Forbes Travel Guide | 11/7/2016
In the heart of New York City’s Financial District sits The Beekman, a Victorian-era building with architectural elegance, innovative cuisine, and lavish guest rooms and suites with impossibly high ceilings. Making amazing use of the former Temple Court site, the new hotel takes you through a rich period of history.
Before the 1883 structure was built, this site was home to several buildings with special cultural significance, including being the spot where Shakespeare’s Hamlet was first performed in New York and where Edgar Allan Poe produced some of his work. At its height, the 1883 building housed more than 200 businesses. But it was left vacant in 2001 and was reopened in 2013 to begin construction on The Beekman, a Thompson-brand boutique hotel.
Because The Beekman is an alluring hotel with unorthodox appeal, it’s an ideal location for a special occasion, a meeting or a memorable event. As if that weren’t enough, a 51-story luxury condominium tower with penthouse residences and panoramic views of the city also accompanies the property.
Today — thanks to three years of restoration directed by Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects and design led by Martin Brudnizki — the New York City hotel possesses a hint of mystery and history with a touch of sexiness.
Each moment at The Beekman is an experience. In an effort to keep some of the building’s original charm, designers restored or re-created many of the historical elements, including the crown molding, decorative railings and brackets. The showstoppers are the pyramidal skylight and the nine-story atrium with a Renaissance Revival-style glass ceiling, which forms the heart of the hotel.
When it comes to guest rooms, The Beekman raises the bar. The classic yet contemporary interior design theme spills over into 287 rooms, which includes 38 suites and two duplex gurret penthouse suites with roof access. Rooms are exquisitely decorated with earth tones, aged oak floors and vintage-style furnishings, which create an inviting mood.
And what’s more, the rooms contain a slew of luxury amenities, including custom-designed oak beds with leather headboards, sateen Sferra linens, IPTVs with DVR and marble-tiled baths with a rain shower.
When it comes to dining, you can expect a culinary adventure from two James Beard Award winners — Tom Colicchio and Keith McNally. Indulge in modern American cuisine at Colicchio’s Fowler & Wells restaurant, while Augustine, McNally’s eatery, offers a combination of French classics.
The Beekman’s prime location is your connection to everything culture, food and fashion. Within walking distance of the luxury hotel, you can explore some of the city’s iconic landmarks, like the World Trade Center, city hall, the Brooklyn Bridge and South Street Seaport.
Shop at one-of-a-kind boutiques or high-fashion retailers such as Calypso St. Barth, Hermès and Salvatore Ferragamo. And you can eat at some of the finest restaurants in the city. Cipriani Wall Street and Mr. Chow are nearby.
Not in the mood to explore by foot? The hotel also offers a courtesy car upon request.