Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
True boutique appeal with a residential downtown vibe, chic public spaces, an intimate bar, and a noteworthy restaurant
The Smyth Hotel received a stunning redesign in 2014 by Soho-based Gachot Studios, and its collection of intimate public spaces evoke the feeling of sitting in a stylish living room rather than a typical hotel lobby. The layout is open, yet private, with glass walls separating the large Living Room, from a snug Library, and the Den, a cozy chalet-inspired space with numerous vintage posters and a warming fireplace finished in Guastavino tile, a material used on the vaulted ceilings of New York City landmarks such as Grand Central Terminal and Carnegie Hall.
The designers intended the atmosphere to reflect Tribeca's artful and industrial flair. At every glance, the scene is luxurious without being stuffy, stylish without being standoffish, and masculine as well as whimsical. White oak floors are finished in a warm honey color, track lighting casts a downward glow, low-profile shelves are stocked with a curated collection of books, and the furnishings are mid-century style, sourced mainly from local designers. The overall color palette is both neutral and rich with ivory-colored seating, oatmeal carpets, and chunky throws tossed over the shoulders of teak-and-leather sofas from Casamidy. The intended atmosphere is quiet, with guests lounging to check email, read, meet, and reflect as they watch figures pass by along West Broadway. More serious socializing takes place in the light-filled Little Park restaurant and within the Evening Bar, a sultry dim-lit space that's ideal for late-night cocktails.
In trendy TriBeCa, close to the Financial District, steps to the subway, and walking distance to SoHo
Set on the corner of West Broadway and Chambers in Manhattan's trendy TriBeCa neighborhood, bordering the Financial District, the Smyth is steps to the Chambers Street 1,2,3 subway stop (which travels along Manhattan’s west side) and close to other subway lines, including the PATH. Major shopping at Century 21 and in SoHo, several art galleries, and an array of chic boutiques selling everything from children's' clothes to lingerie can be found within walking distance of the hotel.
Stylishly understated with floor-to-ceiling windows, Sferra linens, Frette robes, and marble bathrooms with glass-walled showers
The Smyth's 100 guest rooms and suites range from small Superior rooms with a queen or king-sized bed to a sprawling Penthouse suite with a private terrace. The three signature suites (Smyth, Thompson, and the Penthouse) each feature their own distinct style but the majority of the rooms stick to a cohesive clean-lined, somewhat stark design that mixes luxurious finishes such as Sferra bed linens with modern, non-fussy decor. Beds (kings, queens, or two doubles) feature grainy wood headboards that are flush against polished wood walls. Floating bedside tables are topped with iPod docking stations and shiny chrome reading lamps. Gray carpets, simple black desks, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, bright red occasional chairs, and freestanding dark wood armoires equipped with well-stocked mini-bars and mini-refrigerators complete the rooms. Sheer fabric graces the floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook West Broadway, Chambers Street, and offer views of downtown Manhattan and glimpses of the shimmering One World Trade Center. Despite the large expanses of glass and the proximity to the street, the rooms are reasonably free of street noise.
Bathrooms are finished in white Carrera marble with raised rectangular vessel sinks, lots of plush Frette towels and C.O. Bigelow toiletries. Although the rooms lack tubs, they feature large step-in showers with glass walls. The rooms will undergo a refreshing in 2015 that will add new color and texture to the interiors.
An light-filled restaurant and a swanky, intimate bar backed by star-chef Andrew Carmellini
Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini is behind the seasonal cuisine at Little Park, a bright and cheery space that encompasses the street corner of the hotel. The restaurant follows a similar industrial-inspired design as the rest of the hotel (it was created by the same team) using furnishings and finishes by local artisans and a neutral color palette that includes white marble tile floors, whitewashed reclaimed wood, and a bar lined with Gaustavino tiles.
Chef Carmellini also supervises the Evening Bar, the dimly lit, ultra chic space tucked behind the Den, on the main level of the hotel. The bar's speakeasy vibe is paired with a crafted drink menu, low-slung mid-century-modern style sofas and chairs, and interesting wall murals that depict of TriBeCa's history. The cozy space features a bar with just eight seats and follows the rule that all guests must be seated, but those who can't secure a spot inside the bar can be served in the other (just as stylish) rooms just outside the swinging doors.
The 100-room Smyth is an upscale boutique hotel with coolly curated residential style and understated rooms, some with dead-on views of One World Trade Center. Anchored by a star-chef restaurant and a posh speakeasy-style bar, the hotel's first floor is a collection of living rooms, ideal for socializing and relaxing. Its trendy TriBeCa location, on the border of the Financial District, puts guests steps to the subway (literally -- it's on the corner), and within walking distance of great dining and the 9/11 Memorial Museum.