This hotel was the best surprise ever! Having been working at a summer camp for the past 3 months, sleeping on a rickety single bed this visit couldn’t have come at a better time. I booked the Refinery two days prior to book (something that would be impossible now, but with it being new when I first visited in 2014 – I got lucky).
Much of the charm of the original Gothic skyscraper has been preserved, from the high ceilings to the wood-floor rooms, although the décor is never overdone. And while hipster touches abound (the staff sport suspenders and denim uniforms and, a few, waxed facial hair) there’s nothing over the top. Locally curated artwork is on display in communal areas, along with vintage furnishings.
The Refinery Hotel is located just off the corner of 38th and 6th Avenue, giving guests access to the heart of Manhattan, whether they want to travel as tourists and stop by Times Square and Broadway or check out Bryant Park and the New York Public Library. It’s also conveniently located for travelers, within easy walking distance of both Penn Station and Grand Central and just blocks from almost any subway you would need to catch.
Ultimately – 10/10 location whatever your reasonings for being in the Big Apple.
The 197 rooms over 12 floors are chicly decorated in a muted palette, with cool touches such as writing desks, which are meant to evoke vintage sewing machines. Some rooms have views of the Empire State Building. The dark, brushed-oak hardwood floors set the stage for funky furniture and custom beds. Subway-tiled white bathrooms feature walk-in rain showers and are stocked with wonderful-smelling Beekman 1802 toiletries from Upstate New York.
They’re a bit like a classic suit — the refinement is in the simplicity and the detailing.
Inherently New York, but with global appeal, Parker & Quinn is the signature Refinery Hotel restaurant. Serving breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner and cocktails in a nostalgic atmosphere, Parker & Quinn features classic design touches that span a century of New York City history, from the building’s early life as a working factory to a chic, present-day meeting place for fashionable locals and guests. Executive Chef Jeff Haskell takes a straightforward and rustic approach in his kitchen, relying on high-quality and locally-sourced ingredients to produce balanced, approachable American dishes. While the menu changes with the season, Chef Haskell serves up variations on classics like soft-shell crab and ribeye year-round.
The Refinery Rooftop is definitely the crown jewel of the Refinery Hotel, a turn-of-the-century hat factory turned luxury hotel located in the historic Garment District of New York. With a year-round rooftop lounge and breathtaking Empire State views, the Refinery Rooftop offers world travelers–and city dwellers alike–a quintessential New York City experience. The epitome of the perfect cocktail hour!
Nestled among the giants of the New York City skyline, the Refinery Rooftop hosts a rotating mix of big name and up-and-coming talent from the city and around the world. Take it from me: There’s always something to see in the shadow of the Empire State Building.
Oh – and you get doorman preference if you’re staying there, always a bonus.
Top Tip – Order the Baby Doll
A fitness room is an added bonus to this beautiful boutique, but you’re in NYC – pound the pavements and see the city, that’s a workout in itself.
Incredible staff that go above and beyond at every moment. There wasn’t a single member that let the team down – I just hope this continues as they grow even more in popularity!
The Habit Hunter x