The latest revival of the landmark Martha Washington Hotel capitalizes on the building’s historic feel and neighborhood roots in a reconceptualized lodging, The Redbury.
Long an iconic landmark of the NoMad neighborhood, The Martha Washington Hotel originally opened in 1903 as a women’s-only hotel that catered to the growing population of women migrating to the city for work historically done by men, education and the arts. The hotel changed hands several times throughout the 20th century, changing brand names as well to include Hotel Thirty Thirty, Hotel Lola and King & Grove New York, before joining the SBE Hotel Group.
The Redbury’s creative genius, Matthew Rolston, brought the “Matthew Magic” to his latest elevated hotel experience by drawing inspiration from the boutique hotel’s Tin Pan Alley location, the heart of the city’s music industry in the 19th and 20th centuries, while evoking a feeling of the Redbury brand environment.
Rolston, known for his relentless creative pursuits, has a particular connection to music: from his Rolling Stone covers to music videos for everyone from Madonna to Beyonce. And it’s this particular connection that seems to infuse his Redbury interiors.
In an interview, Roston described his inspiration: “Reacting to the hotel’s site, I discovered that the surrounding neighborhood was the original home of American popular music in the early parts of the 20th century, an area known as ‘Tin Pan Alley.’ Because The Redbury as a brand is a music-centric concept, that discovery was a perfect fit…. The Redbury as a brand has unique qualities. It’s casual but also somewhat theatrical. It’s fun, but it’s a brand that takes service protocols seriously. The overall feeling is quite romantic—but, it’s a mixture—relaxing and exciting at the same time, and who doesn’t want that?”
The guest experience was at the center of Rolston’s design, creating an environment that was both homey, and yet evoking high artistic drama at the same time. The rooms are uniquely Bohemian, with super soft, eclectic linens, curated photos and artwork that create an immediate inspiringly relaxed atmosphere.
That, coupled with sleek and spacious baths and signature upscale bath amenities, and you have a one of a kind experience no traveler will soon forget.
We’re particularly fond of the creative use of herringbone tile work, as seen in the photo above. It’s details like these – in conjunction with the patterned flooring, millwork and fluted columns you find on the Selldorf Architects renovated ground floor – that make the Redbury an architectural gem.