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Hotel The Greenwich Hotel Hotel 5 star
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377 Greenwich St., New York 10013 New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

In the city that never sleeps, it's always nice to find yourself in a ?calm hotel'. In terms of hotel typologies you've got those where you plunge into another era, those where you discover a world within a world, boutique hotels and charming hotels full of character. The Greenwich marries all of this but is at once very different. A tranquil hotel, bathed in a soft light, it does one good to take refuge from the hubbub of The Big Apple. More than just a simple hotel, you'll find in this animated residence all the passions and emotions of its owner, Robert De Niro, big traveller and patron of the arts, the seventh of which he has made his profession.

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    Location 4.29 /10

    Extremely well-situated in the new trendy quarter of New York, Tribeca (once the butchers' stomping ground), the hotel is nevertheless a fair distance from the museums and Central Park. The immediate area however has been completely regenerated and today you'll find cool boutiques, loft apartments and restaurants in the former butchers' warehouses. Soho, Greenwich and Brooklyn are all close by. If you are staying for a week in New York then it would be wise to base yourself in Tribeca for three of those days in order to take advantage of the restaurants and other attractions of the fashionable area and then to head towards to Central Park for the museums.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    The 88 rooms are divided into several categories: Standard (Courtyard), Greenwich, Superior, Deluxe and our personal favourite, the Corner Suite. As its name suggests this latter is found in one corner of the building and gives onto the Hudson River. You'll fall under the charm of this room where the artificial fire crackles poetically up the chimney. The décor stays faithful to the rest of the hotel with Chesterfield couches and vintage wooden furniture. There is a nod towards exoticism with touches from afar (Italy, Morocco and Tibet among others) while huge bay windows allow the New York light to enter. The difference between the Standard and Greenwich rooms plays on the size and the fact that the latter have baths. If push comes to shove, opt for the Greenwich. All rooms are equipped with television, telephone, air conditioning, mini bar (soft drinks are complimentary), iPod dock and free wifi. The linen is of an excellent quality and the rooms are perfectly sound proofed.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    Once in front of the hotel, don't be put off by the fact that it is built entirely in red brick, which doesn't do it any justice, resembling as it does a house. You may get the impression that you are actually the personal weekend guest of Mr. De Niro himself; a sensation that is only accentuated by the presence on the walls of paintings by actor's father. It is true to say that he was no Picasso, but his work is by no means offensive to the eye! De Niro has managed to find that equilibrium between the cosy atmosphere of an English cottage, the serenity and tranquility of the land of the rising sun and curious soul of the traveller. De Niro has understood that, as in cinema, when it comes to the hotel business, everything is a question of striking the right balance and making sure you don't go over the top. It is therefore easy to compare this hotel to a film in that everything has been thought out down to the last detail. Casting-wise De Niro has chosen a magnificent redbrick building while the scenario transports us into a Japanese universe, but one with a distinctly English feel. The lighting has been arranged in much the same way as in a Clint Eastwood film, low, mysterious and above all calming. All guests feel as if they have been cast in a starring role and glide through a décor made especially for them. A small lobby greets guests and two lounges, the bigger off which allows one to cocoon oneself by the fire, are also at the disposition those staying. The hotel's decoration aims for urban new age, with vintage wooden furniture, Chesterfield couches, red bricks, fireplaces and oriental carpets all livened up by shelves adorned with books we would love to have written and whose plots we dream of having experienced. One of the plus points of the hotel is its spa. A devoted admirer of Japan, De Niro had delivered a 240-year old Japanese house which was then reconstructed piece by piece inside the spa. The treatments and massages on offer here are of the highest quality. Once again, not one to miss a detail, De Niro has made sure that the lighting is perfectly elaborate. Of Vietnamese origin, the director of the spa has himself created the products used for the treatments and by the masseurs. An interior pool, a gym, a sauna and a hammam make sure that there is plenty of opportunity for relaxation.

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    The food is undoubtedly the chink in the armour of this luxury hotel. The dining room is large and impersonal and consequently one feels isolated, especially as few guests take breakfast here, which is served à la carte. Lunch and dinner are also available however. The cuisine is Italian orientated, being the origin of the actor's father. If you want to try some quality food without finding yourself all alone in the restaurant, order some pasta to be brought up to your room. The delicious lasagnas will charm your palate. Robert De Niro has two other restaurants to discover if the mood takes you; both Nobu and the Tribeca Grill are situated a bit further along the same road.

    To know

    After having opened his Japanese restaurant in New York, Nobu, American actor Robert De Niro tried his hand at hotels with The Greenwich which opened in April 2008. Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford have likewise all ventured into the hotel business over the last few years.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      sauna, hammam, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The spa and its high quality treatments
    • The atmosphere which envelopes the hotel

    disadvantages

    • The brasserie-restaurant, for the moment, has nothing likely to set your palate alight

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