A buzz surrounds the Smyth, located smack in the heart of TriBeCa, with its recent reinvention: Chef Andrew Carmellini has revitalized the restaurant space, making it a destination for diners from across the city, and a redesign from Gachot Studios has brought a fresh feel to the decor. The new residential-feeling lobby is meant to be your TriBeCa living room, with all the neighborhood’s shopping, galleries, spas, Michelin-rated restaurants, and attractions right on the doorstep. One of downtown’s most poignant landmarks, the 9/11 Memorial, is a few short blocks away. Mirroring the neighborhood’s style, this hotel is understated and chic. Grab a stool next to TriBeCa’s designers, filmmakers, and photographers for a cocktail at the Evening Bar.
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At the southern edge of TriBeCa, the Smyth sits on one of the neighborhood’s most bustling corners, where Chambers Street and West Broadway meet (right above a handy subway station for the 1, 2, and 3 trains). One of New York’s most polished downtown neighborhoods, TriBeCa is known for its boutiques and celebrity-frequented restaurants. City Hall, The World Trade Center, and Hudson River Park are all within an easy stroll. Those guests looking for the local spirit won’t have to venture far—upscale cocktail bar Ward III is around the corner, and TriBeCa Italian favorite Locanda Verde and the Aire Ancient Baths are also within easy walking distance. One of New York’s best hand-rolled bagel shops, Zucker’s, is a half-block away.
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Rooms: 100 rooms, 4 suites. From $325. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Acclaimed Chef Andrew Carmellini opened his most recent restaurant, Little Park, in the Smyth; three meals and cocktails are served. The restaurant sparked an instant buzz with its vegetable-centered menu, including dishes like beet tartare with smoked trout roe and black kale ravioli with squash and pine nuts. The same kitchen operates room service and the Evening Bar in the lobby. Spa and gym details: A fitness center is on-site, but no spa.
Who’s it best for: Well-heeled travelers looking for understated elegance with an artistic touch. Girlfriend getaways with great dining and shopping on the doorstep. Our favorite rooms: The Smyth Suite has a private 300-square-foot balcony with views of SoHo and TriBeCa plus a dining area with a large table. The gorgeous penthouse has an 800-square-foot balcony plus a generous living and dining space. The city at your fingertips: The Smyth offers complimentary town car service within 10 blocks—which puts all of TriBeCa (and a bit of the Financial District plus the edge of SoHo) within easy reach.