Have You Ever Smoked While Lounging On A Beanbag Chair In Your Underwear?
We all know that hotels aren't as forthcoming as they should be with photos of their rooms and public spaces on their websites but we still have a chuckle over the other kind of photos hotels put on their website--the totally staged shots of people doing totally random things.
The Hotel Americano caught our attention over the summer with its low-lying Japanese ryokan beds, bento boxes and wool slippers. None of which, however, relate to what the hotel really wants us to be doing during our stay there: puffing away on a cigarette in our skivvies while snuggling up to the hotel's custom-made Zanotti black vinyl bean bag chairs.
It turns out all that talk about proximity to art galleries and views of the High Line were just ways to get us in the door.
No, that's an exaggeration. We can't imagine that many NYC establishments ever really condoning cigarette smoking. Then again, this isn't an American hotel. This is the Hotel Americano—as in, a foreigner visiting America. So yes, maybe in other places, this whole hanging-out-on-beanbag-chairs-in-your-underwear thing is the norm. Here, not so much.
But if you feel like you need to work to earn your beanbag-lounging time, here's one activity that you might consider: right down the street from the Americano is Chelsea Piers, one of Manhattan's largest sports clubs with golf, running, boxing, swimming—you name it, you can play it.
Of course, there's always the topless bar, Dodge, across the street. That might fall more in line with what the hotel's idea of recreation.
[Photo: HotelChatter; inset, Hotel Americano]