A cool New York hotel with art galore on its doorstep

Mexican hoteliers move into the heart of New York’s art scene

Image: Collection Vicki and Kent Logan © George Condo 2010

Carlos Couturier and brothers Moisés, Jamie and Rafael Micha – hospitality kingpins and unofficial ambassadors of all cool things cool and Mexican – made their mark with a string of laid-back hotels stretching from Mexico City (Condesa) to Puebla (Purificadora) to, most recently, Acapulco (Boca Chica – read New Pacific Heights for more on that). Now their Grupo Habita is taking its game to New York. Hotel Americano (www.grupohabita.mx; from $375) boasts a prime Chelsea location, sleek glass-encased digs designed by Mexican-American firm TEN Arquitectos, two basement bars, a roof terrace (with pool, as no urban hotel aspiring to It-dom should be without one, it seems) and 56 bright, white-on-white rooms.


Here, you’re at one of the epicentres of the contemporary art world, with many of the city’s blue-chip galleries – Matthew Marks, Barbara Gladstone, Marianne Boesky – scattered within a few blocks’ radius. But it’s still worth a trip across town to the excellent New Museum (www.newmuseum.org), where George Condo: Mental States – a 25-year retrospective of the recently hot-again American artist’s fantastically weird oeuvre – bows on the 26th. (Pictured: Condo’s The Stockbroker, 2002.)

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