From the outside you’d be forgiven for not noticing The Jade. Unlike most new hotels which stick out like a slickly shiny soulless sore thumb, this newly opened Greenwich Village boutique hotel blends in effortlessly with the brownstones of tree-lined West 13th Street. But appearances can be deceiving and behind the darkened doorway lies a 113 room property with a fashionable Prohibition-era speakeasy feel. If you’re looking for somewhere cool and artsy to call home on your next NYC getaway, look no further.
The hotel…Walking into The Jade is like stepping into an inviting but deeply stylish home. A short flight of stairs takes you down into the atmospheric lobby with the warm embrace of the open fire (essential in wintry NYC) making you feel right at home. There’s a library of books and coffee table reads, free coffee in the morning and, even if you’re not a guest, the sofa at the fire makes a cosy spot to meet someone. When I checked in there was a minor mix-up with my reservation but the staff went out of their way to fix things, gave me coffee and a free breakfast coupon so a smooth ten-out-of-ten for that.
Best of all, The Jade is pet-friendly so you can bring your pooch.
The rooms… Room 1803 was my home for my NYC trip and all I can say is this is what you call a room with a view. Southfacing and looking directly at One World Trade Center, you’ve got to-die-for sweeping views across the Village and downtown Manhattan which is glorious to wake up to as well as oozing romance at night. Sigh.
Size-wise, rooms are standard but far from tiny and they’re crisply clean and fashionably kitted out. If you’re nuts about all things Art Deco and homages to the 1920s/1930s, you’ll adore The Jade. Think black and white tiled bathrooms, a classic black dial-up phone beside your bed and an ultra-modern TV that’s curtained in deco-inspired sliding doors. Finally, I love a hotel with decent cosmetics in the bathroom and The Jade gets bonus points for supplying Bigelow pharmacy products (the famous Greenwich Village pharmacy dating to 1838 which has a resident cat) and Bee’s Knees chocolates on your pillow at night. Cute!
The food…The Jade’s Grape & Vine restaurant carries the speakeasy vibe further, with atmospheric black and white photos by Fred McDarrah adorning the walls, including a young Scorsese shooting Taxi Driver with Jodie Foster and DeNiro, Andy Warhol with camera in hand and The Doors on stage. The crescent-shaped booths are perfect to sink into on a long lunch and the food won’t disappoint either. Go for the mushroom flatbread to start (great for sharing) and for a filling but completely delicious main course, the gorgeous pumpkin ravioli hits the spot. They also do an amazing goats cheese frittata for breakfast. Delish.
Wi-Fi….free throughout the hotel.
Things to do nearby…You won’t be bored staying in this part of town as it’s perfectly located for easy access to the bustling attractions of midtown and downtown. A stroll along the High Line is a must when you’re visiting NYC and it’s a short walk from The Jade. The hotel also produces its own walking map so you can get the lowdown on where to eat, drink and explore in the Village. If you’re visiting in spring, nearby parks including Union Square and Washington Square with its iconic arch are a must to grab coffee and people watch. Or, if the New York chill is too much for you, wine hour between 4-6pm is the perfect excuse to sample vino and get over-friendly with fellow guests midweek. I heartily recommend it *hic*
Would I stay again? It killed me to leave (that view!) so yes, I’d stay at The Jade again in a heartbeat.