The Benjamin Completes Last Renovation PhaseAugust 24, 2011 By: David Eisen
The Benjamin, a Denihan-operated hotel in New York, has completed the final phase of its $7 million renovation. The multi-phase project, has transformed the hotel with a redesigned lobby under the direction of James Mohn Design Studio, Food Network celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s restaurant The National, renovated meeting and event space, a new guest lounge and enhanced guest rooms and suites.
The redesigned lobby includes a new seating area with velvet and leather furniture including a chesterfield sofa, hall chairs, ottoman, glass and copper coffee table, library tables with two chairs and an area carpet with an over-sized floral design. Deep shades of chestnut blended with rich teal accents are illuminated by soft gallery lighting, reading lamps and decorative sconces.
During the final phase of the refresh, all 209 of The Benjamin’s suites and guestrooms have been enhanced with cream-colored bedding, grommet-adorned headboards, streamline clock radio systems with iPod docks, new carpeting, executive desks chairs and spa-like bathrooms offering illuminated wall mirrors and polished nickel accessories.
The first phase of the redesign was conducted from June-November 2010 by the Rockwell Group with the creation of The National. The 125-seat restaurant is modeled after traditional European grand cafés with distressed chocolate and teal leather banquettes, classic marble table tops and geometric black and white glazed tile flooring.
Additionally, the second floor was reconfigured to create five residentially styled modular rooms for events. A spiral staircase was added to lead guests from the main floor of The National to the second floor, where five dining rooms provide seating for up to 80 and cocktail receptions for up to 200. The space includes café-inspired features such as an antique hutch that opens for bar service and a vintage cocktail cart.
The 24-hour Benjamin Guest Lounge was conceived on the second floor for guests to mingle and meet with clients. The living room-inspired space includes a seating area and two repurposed seven-foot steamer trunk work stations.
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