The hotel is set to open before New Years, after a very conspicuous grand opening countdown ceremony that kicked off earlier this year.
And don't think the "saintly" hotel has neglected its playful side. On the left wing of the lobby, designed in slightly more festive colors, a custom-designed pool table (above) matches the turquoise fabric upholstered into the walls.
Alongside are wide leather armchairs spaced evenly around a gray leather coffee table. Bright greens, dark lines, and large shapes are everywhere—the sheer drapes billowing around the corner almost seem an afterthought (albeit a good one).
More to come on this 166-room beauty, which fits right in with other high-design, art-minded properties like Mondrian hotels or The James. The hotel's Burgundy Bar will feature antique Victorian furniture (handed down from the owner's grandmother, no less!) that's been redone with gold lacquer and bright velvet. Other communal seating is upholstered in red patent alligator.
To seal the deal, a jazz band will pay homage to Louis Armstrong four days a week on top of the bar's piano-shaped stage, which looks out onto Canal Street.
[Photo: Saint Hotel]