RH (Restoration Hardware) is one of my favorite furniture stores to get lost in. With perfectly appointed spaces in typically beautiful buildings, each room is more attractive than the next. Following on from their successful restaurant concepts linked to their stores, RH has now launched its first hospitality experience – called RH Guesthouse New York.
Located in the historic Meatpacking District and just steps from the massive RH New York Gallery in the heart of downtown at 55 Gansevoort, RH Guesthouse exudes luxury and exclusivity. It’s like entering a small residential building in New York with a private entrance, no check-in desk, a private roof and a pool only for guests staying at the Guesthouse. There is also a “no social media” policy to ensure the privacy of all guests. RH Chairman & CEO Gary Friedman commented: “The RH Guesthouse has been designed from a lens of privacy and luxury. Privacy is the one thing everyone has given away on social media, and the one thing the internet has taken away because you can access everyone online. We believe privacy is going to be a large and important market, and the RH Guesthouse has the opportunity to define that new market with an unprecedented level of design, quality and hospitality.”
The property features just six guest rooms and three guest suites (so yes, it is VERY exclusive in fact), and CEO Friedman’s 2,600-square-foot private residence that occupies the entire top floor, which is sometimes available for booking. Each of the RH-decorated rooms is 500 square feet and suites are 1,100 square feet, with both choices featuring two full bathrooms with travertine slabs, architectural lighting, and Fanitini fixtures. Even with 24-hour room service offered at the hotel, there is a freshly stocked gourmet pantry with fresh fruits and treats in every room. And when guests aren’t relaxing or eating in their room, they can use their in-room personal fitness equipment—stainless steel and walnut kettlebells, dumbbells, and leather yoga blocks, all in RH’s signature style.
On the top floor of the building, guests have access to The Rooftop Garden, a 40-foot infinity pool and a manicured tree-lined terrace for alfresco dining. Signature RH travertine sunbeds and decking make guests feel like they are living the true RH experience.
The property’s two restaurants are located on the ground floor of RH Guesthouse, including: The dining room, a beautiful indoor and outdoor dining space, equipped with a monochromatic design and a simple yet decadent menu. Menu items include a wood-grilled Australian Wagyu ribeye to a freshly cut rotisserie chicken cooked in the live fire kitchen. If you like fish, their house favorite is a whole Branzino cooked on Japanese Binchotan charcoal. From the travertine-clad kitchen to the perfectly set table, no detail has been spared.
At the bottom of the stairs of the restaurant in the basement is The Champagne & Caviar Bara 32-seat experience lined with walls of the world’s finest champagne and serving Petrossian Caviar in a beautiful setting adorned with custom glass RH lighting.
With the opening of RH Guesthouse, RH does not want to create a hotel, but an experience for its guests. However, potential guests should be aware that the hotel does not allow children or pets and has a strict policy of two guests per room. Rates start at $3500 for rooms and $7500 for suites with a two night minimum. If you’re in the Big Apple and always wanted to feel what it would be like to have the ultimate RH experience, now’s your chance.