Refinery Hotel, a new lifestyle boutique hotel, is coming to West 38th Street this summer. Originally built as a high-end millinery factory and tea salon in 1912, Refinery’s design draws upon its past and marries raw guestroom elegance with refined public spaces.
The 197-room hotel will have an industrial-chic aesthetic and loft-like guestrooms that feature custom furniture, original artwork, 12-foot high ceilings, millinery artifacts and Frette linens. The property will also host a premium, signature restaurant and bar, managed by In Good Company Hospitality, with a street entrance on West 39th Street.
The hotel lobby lounge and the stunning 3,500 square-foot indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge were designed by Stonehill & Taylor. The rooftop will also serve food and drinks alongside direct views of the Empire State Building.
“We are thrilled to move closer to opening our doors at Refinery Hotel,” says Pinky Vaid, owner of Refinery. “The time and hard work everyone’s put toward every detail, the creativity and energy of the Fashion District, and our mantra of beyond-great-service will truly create a one-of-a-kind experience and an exciting addition to Manhattan’s hotel scene.”
Refinery has drawn up a unique menu of thoughtful services and amenities that are attuned to the wide-ranging needs of savvy travelers, seeking the best in client service and sophistication, sans pretention. The building, formerly called the Colony Arcade, will span the entire block of 38th to 39th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Its Neo-Gothic arches and windows are surrounded by nostalgic sculptural accents.
Today Stonehill & Taylor has revitalized the space with subtle riffs on period details and clever nods to the Colony’s history like the lobby bar called Winnie’s, an original (and presumably hat-wearing) tenant.
The hotel bridges the gap between its rich history and the area’s current status as a fashion mecca by creating uniforms that are inspired by the traditional factory worker but have a modern high-fashion flair including G-Star jeans, chambray shirts, suspenders, black ties, and custom pins inspired by hat making tools.
New York’s Garment District’s history itself reaches back to the 20th Century when manufacturers migrated uptown to be closer to the city’s leading department stores such as B. Altman, Lord & Taylor, Franklin Simon and specialty hat retailer, Knox. Throughout the years, several townhouses of well-healed New Yorkers gave way to the Zobel-designed Colony Arcade Building at 63-67 West 38th St. and 62-64 West 39th St. between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, which quickly became home to hat manufacturers. This was prime real estate in the hat-making quarter, and remained the home of milliners until the 1980s.
“Our design is part history and part inspiration,” explains Christina Zimmer, principal with Stonehill & Taylor. “We thought about how the original tenants lived and worked. We considered everything, the owner of the tea room and the fashions of the ladies who lunched.”
Given its location and its history as a high-end millinery factory and tea salon, Refinery Hotel intends to remain connected to New York’s art, fashion, and cultural scenes. The hotel will transform its loading dock into “hatbox,” a raw, industrial gallery space, which will serve as the perfect venue for creative programming. The space will provide a versatile setting, and a prime location to facilitate exceptionally unique displays and events.
Coming in at 12-stories high, Refinery Hotel will stand proud among its historic location, where it plans to crown the Fashion District as it moves seamlessly into the present.
About Refinery Hotel
Refinery Hotel will become the newest hotel in New York’s Fashion District when it opens this spring on 38th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Originally built as a high-end millinery factory and tea salon in 1912, Refinery’s design draws on the building’s past combining raw elegance in the guestrooms with refined public spaces. This 197-room hotel will have fashion-forward loft-like guestrooms featuring custom furniture, original artwork, industrial-chic design, 12-foot high ceilings, Frette linens, and a 24-hour fitness center. The property will also host a premium, upscale, restaurant and bar, lobby lounge, and a stunning 3,500-square-foot indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge with views of the Empire State Building. Rates start at $399. www.refineryhotelnewyork.com