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The Courtyard Is Now Open At The Greenwich Hotel (And The Spa's Calling Our Name Too)

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June 6, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | ()

Well, the Tribeca Film Festival has come and gone, but that doesn't mean the fun's over in Tribeca for the rest of the year. Hardly! We've got our eye on the Greenwich Hotel—and now that summer is on the way, we're ready to pay a visit to the hotel's guests-only Courtyard.

Situated next to the Drawing Room, the Courtyard (pictured) expands on the Greenwich's whole retired-archaeologist-living-in-the-English-countryside vibe, with quaint stone benches, hanging lanterns, and ivy creeping up the brick walls. A Front Desk agent we spoke to called the space "quite stunning."

Of course, guests are the only ones who can actually access the Courtyard. But wait! Didn't we just hear about a new space inside the hotel that's become available to non-guests? Why, yes, as a matter of fact...

...we did. And, for those of you who are wondering, it's the Shibui Spa, which first started taking appointments by non-guests in March. The lantern-lit, Japanese-inspired spa boasts a 40-foot pool and a 250-year-old wood and bamboo ceiling. Inside the spa, treatments are pretty standard (shiatsu, facials, various seasonal body treatments), but the real appeal for us is the design.

Not to mention the fact that it's underground, so you really get the sense that you've been removed from the rest of the world.

While Japanese tea and cocktails are pretty much all that's served beside the pool, upstairs in the Courtyard, guests can nibble on fare from Italian eatery Locanda Verde (which happens to offer a mouth-watering brunch). And if you're the type who enjoys a bit of late-night Courtyard lounging, keep in mind that the menu switches to traditional room service after Locanda has closed for the evening.

So which will it be: courtyard lounging or Shibui spa soaking? Both? We don't blame you a bit.

[Photo: Greenwich Hotel]

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