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Luxe Life Hotel New York, Luxe Hotels’ first branded property in the city, opened this month in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood. The 98-room boutique hotel is housed in a building originally designed by architects John Mervin Carrère and Thomas Hastings, who are known for their landmark projects such as the New York Public Library, Henry Clay Frick House, and Ponce de León Hotel in St. Augustine, Florida.

The property is the former headquarters of LIFE magazine, dating back to 1895. The building was converted to a hotel in the 1960s before being sold in 2015 to Mitchell Holdings. Between 2015and2017 an extensive renovation was completed to restore the building to its former glory. Designer Tara Oxley revived everything from wood moldings to the original marble flooring and the hotel reopened as LIFE Hotel. Theproperty went up for sale shortly thereafter, and Luxe Hotels’ CEO Efrem Harkham bought it, taking care in a renovation to only minimally update Oxley’s work.

From its Prohibition era bar to a more than 200-piece original collection from local artists, the project pays homage to the artists, writers, and creative staff who lived and worked in the building. The property also features a signature destination restaurant, the Marilyn.

Photo: Courtesy of Luxe Hotels

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