Meet Ian Schrager. He’s the trendsetting designer generally credited for pioneering minamalism in hotels from the Royalton in New York to the Delano in Miami Beach.
Now, his latest hit is a $200 million upgrade of the 82-year-old Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City. Without even seeing it, the press is buzzing that it’s one of this year’s hottest properties. Says Schrager, “It’s really a classical language, but put together in a way that makes it edgy, just like an artist’s studio. It’s meant to evoke the way an artist would live.”
The hotel uses medieal style armchairs, golf-fringed red velvet sofas, cast-resin chandeliers, hand-woven red rugs, black-and-white Moroccan tile floors, dark wooden ceilings, and much more, plus million dollar art works by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
A: 2 Lexington Avenue, New York City,
Rates: Just $250/night through September 3, then $525 and up.
Suites start at $675/night.