MR. C MOVES TO NYC: COMING SOON TO THE SEAPORT

If the opening of The Beekman and its heavily-Instagrammed atrium and cozy bar didn’t convince you that downtown New York was still happening, here comes another cool hotel announcement in the area, this one a little further to the water, in the South Street Seaport district. Earlier this week came news that Mr. C Seaport, the second Mr. C Hotel, would open in late 2017.

Currently, the only other Mr. C is Mr. C Beverly Hills, a sleek property befitting the Cipriani name – Mr. C was founded by fourth generation hospitality royalty Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani. While the New York property is in development, the Ciprianis also have their eye on San Francisco, Miami and London as future home for Mr. C Hotels.

One of the new hotel’s developers, Bob Ghassemieh, cited the “rebirth” of the Seaport district as a key factor in the location of the first New York City outpost of Mr. C — after recovering from Hurricane Sandy damage in recent years, the Seaport is now seeing an uptick in new construction, driven in part by the development of the new Pier 17, which is planned to be a cultural, dining, retail and entertainment hub for Lower Manhattan.

As it stands now, the Seaport is still quiet and legitimately cool, with independent boutiques and local creative businesses replacing many of the mall chains (and of course, the former Fulton Fish Market) that used to dominate the area. Cobblestone streets, historic warehouses and knockout views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, and of course the East River and New York Harbor, all make the area instant Instagram bait and a fun place to wander away from the madness of Midtown.

Mr. C Seaport will be located on the corner of Peck Slip and Front Street, and will keep the original red brick façade of the existing building there, with all-new interiors. In contrast to some of the bigger name hotels in Lower Manhattan, Mr. C will be boutique in size, with 66 guestrooms, including 10 premium suites with balconies. Fine Italian linens, a traditional Cipriani Italian dining experience and all-round classy touches are on the way, with Danish architect Thomas Juul-Hansen at the helm of the design.

Hotel fans should be happy about Mr. C coming to the neighborhood—the only other options in the immediate vicinity are a Fairfield Inn, Best Western and Hampton Inn. There is also a relatively new Aloft Manhattan Downtown and the new Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown nearby, but to find a hotel with luxurious amenities and the kinds of creative touches Rebels love, you would have to take a short walk into the heart of FiDi, to Andaz Wall Street and Gild Hall, or head west towards the Beekman. Staying at Mr. C takes you away from some of that hubbub, and promises a chic stay in the on-the-up Seaport.

[Photos: Mr. C]

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Rebecca Wallwork
Rebecca Wallwork is a writer based in Miami Beach, although you’ll also find her checking out the newest hotels in New York City. She is a former contributing editor to HotelChatter, and loves dogs and books as much as she does hotels.