Lorenzo Castillo renovates Room Mate Grace in New York

Room Mate Hotels announced the scheduled reopening in New York of Room Mate Grace this fall following a renovation. The restyled boutique hotel will be the North American flagship of the European hotel group headed by Enrique Sarasola.

Room Mate Grace will be the fourth North American hotel for the brand that also includes the Room Mate Lord Balfour and Room Mate Waldorf Towers in Miami, Florida and Room Mate Valentina in Mexico D.F. The brand increased its footprint in the region with the launch of BeMate.com, an apartment rental service.

Helping out in the renovation is Spanish interior designer Lorenzo Castillo, who worked on other Room Mate hotel properties.


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Located at 25 West 45th Street near Times Square, Room Mate Grace will offer – upon completion – 139 guestrooms and suites. Nearly all of the hotel's interior spaces are being renovated, including each of the guestrooms and suites, lobby, bar and lounge areas and gym.

Metallic wallpaper in geometric and floral prints and custom-made Spanish textiles and fabrics will be key designs in each guestroom. The rooms will also have gold cube side tables and wall installations from Portugal.

Room Mate Grace will also have an indoor pool with swim up bar. The hotel's amenities will include Wi-Fi connectivity, breakfast until noon and late check out.

Room Mate Hotels currently owns and operates 19 hotels in 12 cities around the world, from New York and Miami to Florence and Madrid. Future Room Mate properties will open in Malaga, Barcelona, Milan and Istanbul.