new york: the new york edition hotel opening

© edition hotels / photography: elliott kaufman

following the launch of a spectacular property in london two years ago, the global roll-out of edition hotels picks up steam and the luxury hospitality chain has added yet another striking property in what arguably is the world's leading travel destination, new york city. centrally located in the nomad neighbourhood and a stone's throw away of madison square park, the new york edition ticks all the boxes of modern-style luxury and how today's savvy traveler has defined it. the hotel occupies the metlife clocktower, a landmark building built in the early 20th century and part of a bigger office complex, and features 273 guest rooms, including three large-sized penthouse suites.

the building is steeped in history, providing a unique backdrop for the myriad of modern interventions as concocted by edition hotels' creative director and renowned hospitality guru ian schrager. in classic lobby tradition guests and visitors are enveloped by understated visual drama that befits such an exceptional location: venetian plaster walls contrast with the custom-cast concrete oversized windows that look out over the nearby park, and the sense of modernity is further heightened by a 30 feet-long hand-forged blackened steel fireplace and a sculptural spiral staircase leading up to the second floor.

furnishings are subtly eclectic and sophisticated, including jean-michel frank-inspired coffee tables and chairs of the 1920s, paired with christian liagre-designed floor lamps, a concierge desk and chair, and comfy lounge chairs inspired by modernist nordic masters erik kolling andersen and alvar aalto. the rooms at the new york edition easily meet all modern standards, but also come with beautifully designed, timeless interiors. each pad has a classic, extra long and deep floating white oak desk, and a bed with a dark walnut headboard and a custom-built walnut platform with bespoke walnut nightstands. and the views? they're simply priceless.

the property is home to a set of matching facilities, of which some are destinations in their own right. there's the spacious lobby bar with floor-to-ceiling windows yet with the feel of a private apartment and a perfect spot where to unwind or mingle with friends. next to a wide range of drinks, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served here. located on the second floor overlooking the park is the clock tower, a gourmet restaurant supervised by chef jason atherton and serving a menu of classic dishes and contemporay british fare. the setting is contemporary with period design elements blended in, and oozes an atmosphere of sheer elegance.

the dining venue comes with three intimate dining rooms, a parlor with a billiard table and even a library serving cocktails, after dinner drinks and dessert. the rooms feature original herringbone oak floors, original mahogany wainscoting on the walls, and a restored venetian plaster ceiling. the velvet chairs and banquettes, upholstered in rose, green and blue, are inspired by the vibrant colors of the dutch masters. each of the three dining areas has a large chandelier by renowned modernist designer eric schmitt. and when it's time to do some serious business, the new york edition readily delivers with 2,100 sq.ft. [195 sqm.] of meeting and event space, while the three penthouses are also able to accommodate private events and gatherings. location: 5 madison avenue [nomad].

© edition hotels / photography: nikolas könig