The Beekman Hotel
Opened in September of last year, the Beekman Hotel is a historic building that has been restored to its former glory. The building, originally built in 1881, is one of New York’s most glamorous architectural treasures.
Part of the Thompson Hotel portfolio, the Beekman is found in the heart of Lower Manhattan’s exciting downtown area and was one the borough’s first skyscrapers built. Originally Temple Court, the hotel was built between 1881 and 1883 using granite, red Philadelphia brick and tan Dorchester stone. The architect James M. Farnsworth designed the building in a traditional Queen Anne style with a truly magnificent nine-storey atrium capped by a pyramidal skylight. The façade of the Beekman hotel was declared an official New York City landmark in 1998.
The interior of the Beekman Hotel was designed by Martin Brudnizki and features centuries of eclectic history mixed with contemporary design to create a truly unique offering. On entry to the hotel, guests are greeted with a marble mosaic threshold and a reception area that is a patchwork of vintage Persian rugs with antique glass lamps and wooden panelling. The iconic landmark’s most famous feature, the atrium, is decorated with Victorian cast-iron railings and balustrades which are decorated with flowers, dragons and sunbursts. The main floor of the atrium has intimate seating areas designed to allow guests to gather and relax.
The hotel features 287 rooms and includes 38 suites as well as two signature penthouses within the building’s ‘turrets’ and a number of residences available for those looking for a more permanent stay.
The one, two and three bedroom residences, including the Beekman penthouses, have been designed by Thomas Juul-Hansen. With 360o views of Manhattan from the floor-to-ceiling paned windows containing dual corner exposures in many of the residences, these create an open and light home. The kitchens are integrated into the living areas and have bespoke cabinetry and Madreperola Quartzite Stone Countertops and Backsplash. The bathrooms feature true luxury with Gioia Venatine marble floors and Gascogne Blue limestone walls, providing an indulgent backdrop to the oversized bathtubs.
The Beekman’s Turret penthouses are found on the 50th and 51st floors of the 600ft tall tower. Within the living rooms of the penthouses there are three large, floor-to-ceiling glass walls along with a kitchen that houses an island made from Madreperola Quartzite stone. A floor-to-ceiling glass door also opens to a 38ft long private terrace. The bathrooms are finished with Gioia Venatino Marble and Gascogne Blue Limestone and have a luxurious freestanding oversized bath. Both penthouses have private entrances and a dedicated Concierge team.
Rooms of the hotel are decorated using a diverse mix of bespoke and vintage furnishings which have been sourced from antique dealers all around the world. Ranging from Double Queen to Deluxe King to Superior Queen, there is a room for any guest at the Beekman hotel. All rooms feature custom designed oak beds with leather headboards as well as high ceilings, aged oak floors and Carrara marble tiled bathrooms that include state-of-the-art rain showers and exclusive D.S. & Durga amenities.
Included in the restoration of the iconic building is the debut of signature restaurants by James Beard Award winners Tom Colicchio and Keith McNally.
Fowler & Wells by Tom Colicchio serves a menu of classic New York dishes that use seasonal flavours and produce. In keeping with the style of the hotel, the dining area of the restaurant is made of rich, jewel-tone furnishings with antique accents as a nod to turn-of-the-century New York City.
The Bar Room, found within Fowler & Wells, is located directly underneath the Beekman’s nine-storey Victorian atrium. Open all day, it’s the perfect place for guests to get a light snack or handcrafted cocktail. Along with these, Tom’s award-winning hospitality group Crafted Hospitality operate the hotel’s food and beverage as well as room service and catering for events.
The brasserie-style Augustine by Keith McNally is open from morning until late and serves French classics and lighter dishes along with a Rotisserie and Grillades selection of meats, fish and poultry.
Opening later this year is the Cellar Lounge which will mix old world glamour with original seasonal cocktails. Once opened the leather booths and vintage photographs will make the perfect background to intimate candlelit dinners and drinks.