The Refinery Hotel opened last month in New York City’s Garment District.
Formerly the Colony Arcade Building, a 20th century hat factory, the hotel has maintained its roots with small details that point to its past: Hat pins form a sculptural installation behind the front desk, scissor motifs are woven into the carpets, and desks in the guestrooms resemble converted sewing machines.
The independently-owned boutique hotel was designed by Stonehill & Taylor—the design firm behind the chic NoMad Hotel.
“Our design is part history and part inspiration,” said 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.”
The 197 guest rooms are spacious and sleek, with nice details like 12-foot ceilings, original artwork, and large mosaic-tiled bathrooms.
Rooms start at about $399 per night.
There are also bellmen in retro-looking hipster uniforms: suspenders, checked button-downs, and fitted pants.
A closer look at the runner reveals ornate details, like an intricate pattern of scissors and hat-making tools—a tribute to the building's past.
That theme continues on to the front desk, where hat-making tools like awls form a type of sculptural installation.
The prohibition-themed lobby bar, called Winnie's, feels very retro with its wood paneling and long bar.
There are also nice details here that point to the hotel's hat-making past, like this old-fashioned hat box.
The restaurant also has a vintage feel, with floral wallpaper, black-and-white photos, and wooden banquettes.
Upstairs, the hallways leading to the guest rooms also have a cool vintage vibe, with checked carpets and old-fashioned telephones.
Guest rooms are designed in the industrial-chic aesthetic, and have high-ceilings, original art, and high-tech amenities like Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, and i-Home docking stations.
They also pay tribute to the building's milliner past with vintage-looking lamps and custom-designed headboards.
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