First Look At The Public Spaces Inside Conrad New York
Just a week after officially opening, we stopped inside the brand new lobby at Conrad New York, which, for a Sunday morning, was more bustling than we expected. Still, no amount of people traffic could really detract from what we think is one of the most impressive lobbies to hit New York in a while.
First off, the place is frickin' huge. Gray circular couches are interspersed around the floor, while the ceiling stretches up thirteen floors above. All of the guest room hallways gaze down on the massive atrium, which makes for awesome people watching; meanwhile, suspended in mid-air by hundreds of cables are Monica Ponce de Leon's Veil aluminum sculptures (which are a million times more impressive than the renderings we first saw).
Like we said, a few haggard suitcase-toting guests aren't really going to detract from the whole experience. However, we wouldn't recommend trying to get any work done in here. The sheer scale of the place could prove distracting, to say the least...
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While we certainly spent most of our time gazing up, we also liked some of the more earthly features around the lobby. Like the fact that all of the furniture is lit from underneath in strips of neon orange, and reading lamps, shaped like the number seven, are built right into the floor.
The lobby is actually situated above street level, accessed by a pair of escalators, so the entire space is revealed quite dramatically as you ascend. Once you've arrived, you can wander about the public space without getting in anyone's way, as the Concierge desk and the check-in counters are located off to the side, to create a more intimate check-in experience.
Meanwhile, a Mediterranean restaurant called Atrio is located off the lobby, and provides some nice second-floor views of the Hudson River and that quirky Irish war memorial we spotted on our last visit. We loved the open-plan kitchen, fancy-looking "Enomatic" wine dispenser, and clear beaded curtains.
Stopping by Conrad New York anytime soon? We wanna hear about it! Drop a comment below, or send us your thoughts!
PS. Rates for King Deluxe suite normally start at $449, but for dates in mid-April we found special advanced rates of just $299. Get it while it's hot!