The GEM Hotel Breaks Ground in Union Square
October 26, 2010 at 8:45 AM
We've long been a fan of the GEM Hotels in New York after a rather good stay at their Chelsea hotel so if NYC is gonna get yet another new hotel, it might as well be a GEM.
Ground has officially broken on The GEM Hotel Union Square at 52 West 13th Street where a 113-room hotel will open in 2012. Despite having three other properties in Manhattan, this GEM will actually be the brand's flagship hotel.
The building is designed by Andres Escobar and the architect is Gene Kaufman, he of the Tri-Pack Hotel. Fortunately, this hotel will be a little less crazy-looking than the Tri-Pack.
The design of the all-brick, 18-story hotel will draw upon the rich fabric and history of the Greenwich Village neighborhood. The building will use traditional materials such as red brick, iron, and limestone. The inspiration and architectural expression embodies the era of Greenwich Village’s Gold Coast, when architecture exemplified a sense of composure, style and luxury, replete with rich materials and fine details.
There's no word yet on what the "feel" of this GEM hotel will be but you can expect some of the same amenities like free WiFi, iPads, Wolfgang Puck coffee makers in-room and fingers crossed, some very do-able opening rates--like under $200.