With rooms awash in bright, bold hues, The William debuted in New York City’s Midtown East neighborhood earlier this month. Located near Bryant Park, the hotel sits on East 39th Street between Park and Madison Avenues.
Designed simply for extended-stay travelers who require a place to crash while house-hunting or employed in the city, the property’s luxury amenities will include a Japanese line of tableware, smart HD televisions with bundled sound systems that sync with mobile phones, spacious closets and drawers, and Nespresso coffee/tea machines in each and every room. In addition, many of the suites are outfitted with a fully stocked gourmet kitchen, making it possible to ready meals. As an added benefit, the hotel’s cultural curators provide each guest with a list of restaurants, shops, and attractions designed to individual preferences and pursuits.
Each of the five floors proudly dons a different color palette, ranging from teal to orange. In designing the accommodations, a team trained at the New York School of Interior Design commissioned pieces from William Engel, an accomplished artist who specializes in a paint-pouring technique and splits his time between San Diego and New York City. At the William, Engel’s seven-foot works hang in hallways and two guest suites. In addition, some suites flaunt terraces—a rare find at a Manhattan hotel—and all feature pillow-top mattresses, Italian linens by Mascioni, Frette bath towels, and L’Occitane bath products.
A rooftop garden is expected to open in spring, but in the meantime two restaurants are open for business: The Peacock (classic British cuisine) and The Shakespeare Pub (pub fare in a literary-themed nook). Both are concepts dreamt up by New York City restaurateurs Jason Hicks (of Jones Wood Foundry) and Yves Jadot (of Raines Law Room), with chef Robert Aikens at the helm (formerly at The Dandelion in Philadelphia).