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March 12, 2009updated Feb 11, 2013

Thompson Opens Smyth Hotel In Tribeca

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

The team behind New York City’s Thompson Hotel and L.A.’s Roosevelt has just revealed its latest design hotel hot spot: The Smythe, in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood. The 100-room property is the fifth Manhattan hotel from Thompson Hotels, and the second to open in 2009 following the Thompson Lower East Side.

“Smyth’s atmosphere is meant to invoke a feeling of sensibility and refinement, embodying a classic sense of romantic elegance with contemporary influences, “says Jason Pomeranc, co-owner of Thompson Hotels. “Conceptually named for the anonymity of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, we sought to provide a feeling of refuge; a comfortable and intimate destination for our guests.”

Renowned architects BBG designed Smyth incorporating massive windows with vertical accents of dark grey mullions, to offer panoramic views of the five-street junction below. Design duo Yabu Pushelberg, best known for their expertise in creating timeless interiors for luxury clients such as Prada, Louis Vuitton and Bergdorf Goodman, were handpicked by Pomeranc to design the expansive lobby. Smyth is intended to represent a modern vision of sophisticated and yet understated elegance. Detailed craftsmanship fuses classic and modern, creating a unique contemporary style. Most notable is the eclectically sculpted lobby through the use of sumptuous fabrics and a mix of Brazilian modernist furniture and vintage pieces.

Art by John Sparagana adorns each guest room, adding an essence of individuality through his collections of magazine pages hand worked into unique, deconstructed objects. Paintings by up-and-coming self taught Argentinean artist, Santiago Rubino, are featured in the lobby’s interior, evoking ancient karmic beliefs in conjunction with modern street art.

Pomeranc has brought in Restaurateur Frederick Lesort , the driving force behind some of Manhattan’s most eclectic lounges and dining establishments, to open the Lobby Bar. Lesort’s concept for Smyth’s 24-hour room service menu is based upon a French style brasserie. In the spring of 2009, Lesort will open Jour et Nuit Restaurant & Lounge, which will serve cuisine inspired by the South of France. He will also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, with an espresso bar offering artisanal sandwiches and pastries during the day and cured meats with alcoholic beverages at night. The bi-level space, designed by the AvroKO group, will provide an authentic French experience. The lower level Cellar Cocktail Lounge will offer a luxurious hideaway for guests and locals to imbibe on unique cocktails.

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