Party over West Chelsea

Hôtel Americano, New York City, United States

The view bowls you over: west Chelsea’s brownstones, the skyscrapers of east midtown, the Chrysler Building’s coy Art Deco steeple, all bathed in a glittering dusk. People gather around the pool, laughing and sipping chili-rimmed mescal cocktails. An artist from the gallery around the corner calls you over to the tapas table to meet some of her friends. Tropicalia pumps in through the speakers, and a warm breeze tousles your hair. The music changes, and a woman in black lipstick and a vintage turban begins to dance. Looking out over the rooftops, you watch as the lights begin to twinkle on across Manhattan.

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” Tom Wolfe

THE HOTEL — The duo behind Grupo Habita has transformed a parking garage in the heart of Chelsea’s gallery district into Hôtel Americano, a 10-story, metal mesh-wrapped boutique lodging that takes a distinctly Latin spin on contemporary downtown style. Warm minimalist interiors open to an outdoor rooftop pool. In-room Ipads brim with recommendations for the best local galleries, restaurants, and shops, while bicycles afford guests a closer look at the High Line and Hudson River Park. With Chelsea’s world-class galleries and local color at their fingertips, guests are a part of the local scene from the moment they arrive.

"We like to break rules every time we open a new hotel. " Carlos Couturier – Cofounder and Creative Director of Grupo Habita

For Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha, building hotels that reflect their surroundings is more than just a job—it’s a passion that drove these two Mexican entrepreneurs from citrus farming and investment banking to boutique hospitality. Avid art collectors who are active in the Mexican art community, Couturier and Micha are passionately committed to investing in the regions in which they build their hotels, from Mexico to the United States. “We use a local team every time we build a hotel, and we read the surroundings and their traditions to integrate the local culture into our project,” explains Couturier. Their Grupo Habita collection has grown to include 12 diverse properties, from Acapulco to downtown Manhattan.

Hôtel Americano, New York City, United States

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