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Local History Inspires NYLO New York's LOCL Lobby Bar

April 25, 2013 at 9:02 AM | by | ()

Earlier this month, we included NYLO New York on our list of 5 Manhattan Hotel Openings In 2013. And it's pretty obvious why: the Stonehill & Taylor-designed guest rooms, with their navy color scheme, local artwork and Hudson river views, are pretty easy on the eyes.

But this week, the hotel leaked some more deets on the public spaces: namely, LOCL Bar, featuring a rectangular zinc bar surrounded by a piano lounge, library, and sidewalk cafe. The latter will be accessible through a large glass garage door (keep in mind that this building dates back to the 1900s, when it was known as the upscale Wellsmore apartment building).

Honoring that history, the hotel has chosen to keep an original fireplace in the library, as well as importing an ornate 1920s French elevator system for the lobby.

Other decor features in the public spaces will include: carved wood paneling, Chesterfield-style sofas, and a red lacquer reception desk designed to look like an apothecary's chest of drawers. As we type this, we're suddenly being reminded of the 1920s industrial theme at the upcoming Refinery Hotel. But that makes sense, since the interiors at both The Refinery and NYLO are being designed by the same firm, Stonehill & Taylor.

Both hotels are also housed in century-old Manhattan buildings oozing with history, so, to add character, and preserve authenticity, it's natural that both hotels wanted to highlight things like concrete floors, exposed ceiling beams and lots of wood and metal. However, one thing that NYLO has going for it is its location: unlike the bulk of boutique hotels in NYC, which tend to open in either midtown, lower Manhattan, or Brooklyn, this is one of the first we've heard of that's opening on the Upper West Side.

As for LOCL Bar, expect a full menu of beer, wine, coffee, tea, and signature cocktails like the "Broadway Martini" (vodka, St. Germain, white cranberry). There's even talk of live music being performed at LOCL, and we hope that's true. How can they possibly hope to pull off the "Jazz Era" design theme without some actual jazz?

[Photos: NYLO Hotel]

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