Design Hotels Around the World

by Matthew Wexler
Design Hotels Around the World

Don’t be shy about asking for a tour, or dining in the hotel. When there’s so much to explore and experience in your hotel, you’ll want to savor every moment you are there.

Matthew Wexler

For a final flourish of design and dining, Sovereign Remedies (29 North Market St., Tel: 828-919-9518, offers a foraged, vegetable-forward menu in a vintage setting that feels like your quirky aunt’s living room. Locally built furniture and fixtures by Iron Maiden Studios create an industrial-chic vibe, but it’s Chef Graham House’s vibrant menu, punctuated by Native American Lady Tyson’s foraged finds, that is the true showstopper. A recent tasting featured Japanese sweet potato with a Chinese mustard puree and toothy faro, housemade tagliatelle with creasy greens (think arugula), and beef tartar with locally sourced meat from Hickory Nut Gap Farm.

Outdoor Terrace at The Times Square EDITION - Design Hotels Around the World

Outdoor Terrace at The Times Square EDITION

Ian Schrager, one of the masterminds behind the legendary Studio 54, puts his unique stamp on the chameleon-like Times Square EDITION (701 Seventh Ave., Tel: 212-398-7017, In its heyday, Times Square was a cultural hub, packed with jazz clubs, nightlife, and entertainment. Its mid-20th-century decline eventually turned a corner, thanks in large part to the revitalization of 42nd Street and Disney’s renovation of the New Amsterdam Theatre. Built in 1903, it’s Broadway’s oldest operating theatre.

Schrager and an arsenal of designers, architects, and cultural influencers have created a 452-room oasis in the heart of Manhattan. Every corner reveals the property’s attention to detail. From the entryway featuring Venetian plaster walls and a glowing stainless-steel orb inspired by Anish Kapoor and Jeff Koons, to the outdoor terrace garden overlooking Times Square, the never-ending kaleidoscope is a stunning, and occasionally startling, visual feast.

The lobby’s stark black and white palette seduces guests with its ebonized oak French chevron-patterned floors and Christian Liaigre wing back chairs. Twenty-six suites feature outdoor terraces, with interiors furnished in soothing ivory tones and custom silk pleatedshades. Photography from the Trunk Archives of Andy Warhol Factory includes legendary works in custom gold leaf frames.

Cocktails at The Times Square EDITION - Design Hotels Around the World

Cocktails at The Times Square EDITION

Times Square EDITION has quickly become Midtown’s dining, cocktail, and entertainment destination with a stellar food and beverage program. 701West Cocktail Lounge and its adjacent restaurant have thrown down the gauntlet in terms of innovation and creativity. The lounge, in various shades of green, features a circular bar (no seats), positioned as a showcase for master mixologists Salvatore Tafuri and Gates Otsuji, who shake and stir memorable libations such as the Signature Manhattan, featuring Maker’s Mark single barrel (specifically bottled for the hotel), house vermouth, and bitters.

Step next door into the electric blue world of 701West Restaurant (, helmed by acclaimed chef John Fraser, whose West Village vegetarian restaurant NIX earned a Michelin star. The three course menu may be paired with advanced sommelier and wine director Amy Racine’s Old World picks, or allow the champagne cart to roll by to indulge in selections such as Dom Perignon or Château Rives-Blanques. For a more casual option, brunch on the terrace includes a veggie-forward mezze platter, lobster soft scramble, and a pastry tower that rivals the Empire State Building.

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