Portugal's Pestana Hotel Group has arrived in the Big Apple. But not only is the Pestana Park Avenue the company's first property in New York City, it is also its 100th hotel to open worldwide.
The new hotel was designed by Manhattan-based architectural firm Glen & Company and was intended to evoke a sense of staying in a Portuguese home. Portuguese details include a decorative "azulejo" tile panel designed by artist Manuel Cargaleiro in the outdoor patio, and azulejo murals by artists Add Fuel in the lobby and Bela Silva in a guestroom, all produced by Portuguese manufacturer Viúva Lamego.
Photography by Portuguese artist Catia Castel Branco depicts images from different locations around the world. Additional highlights include uniforms and throw blankets designed by Portuguese brand Baínha de Copas, and in-room amenities by traditional Portuguese soap manufacturer Castelbel. Four rooms in the hotel were designed by the Portuguese brands.
The hotel has 95 rooms across 27 stories. Each floor only has three or four rooms for privacy and each guestroom features elements that have dual function, including a full-length rotating mirror with hangers and digital television frames that also serve as an electronic display for the hotel's photographs and artwork.
The lobby includes a fireplace, a seating area and various pieces of artwork. The dining area serves a daily breakfast buffet and complimentary Portuguese pastries, apples, water and coffee throughout the day.
For meetings and events, the Pestana Park Avenue has partnered with Convene at 101 Park Avenue around the block. Convene offers spaces for functions as well as onsite audiovisual, daily refreshments and food-and-beverage options. The hotel also partnered with Blink Fitness so that guests have access to any of the brand's locations for a workout.