December 01, 2016 // Franchising.com // NEW YORK and McLEAN, Va. – Once home to John Steinbeck, Thomas Mann and other celebrated writers and artists, The Renwick Hotel, a historic property in the heart of midtown Manhattan, is now open as part of Curio – A Collection by Hilton™. As the first New York City hotel to join Curio’s global set of remarkable upscale properties, The Renwick facilitates travelers’ desire for unique discovery and authentic experiences.
Housed in an iconic 1920s brick building, The Renwick Hotel New York City, Curio Collection by Hilton is located just two blocks from Grand Central Station and a short walk to Bryant Park, the New York Public Library and bustling Times Square. Complete with 173 guest rooms and suites, the fully-renovated property takes inspiration from its days as a residence for intellectuals and literati, with unique interiors designed to pay homage to culture and art from the Roaring Twenties.
“As one of the world’s most vibrant and dynamic cities, New York affords travelers singular moments unlike any other cultural destination in the world,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton. “Thus, The Renwick is an ideal hotel for Curio’s first foray into Manhattan. Its artful, luxurious design epitomizes our commitment to offering travelers distinctive hand-picked properties, each with its own character and story to tell.”
Named after acclaimed architect James Renwick Jr. (who designed St. Patrick’s Cathedral), the hotel has been completely renovated by renowned New York-based architecture and interior design firm Stonehill & Taylor.
Each of the hotel’s gallery rooms and residential-style suites is fashioned as a stylish enclave to inspire both comfort and creativity, with easels and paint, writing paper and ink, inspired artwork and literature complementing its modern and upscale amenities. Guest rooms contain unique pieces, both functional and standalone, created by more than 20 local artists – such as each room’s hand painted New York City skyline drapes, artist stools and ceramic pen cups that feature pages from F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Great Gatsby.”
Several intriguing design elements – exclusive to The Renwick -- are evident in the hotel’s public areas, as well. String art and a mixed-media mural are featured in the lobby. Stairwells and bathrooms are graced with one-of-a-kind murals paying tribute to the building’s former tenants; and Brooklyn-based Apotheke supplies handmade bath amenities created solely for the hotel.
The Renwick Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton is home to the first solo restaurant from award-winning Chef John DeLucie. Bedford and Co. offers contemporary American cuisine in a vibrant setting that fuses art, culture and a powerhouse menu of shareable plates and bold mains from the restaurant’s wood fire grill. Seasonal menus are distinguished by a variety of modern American dishes, while a refined beverage program features a rotating menu of Prohibition era-style artisan cocktails.
“The heart of Manhattan is a perfect locale for The Renwick, an art-inspired hotel with a distinguishing character,” said Blair Wills, President/COO, StepStone Hospitality. “By joining Curio – A Collection by Hilton, we are able to delight curious travelers who are drawn to unique hotels like ours, with a style all its own.”
The Renwick Hotel New York City is part of Hilton HHonors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton's 13 distinct hotel brands. Hilton HHonors members who book directly with Hilton save time and money and gain instant access to the benefits they care about most such as free Wi-Fi, the ability to earn and redeem Points for free nights, as well as access to digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (in select locations), available exclusively through the industry leading Hilton HHonors mobile app. To celebrate The Renwick Hotel New York City’s addition to the Curio Collection, Hilton HHonors members can earn 1,000 points per night on eligible stays from January 1, 2017 through March 31, 2017.
The Renwick Hotel New York City, Curio Collection by Hilton is owned by a joint venture between Meadow Partners and hotel Asset Value Enhancement (hotelAVE) and managed by StepStone Hospitality. The hotel is located at 118 East 40th Street, New York, New York, 10016.
For more information, or to book a reservation, please call + 1-212-687-4875 or visit curio.com. Media may access additional information about Curio – A Collection by Hilton and its properties – including high-resolution images -- at news.curio.com.
Curio – A Collection by Hilton™ (curio.com), launched in 2014, is a global set of hand-picked upscale hotels that meet independent-minded travelers’ desire for local discovery and authentic experiences, all while providing the quiet reassurance and support of the Hilton name and its award-winning Hilton HHonors program. Discover the collection’s latest stories at news.curio.com, connect with the brand on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or inquire about development opportunities at hiltonworldwide.com/development.
The Renwick opened in February 2016 as a 173-room hotel, featuring 33 custom suites, located at 118 East 40th Street. Centrally located steps away from Grand Central Station and Midtown Manhattan, the building, built in 1928, was once a long-stay hotel housing artists and prominent literary figures including John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Mann. The creative spirit of these former residents is the basis for the hotel’s engaging aesthetic. The product of a blooming partnership between hotel Asset Value Enhancement (hotelAVE) and Meadow Partners, The Renwick delivers a fresh new focus on whimsical luxury with a modernistic approach designed for business travelers and leisure-seekers alike. John DeLucie’s first solo restaurant, Bedford & Co. is open as the hotel’s signature food and beverage offering, bringing increased energy to the property sparked by its modern American cuisine prepared on a custom-made wood-burning grill.
Hotel Asset Value Enhancement, Inc. (hotelAVE) provides Asset Management Services to the property. Prior to acquisition, hotelAVE completed the acquisition due diligence; repositioning and facility program analysis; and new manager selection. With offices in Providence, New York and LA, the firm’s current asset management portfolio comprises over $5.5B of hotel real estate and 22,000 rooms and an additional $10B of assets it advises on annually. www.hotelAVE.com
Meadow Partners is an independent, privately owned real estate investment and asset management firm. Through its three institutional investment funds, Meadow Partners has acquired over $2.2 billion of properties in New York City and London since its inception in February 2009.
Rhode Island-based StepStone Hospitality specializes in management for full-service hotel and restaurant operations to deliver enhanced value to StepStone clients. The company provides a unique combination of strong, hands-on operations, world-class strategic asset management, and food and beverage expertise, maintaining a balanced focus between revenue enhancement, margin expansion, and guest satisfaction.
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