New Z New York Hotel features eclectic, travel-inspired design


The Rooftop restaurant // (c) Z New York Hotel/ Reuben Negron Photography

The brand-new, 100-room Z New York Hotel, which opens on Friday, July 1, 2011, on Long Island, NY, will feature an eclectic, travel-driven design by designer Andre Escobar. Escobar, working closely with hotel owner Henry Zilberman and Managing Director Jon Eklund, utlized a variety of vintage and modern pieces to create the hotel's contemporary look.

In the hotel lobby, guests will find an original installation by Serett Metalworks on the main wall that depicts the train station departure board with such familiar destinations as France, Germany and Spain and more exotic locales such as Israel and Iceland.  A custom check-in desk repurposes vintage luggage, behind which is a one-of-a-kind mural depicting the ornate New York City Hall subway station. According to hotel owner Zilberman, the lobby area is meant to recall his own personal experience of coming to New York with only $1,000 in his pocket and a sense of entrepreneurship.

From the lobby, hotel guests can either head upstairs to their guest room or run downstairs to the Z Hotel Lounge and restaurant below, which features a baby grand piano and a not-so-baby-grand black crystal chandelier is suspended overhead. Along with burled walnut floors, glazed brick, and enormous second-story windows that shed western light on the subterranean space, there are rustic-chic pieces from Restoration Hardware, inviting banquettes and a one-of-a-kind bi-level bar topped with black Caesar stone. Chandeliers are to be found throughout the hotel.

Guest room design

In the guest rooms, rather than wallpaper, there are three bespoke murals of iconic New York experiences--Billie Holiday singing, the Rockettes kicking and a taxi cab cruising. Z  Floors also have radiant heat for post-shower comfort; showers are double-sized and feature sleek chrome fixtures and Gilchrest & Soames bath products. 

The over-bed wall sconces, custom created for the Z by Brooklyn’s Ecostruct, channel “Steampunk,” mixing sleek contemporary filament bulbs with classic Mason jars. Sshiny silver fabrics are mixed in with the predominantly brown, black and grey aesthetic; bright red leather chairs add punctuation.  For sale on chic boutique shelving:  flip flops replace standard slippers; hard hats accompany requisite baseball caps. Floor-to-ceiling windows framing the full sweep of that island across the way.

Rooftop restaurant

The hotel's rooftop restaurant features twinned aviator-style bars by Serrett Metalworks combined with sleek Design Within Reach furniture .  A pizza oven turns out fabulous blistered-crust personal pies at reasonable prices, accompanied by terrace-friendly greatest hits of rustic American fare from the signature restaurant downstairs.


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