A former button and ribbon factory in New York’s Tribeca neighbourhood has been turned into a boutique hotel featuring an eclectic mix of modern furniture and industrial details. Hospitality firm Bridgeton Holdings completed the Walker Hotel in a renaissance revival building constructed in 1899 to span three street frontages in downtown Manhattan. Arriving guests are encouraged to choose between a traditional check-in desk and the Walker Lobby. “The original check-in was slated for the first floor, but it was relocated down half a flight of stairs to a mullioned Mahogany alcove where staff can provide guests with their full attention and then whisk guests up to their rooms through a private elevator lobby.
The area doubles as a 50-seat bar and lounge, anchored by a matching marble fireplace and dual rosewood Borsani shelving presenting guests with the opportunity to check-in traditionally or ‘socially’ with a cocktail in hand.
A 24-seat Reading Room is designed to offer a more intimate setting to the main lounge. Its design extends the “eclectic modernist” theme found in the lobby with a Hans Wegner sofa, two Milo Baughman mohair club chairs, and a custom Patterson Flynn Martin rug. The Walker Hotel’s 171 guest rooms span seven distinct categories, all sharing luxury-meets-academic finishes such as tobacco leather professor chairs, herringbone wood floors and beds piled with Garnier-Thiebaut percale linens. Bathrooms feature Carrara marble subway tiles and walk-in rain showers.