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Hotel The Maritime Hotel 4 star
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363 West 16th Street, New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Another result of the unstoppable partnership that is Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson, The Maritime is one of our favourite hotels in New York and without a doubt, one of the most original and carefully considered. As the hotel's name suggests, the theme is a nautical one, but done in a way so as not to be tacky like in so many European seaside resorts. Here, with the help and inspiration of top designers, the duo has created a smart, stylish and seductive place to sojourn in the city that never sleeps. Situated in a hip area of New York, this property is more suited to young couples than any other type of traveller, although its top class restaurants, bars and night club might tempt a different sort of clientele too.

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    Location 4.58 /10

    The Maritime is located just north of Greenwich Village, around the Chelsea/Meatpacking District area. While most of the city's star attractions are not exactly on the hotel's doorstep, the area is full of boutiques, restaurants and cafés and has a much more laid back vibe than the centre of town as well as a colourful recent history, notably for being the craddle of the Beat Generation. The two main sights close by to the hotel are Chelsea Market, the former biscuit factory where Oreos were made which is now an indoor food hall, and Chelsea Piers which is home to all sorts of sporting facilities such as bowling, golf, skating, a fitness centre and spa. It is also a pleasant place for a stroll when the weather is good. 8th Avenue-14th Street metro station is a couple of blocks away meaning you can get to the more famous sights of New York with ease. JFK is 19 miles away, La Guardia 10 miles and Newark 17.

    Accommodation 9.20 /10

    The standard rooms at The Maritime are some of the most complete, well-appointed we saw. A generous size, the rooms have a real cabin feel thanks to the teak walls and cabinetry, the 5ft porthole windows and the cabinet handles (bought, like the lamps, from a ship outfitters) which are sunk flush into the doors as they are in real ships to save on space. The bed's headboard and the curtains, which hang from windows looking out to the west) are both indigo-dyed, while amenities include flatscreen television, iPod docking station, games consoles, CD and DVD players (you can borrow from the hotel's art house DVD collection free of charge) and cordless phone. In the closet you'll find a great minibar with fun items such as a disposable camera, the owners' favourite products and a Kiki de Montparnasse Intimacy Kit containing before and after mints, lubricant, condoms and silk ties. Here you'll also find more mainstream items such as iron and ironing board, safe and umbrella (which can be purchased). The bathroom, whose small round tiles actually give a honeycomb effect, has a large walk-in shower and white marble vanity as well as bathrobes, hairdryer and C.O. Bigelow toiletries, whose lavender peppermint perfume was made exclusively for the hotel but is now available to buy in the shops. The studio-like Junior Suite has a living space opposite the bed and features two one-off Oushak rugs from Turkey, a pouring bar with the same minibar, more of Mr. Franck's armchairs and couch cum daybed behind which is a mirrored wall. This room has two 5ft porthole windows and the orchids make a nice touch. The bathroom's shower runs the whole length of the room. The Penthouse (of which there are three) has a smaller bedroom to accommodate the separate living area which features a couch, armchairs and a marble table and chairs, as well as floor to ceiling windows and a stereo and Bose speakers in the wall above the television. On the bookcase are the complete Encyclopedia Britannica and a back catalogue of National Geographics which belong to one of the owner's mother. The outdoor, open-top terrace has views of the Hudson and 16th Street and even has a shower looking on the Google café across the way. The bathroom, which has a bathtub, also boasts a walk-in closet. The hotel's biggest room is the Roof Top Suite, which boasts an enormous terrace stretching the entire length of the hotel, not to mention the incredible views. It has a canopy and fairy lights, its own toilets and it is possible for the iPod docking station in the room to be hooked up to the speakers outside. The room itself has a gas fireplace, walk-in wardrobe and a collection of art history explanation books called Horizon. The salon also has the gas fireplace as well as a bar, webmail and a huge flatscreen television. If you want to block out the sunlight from entering the porthole windows, huge round cushions are available from reception which just plug into the circle.

