Last week, I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of Grupo Habita's first stateside project: Hotel Americano, set to open later this summer. I have always been a fan of their Mexican properties (Hotel Habita, Condesa df, Hotel Boca Chica, etc.), and as I suspected, this once doesn't disappoint.
Located in West Chelsea amongst galleries and parking garages, Enrique Norton's 10-story glass façade definitely makes a statement with its mesh metal covering. Inside, Parisian designer Arnaud Montigny in collaboration with the Grupo Habita partners took inspiration from its location to create a gritty, yet serene, open space. I would say gallery-like, but you won't find any artwork here, on purpose. With so many galleries around, the partners wanted it to be an art-free space.
I don't want to give away too much (we are doing a profile on Grupo Habita in an upcoming issue) but highlights include a rooftop restaurant and pool, a restaurant garden with large communal tables, and Japanese-inspired guestrooms. Here's a photo of a guestroom to whet your appetite.