The Hospitality Design headquarters are located right in New York’s Financial District. It’s an odd pairing to have a publishing company in the heart of Wall Street, but the area is more than its financial past. In fact, the neighborhood is experiencing a renaissance.
Beyond the residences, retail, and new businesses cropping up, are also new hotels. In fact, last week I attended the opening of the Stonehill & Taylor-designed Residence Inn New York Manhattan/World Trade Center from Marriott International. It’s a walk I’ve done a million times, passing the Wall Street charging bull and the Century 21, right by the new Gap being built, and just adjacent to the clothing store is the 243-room extended-stay hotel.
The hotel’s design plays on its geography by incorporating a theme of time and money that was inspired by the location, New York’s history of finance, and the historic clock set into the sidewalk nearby.
Entering the lobby, guests are greeted by a gigantic digital clock and are ushered to the third floor lobby, where again, the theme of time is hinted in an abacus and picture, clocks behind the front desk, and a large clock created from 800 coins. Soft gray tones and pops of orange (the national color of the Netherlands) are a nod to the Dutch who came to the area, setting it up for trade.
Those colors lead to the guestrooms, which feature a vinyl wallcovering inspired by statistician Edward Tufte, representing the complex relationship between time and money. Each guestroom also features a clock, adoring the wall and acting as a light. Again, the themes of history, time, and shipping are hinted in the shipping crate-inspired desk and the gray and orange carpet pattern of large gears turning.
It’s not out of line to think this hotel befits the wolves of Wall Street (as well as trade journalists).