NEW YORK—Archer New York, a 22-story new-build hotel, has opened in the heart of midtown Manhattan’s Garment District.
The 180-room boutique hotel’s design features industrial touches such as exposed brick and steel and butcher-block tiled flooring. Archer’s restaurant, David Burke fabrick, is also inspired by the District neighborhood with its collage of colorful fabrics hanging overhead, high ceilings, and restored wood from a 1770s barn.
Glen Coben of Glen and Company, based in Manhattan, was behind the architectural direction and design of the hotel, including the restaurant and the 22nd floor rooftop bar. The residential-minded guestrooms come in four different design palettes. Custom drapery, the headboard, ottoman, throw pillow, and blanket will vary within the four designs. The Archer rooms, corner accommodations on upper floors, will have additional distinctions with wood floors and an exposed brick wall at the head of the bed. Archer’s Den, one signature and slightly larger room, has some unique touches such as tufted sectional sofa, a large walk-in shower, and a collection of Archer’s favorite books and quirky finds to set it slightly apart from the others.
From the custom-designed and curated furniture collection and hand-picked art collection to Archer’s etiquette-laced playing cards, each and every aspect, touchpoint, and programming detail has been thought through with the utmost attention to detail, as if Archer were hosting you in his own home.
Michele Mangino, the hotel’s general manager, in concert with the design team, ensured that Archer stayed true to its New York roots by locally sourcing many of the touches and finishes: lights made in Brooklyn, millwork hailing from Queens, and custom upholstered furniture from a neighboring Westchester town 30 minutes north. The eight-item turndown rotation features local picks such as Baked by Melissa Cupcakes and homemade David Burke mini black and white cookies. The selection of retail items in the lobby, which will change seasonally, kicks off with handcrafted gems by New York artisans ranging from mosaic picture frames to pocket squares.
The art throughout the hotel, encompassing sculptures, digital art, quilts, and traditional pieces, curated by Deborah Goodman Davis, a Manhattan-based art advisor, also carries a strong New York storyline. The work of art on Archer’s patio, a dress sculpture by Thea Lanzisero, was born via a connection Archer made with the New York Sculptor’s Guild. Davis’ first selection for Archer, a focal point in the lobby, is a creation by 28-year-old digital and video artist Artie Vierkant.
“Archer is not just a hotel; it’s a personality, an eclectic way of being, a welcoming residence, if you will,” said Cheryl Gilliam, SVP brands and marketing for LodgeWorks. “Guests are meant to feel as if they are entering a home in many ways, yet it is unlike any other. It’s a place that might have been here before, timeless in some ways, yet of today in many more; it’s a new American classic.”
Archer’s amenities and services include Burke in the Box in-room dining, an on-site fitness room, Frette towels and bathrobes, Malin+Goetz bath amenities, a Nespresso and a stocked minibar, a concierge, and a lobby business center.
Each guestroom, boasting all custom-designed furniture, has a very purposeful, dual-functionality to it. The platform bed offers drawers beneath it, the wall sconces double as reading lights, and the tufted-leather ottoman serves as a table. Other features of the accommodations include bathrooms with a walk-in shower, lighted make-up mirror, work space, laptop safe, 42-inch flat-panel TV, and MP3 docking station.
LodgeWorks Partners, L.P., a privately-held hotel development and management company, is the owner and developer behind what is the first of three already-announced properties for the growing Archer collection. Boutique hotels in Napa and Austin are under development.