The Beekman is a glimpse into New York’s past – right back to the city’s Gilded Age. Housed in a red brick Queen Anne building built in 1881, the hotel has been lovingly restored – over a period of several years – to its former glory. The nine-storey Victorian atrium, capped with a pyramidal skylight, remains. The twin turrets still soar above the structure (now home to the hotel’s penthouse accommodations). And the cast iron dragon brackets in the hotel’s heart are still there. It’s quite a sight.
While The Beekman is a luxurious hotel, to be sure, it’s luxury has heft. This is no flash in the pan restoration, distracting punters with the odd historical flourish, and otherwise churning out the same old sleek design. Architects Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel have respected the building’s heritage; after all, this is the spot where Hamlet got its NYC debut back in 1871. There’s history right down to the bones here.
The Martin Brudnizki Design Studio interiors have followed suit, with a kind of old world glamour at work at The Beekman, all mossy green accents, rich wooden panelling, and low, glowy lighting. There are bookcases, curios, and well-stuffed cushions on sumptuously upholstered seats in the public areas, and a well-curated art collection on the walls. The white-walled guestrooms, with their studded leather headboards, Carrara marble-tiled bathroom and warm oak floors, add splashes of modernity in the soft furnishings (a mustard yellow cushion here, an amethyst-coloured rug there). While amenities like Sferra linens and D.S. & Durga bath amenities, not to mention the evening turndown services, keep the service feeling tiptop.
For a bite to eat, guests have restaurants from James Beard award-winners to look forward to, with Tom Colicchio providing both the in-room dining and quintessential New York cuisine in Fowler & Wells. Keith McNally’s brasserie-style Augustine, meanwhile, serves French-inspired dishes from breakfast through to dinner. But if the urge for lighter refreshment strikes, guests can enjoy a coffee or a cocktail, a salad or some artisanal cheeses under the atrium at The Bar Room.