Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel has officially opened its doors in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Rising 430 feet high at 39 floors with 341 guestrooms, the brand’s first hotel in Chelsea is crowned with one of the highest rooftop pools in the city.
Located on the former site of the Antiques Garage flea market, the hotel pays homage to the site’s history and the area’s antique shops with a theatrical design concept by architecture and interior design firm Stonehill Taylor. The firm created an escape that plays on the contrasting dichotomy of the hotel’s industrial, antique, and floral market surroundings to create the illusion of walking through a secret garden. The top-floor exterior features a sleek, modern glass facade, while the entrance embodies the look and feel of an English manor. Behind a stone-walled arcade entry lays a private, open-air courtyard studded with lush foliage and seating for guests.
Art consultancy Indiewalls led a two-story installation of antique knobs, locks, and keys created by local artist Laura Morrison that acts as the backdrop to the lobby staircase. As guests pass through the space, they are encouraged to touch and interact with the wares. Indiewalls also oversaw mixed-media artist Liam Alexander’s creation of various video art moments throughout, reflecting inspiration from the flower district and flea market concepts and eliciting the feeling of a “living painting.” Trellage-Ferrill Studio fabricated custom pieces, like the collection of upside-down bird cages, as well as a large pendant at the elevator lobby inspired by a bird’s nest. Inside the elevator cabs, leather tiles made from vintage belts line the walls.
Guestrooms are clad in a palette of earth tones. Interiors are outfitted with wood-paneled printed wallcoverings and playful touches such as gnome desk lamps and rabbit coat hooks.A focal point of each suite is a floor-to-ceiling framed wallcovering art installation of a magnified peacock feather, as well as an oversized mural of a woman’s silhouette composed of fuchsia roses by artist Sara Byrne.
Photo: Courtesy of Marriott International