Feature: Refinery Hotel, New York

By Jessica Padykula - Jan 22, 2016

Whether travelling for business, pleasure or both, where you stay can have a serious impact on your overall experience and has the power to turn what feels like a good trip into a great one. New York is a hard city not to fall in love with, often at first site, but what makes it even better is checking into a hotel that’s just as memorable as the city itself. The Refinery, a luxury 197-room boutique property in midtown Manhattan, is one such hotel.

The property is housed in a 12-story neo-gothic building that dates back to 1912. The historic building was once home to home to 19th-century milliners and hat factories as well as a tearoom and it’s a history the hotel has embraced, allowing the building’s past to inspire its present form.

Look and Location The design of the hotel takes its inspiration from the building’s industrial past, which gives it an urban yet timeless quality that works perfectly with the iconic garment district location. The original spirit of the building remains but has been updated through a careful reimagining. Design accents in common areas and in the rooms were chosen to tie in to the building’s history such as writing desks designed to resemble early 1900's sewing machines and other millinery tools used as unique decorative touches. Materials from the original building have also been cleverly reworked into ceilings and furniture. Communal areas are furnished with both vintage and new pieces further adding to the Refinery’s eclectic charm.

Located close to Bryant Park in the heart of the fashion district, the Refinery is conveniently within walking distance from several area attractions including the park, the theater district, Times Square, and the Empire State Building, as well as being steps away from the shopping mecca of 5th Avenue. This central location means guests can take advantage of the opportunity to explore New York on foot, one of the best ways to experience the fascinating city.

Rest and relaxation Custom furnished rooms and suites spread out over 12 floors are luxurious without being stuffy thanks to an edgy sophistication and industrial-chic design. Rooms start at an impressive-for-Manhattan 250 square feet with the studio queen, going up to 425 with the Atelier executive suite. All rooms come with WiFi, iHome docking stations, LCD HD TVs and full cable. Beds are decked out with down comforters and pillows and custom designed linens and bedding by Frette.

A warm, neutral colour palette throughout rooms and suites is anchored by dark brushed oak hardwood floors and all rooms feature airy 12-foot ceilings and large windows that open to ensure ample natural light. Walls are adorned with original artwork, much of which is created by local artists, and floors feature handmade wool rugs. Bathrooms, stocked with Beekman 1802 amenities, have walk-in rain showers, marble floors, custom designed bathrobes and polished brass and antique finishes.

Food and drink It would be next to impossible to define eclectic New York by one thing but if you had to, it could the city’s renowned culinary scene and guests at the Refinery won’t be disappointed with what they find in terms of dining options. Parker & Quinn is the hotel’s signature restaurant serving American fare made with high quality, seasonal ingredients. The inviting restaurant is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails.

Come spring and summer the Refinery Rooftop is the place to be. The 3500 square foot rooftop bar and lounge offers unparalleled views of the New York City skyline and the Empire State Building. Jazz fans will want to stop by Winnie’s Jazz Bar located in the Refinery’s lobby. The bar is named for Winifred T. MacDonald who ran a tea salon in the building in the 1900s. Expect a well-curated cocktail list and décor inspired by the prohibition era.