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The Fifth Avenue Hotel is New York’s best design-led hotel

Designed by Martin Brudnizki with an opening event attended by Sarah Jessica Parker, the Fifth Avenue Hotel is the hottest new addition to Manhattan’s hospitality scene.

Past and present collide in the best way possible at The Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York City. This hotel is the newest addition to Manhattan’s hotel scene, opening in October 2023, more than 100 years after the original Fifth Avenue Hotel closed its doors. Real estate entrepreneur Alex Ohebshalom has revived the opulence of New York’s Gilded Age on the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 28th Street. Set within a 24-storey glass tower designed by Perkins Eastman and a landmarked Italian Renaissance mansion dating back to the early 20th century, The Fifth Avenue Hotel celebrates both its heritage and future through considered design.

Lobby © The Fifth Avenue Hotel/William Abranowicz

A historic location

Located at the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 28th Street, the site was once the home and carriage house of Ms. Charlotte Goodridge, a leading figure of Manhattan’s Golden Age high society. Today, The Fifth Avenue Hotel occupies The Mansion, a landmark designed by the McKim, Mead & White architecture firm, and The Tower, a 24-storey glass tower designed by Perkins Eastman and PBDW Architects.

Hallway © The Fifth Avenue Hotel/William Abranowicz

Hotel concept

Hotel founder, real estate entrepreneur Alex Ohebshalom, created The Fifth Avenue Hotel to be a home away from home for guests, a place that fuses high design and elevated culinary concepts with the whimsical nature of well-heeled travellers. Ohebshalom family has owned the McKim, Mead & White-designed mansion since the ’70s. The hotel was a passion project. “The Fifth is the realisation of many years of dreaming and discovery,” says Alex. “We are creating a one-of-a-kind experience; it is a whimsical, transformational escape in the heart of Manhattan. Our creative spirit will allow us to elevate our guest experience, introducing a new level of service designed to inspire and delight.”

Mansion Junior Suite © The Fifth Avenue Hotel/William Abranowicz

Luxury services

Guests can expect butler service, 24-hour in-room dining, luxury house car service and around-the-clock access to a state-of-the-art fitness centre when they stay at The Fifth Avenue Hotel. Access to Equinox NoMad, SoulCycle, Barry’s Bootcamp, Humming Puppy Yoga and Meditation Center is also included in the stay. Valet parking, complimentary garment pressing and an overnight shoe-shine service round-out the notable offering, which will soon include a Mini Spa with massage and esthetician treatments, too.

The Fifth Avenue Suite © The Fifth Avenue Hotel/William Abranowicz

Architecture and interior design

Ohebshalom engaged internationally acclaimed interior firm, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, and architecture studio, Perkins Eastman, to oversee the construction of The Fifth Avenue Hotel. Flâneur Hospitality oversees the hotel development and management. Taking inspiration from the energy and history of the NoMad neighbourhood in which the hotel stands, a romantic bohemian aesthetic has been established throughout the hotel, accessorised with glamour, art and curios to create a unique and contemporary residential experience that’s layered and opulent.

Guests are welcomed into the lobby by a double-height ceiling, antique mirrors, marble floors and towering arched windows, while cabinets of curiosities and a large-scale tapestry by artist Pae White add eclectic interest. The suites and guestrooms are a riot of colour and bold patterns, with pagoda-style table lamps, Murano Glass chandeliers, star-like ceiling lights and custom wardrobes reminiscent of traditional Chinese cabinets. The textural palette of materials is complemented by the characterful furnishings, establishing a playful yet refined interior design style that has depth and personality.

Mansion Junior Suite © The Fifth Avenue Hotel/William Abranowicz

Restaurant and Bar

Set to become a gastronomic destination, The Fifth Avenue Hotel has a signature restaurant, Cafe Carmellini, and bar, The Portrait Bar. James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini oversees the restaurant, channelling a distinctly New York edge into his Italian and French-influenced fare alongside a wine program curated by Master Sommelier, Josh Nadel. Darryl Chan directs The Portrait Bar, serving up a delectable cocktail list of innovative new mixes and bar classics.

Cafe Carmellini in The Fifth Avenue Hotel
Cafe Carmellini © The Fifth Avenue Hotel/William Abranowicz

Hot location

A stay at The Fifth Avenue Hotel puts guests within easy reach of iconic landmarks and attractions such as the Empire State Building, the Morgan Museum and Library, the Flatiron Building and Madison Square Park.

a den-like art deco bar
The Portrait Bar © The Fifth Avenue Hotel/William Abranowicz

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