SAN FRANCISCO—This fall, Commune Hotels & Resorts will debut Tommie Hudson Square, the premiere property of its new micro lifestyle brand, Tommie, located on Hudson Street in Manhattan.
“Tommie is designed for guests to choose what they deem essential in a hotel stay. We believe that today’s travelers want beautifully and thoughtfully edited offerings. Guests are enabled and encouraged to author their own experiences and are given the freedom to select what amenities speak to them,” said Niki Leondakis, CEO of Commune Hotels & Resorts. “Tommie is also a platform for meaningful interaction, providing the necessary ingredients for connection and collaboration among guests.”
Designed by architect Gene Kaufman, and design and concept firm AvroKO, Tommie Hudson Square is a 325-room urban hotel located in Manhattan’s former printing district. Today, the neighborhood is a hub of emerging creative and cultural entities in publishing, television, film, radio, art, and design.
Guests are encouraged to shape their stays and personalize their in-room experiences by choosing items, available complimentary or for purchase, from the hotel’s General Store. Items—many of which will be local finds—will include “Needs of Stay” (toiletries, wellness items, etc.); “Discover and Play” (crafts, games, books, etc.); “Gear” (wearables and clothing); “Provisions To Go” (food and beverage items); and complimentary pieces such as bud vases and throw blankets. Whether hosting a spontaneous meeting in the library, practicing yoga on the roof, or enjoying a craft beer or cocktail in the lobby lounge, hotel guests and locals can also adapt Tommie’s flexible public spaces to meet their needs.
Guestrooms, many with views of the Hudson River, include multi-functional furnishings such as a convertible flip down desk, a flexible open closet, or an alcove bed perched against a window. Rooms include solid walnut table tops and hand-made porcelain tiles that intermingle with soft colors and natural light throughout. Every square foot of each guestroom is designed with purpose and intention, eliminating excess.
Tommie Hudson Square has also partnered with Chef Harold Moore of New York’s Commerce restaurant to bring the city its first “meat and three” restaurant. Popular throughout the southeast states, the meat and three concept offers diners the choice of one main meat and three sides among a variety of options. Moore will put his own spin on the model with updated classics influenced by seasonal ingredients.
Collaboration is encouraged through on-property programming and partnerships with local, emerging talents and companies. Guests can participate in content generation, co-creating the Tommie experience through social media engagement and on-site activations.
Following the debut of Tommie Hudson Square, the brand will introduce its second property in 2016 with a 250-room location on West 31st Street in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood, with future developments in domestic and international markets.