In keeping with our New Year’s Resolution, the Hotel Belleclaire will begin a lobby redesign by the end of January 2012. We have just received the color prints, and we’re sharing them with our guests (images below).
Hungarian-born architect Emery Roth built the exquisite Hotel Belleclaire in1901-03. The innovative steel-skeleton frame and expert masonry consisting of brick, terracotta, and limestone was praised among architects and travelers alike. In designing the Belleclaire, Roth combined Beaux Arts principles with Art Nouveau-Secessionist style that is regarded today as a “fascinating stylistic anomaly” worthy of landmark status.
The historic building brims with an enchanting history; musicians, artists, and celebrities such as Mark Twain (writer), Maxim Gorky (Russian Novelist), and Babe Ruth (baseball legend) frequented the Hotel Belleclaire. The landmark additionally made backdrop appearances on the silver-screen, for movies filmed on the Upper West Side.
The turn-of-the-century hotel has undergone renovations in previous years, and now as we begin 2012—we will achieve yet another milestone; the redesign of the hotel lobby and public space. The original architectural details dating back over 100 years will be accentuated with modern furnishings, and rich wood paneling throughout the guest reception, and newly-introduced lounge seating areas.
A carefully selected color palette emulates the sophistication of Emery Roth’s designs; rich earth tones complimented by white stone tiling. As you seamlessly flow through the inviting lobby, seek out a beautifully crafted chaise lounge, and let your eyes explore the intimate space; comfortable seating wrapped in luxurious fabrics, refined wood paneling, and a refreshing service bar, positioned beneath a French-inspired chandelier with wrought iron detail—exuding an era of romance and old world charm.
Noted designer Silvia Zofio of SZ Projects envisioned the hotel space through an architectural lens, and added just the right amount of urban extravagance; the enchanting history is captured in every textile, furnishing, and light fixture. Hotel Belleclaire will continue to be recognized as one of Roth’s most distinguished buildings in New York City.
In sharing this experience as our guest during our lobby enhancement, you are as much a part of our history, as you are part of our future.
We thank you for staying at the Hotel Belleclaire
…Memories that will last a lifetime