You’ll take a trip back in time to the 19th century when you step through the doors of the utterly charming boutique hotel, Inn at Irving Place Hotel. Set within a quiet, leafy street just a stone’s throw from Gramercy Park (New York’s only private park), the gorgeous antique-filled interiors give a rich sense of history with sumptuous iron four-poster beds and Duncan Phyfe sofas. Having been initially built in 1834 as a Greek Revival townhouse, the building was given a sumptuous facelift in 1994 by acclaimed architects Gertler + Wente. With only 12 rooms (including 3 spacious suites), indulge in the decadent 5-course “Royal Tea Service” afternoon tea, or an aperitif in the Cibar Lounge after 5pm. A favourite of the fashion crowd during New York fashion week, this is definitely one of New York’s hidden gems.
This 170-year-old town house offers antique charm more easily found in the Berkshires than in the heart of what used to be Silicon Alley. All rooms are spacious, with period antique furniture and art, nonworking fireplaces, and big bathrooms with pedestal sinks and brass fixtures, while the junior suites feature small but luxurious sitting areas. The rooms are named for famous 19th-century New Yorkers such as Edith Wharton, O. Henry, and Washington Irving. The Madame Olenska (bonus points if you know who she was) junior suite features a king bed and a window nook overlooking Irving Place where you can curl up with a glass of sherry or a cup of tea. Breakfast in bed, tea served in your room, or in-room massages can all be easily arranged by the inn’s helpful staff.
56 Irving Place Midtown, New York