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27 Grand Street
New York City,
Tel: 888 526 3778 (toll-free)
Tel: 212 465 2000
Fax: 312 337 7217
An artsy crowd favors the Manhattan sister of Chicago's James (Hot List 2007). The hotel fills an 18-story raw-concrete tower that dwarfs the low-slung buildings of SoHo, allowing sweeping views. A small street-level entrance leads to a second-floor "sky lobby," providing a calm respite from the bustling pedestrian traffic and Holland Tunnel activity below. Service is familiar, not formal. The 114 rooms are innovatively designed as a flex space: Furnished with a small couch, chair, and table, they are equally suited for desk work, in-room dining, or poring over a neighborhood map to plan your day or evening. The in-room amenities are forward-thinkingfiltered (not bottled) water, waste-reducing hole-in-the-middle soap bars, and reclaimed-wood floors, among other things. The James is vertically bookended by David Burke Kitchen, the basement restaurant, and Jimmy, a rooftop cocktail bar from the team behind the West Village's chic Hotel Griffou. Also on the roofa small pool with a grand panorama.
Which room to book: Rooms with western or southern exposures offer views of all three East River bridges, the higher the better.
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