Concierge.com's insider take:
When a megawatt Hollywood star and one of Manhattan's most famous hoteliers (Ira Drukier of Mercer fame) join forces for a new project in Tribeca, you'd expect a flashbulb spot as sceney as area favorites like Nobu. But when that star is the notoriously private Robert De Niro, a different picture emerges. A night at the Greenwich Hotel feels more like a stay at a cultured friend's city manse. Worn Tibetan rugs cover Italian terra-cotta floors, Taschen design books sit on Moroccan marble side tables, and shabby chic wardrobes contrast with brushed metal consoles. Each of the 88 rooms, which start at 325 square feet, is unique, and the eclectic, well-edited assortment of objetsa Buddha head here, a branch of coral theregive the property a lived-in feel. The one decorative constant? Paintings by De Niro's son, Raphael (and yes, they're good). The Greenwich gives you a local's perspective on the neighborhood: This is more the Tribeca of art-filled lofts and stroller-packed brunch spots than the Tribeca of scenesters and velvet-rope restaurants. The service complements that vibe, feeling at once welcoming and discreet: Check-in is handled in your room, fresh fruit awaits your arrival, and the free minibars are stocked with a mix of healthy Dr. Weil teas and whimsical jars of penny candy, as well as Pellegrino and other goodies. The sprawling Moroccan-tiled bathrooms and eucalyptus-scented products make a shower feel like a trip to the spa (though you can get the full treatment downstairs in the Shibui spa, which surrounds a Japanese lanternlit swimming pool and lounge). Book a room at the back of the hotel overlooking the peaceful courtyard, where you can take tea beneath latticed vines.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Like Robert De Niro's previous business ventures in TriBeCa, his Greenwich Hotel is a well-timed success. Behind the unassuming brick facade is a mountain lodge meets ryokan ambience. The drawing room has a fireplace, plush mismatched couches, a wood-beamed ceiling, and knickknacks from all over the world. This rustic theme is carried out in the 88 spacious guest roomsbut don't let the distressed look fool you. All are luxuriously kitted out and have complimentary mini-bars. The large underground pool is the hotel's pièce de résistance: Set beneath a 250-year-old bamboo roof and reclaimed wood, it's a rare find in spatially limited Manhattan. The only weak point here is the restaurant, Ago, with its mediocre Italian food and spotty service.2009 Hot List
When to go: Year-round.
Which room to book: Room 502, a Greenwich Room, has French doors that open onto a quiet courtyardSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›