it's the small details-just outside the hotel
while in New York, I stayed at the Gramercy Park Hotel. With unprecedented luxury- Ian Schrager has returned the once lustrous Hotel back to life. It goes without saying- the interiors are at once both bohemian and elegant. I could easily see the likes of Babe Ruth and Humphrey Bogart inhabiting its rooms.
all images above from the Hotel site
the Hotel is deep in Bohemia. The photographs on the Gramery Park site do not do its interiors full justice-perhaps it is the brightness of the photos that creates a false sense of sunniness. No, not here-& I loved it. A hazy film of the past hangs in the air and evokes another era. In my room-the walls were a deep pea green with deep red velvet curtains lined in ivory charmeuse. The headboard was a matching green velvet like the walls with some intricate trimming and studding. Navy velvet blankets drape the foot of a cream duvet covered bed. Dark hardwoods with all the scuffing of age, are left to add ambiance.Ceiling lights in vintage style hold open bulbs with beading shades attached.
It is the little details that make the Gramercy such a standout. Room numbers are all cut into the carpet right at the door. Special candles from Le Labo were created exclusively for the Hotel-(Cade 26) is a smoky, waxed wood scent that wafts through the main rooms of the Hotel. Tiny closets fitted with studded red chests were just one of the little luxuries-I was quite taken with.
& then- there is THE PARK.
just outside the Hotel door is Gramercy Park-
With the turn of a key time dissolves momentarily. The neighborhood drew the great actor Edmund Booth to establish The Player's Club and Stanford White renovated the still standing building for Booth. The Club was home to Booth & He died there in 1893.
the Park is centered around the statue of Edwin Booth
Stanford White's brownstone was once on the Hotel's site-& though the townhouse was torn down in the 1920's to make way for the Gramercy Park Hotel- a bit of Stanford White's aesthetic haunts the renovated Hotel's decoration.
The original hotel was designed by Robert T. Lions and built by brothers Bing and Bing in 1925. The hotel's current incarnation is the vision of Julian Schnabel.
Stanford White by John Singer Sargent
this Sargent portrait hung at the Player's Club-Gramercy Park
Boston Globe photo by Wigan Ang
Michael Weschler photo for the NYTimes
the Stanford White townhouse at Gramercy Park
Luminaries that lived in the neighborhood: John Garfield, Samuel Tilden, Thomas Edison, James Cagney, Margret Russell, John Barrymore, John Steinbeck. Humphrey Bogart lived in the Hotel for 2 years and was married in the Gramercy, the Kennedy family occupied the second floor before moving to London when Joseph became Ambassador. Edmund Wilson and Mary McCarthy lived together at the Hotel in the 1940's.
Bogart & Helen Menken,1926
Wilson & McCarthy
New York holds corners throughout the city much like this one- celebrity, artists, musicians, writers came there to make their names & fortunes, But here in Gramercy Park the click of heels, the swish of furs, the tap of walking sticks can still be distinctly heard- even above the modern rush of a city's screams and howls.
more places to stop
The Gramercy Park Hotel here
Gramercy Park here
the History bit here , & here & here
art in the rooms at The Gramercy magnumphotos.com here