Since a 2008 overhaul -- the 230 guest rooms were refurbished and a fitness center was added -- the Belleclaire has fought its way back into the $180 - $350 a night bracket. The final stage, an extensive lobby renovation, was completed this spring and it is a thing of beauty
A soon as we walked in off the corner of 77th and Broadway, we were struck by this 40-foot skylight framed in ornate crown molding.
The mosaic tile floor is an original 1903 feature that has been restored, and the hotel has added wood paneling and a skylight that opens the space up.
There are three different seating areas with green velvet-backed chairs and two sofas; one velvet, the other leather. Our favorite details were the shadowboxes separating lobby from elevators that are filled old timey curios such as globes, black and white photographs, and dusty books.
Right now you will find a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the lobby but, as soon as they get licensed (looking at this fall) there will be a full-service bar in the lobby. The Belleclaire has even more big plans with a Hudson River view garden rooftop restaurant currently in the works.
[Photos 1,2,3 by Hotel Belleclaire; Photo 4 by Karen Gardiner Dion].