Central Park Fairfield opens its doors

(The 85,000-square-foot, 18-story, 226-room hotel was designed by Gene Kaufman Architect, and is near the Hudson River greenway, Columbus Circle, Central Park and the Time Warner Center.)

A new Fairfield Inn & Suites designed by Gene Kaufman Architect opened in New York City. The Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan/Central Park is located at 538 West 58th Street, between 10th and 11th avenues. The 85,000-square-foot, 18-story, 226-room hotel is near the Hudson River greenway, Columbus Circle, Central Park and the Time Warner Center.

Barone Management is the developer of the property. The hotel consists of an 18-story tower and an adjoining 10-story building, recessed from the street wall at different depths. The curtain wall at the top three floors of the building and the use of aluminum wall panels to separate the tower’s windows were used to give the building a greater appearance of “thrust” as it grows in height, creating a single architectural through-line from the 18th floor to the street.

"This hotel combines the convenience of a midtown location with the quiet street character of a residential neighborhood,” said Gene Kaufman, principal and founder of Gene Kaufman Architect. “Best of all, the zoning-district boundaries bisecting the site gave us the opportunity to create both north-facing views that overlook John Jay College’s beautifully landscaped roof, and high-rise, west-facing views of the Hudson River.”

The hotel’s ground floor and lobby are below-grade on a floor usually reserved for operations. They are reached through the hotel’s sunken entryway, which also allows for a 2,300-square-foot landscaped plaza in front of the hotel.

The hotel will offer king-sized and double guest rooms as well as adjoining rooms which can be combined to form suites (the interiors are by Hotel Depot with VLDG Interiors). In addition to the streetside plaza, amenities include an office center, a fitness center and a breakfast bar.