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Hotel Highlights

  • Prime views of the High Line
  • Bright, cosy rooms in the heart of Chelsea
  • Stunning roof deck with pool

Overview

Modern, minimalist and glittering in its metallic exterior, New York’s Hôtel Americano is striking, both inside and out. Rooms have a clean, simple ryokan look and feel to them, and many offer postcard-worthy views of the city. Equally curated views can be found indoors throughout the surrounding Chelsea gallery district, so it’s no surprise that the hotel is a favourite with fashionistas, who can be found sunning themselves by the rooftop pool.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Hôtel Americano with us:

Bottle of house wine upon arrival.

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

56, including seven suites.

Check–out

Noon, but guests can check out between 2pm and 4pm for a half-day charge. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $235.00, excluding tax at 14.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of $3.50 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude Continental breakfast (from $15).

Also

No frumpy robes here. Kick off your clothes and try on Loden Dager’s soft, slightly distressed denim bathrobe, and a pair of felt wool slippers. Even the striped Imabari washcloths add to the bath appeal.

At the hotel

Roof deck, cruiser bicycle rentals, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: pre-loaded iPad with music, activity ideas and local recommendations; LCD TV; minibar; beanbag chair and Aesop bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Each room type is modeled after a Japanese ryokan, with a platform bed and minimalist furniture, but the Studio Suites are the most spacious, with a chair, a fireplace with gel-burning fire, and a soaking tub. Opt for rooms 85 or 95 to catch the most sweeping skyline views. Upper-level Uptown Queen rooms have bird’s-eye views of the High Line.

Poolside

The heated rooftop lap pool is surrounded by squishy day-beds for people-watching and skyline-gazing. NOTE: The pool and rooftop bar, La Piscine, close each winter.

Packing tips

Hipster glasses to help fit in with the gallery-hopping art crowd; botany books for identifying native plants along the High Line.

Also

Dogs are welcome; a $50 non-refundable deposit is required for Spot to stay in your room.

Children

All ages are welcome, though the hotel does not provide rollaway beds, baby cribs or a children’s menu, so accommodations are best suited to independent teenagers who can occupy their own room.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The Americano’s menu is as culturally cross-pollinated as its decor. Chef Joseph Buenconsejo prepares French dishes with Latin American accents: classic French lobster salad has distinctly South American touches from quinoa and salsa verde, and the burger is topped with poblano peppers and avocado.

Hotel Bar

Americano’s Lobby Bar is open from 7am until midnight, with breakfast pastries to start the day, and an enticing line-up of European beers to start the evening.

Last orders

The restaurant serves until midnight.

Room service

The kitchen creates a series of clever bento boxes, available from 7am until midnight. One combines guacamole, tacos and refried beans; another neatly compartmentalises a burger, coleslaw, ketchup, chips and pickles.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Casual, but worldly. Rompers have been spotted.

Top table

In good weather, stake a spot on the back terrace, where a bright Americano sign and blossoming trees make this slice of Manhattan more like a film set.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

 One of Manhattan’s most fascinating sites, the High Line (www.thehighline.org), runs just next to the hotel. Set on an elevated plot, the long-abandoned railway line is now a beautiful promenade lined with plants, viewpoints, sunloungers and drinks carts. Walk south to the end to explore the Meatpacking district. Home to some of the city’s most fashionable designers, the area has cobbled streets, unrivalled shopping – don’t miss Jeffrey on 14th Street (+1 212 206 1272) – and darling cafés such as Pastis (www.pastisny.com) and Cafe Gitane (www.cafegitanenyc.com). Rent a cruiser bicycle from the Americano’s front desk to explore other parts of the island; the west side has bike lanes that travel all the way down Manhattan.