    Overview 9.45 /10

    The Maritime's exterior is one of a kind and stands tall and proud over almost all around it. Its shape is like that of a seat with no legs, the seat itself covering a large, flat area at the foot of the hotel with the back upright at ninety degrees featuring porthole windows and flags at its summit. The lobby is a long, largely marine blue affair with on one side wide, low blue brick arch windows and on the other original wooden paneling above which is a nautical themed mural. Overhead, the ceiling also boasts the original wood slats, while under your feet is the personalised carpet bearing the hotel's name. Seating is a mixture of various styles of leather armchairs as well as couches upholstered in fabric featuring maps by the Swedish-based Austrian Joseph Franck. The hotel's small fitness centre has a few cardio machines and weight apparatus and is wallpapered with an outlandish leaf print. It has a music system and television and offers complimentary water and earphones. A business centre is made available for guests of the hotel while wifi is free throughout the hotel. The corridors of the hotel keep up the nautical theme with porthole windows at their ends and exactly the kind of wood paneling found on ships upon the walls. There are cute touches around the hotel too such as the weather forecast in the lifts and the original mail boxes in the lobby. The young staff is extremely pleasant and fun and were very helpful when one of our team realised he's left his mobile phone in a cab (which was sadly never returned). It is usually mainly the hotel room which makes a hotel experience, but here there is so much to take in outside the bedroom, as you will see below in 'Food and Drink'.

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    The Maritime is blessed with two great restaurants. The first, on the ground floor of the hotel, is called La Bottega and is open from 7am until midnight and serves all three meals as well as brunch. It is divided into two halves with a café part and a trattoria section. The former is more of a bar but does serve snacks in the evening such as panini, salami and cheese and pizzas. The room has a mixture of wooden paneling and white tiles and is covered with mirrors bearing the name of various alcohols such as Martini, Campari, Cinzano, Strega, Peroni and Moretti. Seating comes in the form of great red leather booths and high stools and the billiard table, duke box and ceiling fans make of this half a very retro place to come for a beer, cocktail or glass of wine. The terrace, which is heated in colder weather, is inspired by Roberto Burle Marx, the Brazilian landscape artist. The trattoria side is a little less busy and has a lot more natural light. Breakfast features various eggs, bacon, sausages and continental options, while the brunch is breakfast plus pizzas, pastas and a few meat and fish dishes. The lunch time menu offers salads (artichoke, radicchio, white truffle oil, parmigiano), pizzas, pastas, panini, tramezzini (Italian finger sandwiches) and several typical meat and fish options. The dinner menu is almost identical but does have a few more dishes. The hotel's second restaurant, Matsuri ('festival' in Japanese), is a renowned Japanese affair in the basement of the hotel. Formerly the Longshoremen's Club, where men would come to look for work, it has now been transformed into one of the most spectacular spaces in which to eat in New York. The upstairs is a bar with arched ceilings, booths and traditionally upholstered benches with hand painted lanterns hanging down from the ceiling done by the same artist as the lobby's mural. This gallery looks down upon the main restaurant which is decorated with tall plants, more lanterns and wonderful ruche knotted rope which hangs between some of the tables to separate them from one another. To one side is the open plan sushi bar, while at the back is a private sake room with its own sushi bar. The food, the responsibility of chef Tadashi Ono, the owner of several other restaurants and the author of some best-selling books, is traditional Japanese and not just sushi. The menu features meat and fish dishes as well as a large selection of sushi and sashimi and can be quite daunting so feel free to ask a waiter for some help. There is of course a wine list and other beverages available, however it would be a shame to miss out on the selection of over 200 sake and not to take advantage of the services of the city's only sake sommelier, as it would be not to experience dining at one of the best Japanese places New York has to offer.

    To know

    The building which has housed The Maritime since 2003 started out as the headquarters of the National Maritime Union and was then converted by Covenant House into a home for runaway youths. In 1996 it was bought by the New York Service Center for Chinese Study Fellows to provide housing and educational services for Chinese students, artists and business people. Owners Goode and MacPherson wanted to revisit the early days of the building's history by giving the impression that someone had come into the hotel after quite a few years and simply dusted things down. They have, to a large extend, succeeded in their goal, although of course it is unlikely that many of the design elements were present sixty or seventy years ago.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Sports equipment

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    • Animals allowed
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Design and décor
    • Architecture
    • Restaurants
    • Staff
    • Views
    • Location in hip district

    disadvantages

    • Distance from main tourist attractions

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