Wish We Were Here: NYC's Refinery Hotel

(Photos courtesy of Refinery Hotel)
Past is undeniably present at New York City's ultra-chic Refinery Hotel. Throughout the 197 loft-like guest rooms, you can see echoes of the 1912 building's former life as living and showroom quarters for hat makers in what was then considered Manhattan's millinery district. Concrete ceilings, dark oak floors, and steel headboards mimic the raw quality of the original tenants' rooms, coffee tables are inspired by old factory carts, and linens and upholstery reference the materials often used for hats: wool, leather, and cotton.

(Photos courtesy of Refinery Hotel)

New York-based design firm Stonehill & Taylor channeled the same attention to history in the public spaces. Backing the warm wood reception area is a custom installation featuring old hat-making tools; in the lobby bar, named after a onetime tenant, warm wood panels are impressed with plaid textile patterns. Scissors and other sewing equipment make their way onto a runner in the lobby as well.

(Photos courtesy of Refinery Hotel)
(Photos courtesy of Refinery Hotel)
Era-appropriate details also have a place in the hotel's restaurant, which looks remarkably like a speakeasy thanks to clubby leather banquets, filigreed wallpapers, and ornate brass frames along the walls. Naturally, the menu is stocked with Prohibition-inspired cocktails and a variety of seasonal organic fare. 

(Photos courtesy of Refinery Hotel)
And for those who want to savor the last days of summer, the rooftop lounge—with reclaimed French terra-cotta floors and killer views of the Empire State Building—is a worthy destination. The retractable glass ceiling ensures we'll be drinking there all winter.

(Photos courtesy of Refinery Hotel)
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