Hotel Spotlight: The Beekman

The Beekman is an architectural, historical and luxurious gem: or, as their parent company, Thompson Hotels,

describes the building, it’s  “a masterpiece rediscovered.”

Beekman Temple Atrium

As the forerunner to the modern office building, Beekman Temple Court building was the ideal location for lawyers working in the area in the late 1800s. Photo credit: scoutingny.com

 

And rediscovered it is.

 

Photo credit: thebeekman.com

Photo credit: thebeekman.com

Emblematic of a bygone era, this red brick, historical building is perhaps best known for its 9 story atrium.  Having once been the site of New York’s first theatre (Shakespeare’s Hamlet opened here in 1761), the location is home to a legendary past.

The 1881 building truly speaks of New York’s glorious history, trimmed in detail work, filigree and cast iron you simply don’t see anymore. And amidst this character and charm, The Beekman is also LEED certified  as a sustainable building.

As the site, concretethinker.com defines it, LEED is “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – a rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental performance of a building and encourage market transformation towards sustainable design.”

A gorgeous, historic building with stunning craftsmanship and to-die-for detailing?

Be still our hearts.

In addition to its architecture and sustainable sensibility, the Beekman is home to a few other jewels.  Restuaranteur and Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio brings his talents to The Beekman with his new restaurant, Fowler & Wells, to the hotel’s elegant and exquisitely detailed dining room.  With Colicchio’s passion for ingredients and world class techniques, the restaurant should turn the head of every culinary afficianado. Colicchio is also the mastermind behind the hotel’s in-room dining and catering.

Photo credit: thebeekman.com

Photo credit: thebeekman.com

But of course, we’re excited to see the detail and craftsmanship in the suites — particularly the baths. The “lived-in, luxurious glamor” feeling you’ll find in the Beekman is a hallmark of interior architect Martin Brudnizki.

Brudnizki capitalized on the suites’ superb assets — cathedral ceilings and aged wood floors — and maximized the glamour of a golden age, leaving his sophisticated touches in every detail of the guest experience.   Spacious Carrara marble-tiled baths. Rain showers. Curated artworks. Custom-designed beds with leather headboards. Sateen Sferra linens.

He also devised an extraordinary mix of vintage and bespoke furnishing touches that were painstakingly sourced from antique dealers throughout the world.

What results is an extraordinary bouquet of sensory experiences that no guest will ever forget.

 

 

 

Due to fire code issues, the breath-taking atrium was shuttered for nearly 70 years. Photo credit: untappedcities.com

Due to fire code issues, the breath-taking atrium was shuttered for nearly 70 years. Photo credit: untappedcities.com

 

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