Penthouse suites. A lick of classic French Blue on the walls, you really could be transported to a little hotel in the Marais couldn’t you? All the guest rooms feature herringbone wood floors, brass fixtures, beautiful mouldings, and marble bathrooms. Each room is supplied with bath amenities by Côté Bastide, custom embroidered linens, luxe towels and bathrobes, LED TVs, and a fully stocked mini bar and safe.
The hotel is non-smoking, with free wifi (hurrah/so it should be!) central air conditioning, bike rentals are nearby, it’s pet friendly, and they are affiliated with a gym nearby. Only thing is that they don’t offer room service, but thats no biggy if you prepare yourself.
The Penthouse living area
Spot the Tucker Robbins Spiders Nest table…
It’s a beautiful spot in one of my favourite areas of Manhattan. Stay if you can.
The Marlton Hotel, 5W 8th Street, NYC, 10011