It's the Little Things
by Sue Apfelbaum, 02/06/2013
Photo: Kate Glicksberg
Gild Hall–a Thompson Hotel
15 Gold St., 212-232-7700, Financial District, Manhattan
A hidden gem on Gold Street between William and Pratt Streets in the Financial District, the Thompson group's Gild Hall is both rustic and refined, nodding ever so slightly to the economic epicenter of its locale while taking a fresh and unpretentious approach toward design and hospitality. The lobby conveys instant warmth with its use of reclaimed wood from a farmhouse in upstate New York and its inviting leather couches, while the hallways and rooms impart the cool old-Hollywood glamour of Slim Aarons' photography. Designer Jim Walrod took inspiration from the mid-century furnishings of Jacques Adnet for the House of Hermès—note the strap-hung mirrors, as well as the ornately patterned wallpaper designs. Additional details include glass-tiled bathrooms, C.O. Bigelow products, quilted leather headboards, tartan throws and hardwood floors. Off the lobby, Tuscan wine bar and restaurant Felice and La Soffitta lounge on the mezzanine, both designed by Robert McKinley, add to the modern-vintage appeal.