The end of the winter season heralds a new property in Manhattan—Hôtel Americano—which is slowly raising its chain-mail-covered façade beside the second phase of the High Line in Chelsea, also poised to open this spring as well. Hôtel Americano is the first foray of Grupo Habita (a boutique hotel company with nine properties throughout Mexico) outside of Mexico. The 10-story hotel will offer 56 guest rooms designed by Enrique Norten and his team at TEN Arquitectos. Grupo Habita has kept a decidedly low profile on the property’s progress, despite the hotel’s red-hot location. HA+D caught up with a spokesman for the hotel, but, typifying the group’s desire to remain largely off the radar until it’s ”there and done,” he asked to remain anonymous.
”The hotel is opening softly in April and will be completed by the end of May,” he did say. ”It’s a great location because of the Highline and the Hudson River Park, but there aren’t many places to socialize, so our intention is to headquarter that neighborhood, especially for the art galleries of far west Chelsea.”
The hotel will have a restaurant, two subterrannean bars and a rooftop area. Carlos Couturier, one of the co-founders of Grupo Habita, which launched in 2000 in collaboration with Moises Micha, chose French designer Arnaud Montigny to help him envision the property, which is said to celebrate 1950s Americana. ”Carlos had a very strong design sensibility for the project,” he says. ”He is the Ian Schrager of Mexico.”