Opened in October 2013, the first New York City outpost from Viceroy Hotels & Resorts is the group’s most sophisticated property to date—with the excellent 57th Street address to prove it.
Designed by The Roman & Williams, the hotel takes inspiration from the ‘30s and ‘40s New York. The Deco influences are evident throughout, from subtle touches in the bronze fixtures and black-and-gold trim fabrics, to monumental marble finish in public areas.
A touch of retro
In contrast to the public spaces, the 240 guestrooms exhibit a more masculine, den-like look. With floor-to-ceiling windows, decorated almost entirely in wood panelling and supple leather, they are eminently comfortable.
Furnishings are all custom-made—from the built-in closets to the leather luggage racks—and so are the Sferra bed linens, while leather-tufted headboards adorn the supple King beds.
Amenities are a mix of the modern and the retro: Illy espresso makers, Beats by Dre Bluetooth speakers are supplemented by stately marble bathrooms with full-size Neil George spa products. Quintessential NYC books on writing desks and bedside tables are a nice touch.
Marc Murphy of Landmarc and Ditch Plains fame runs the Kingside restaurant. This street-level eatery has a clubby Deco vibe, a crowd-pleasing New American menu—think roast chicken and braised kale for two or tuna crudo with uni vinaigrette—and drinks from the Gerber Group’s craft cocktail program.
The aptly named rooftop bar, the Roof, is open year-round on the hotel’s 29th floor, with light bites supplied by Kingside.
When the weather turns too brisk for a run in nearby Central Park, active types can get their fix in the 24-hour Technogym.
Review with contribution from Charlotte Steinway, via Jetsetter