THE RENWICK: WHERE ARTISTS (REAL AND WANNABE) CAN FEAST AND RETREAT

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Last week, we let you know that The Renwick Hotel, in NYC’s Murray Hill nabe, had recently joined the collective. But as with all collective members, this is not just another pretty face.

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The Renwick is housed in a former extended-stay hotel from the 1920s on 40th Street where artists and writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, and Thomas Mann once resided. Hence, its 173 residentially-styled rooms have all been designed to feel like an artist’s workspace, with nearly every piece of furniture or amenity meant to spark creativity in the guest.

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Here’s a description of The Renwick rooms:

Custom furnishings include easel-inspired television stands, desks reminiscent of the artist’s workbench, nightstands intended to mimic flat file cabinets and a patterned carpet that simulates paint-splattered concrete. Three-dimensional coat hangers double as enlarged ink blots protruding from the walls, and hand-sculpted ceramic pencil holders sit upon each guest room desk. Roman shades with a local artist’s interpretation of the famous New York City skyline painted in a sketch, silhouette style and a multipurpose stool/table, painted by a Brooklyn-based artist, are also featured. The bathroom ceiling showcases a bold, custom graphic representing drawing’s most basic element: the line.

Are you inspired yet to finally get started on your great literary or painted masterpiece? We are.

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Beyond the rooms, The Renwick will have a restaurant from chef Jon Delucie of Waverly Inn fame–the West Village restaurant that was a fave of many celebrities and VIPs, who happily feasted on his $55 truffle mac and cheese dish–who has recently been going through some stuff with his ex-business partner in the Crown Hospitality Group . (You can read a bit about his restaurant group’s woes here.) However, Delucie is starting anew at The Renwick as the Bedford & Co. restaurant, expected to open in December, will be his first solo project.

Rates right now at The Renwick start at around $300 a night for a queen gallery room with a private balcony.

[Photos: The Renwick]

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Juliana Shallcross
A self-confessed hotel addict, Juliana Shallcross has been reporting on hotels around the world for more than a decade. She was previously the managing editor HotelChatter.com. A good portion of her job involves sleeping in new hotels, obsessing over technology and keeping tabs on the ever-changing hospitality landscape. She's based in Los Angeles.

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