Situated just footsteps away from three of New York’s most dynamic districts – Chelsea, Flatiron and Gramercy – Hotel Henri is the latest addition to the burgeoning boutique hotel portfolio of Fortuna Realty Group.
Hotel Henri merges contemporary style with a hint of theatrics for those seeking an authentic New York stay. It is also home to the progressive American restaurant Shay & Ivy, which is the second establishment by the restauranteurs behind the acclaimed Atwood Kitchen & Bar Room, Evan Rosenberg and Daniel Rieger.
As the latest addition to Fortuna’s hospitality portfolio, Hotel Henri offers entirely redesigned guest rooms with a rustic, contemporary design aesthetic. The property will also introduce an open-air penthouse lounge in summer 2017 with sweeping city views for visitors and insiders from the city’s creative, fashion and tech communities.
Morris Moinian, principal and founder of Fortuna Realty Group, said:
“In surveying innovation-charged neighbourhoods like Chelsea, Flatiron and Gramercy, it was evident that the hotel stock available did not satisfy the creative communities and travellers frequenting these areas. Thus, my company seized the opportunity to introduce a bespoke, boutique hotel to W. 24th Street.
“With the opening of Hotel Henri and continued success of Shay & Ivy, we’re bringing an ‘urban cool’ lifestyle that many people associate with Downtown Manhattan or Brooklyn up to Chelsea.”
To carry out the design of the property, Morris once again turned to Italian architect and interior design innovator Marcello Pozzi who has brought it to life as an elegant, urban retreat with a theatrical motif inspired in part by nearby Broadway.
Having previously worked with Fortuna Realty Group on the restoration of the historic Garden City Hotel and the design of Hotel Hugo, Marcello has a deep understanding of what exactly the company is looking for in its properties.
Marcello Pozzi commented:
“My aim through the design is to have Hotel Henri personify a contemporary dandy, reminiscent of the stylish man-about-town from yesteryear. The interiors take a nod from Broadway with a spin; I used my fascination for the backstage experience of the theatres to make every guest feel a bit like star, for example, mirror lights in the bathrooms that reference backstage dressing rooms.
“There’s even a splash of theatrics in-room, with the inspiring words of French writer Charles Baudelaire ‘always be a poet’ that adorn the walls.”
The accommodation on offer at Hotel Henri consists of Double Deluxe, Premium King and Premium King with a balcony offering either skyline or street views. The contemporary guest rooms feature beds backed by Italian-designed wood panelling and graffiti-inspired artwork. Bathrooms are immaculate spa-style granite whilst every room contains working stations with desks and 32” HD TVs. A select number of rooms also boast private walk-out balconies.
The in-house restaurant is similarly high-end in the form of Shay & Ivy. With executive Chef Brad Warner at the helm, Shay & Ivy features an approachable take on seasonal, local flavours brought to life through signature dishes. Embellished with lush greenery, caramel banquettes and natural woods and stone throughout, the 2,400 sq ft space has a 90-seat interior dining room, a 36-seat patio and a private event space featuring a separate bar to accommodate private events. Paired alongside this is a curated cocktail programme with high-quality ingredients and spirits, fresh-pressed juices and a premier coffee’s.
Opened in April of this year, Hotel Henri has already proved to be a hit with travellers, blending a warm and contemporary design with a great central location.
Founded in 1984, Fortuna Realty Group is a privately held real estate investment and development company. Specialising in high-end hotels and real estate, other venues in its portfolio include Hotel Hayden, The Garden City Hotel on Long Island and Sugar Bay Resort and Spa in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
For more information on Hotel Henri, please visit hotelhenrinyc.com.