Thompson Hotels, in partnership with local owners Tribeca Associates, re-imagined the Smyth hotel in the heart of downtown New York City. Inspired by the history and culture of the Tribeca neighborhood, Smyth will be re-launched with interiors by Gachot Studios, and the opening of Little Park and Evening Bar from restaurateurs chef Andrew Carmellini, Luke Ostrom and Josh Pickard.
The refreshed accommodations will have marble bathrooms with rain showers, handcrafted furniture sourced from New York-based millworkers and original works of art. Inspired by residential loft living in Tribeca, the Penthouse and specialty suites also underwent interior and exterior renovations, and will include new landscape design by Harrison Green, tapped exclusively to create private gardens for suites that have outdoor terraces.
Soho-based Gachot Studios – founded by John and Christine Gachot, known for its work on New York City’s Acme restaurant, The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club and The Sterling Mason residences – worked with hotel management and local owners at Tribeca Associates to reinvent the existing architecture, transforming the ground floor into a collection of intimate spaces.
The hotel’s lobby will be divided into the Living Room, Den, Library and Evening Bar. Mixing Scandinavian and American mid-century furniture with rich textures and a neutral color palette, the spaces will be punctuated by original art, books and photography handpicked by the Gachot team from local gallery owners and friends, including Robin Rice Gallery, Matthew Benedict and McNally Jackson Picture Room. Furniture and finishes will almost entirely sourced from local designers like Brooklyn-based artisan Tara Chapas, who brought Gachot’s hand-woven fabrics to life in the restaurant design. These will be brightened by oiled, white oak floors and handcrafted tiles.
Just off the lobby, the Living Room and corner Library will have views of West Broadway. Situated adjacent from the Living Room is the Den, which features a fireplace clad in custom-crafted Guastavino tile, a structural terracotta material previously used on the vaulted ceilings of many New York City landmarks such as Grand Central Terminal and Carnegie Hall.
Tucked behind the Den will be the Evening Bar. The adjoining restaurant will be Little Park. The setting’s showpiece will be a four-panel frieze mural depicting archetypal scenes from Tribeca’s history by Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Benedict. Low-slung sofas, mid-century lb Kofod-Larsen chairs and upholstered vintage settees will be available. There will also a back-lit eight-seat mahogany cocktail bar with navy leather paneling opposite the entry’s fireplace.
The Little Park will have white marble mosaic tiles hand-laid in a fan pattern across the floors, and whitewashed wood makes for a bright ceiling overhead. Windows and leather banquettes accented with custom-woven textiles will wrap around Chambers Street to West Broadway.
Guastavino tiles will frame the 10-seat bar. Oak dining tables with inlaid burnished brass details will be paired with Josef Hoffmann chairs painted in dark charcoal and fitted with felt cushions. The 85-seat restaurant will be accessible via a separate entry at the southeast corner of West Broadway and Chambers.
The 14-story, 100 room Smyth is located at 85 West Broadway on the corner of Chambers Street.
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