Design Buzz: NYC's Reimagined Smyth Hotel

Photo by Noah Fecks

Thompson Hotels, in partnership with local owners Tribeca Associates, has reimagined the Smyth hotel in the heart of downtown New York City. Inspired by the history and culture of the Tribeca neighborhood, Smyth has relaunched with interiors by Gachot Studios, and the opening of Little Park and Evening Bar from restaurateurs chef Andrew Carmellini, Luke Ostrom and Josh Pickard.

Inspired by residential loft living in Tribeca, the Penthouse and specialty suites are also undergoing interior and exterior renovations, including new landscape design by Harrison Green, tapped exclusively to create private gardens for suites that have outdoor terraces. The refreshed accommodations will have marble bathrooms with rain showers, handcrafted furniture sourced from New York-based millworkers and original works of art.

Photo by Noah Fecks

Soho-based Gachot Studios – founded by John and Christine Gachot, known for its work on New York City’s Acme restaurant, The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club and The Sterling Mason residences – worked with hotel management and local owners at Tribeca Associates to reinvent the existing architecture, transforming the ground floor into a collection of intimate spaces.

The hotel’s lobby is divided into the Living Room, Den, Library and Evening Bar. Mixing Scandinavian and American mid-century furniture with rich textures and a neutral color palette, the spaces are punctuated by original art, books and photography handpicked by the Gachot team from local gallery owners and friends, including Robin Rice Gallery, Matthew Benedict and McNally Jackson Picture Room. Furniture and finishes are almost entirely sourced from local designers like Brooklyn-based artisan Tara Chapas, who brought Gachot’s hand-woven fabrics to life in the restaurant design. These are brightened by oiled, white oak floors and handcrafted tiles.

Just off the lobby, the Living Room and corner Library have views of West Broadway. Situated adjacent to the Living Room is the Den, which has a fireplace clad in custom-crafted Guastavino tile, a structural terracotta material previously used on the vaulted ceilings of many New York City landmarks, such as Grand Central Terminal and Carnegie Hall.

Photo by Noah Fecks

Tucked behind the Den sits the Evening Bar. The adjoining restaurant is Little Park. The setting’s showpiece is a four-panel frieze mural depicting archetypal scenes from Tribeca’s history by Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Benedict. Low-slung sofas, mid-century lb Kofod-Larsen chairs and upholstered vintage settees are available. There is also a back-lit eight-seat mahogany cocktail bar with navy leather paneling opposite the entry’s fireplace.

The Little Park has white marble mosaic tiles hand-laid in a fan pattern across the floors, and whitewashed wood makes for a bright ceiling overhead. Windows and leather banquettes accented with custom-woven textiles wrap around Chambers Street to West Broadway.

Guastavino tiles frame the 10-seat bar. Oak dining tables with inlaid burnished brass details are paired with Josef Hoffmann chairs painted in dark charcoal and fitted with felt cushions. The 85-seat restaurant is accessible via a separate entry at the southeast corner of West Broadway and Chambers.

The 14-story, 100 room Smyth is located at 85 West Broadway on the corner of Chambers Street.