Tuesday, March 20th, the Conrad New York Hotel opened at 102 North End Avenue. This new Battery Park hotel seeks to raise the bar on Lower Manhattan accommodations as the area elevates its profile after once standing devastated by the attacks of 9/11.
Battery Park has long been known for its array of luxury hotels. On the list of Battery Park Hotels were included the Ritz Carlton, the Millennium Hilton, and the Marriott Executive. With the Conrad New York now joining this list, many in New York City’s Financial District and Battery Park City neighborhood are full of excitement as their neighborhood reemerges as a premier neighborhood.
In a press release from last Tuesday, the Conrad New York’s general manager Robert Rechtermann expressed the Conrad’s goal of being an influential part of the Lower Manhattan redevelopment effort: “Many more people live downtown than ten years ago…and we look forward to accommodating our local residents and their families as well as international and domestic visitors.”
The Conrad New York is expected to more than accommodate the needs of visitors and tourists of New York City; it plans to spoil them. The Conrad boasts 463 oversized guest suites offering Wi-Fi access, two flat-screen TV’s, espresso machines and a 2-room contemporary layout with separate living and sleeping areas. These suite accommodations can be supplemented with any additional requests to the 24 hour concierge via television, laptop, touch pad or smartphone.
The Conrad will not only serve the needs of tourists, but of New York City residents as well. The new hotel’s 30,000 sq. ft. meeting space will allow Lower Manhattan to host a larger number of conferences. This space, in addition to the genius cuisine of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events, its 24-hour lobby level fitness center, and its private green roof (to be Gold Certified by USBGC, will add to the increasing level of livability and vitality of Lower Manhattan.
Adding to the number of Battery Park Hotels is just one component to the puzzle being solved by the many power player in Downtown’s development. With the WTC projects of Larry Silverstein seeming to come together and new brokerages such as LG Fairmont helping new families call Lower Manhattan home, the addition of the Conrad New York reinforces the optimism which increasingly pervades throughout Downtown.