I recently discovered an oasis of calm and cool in Manhattan called The Greenwich Hotel. Owned by Robert de Niro and located in trendy TriBeCa, this home-away-from-home for jet setters and Hollywood A-listers (Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Hudson, Jonas Bros) is just as welcoming to non-celebs like daughter Lizzie and me. We spent a few nights there last week. So lovely, so serene…it was all we could do to push ourselves out the heavy wooden doors and onto the crowded streets of the city. And why leave a place that has it all (but not too much)? Understated elegance is the vibe. Courtesy is the norm. Locanda Verde, the hotel restaurant run by acclaimed chef Andrew Carmellini, serves up bowls of pasta as warm and soft as the plush bedding found upstairs in the 88 rooms – all different, but all appointed with Tibetan rugs, Moroccan tiles, and flea-market antiques. Design aficionados take note: The luxury penthouse, which few can afford, was crafted at the hands of master Belgian decorator and taste maker Axel Vervoordt. I got a quick peek, and, like the whole hotel, it too exudes simplicity and tranquility. When you know what you’re doing in the hospitality industry, which The Greenwich obviously does, less is more – and in this case, just right.
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