Oh, What a Night
Swank local spots to lay your head once the party’s over.
Opened in Williamsburg in 2012, the Wythe is located inside a former cooperage—a factory that made baskets and barrels—and was constructed with a nod to the building’s industrial past. Design-oriented couples will enjoy waking up in lofty rooms that feature concrete floors with radiant heating; floor-to-ceiling windows, many with views of Manhattan; and art by the likes of ESPO and Duke Riley. The Wythe’s sixth-floor rooftop bar is invariably a scene for those looking to keep the party going post-wedding. From $200; 80 Wythe Ave., at N. 11th St., Williamsburg; 718-460-8000.
The Nomad Hotel
Housed in a turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts building, the NoMad’s Francophilia is pervasive, from its ground-floor retailer—the only North American location of the Parisian apparel and indie-music purveyor Maison Kitsuné—to the French writing desks, claw-foot tubs, and Côté Bastide bath products in its suites. The hotel is perhaps best known for its eponymous restaurant, the Michelin-starred venture from Eleven Madison Park’s Daniel Humm and Will Guidara. Dishes like smoked salmon with capers or eggs Benedict with crab and hollandaise sauce make for a decadent way to wake up the morning after the ceremony. From $395; 1170 Broadway, at 28th St.; 212-796-1500.
Those who favor discretion steal away to this low-key inn, which is more reminiscent of a private residence than a hotel. Each of Lafayette House’s fifteen rooms features antique furnishings, working fireplaces, and bath products by C. O. Bigelow; two have access to a private garden. The alluring accommodations are the brainchild of Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson, whose other ventures, including the trendy Bowery and Maritime hotels, are anything but understated. The hotel has no common spaces or restaurant, but it does offer an unexpectedly serene locale in the heart of Noho’s hustle and bustle. From $295; 38 E. 4th St., nr. Bowery; 212-505-8100.
The Out NYC
This sleek, sexy Hell’s Kitchen spot caters to the LGBT community. Among other design elements, it features a spa with a fifteen-foot waterfall and a curvilinear lobby inspired by the sculptures of Richard Serra. Rooms are minimalist but spacious and well-appointed, although couples should note that none of them have closets—one of the hotel’s more metaphorical gestures. Couples who take the term wedding party literally have a variety of entertaining options to explore, from holding a dinner at the Out’s restaurant, Ktchn, to throwing a raucous after-party at XL, its 14,000-square-foot nightclub. From $314; 510 W. 42nd St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-947-2999.
This grande dame of the Upper East Side has offered sophisticated lodging since 1930. The charm is unmistakable: Guests are treated to such touches as uniformed elevator operators, Kiehl’s bath products, and commodious suites (some with pianos and terraces overlooking Central Park). The hotel’s romance packages include Champagne upon arrival, followed by chocolate-covered strawberries. In the morning, a Continental breakfast is delivered to your door. One of the Carlyle’s most seductive offerings is Bemelmans Bar. With its muted lighting and shadowy corners, it’s the perfect spot for a post-nuptials nightcap. From $630; 35 E. 76th St., at Madison Ave.; 212-744-1600.
From the Winter 2014 New York Wedding Guide