How to Decorate Like a New Yorker, According to Their Chicest Hotel Rooms

Gabrielle Savoie

Courtesy of The William Vale

Every year, millions flock to New York City to experience its pulse—the vibrant energy that transpires through the streets, the people, and the places. Dig a little deeper, and you may find that that pulse comes from the footsteps of so many young ambitious minds scurrying about in one of the world's most crowdest cities and hoping to carve their space and leave their mark. Yes, New York is a unique place filled with forward-thinking creatives who will bend over backward (literally) in their tiny studio apartments for a chance to make it big. When it comes to small spaces, no one is better equipped to offer sage advice than New Yorkers. Those confined to tiny studios with sky-high rents have mastered the art of making the most out of a small space.

Just as apartments are notoriously small in New York, hotel rooms are naturally even tinier—but that doesn't mean they're any less creative than the people who build them. As a new crop of full-service hotel-style micro-residences pops up around the city, we're turning to the city's best-designed hotels to find out their most clever small-space tricks. Yes, it's possible to have high style in a hotel room–size dwelling—here's how.


Courtesy of 11 Howard

Opened this spring, 11 Howard has quickly positioned itself as the hotel of choice for bloggers and in-the-know travellers. Its restaurant, Le Coucou, is nearly impossible to get into. The hotel's style, which it describes as Danish minimalism meets New York realism, is everything we would want in a small studio apartment: pared back and utilitarian but still warm and inviting—with lounge areas in each room, no matter how small.

The takeaway: Choose sofas and chairs with slim backs and legs to tuck them into the smallest of corners.

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