Local restaurants

Take a seat on the barstools at tiny Txikito (+1 212 242 4730), a Basque restaurant four blocks from Hôtel Americano that serves impeccable Spanish dishes, including ribbons of squid with sweet onions, and crisp beef tongue with mustard. Southern charm greets visitors to Tipsy Parson (+1 212 620 4545), a country-themed bar and restaurant a short walk from the hotel. The kitchen produces fluffy biscuits, devilishly good fried green tomatoes, and a thick cheeseburger that’s even better with a spread of pimento cheese. In a historic building a few blocks from the hotel, Cookshop (+1 212 924 4440) serves American dishes created with farmers’ market ingredients, including dandelion greens, local chicken and oysters.

Local bars

Jockey for a seat at tiny El Quinto Pino (+1 212 206 6900) for Spanish wines, sangria and the best summer cocktail in New York: a frozen basil daiquiri. Head toward Times Square for classic cocktails and a taste of the tropics at Rum Bar (+1 212 869 3005). Chelsea’s Bathtub Gin (+1 646 559 1671) recreates old-fashioned speakeasies with a menu of Collins drinks, slings and a wicked Martinez.

Local cafés

Greet the day with coffee from Café Grumpy (+1 212 255 5511) down on 20th Street. One of the first shops to give customers their choice of beans for a standard cup of coffee, Grumpy has become a standard-bearer for good buzz. Happily, the pastries are equally tasty. The bustling Red Cat on 10th Street (+1 212 242 1122) serves a pleasant lunch with pizza, vegetable-filled sandwiches and a fudgy banana split.

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Chelsea arts district

Hôtel Americano

518 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001, United States

Hôtel Americano is set in Chelsea on the west side of Manhattan.

Planes

The closest New York hubs are Newark and La Guardia – around 30 minutes from the hotel. JFK is a little further (the drive should take about 45 minutes).

Trains

Penn Station, the Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) hub, is the access point for train travel along the East Coast. Taxis are readily available, and the ride should cost less than $10.

Automobiles

Manhattan is notoriously difficult to navigate by car, so leave it to the cab drivers. There is no parking available at the hotel.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Paul Qui , Travelling 'Top Chef'

Mrs Smith and I are no strangers to New York City. But each time we come, we fall a little more in love with this seductive city. As ever, we arrive for this trip excited, enthusiastic and hungry. We have a love affair with food: it’s quite understandable, since I’m the exec chef of Austin’s Japanese restaurant Uchiko and proudly won the title of Top Chef on season nine of the re…
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Hôtel Americano

Anonymous review by Paul Qui, Travelling 'Top Chef'

Mrs Smith and I are no strangers to New York City. But each time we come, we fall a little more in love with this seductive city. As ever, we arrive for this trip excited, enthusiastic and hungry. We have a love affair with food: it’s quite understandable, since I’m the exec chef of Austin’s Japanese restaurant Uchiko and proudly won the title of Top Chef on season nine of the reality show. I will also happily travel the distance for interesting morsels alongside my perfect partner in crime: my missus who matches me bite for bite.

This visit to Manhattan has an added food-related frisson: we’re in town to attend the James Beard Foundation Awards. I have been nominated as a first-time finalist in what are essentially the Oscars of the gastro world. No biggie, right?

As we pull up at Hôtel Americano, we are pleasantly surprised with what we see. Tucked away from any overly trafficked streets, the hotel is perfectly placed in Chelsea. We’re impressed by its sleek and sexy silver exterior: hip and welcoming, without trying too hard in this quiet pocket of the midtown West Side neighbourhood.

Inside, our room is modern in the most sophisticated way. We test our platform bed – set in an enveloping wood frame – then sample the pre-loaded iPad, which wirelessly pipes a choice of playlists from the ceiling. We make a point to listen through the Latin playlist customised by Bebel Gilberto. While I peer through the teched-out electronic blinds, Mrs Smith falls for the Aesop bath products, soft denim bathrobes and blue striped hand towels. If only our bathroom back in Texas was this kitted-out.

