Top 5 Hotels for New York Fashion Week
New York never looks quite as sexy as during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, when the world's top designers descend upon Manhattan to strut their latest looks for the coming season. If you want a piece of the action, you'll need to set up shop for those quick changes from day time to evening wear. Whether you're traveling on a dime or looking to lavish in the lap of luxury, the city that never sleeps will offer you a place to rest your well coiffed head.
The Marlton Hotel
A taste of affordable Paris comes to Manhattan! Just in time for Fashion Week, Hotelier Sean MacPherson unveils his latest solo project, The Marlton Hotel, opening its doors officially on September 1st. The historic building, once a favorite of the Beat Generation, has been reborn as an elegant 107-room "Baby Grand" boutique property, steeped in warm Parisian-style influences, making it a supremely welcoming environment that also pays tribute to its own rich past.
Regular rates will start at $295 per night (but will be even more affordable during the opening phase), so take advantage, fashionistas! The hotel signals the start of a new era along a revitalized stretch of West 8th Street in Greenwich Village, which is also welcoming new shops, including Stumptown Coffee and Organic Avenue, and other new boutique stores.
Spent all of your money on your outfits and shoes? Find economy comfort at The Bowery Hotel’s sister property, The Jane. This edgy 200-room micro hotel for budget conscious travelers offers unheard of rates during Fashion Week. The hotel’s 50-square-foot cabins are available for just $135 per night. Bunk bed cabins, the same size and amenities as the standard cabin rooms with an additional bed, are available for $145 per night.
The Captain’s Cabins include private bathrooms, are approximately 250-square-feet and are available for $325 per night. All cabins with communal bathrooms are designed like luxury train cabins and feature a single bed with built-in drawers, luggage rack, free wireless Internet, 23-inch LCD television, DVD player, and iPod dock. www.thejanenyc.com
Want to run through the hallways like a crazed designer wielding a pair of sheers and a scalding iron? During New York Fashion Week, tap your inner designer and travel like a contestant by staying at Refinery Hotel, the home to the cast of this season’s "Project Runway."
The hotel’s original incarnation was as a millinery factory more than a century ago. The Refinery’s neo-Gothic façade has been preserved and the rooms reflect an "industrial-chic" aesthetic that evokes a designer’s loft. The public spaces take on a more refined quality, mirroring the building’s original ground-floor tea lounge - accommodating the "ladies who lunch" after a day of shopping at Lord & Taylor around the the corner. The hotel boasts Parker & Quinn restaurant and Winnie’s lobby bar on the ground floor, as well as the stunning Refinery Rooftop with unparalleled views of the Empire State Building.
From $379 per night.
The Out NYC
Sleek, modern and minimalistic design can also be found both on and off the runway during NYFW. THE OUT NYC boasts an ultra-chic modern design perfect for the fashion-forward LGBT’er looking to immerse him or herself in high design.
Guests have complimentary access to The Spa at THE OUT NYC, which was chosen by Bravo’s Andy Cohen as his favorite spa in New York. Additionally, THE OUT NYC will be playing host to a variety of shows and fashion week programming on-site. Slated designers include Dominic Louis, Adolfo Sanchez Chromat, and Stevie Boi, who is best known for his custom sunglasses which have been worn by A-list celebrities including Nicki Minaj and Fergie, and in chart-topping music videos including Beyonce’s "Diva" and Lady Gaga’s "Love Game." And if you want to strut your stuff on the dance floor, be sure to check out XL Nightclub next door.
From $340 per night.
The Bowery Hotel
The Bowery Hotel has been popular during Fashion Week since it opened in February 2007 because its privately chic ambiance matches the attitude of its clientele. The hotel’s 135 guestrooms offer charming accommodations, custom-made sheets, floor-to-ceiling windows, Turkish oushak rugs, and C.O. Bigelow toiletries.
Complimentary offerings on-property include wireless internet, an extensive DVD library, and a board game collection inspired by "The Royal Tenenbaums." Unique among hoteliers in New York, proprietors Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode always design, build out, and operate their own properties, keeping everything impossibly stylish. Their holdings reflect an obsessive attention to detail and an appreciation of what makes travel experiences memorable.
From $535 per night.