Filed under: Luxury Travel & Hotels
Last week, Michael Achenbaum in ripped jeans and an open shirt led a group of journalists around his newest hotel,
Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC at the corner of Park Ave and 29th Street. "This is downtown vibe meets uptown chic," he says while standing in the hotel's three-story atrium lobby. Unlike anything you have seen, it is dominated by three huge aubergine chandeliers, herringbone granite floors, white patent and houndstooth upholstered chairs plus a fireplace. "Four years of my life went into this," says Achenbaum, obviously pleased with the "young and hip" vibe he hopes will recreate the success of his first New York hotel, Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, on the corner of Ninth Avenue and 13th Street. What guaranteed that hotel's splashy success is a rooftop pool, Plunge Bar and lounge popular with the drinks-after-work crowd.