Could it be more NYC?
Words Hannah Kane
This ultra-modern, 130-room independent boutique hotel designed by local architect Peter Poon is recognisable from the street as a tall sliver of glass sandwiched between two grand pre-war buildings. Moments from Bryant Park, located in the Fashion District between Broadway and Avenue of the Americas in the heart of Manhattan, LUMA is perfectly situated for visiting theatre shows or shopping on Fifth Avenue. Rooms are sleek and minimal, with a focus on luxurious basics such as crisp white Frette linens and walnut wood finishes. On one side of the building floor to ceiling windows offer jaw-dropping views of the gargantuan buildings and neon lights of Times Square: book early for an unrivalled panorama of the Times Square ball drop and fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Very much a hotel of the future, call for room service and you may be surprised to have it delivered via their hospitality robot Alina.
At street level, Ortzi, the restaurant by Chicago-born Ecuadorian-American chef Jose Garces takes inspiration from the Basque region of Spain, mixing rustic and refined flavours. Sharing is encouraged, so order a variety of pintxos (small bites on skewers), conservas (preserved dishes). Lighter bites such as the Mojama house cured tuna with Oloroso sherry, Gordal olives, Fresno chilli and cucumber escabeche (escabeche is like a cooked ceviche, acidity based); and the Madai red snapper tartare with chickpeas, olive pisto, and finger lime sit alongside meat-based treats such as the cordero spiced lamb porterhouse with sidra butter, choricero pepper, figs, and beet escabeche. All very delicious, we recommend the chef’s tasting menu at $75pp with wine pairing for $40pp.
Rooms from $299. LUMA Hotel Times Square, 120 W 41st Street, New York, NY, USA