Hôtel Americano is a quick dash from the High Line, so we head out to investigate the leafy elevated walkway and stop at La Newyorkina, a paleta cart, to pick up mango-chile and cucumber-lime ice-pops. From there, we fit in a bit of shopping in the Meatpacking District, then head back to the hotel for dinner at the Americano only to find that the restaurant is closed for a private event. But before we even realise what’s happening, the accommodating staff have whisked us to the see-and-be-seen rooftop, where we are introduced to their latest restaurant concept, La Piscine.

They seat us in the midst of an impressively fashionable crowd at a table near the slick, monochrome bar, and our jaws drop at the dazzling views of the city skyline – Chrysler and Empire State buildings both looking postcard-perfect. We look around and see an open kitchen, along with a slim swimming pool and popular lounge area. Is that a photographer floating around? We soon learn that this isn’t any dinner service; it’s actually a private event celebrating the opening of the new restaurant, and the staff have included us in the celebration, rather than risk us going hungry. Feeling instantly festive, we sip cocktails and sample hummus, tabouleh, salad, grilled lobster (Mrs Smith’s favourite) and generally get all the things you would want to eat if you were seaside or, in this case, poolside. We also meet chef Jose Buentuelos, a young and very talented chef, who is in charge of creating the light Mediterranean feast.

Collapsing into bed, following dinner, we find that the fluffy down pillows have us feeling like we’re snoozing on a cloud until it’s time for coffee and chocolate croissants downstairs. Then the time for ceremony quickly rolls around, and we arrive – thrilled and tense – at the beautiful Lincoln Center.

After what seems an interminable amount of time, my category of best chef of the south-west comes up – and I win! Coincidentally, Hôtel Americano also receives an award that evening for outstanding restaurant graphics, so it’s a doubly exciting night. We celebrate with champagne, parties, more champagne, then after-parties. Soon it’s 5am and we are staggering home to that cloud bed.

If it were any other night, we might be tempted to visit one of the many the hip clubs near the hotel’s West 27th Street location. And who needs Broadway when Punchdrunk’s riveting Macbeth-inspired Sleep No More is unfolding just next door.

But those adventures will have to wait. Luckily, the hotel treats us to a late check-out, so we take advantage of the extra time with lunch in the Americano to see the Beard-winning space in the day time and in person. Mrs Smith opts for the Burger MX, a juicy Latin take on a classic, with avocado, poblano peppers, jalapenos, and a spicy chipotle mayonnaise. I devour the perfectly seasoned grilled hanger steak, along with the entire plate of fries (which are especially good dunked in the fresh chimichurri sauce). For dessert, we have a moist and plentiful tarte Tatin smothered with a generous scoop of vanilla ice-cream. It is a truly a lunch of champions. Quite right. I salute this Chelsea hotel – and be assured, we plan to return next time more excited and enthusiastic and hungry than ever.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Hôtel Americano from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

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We loved

I liked the warm and considerate staff, and the well executed contemporary modern design, extending throughout into the guest rooms with a minimalist aesthetic. I enjoyed the location close to the High Line, nestled among galleries and heritage businesses in the warehouse district of Chelsea. The #1 subway stop at 7th Avenue and 28th Street is about a 10-minute walk away. I loved the design of the bathroom and the shower stall with the perforated metal between glass walls.

Don’t expect

I'm sure it's summer version is a treat, but the roof top restaurant layout and the sheepskin rugs on the dining chairs seemed somewhat out of place. Finding a way to provide more of a lounge refuge from the wintery weather (it was cold during my stay!) and take advantage of the prime uptown views would be more in keeping with the personality of the hotel – it would also offer a contrast to the lovely open bar and dining area off the lobby. The neighbourhood is being gentrified, so there is a fair amount of construction nearby – if you are looking for undisturbed sleep into the morning, and you are staying on the uptown side with the view of the High Line, you may want to take up on the offer of earplugs… The bathroom shelf is too narrow for the average toiletries bag, and it would be nice to have somewhere near the basin to hang a hand towel once you take it off the stack. It would be great to have the option of a still carafe of water at night.

Rating: 9/10 stars