Spring has finally arrived in Manhattan! One of the greatest cities in the world was getting a little bogged down and snowed out this winter—the frost has truly melted and the scent of spring wafts through the air, inviting you to sit at every corner bistro and wander the city until your heels hurt and it’s time for a luxurious retreat from the whirlwind that is New York.
There is a new luxury lifestyle hotel that is the perfect location to collapse and retreat to after a long day in the city. The Quin debuted on November 11th, 2013 and is located on the corner of 57th Street and 6th Avenue. At the intersection of art, music, and fashion, the privileged Midtown Manhattan location of this 208-room new NYC hotel provides effortless access to Central Park, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Fifth Avenue couture.
The Quin is a new New York City hotel that melds modern opulence with its rich artistic heritage in each of its 208 thoughtfully appointed Guest Rooms—the guest rooms are lovely but their 28 Specialty Suites are worth every penny. They have turned the storied Buckingham Hotel — home in times past to the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe and Marc Chagal, plus far too many jazz and classical music luminaries to name — into a brand-new establishment entirely, an all-the-stops modern luxury hotel with a punchy new name to match.
From the inside it could easily pass for a new build, and one by a very expensive design team at that. All that’s left of the Buckingham is the iconic beaux-arts architecture, some subtle homages to the hotel’s musical history, and the thing that was always its greatest asset: an address that puts it in what’s essentially the bull’s-eye center of Manhattan, two blocks below Central Park on W. 57th and 6th Avenue.
Where the look is perfectly, tastefully restrained, the materials are about as extravagant as can be: big stone bathrooms with marble vanities, Sfera linens woven in Italy from the finest Egyptian cotton, handmade Duxiana mattresses engineered with the sort of scientific rigor you’d sooner expect applied to a space suit. (Fun fact: a 250-pound wooden dummy named Fingal tests every one of their mattresses by rolling all over it.) There’s even a menu of luxury goods you can order to the room, curated by Bergdorf Goodman.
Renowned architecture and interior design firm, Perkins Eastman, has transposed a contemporary masterpiece on the classical foundation that was once home to cultural icons like pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski and artist Georgia O’Keeffe. But even if you couldn’t care less about Bergdorf Goodman or the finer points of a Dux mattress versus a Hästens, the result is an extremely comfortable room, where you’re never left wishing the bed were a little firmer, or the shower a little bigger, or the lighting in the bathroom a little better for finding your tweezers.
Given the center-of-the-universe surroundings, the place is remarkably quiet as well. It’s not hard to imagine actually getting some work done — or just getting a good night’s sleep — in one of the guest rooms, though if you wanted to get a little louder, there’s a three-story penthouse here that positively screams for a party.
Of course it wouldn’t be a modern luxury hotel without an ambitious and perfectly of-the-moment new restaurant. The Quin is home to the Wayfarer, a seafood-focused restaurant designed to evoke the ambience of an old-fashioned gentleman’s club. Classic cocktails with an olde world feel and a fabulously fresh oysters, etc. menu it’s perfect for the New York dining and drinking world’s current obsession with Prohibition-era aesthetics and inspired food.
It’s time to escape and embrace the luxury that is New York—book a weekend at the Quin for a flawless and unforgettable experience.