Steeped in history, and in the many layers of legend that have come to define the Big Apple, The Redbury New York is a revered neo-Renaissance landmark that has not only seen a thoroughly modern city rise around it, but has also maintained its unique sense of style for more than a century.
In 1903, noted architect Robert W. Gibson opened what was the first hotel in the city built exclusively for women, serving both transient guests and permanent residents. It was almost immediately fully occupied, with over 200 names on the waiting list for one of its 416 rooms. Originally named the Women’s Hotel, with subsequent designations including Hotel Lola, Hotel Thirty Thirty, and the Martha Washington, The Redbury New York is a thoroughly modern hotel with an enviable history of noteworthy residents.
The Redbury New York has a connection with actress Veronica Lake who, during the 1940s, was regarded as one of Hollywood’s most bankable actresses, but fell out of industry favour by 1952 because of her ‘difficult’ reputation. Earlier, writer and humorist, Fran Lebowitz, and actress Louise Brooks lived in the hotel, as did the poet Sara Teasdale on her New York visits from early 1913 onwards.
Today, The Redbury New York opens its doors to visitors to the city who appreciate the hotel’s eclectic, bohemian feel and retro décor. Featuring 259 newly renovated guest rooms designed in collaboration with The Redbury’s flagship creative visionary and acclaimed photographer, Matthew Rolston, the hotel brings to life the glamour of Tin Pan Alley, the legendary 1920s music publishing mecca located in Manhattan, just a few blocks away on 28th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
Competing with thousands of magnificent hotels in the city of New York is no mean feat, and The Redbury ensures that it stands out from the crowd by maintaining an inimitable ambience that simply cannot be replicated.
From the Standard Twin or Queen room configurations, to the Deluxe and One Bedroom Suite options, all rooms boast a minimum standard of luxury that includes a slate-tiled bathroom with backlit mirrors, Signature Ciel bath amenities, an HD flat screen television, Bluetooth gramophone speaker, plush down comforter, 300 thread-count bedding, fully stocked mini bar and an in-room safe. One-bedroom suites add a separate living room with sleeper couch and a walk-in closet.
It is hard to imagine that the same hotel once featured nearly 160 additional rooms, but when considering the spaciousness of each room at The Redbury today, it is clear that many were combined to create larger living spaces for contemporary travellers who demand more space – a rarity in Manhattan.
Dining at The Redbury comprises brunch, lunch and dinner at Marta, a Roman-inspired pizzeria from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group located on the hotel’s ground floor. Headed by Executive Chef Lena Ciardullo, Marta draws inspiration from the tradition of local haunts that churn out thin, crackly-crusted pizzas. The lively open kitchen with two wood-burning ovens and an open-fire grill makes Marta a must-experience when staying at the hotel and, significantly, Marta is a non-tipping restaurant as hospitality fees are included in the bill.
While Marta is open to enjoy a hearty meal seven days a week, guests can also enjoy a drink at Bar Marta, where a range of sophisticated cocktails, craft beers, fine wines, and an extensive champagne list, as well as the full Marta menu, are available within the comfort of the hotel lobby.
The Redbury New York is indeed a home away from home for travellers to the Big Apple, and thanks to its location in Manhattan’s burgeoning NoMad district, it’s just steps from the Empire State Building, Madison Square Park, and Grand Central Station subway with access to some of the most elegant boutiques, restaurants, and nightclubs downtown. Guests who appreciate the eclectic nature of 20th century New York will absolutely adore The Redbury and it singularly tremendous character.