Gild Hall's welcoming first-floor lobby—not as dark and moody as the Thompson LES—has that warm living-room feel that makes you want to plop down and linger for hours. The upstairs Library Bar, fitted out with mahogany bookcases and Persian rugs, frequently hosts private events as well as open bar parties. So the next time you find yourself with some spare time in the Financial District—or if you're simply waiting for a table to open up at the Libertine—head here for some downtime. "There are some guests who like it so much, they take the chess pieces home with them," warned one recent manager-on-duty. So much for common space!
In other Gild Hall news, as we were tweeted yesterday, the hotel is now home to a monthly LGBT party, GEKKO (Gay Is Good). It's taking place on the last Wednesday of every month in the Library Bar. So yes, you missed it this time round (sorry) but stick it in your diaries for next month.