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t was once the tallest building in the world and was

modelled after the bell tower of Venice’s St Marks

Basilica, but today the 1909-built, former Metropolitan

Life Insurance Company Tower is home to the latest

addition to renowned hotelier, Ian Schrager and

Marriott International’s EDITION hotels collection.

Ideally located on Madison Square Park in New York’s

Flatiron District, the 273-room hotel, which opened in

May 2015, is situated on one of the city’s most

appealing outdoor spaces. The neighbourhood is a

thriving destination for hip restaurants, with the

sprawling Eataly market across the park. It’s a pleasant

walk to nearby Union Square, Meatpacking District and

the Village. The Empire State Building is in easy reach

and the surrounding area is a shopping wonderland.

After exploring the locale guests can recharge with a

soothing massage at the hotel’s exclusive urban spa.

The interior and public spaces demonstrate Schrager’s

modern meets classic approach which resonates with

his current EDITION projects. Drawing inspiration from

New York’s turn of the century Gilded Age, the hotel is

meant to evoke a private home or club of that era.

The simple residential feel of luxury that pervades the

decor of the bedrooms and suites offers a quiet

reprieve from the 2nd floor Clocktower restaurant.

Here, guests can be found enjoying the buzz around

the Gold Bar, Billiards Room and three dining rooms,

each outfitted with different jewel-toned velvet chairs

and banquettes below walls that are peppered with

photographs of artists, musicians and New York scenes

through the ages set within opulent, gilded frames.

In the short time that The New York Edition has been

open, it is fair to say that it has established itself as a

hugely popular venue both with guests and as a

meeting point for native New Yorkers. Michelin starred

chef Jason Atherton is wowing diners at The

Clocktower with contemporary English treats adding

to the hotel’s private club atmosphere. And when it is

time to retire, hotel guests can look forward to

inspiring views out of oversize picture windows in their

bedrooms of the New York skyline and the East and

Hudson River views that surround it.

A Manhattan Landmark

The iconic Met Life clock tower becomes home to

The New York Edition