Americano Hotel

Destination Design travels (virtually) to New York City this week for a stay at Hotel Americano, located among the art galleries of Chelsea. Owned by Grupo Habita, which T Magazine called “Mexico’s boutique hotel pioneer in the Ian Schrager mold,” it’s the company’s first foray into the States.

Mexican architect Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos, who built the group’s first property in Mexico City, designed the 10-story glass building clad in metal mesh. There are 56 rooms, and in keeping with the neighborhood’s artsy vibe, the feel is upscale hipster grit, as you may have guessed by the barefoot bearded dude in the photo above. Arnaud Montigny of French firm MCH, known for designing Parisian boutique Colette, designed the interiors.

Uptown Studio bathroom and sitting area

A scrim of industrial steel mesh sheaths the hotel’s exterior.

Uptown Queen room

Uptown queen room

The lobby

Bar Americano

The Americano dining room

Rooftop bar

The Americano patio dining

The Americano cafe

La Piscine, surrounded by cabanas and daybeds, on the roof

Americano Grill

Bento box breakfast

Are you packed yet?

What: Hotel Americano
Where: 518 West 27th Street, New York City
How much: $325-$750
Highlights: Rooftop pool, dining, bar, and grill. An exterior elevator ferries restaurant patrons from the street straight up to the roof.
Design draw: Guest rooms feature Kengo Kuma-style, almost-on-the-ground platform beds and black vinyl Zanotta bean bag chairs. Denim bathrobes by Loden Dager hang in the bathroom (the staff also wears Loden Dager designs) and there are iPads loaded with music and the hotel’s own city guide.
Book it: [email protected]

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Marni Elyse Katz is a Contributing Editor at Design Milk. She lives in Boston where she contributes regularly to local publications and writes her own interior design blog, StyleCarrot.