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The Jade Hotel’s Glamorous Art Deco Touches Transport Guests to the Gilded Age

If you’re planning on visiting New York City, why not take a detour to the Gilded Age while you’re at it? You may not be able to tell from the Jade Hotel‘s unassuming facade, but this neighborhood gem glitters with old-world glamour on the inside, from its gold-touched Art Deco rooms to its speakeasy-esque bar and restaurant. Step inside our photo gallery to take your own virtual tour of the Jade’s opulent spaces and be transported to an age of Gatsby-style grandeur via 13th Street.

The 113-room boutique hotel in the heart of Greenwich Village was designed by Gene Kaufman with interiors by Andres Escobar & Associates, and recently celebrated its two-year anniversary. Designed by Atelier & Company to blend in with the building’s Greenwich Village surroundings, the Jade’s facade succeeds in being clandestine – we nearly missed it on our first pass! Inside, a grand, backlit staircase descends into a cozy lobby lounge where guests can kick their feet up on plush armchairs and enjoy the roaring fire. To the left, a modest but thoughtfully curated library alcove offers a literary distraction to those who might want it, while drinks can be ordered to two sitting nooks for others looking to escape the cares of the day in another way.

Venture through either one of the two brick-lined tunnels at the far side of the lobby and you’ll be whisked away to a speakeasy of yore. Serving a Mediterranean menu by Chef Kevin Heston featuring locally sourced fare and craft cocktails, the Grape and Vine restaurant pays homage to old Hollywood with velvety red banquette seating and the twinkle of candlelight bouncing off of an ornate metal ceiling. The easy eatery was named after the storied mid-nineteenth century bar, Grapevine Tavern, which many say is where the phrase “I heard it through the grapevine” originated.

The throwback theme continues upstairs in compact but elegant rooms inspired by legendary 1920s French Deco artisan Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann. Characterized by the iconic black and gold line art of the era, each room also features accents in either crimson, blue, or gold.

Furnishings made of striated Makassar ebony wood add both function and luxury to the suites.

Rotary telephones play up the nostalgia of the other period details.

And, of course, who could forget to mention that million dollar view?

The Jade Hotel is located at 52 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011.

Yuka Yoneda

Yuka Yoneda is a reporter, cheese fanatic and self-proclaimed JeDIY master from Queens, New York. She is the founder of Clossette.com and an editor at sustainable design website Inhabitat.com. Yuka also writes for Edible Magazine and Ecouterre.com, and has written for The Daily Green and The New York Times.

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