Gramercy Park’s refined allure is a rare feat. Set in one of the most coveted areas of Manhattan, Julian Schnabel has transformed the stylish charm of the storied Gramercy Park Hotel into a full-fledged work of art.
The legendary hotel has, for almost nine decades, opened its doors, night after night, to international artists, academics, fashion designers and intellectuals.
Today, a lushly landscaped rooftop garden, al fresco dining and engagingly designed interior spaces offer guests many suggestive places to dine or linger over drinks. Guests also have exclusive access to the leafy Gramercy Park, New York’s only private park.
A NEW YORK LANDMARK
Built in 1925 on a site that previously held the home of quintessential New York architect Stanford White, the hotel has been much loved by artists, designers, and academics who frequented its halls. Robert T. Lyons originally designed the elegant Renaissance Revival hotel built across from the lush, private Gramercy Park.
By the early 2000s, the property was in distinct need of a makeover. Minimalist architect John Pawson was tapped to refine the exteriors and Julian Schnabel joined the grand efforts to take the Gramercy Park Hotel into the next century. His use of elements like textured reclaimed wood makes the soaring public spaces feel both earthy and sculptural.
A REAL-LIFE WORK OF ART
Julian Schnabel approached the design of Gramercy Park Hotel as a painter more than a decorator. Bespoke furnishings adorn each of the 185 guestrooms, which are richly layered with velvet curtains, leather wing chairs, and original art by David Salle, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Sensual fabrics and a Renaissance-inspired color palette give guests the feeling of floating through a living masterpiece.