NYC may be the city that never sleeps, but we’re always in search of a good bed and place to rest our weary heads. So many options, so many tiny hotel rooms, so many untrustworthy Yelp reviews. Recently we went out in exploration of a recently renovated boutique hotel from Thompson Hotels—Gild Hall.
There’s more to Wall Street than suits, bankers, and glamorized Gordon Gecko’s pounding the pavement. It’s not what comes to mind when you think of staying overnight in the city that never sleeps, which is why we fell head over heels in love with a recently renovated boutique hotel from Thompson Hotels—Gild Hall. Its unexpected glamour, classic elegance and attentive (yet not intrusive) service all in one. The neighborhood isn’t overdone, there’s no big box hotel vibe here, and the feeling of walking into one’s own personal library as you enter the library is a surreal yet comforting welcome.
Imagine a side of Wall Street you never knew existed. Among Lower Manhattan’s curving colonial-era streets, it seems that a renaissance is underway. FiDi is the newest downtown neighborhood in which to indulge (and over-indulge…).
Located on the alley-like historic Gold Street (and yes, this is Wall Street, but the gold is figurative), Gild Hall brings a new level of design savvy and service to Manhattan’s illustrious Financial District. The property’s simple yet luxurious rooms recently underwent a multimillion dollar renovation and feature oversized leather-tufted headboards and elegant custom-designed wooden furniture, topped with well-appointed linens and rich details.
The 130-room hotel features a bi-level, Tuscan style wine bar and lounge, Felice Ristorante & Wine Bar, adorned with dramatic chandeliers and boasting extensive wine programming, along with a welcoming lobby lounge and library. The Aspen-inspired décor juxtaposes beautifully with the iconic NYC gold and brass of the area. Effortlessly blending classical European sensibility with American contemporary style, Gild Hall serves as a modern-day escape for the kings and queens of Wall Street.
WHERE TO EAT: OLD HOMESTEAD STEAKHOUSE
Once you get settled in with a glass of welcome bubbly in hand, head over to the Old Homestead for one of the best steaks you’ll ever enjoy. Because, what goes together better than Wall Street and the old meatpacking district?
Old Homestead has been in operation from the same location since opening its doors in 1868— making it one of the longest continually serving restaurants in America. The landscape has changed slightly since its inception, but the iconic restaurant has not wavered from specializing in what it considers the most important major food group: beef. The result? Old Homestead is legendary for its prime aged USDA Texas-size slabs of beef – whether its signature sirloin, porterhouse or filet mignon. Their seafood is pretty spot-on as well—the crispy calamari with sweet thai chili sauce and roasted cashews is sweet savory perfection. You won’t be able to restrain yourself, so just give in and order one of everything. You can’t go wrong.