An almost two-decade hotel in New York City’s Meatpacking District is undergoing a multi-million renovation that also reflects the changes within its location.
Scheduled for completion in 2022, but still open to the public, the Gansevoort Meatpacking Hotel is being reshaped to offer artistic and technology-driven features and expanded food and beverage offerings.
The property opened 17 years ago. Its redo will reflect the neighborhood’s past and present surroundings along with today’s guest expectations.
“We doubled down on the neighborhood and have reintroduced the property to the generation who grew up frequenting the hotel and our rooftop, showing them the refined, ‘grown up’ version of Gansevoort,” said the hotel’s owner Michael Achenbaum.
From The Penthouse To The Lobby
With the renovation process, the hotel’s 186 guestrooms and lobby have been finished and updated with elements symbolizing different facets of the district.
Designed by Achenbaum, Weppe and Duncan Miller Design, these guestrooms have been given neutral color palettes, with blue and grey ombré wallpaper reflecting the waterways of the Hudson River. A backlit walnut headboards inspired by The High Line have also been installed. Artwork juxtaposes photography from the Meatpacking District almost two decades ago against modern imagery taken in the same neighborhood.
Each room also contains built-in wireless end table chargers, Google Nest Hub with Google Assistant for Hospitality and the MIRROR, an interactive home gym.
“As we redesigned the property, and developed the Gansevoort Meatpacking experience, we focused on a few core pillars, with wellness and tech being two of them,” said Achenbaum. “The MIRROR technology brings a wellness experience beyond the hotel’s gym, allowing guests to access a wealth of classes in the privacy of their own rooms and synching their workouts with their personal fitness trackers or phones.”
The hotel’s penthouse also has a new look and name. Via a partnership with the Italian contemporary furniture designer, the Poliform Penthouse at Gansevoort Meatpacking is the brand’s first fully designed hotel suite in the United States.
This 1,700-square-foot duplex features 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Hudson River, a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, a full kitchen and wet bar, three full bathrooms and a private sleeping area.
Within the hotel’s lobby, warm wood finishes and brass are paired with a porcelain tiled floor in a concrete tone imitating the Meatpacking District’s cobblestone streets.
Additional lobby furnishings relate to NYC’s street art scene. A bookcase houses “Flying Cooper,” a 2003 piece by Banksy. Then there’s “Standing Shadow – Blue” by Richard Hambleton, who became known as the “Shadowman” for the silhouettes he painted at night on the walls of lower Manhattan. Hassan Hajjaj’s “Marque 2013,” a mixed-media piece, is positioned within an elevator bank.
Adding More F & B Choices
What’s remaining in Gansevoort Meatpacking Hotel’s renovation project pertains to its food and beverage program. The hotel is working with LDV Hospitality to open a new Mediterranean restaurant concept in spring 2022.
A sushi bar pop-up, run in conjunction with Kissaki Hospitality Group, is taking place on the hotel’s rooftop now through the new year. This 850-square-foot space has seating for up to 50 and includes a 16-seat omakase bar.
“The Gansevoort Rooftop has always been a sought after experience with its 360-degree views and pool,” said Achenbaum. “With the renovations, the space has been elevated in both design and its [food and beverage] program, focusing on enhanced classics. For example, instead of traditional wings or burgers, guests will find duck drumettes and wagyu sliders.”
In the hotel lobby, “Coffee & Cocktails (C+C)” depicts an open-air café with sandwiches and light bites and nighttime cocktails inspired by top global destinations.
Next fall, a subterranean karaoke and bowling bar will be unveiled.
Overtime, the Meatpacking District transformed from having meat-processing and packing plants in the early 20th century to becoming a high-end commercial district with restaurants, bars, retail venues and public attractions.
The district has welcomed the Whitney Museum, which relocated from the Upper East Side in 2015 and the openings of The High Line in 2009 and Little Island in 2021.
As different aspects of New York City began to reopen, and with high-end brands opening shops within the district, Achenbaum said that “it’s almost as if a wave of fresh water has passed through the streets.”
“We saw the opportunity to raise the bar for more luxurious offerings and help lead the Meatpacking District’s renaissance once again,” explained Achenbaum.