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home away from home at the greenwich hotel new york

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, April 18, 2012


There is something rather special about boutique hotels like The Greenwich Hotel in New York.....they are so much more homely and inviting than the larger hotel chains....even if they are 5 star !!  The attention to detail during the design process is one thing but the concept of the smaller hotel offering a little more is what really makes the difference to its clientele. 

The additional decorative items that you don't see in the bigger hotels such as the occasional throw rug, coffee table books, magazines....the sort of decorative pieces that you would have in your own home or would like to have, are generously incorporated into both guestrooms and public spaces.   


Having spent a number of years working on the interior design of large hotels and small, there is only so far the big hotels are prepared to go when it comes to individualizing either the guestrooms, lobbies, restaurants or bars.  Yes it is a staffing issue.....after all straightening books and decorative items does take time!!! 

The reason I don't go back to hotels I have worked on is that I have been known to plump up cushions or reposition a collection of items on a coffee table !! I have to say that a large part of the thought process when incorporating all the gorgeous extras is how it will stand the test of time .... and the general public.


Wonderful boutique hotels like The Greenwich have no two guestrooms alike.  They are elegantly eclectic .... incorporating delicate silk rugs, interesting art collections, glamorous mirrors and libraries of books...and are truly a luxurious home away from home.



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