On our last lobby redesign blog post, we shared the latest discoveries; a 40 foot skylight, 18 foot high ceilings, hand-laid mosaic tile, and intricate wood details—all dating back over 100 years.
There is so much history that once contributed to the Hotel Belleclaire’s reputation as the “flashiest hotel in New York City”. What originally began as a lobby redesign has emerged into a restoration and enhancement project. After extensive research on Emery Roth’s original design elements; we have decided that the traditional details will be refashioned using historical references and modern techniques.
In 1903, the entrance to our hotel was first positioned on Broadway and the lobby consisted of several formal dining rooms, a Flemish café, and a Palm Garden. Today, guests enter through our 77th Street entrance, which was originally the Palm Garden area—set beneath the skylight. Although the entrance will remain on 77th Street; the 40 foot skylight is prominent in the design and will allow for natural lighting, just as it did in 1903. The ornately carved wooden doors inside the lobby (remaining true to its 1903 location) will help recreate the historic and elegant ambience of the Hotel Belleclaire. The mosaic-tiled floor will be completely restored, and carefully selected furnishings will decorate the expansive space.
It was among the first hotels to offer in-room telephone service—a luxury in 1903, to present-day complimentary high speed wireless—Hotel Belleclaire continues to set higher standards for comfort, convenience, and style. The legend and the legacy remain, as the treasured New York City keepsake is redesigned for the twenty first century.