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Hugo Hotel 4.0

SoHo, New York City, New York

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Pros

  • Sleek, modern design by architect Marcello Pozzi
  • Great location just outside of the heart of SoHo
  • Walking distance to restaurants and shops
  • Rooms with unobstructed Hudson River views
  • Huge glass enclosed rooftop bar and terrace with city and river views
  • Classic Italian restaurant with a private garden dining room and outdoor terrace
  • Stylish business center
  • Bright fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout entire hotel

Cons

  • Located on a bleak block, across from an enormous UPS facility
  • Fitness center is located in the basement and does not have windows
  • Lobby doesn't offer any quiet, private places to read or meet
  • Some of the rooms overlook an interior courtyard
  • Guests staying in street-facing rooms may be bothered by noise from the UPS facility
  • No spa
  • Pricy fee for valet parking

Bottom Line

Opened in 2014, the Hotel Hugo is a stylish, upscale 122-room boutique property located on the far west side of SoHo in the newly coined Hudson Square neighborhood. Architect Marcello Pozzi's design pairs a downtown industrial style with sleek maritime-inspired interiors. Rooms are finished with polished walnut, shiny chrome fixtures, and Hudson River views, evoking the feeling of staying on a well-heeled Italian yacht. A rooftop bar and nightclub delivers two floors of lounge space and panoramic city and river views.

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Scene

Hip, stylish boutique hotel with loft and maritime-inspired decor, a rooftop bar and lounge, and a classic Italian restaurant

Bar Hugo, a two-story lounge with outdoor terrace and city views

Built from the ground up on the site of a former parking lot, the Hotel Hugo has solidly established itself among the handful of hip, stylish downtown boutique hotels. Marcello Pozzi's design pulled inspiration from SoHo’s industrial past (the area was once home to many printing businesses), and mixes in the nostalgic glamour of luxury Italian ocean liners.

Behind the 17-foot glass-wall facade is a low-lit lobby finished with blue marble floors, exposed concrete, and polished walnut, a material used throughout the hotel.  A vertical garden wall is an attractive addition behind the front desk, although the rest of the space -- a long gray leather banquette and a few single chairs with side tables stacked with photography books -- offers little room to socialize.

The adjoining restaurant is inviting, with ample seating for a quiet meeting or romantic dinner. The well-lit cafe and bar area seems to be the true social heart of the property, well-tended by an enthusiastic bartender/barista who artistically churns out macchiatos from an expensive-looking Italian espresso machine. On the roof, Bar Hugo rules the evenings with a DJ spinning music, a bar that serves crafted cocktails, and all-around jaw-dropping views.

Location

On a desolate block on the far west side of SoHo, close to the Hudson River, the West Village, and Tribeca

Map of Hugo Hotel

While the hotel is technically in SoHo, it rests on the outskirts of the famed neighborhood's central core in a newly dubbed area called Hudson Square. The immediate block of Greenwich Street is somewhat desolate, with most of the area directly across the street from the hotel occupied by a behemoth UPS facility.

Turn east at the corner onto Spring Street and guests quickly find themselves immersed in a cheery residential vibe that’s flush with charming cafes and restaurants, historic bars such as the Ear Inn, and live music venues such as City Winery. The amenities of three of Manhattan’s most desirable neighborhoods – the West Village, Tribeca, and SoHo -- are all within walking distance. Another Manhattan landmark, the Hudson River with its bordering running paths, is a few blocks to the west. 

  • 45-minute drive to JFK International Airport
  • 30-Minute drive to LaGuardia International Airport
  • 30-minute drive to Newark Liberty International Airport
  • 10-minute cab ride or 25-minute subway ride to Grand Central Terminal
  • Nine-minute cab ride or 15-minute subway ride to Penn Station
  • 10-minute walk to Tribeca or the West Village
  • Six-minute walk to the A, C, E subway line at Spring Street

Rooms

Sleek and tidy with glossy walnut walls, crisp white linens, wood floors, well-stocked minibars, and Hudson River views

 High-end spirits in the Double Full Room

The hotel features 122 rooms classified into four categories and spread out over 20 floors that offer views of the Hudson River, the street, the UPS facility, or an interior courtyard. The design is part SoHo loft, part luxury yacht with walls finished in glossy Italian walnut, dark-wood floors, shiny chrome fixtures and floor lamps, and punches of color from stylish red desk lamps and blue desk chairs. Other furnishings include tall armoires in lieu of closets, built-in bookshelves outfitted with artistic reads, long desks, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, stocked mini-fridges, Keurig coffeemakers, and desktop trays that display a collection of high-end bottled spirits. Beds (kings or two doubles) are finished with 300-thread-count sheets and extra pillows. The larger Loft Suites have separate seating areas with L-shaped gray leather sofas and cocktail tables. All rooms have free Wi-Fi.

Bathrooms are classically styled, with white marble vanities and glass-enclosed showers with gray-and-white accent tiles and rainfall showers. Wall-mounted towel shelves are stocked with thick white towels and Argan Source bath amenities. Loft Suite baths have additional space for double vanities and deep tubs

Features

Ground floor space with ftiness center, business center, and meeting space, and a rooftop bar and lounge

Unique business center with computers and printing services

A hotel built from the ground up allowed the architects to make good use of often underused hotel space. The basement of the Hotel Hugo holds three distinct areas – a small fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, a stylish business center with two computer stations, and a serious meeting space.

At the opposite end of the hotel, 20 floors up, is Bar Hugo, a two-story roof terrace with a glass-enclosed bar and lounge, and an open-air terrace -- all with panoramic views that include One World Trade Center, the Hudson River, and the city skyline.

On the main floor of the hotel, connected to the lobby, is Il Principe Cucina Italiana. The hotel’s restaurant, bar, and cafe shares the hotel’s same style, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a bar menu in a tailored main dining room, sunny bar area, and outdoors on a sheltered terrace that faces Greenwich Street. 

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Address

525 Greenwich St, New York City, New York 10013-1002, United States

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