THE BEEKMAN WILL BE THOMPSON’S THIRD NEW YORK HOTEL
Thompson Hotels, once inextricably linked to founder Jason Pomeranc but now owned by Commune Hotels, will be adding two hotels to its small portfolio within the next year. Having opened The Cape in Cabo San Lucas at the end of June, this autumn should see the arrival of Thompson Playa del Carmen as its second hotel in Mexico. Come 2016, New York will get its third Thompson hotel in The Beekman, on the street of the same name in lower Manhattan’s financial district.
Mere blocks away from sibling Gild Hall, The Beekman will incorporate a contemporary high-rise with one of the city’s very first: Temple Court, designed in traditional Queen Anne style and dating back to 1883. We walked by when we were in New York last month to see how likely we thought the ‘early 2016’ opening – pushed back from this summer – would be. Based on that, we – well, let’s just say we have doubts?
Things still seemed to be in major construction mode, with what we could see of the interiors still in the ‘bare concrete’ phase of the project. We’ll happily be blown away by how much progress will be made over the next months, as there is much to look forward to at the hotel. In particular, the pyramidal atrium, with ‘wrought-iron railings and balustrades ornamented with flowers, dragons, and sunbursts’ promises to be stunning.
The narrow streets around the hotel make it difficult to get the slender and glassy high-rise behind the historic Temple Court into frame. In addition to 287 hotel rooms designed by Martin Brudnizki, there will be a range of high-end (read: expensive) residences. Restaurants in the hotel will be overseen by Tom Colicchio and Keith McNally. We don’t have anything more than that luscious visual of the atrium at the moment, but you bet we will be all over any renderings as soon as they come out.