The Refinery Hotel Makes History Modern
By Maitland Quitmeyer, June 21st, 2012
The Refinery Hotel, located in the Colony Arcade, is the latest addition to Manhattan’s boutique hotel scene. Built in 1912, the Colony Arcade was home to hat manufacturers until the 1980s, with its original structure never compromised. Architecture and design firm Stonehill & Taylor are revitalizing the space while keeping its historical ties with nods to original occupants (like a cafe/bar called Winnie’s Tea lounge, named after Winifred T. McDonald, an original tenant).
Reinterpreting the neo-Gothic details of the facade, Stonehill & Taylor are putting a modern spin on the building’s history. With white plaster groin-vaulted ceilings, the 72′ entry is a 21st-Century arcade with warm wood details and an installation of hat-making tools. Loft-like guest rooms have concrete ceilings, distressed hardwood floors, and custom area rugs, with coffee tables reminiscent of factory carts of old. The 3,500 square foot upscale public rooftop has stunning views of the city skyline, providing a year-round hangout with fountains, fireplaces, and a bar area.
The hotel is slated to open in Fall 2012, but check out all the details and book a stay at www.refineryhotelnewyork.com