This month's opening of the much anticipated Quin Hotel in Manhattan marks the debut of a highly anticipated collaboration between Eric Marx and Lisle Richards of Metric Group and Jimmy Haber of ESquared Hospitality.
The duo will debut The Wayfarer, an artisanal American grill designed to showcase a diverse selection of regional seafood. The two-story restaurant and lounge will evoke the experience of an old gentlemen’s club historical New York glamour.
Designer Meyer Davis has created a feeling of “old meets new,” drawing inspiration from the 1970’s blended with the classic New York of the 1800’s. Guests will be treated to a variety of different experiences throughout the restaurant starting with the grand parlor punctuated by a staircase that will lead to the second floor lounge and private dining areas. The 130-seat dining room will be furnished in rich leathers and woods inspired by New York’s old gentlemen’s clubs. The first floor centerpiece, the main bar, will be constructed out of grand pewter and glazed brick to generate an energetic vibe upon entry. The second floor mezzanine provides a more relaxed dining experience with a 20-foot bar and additional lounge seating. The second floor also offers three private dining rooms designed for seating combinations that can accommodate parties from 12 to 72 guests.
“We are excited to be launching The Wayfarer restaurant at the Quin,” said Lisle Richards and Eric Marx. “The hotel’s commitment to quality is akin to our philosophy that guests should always be the centerpiece of an amazing hospitality experience. The addition of The Wayfarer to the Quin will provide a level of service and refinement that welcomes diverse global communities.”
Marx and Richards have managed many of New York’s venues for hospitality companies such as Gerber Group, One Group, and the Gansevoort Hotel Group. “The vision for The Wayfarer is perfectly aligned with the Quin’s mission to provide an urbane retreat in the heart of Manhattan,” states Alan Kanders, principal of Three Wall Capital. “Much like the Quin, the restaurant will embrace the glamour of old New York while also offering modern comforts and services fitting for such an establishment.”
Situated on 57th Street, a short block away from Carnegie Hall, stands an elegant 18-story pre-War building with a history that is fully intertwined with an entire era of world-class music. The former Buckingham Hotel, once home to icons like Paderewski and Tebaldi, has been rechristened the Quin and re-imagined as a new luxury hotel where art, design and nature blend seamlessly to create a sanctuary from the city at an incomparably central address.
The hotel is operated by Highgate Hotels, a leading independent hospitality management company, the Quin lies in the midst of the 57th Street gallery district, a mere block away from the grandest of the Fifth Avenue retailers, and within easy walking-distance to Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art and Rockefeller Plaza. The Quin aims to deliver nothing less than the essence of New York in an atmosphere of serene elegance that is perfectly calibrated to revitalize travelers partaking in the multifarious forms of magic that lie just outside its doors.
In 1929, the handsome Buckingham Hotel opened its doors on one of Manhattan's choicest corners: 57th Street and Sixth Avenue. One of its first tenants was also one of the world's most famous musicians: Legacy Jan Paderewski, the pianist and composer who was the first Prime Minister of Poland. Paderewski lived in the hotel until his death in 1941, when mourners lined up around the block to pay their respects. Others who made their home at The Buckingham in the first half of the 20th Century include Academy Award-winning composer Dmitri Tiomkin, Metropolitan Opera stars Giuseppe De Luca and Giovanni Martinelli, and actor Max Hoffman Jr.
From the '50s onward, its reputation as the preferred home for the musical elite firmly established, The Buckingham was the Manhattan address for Met stalwarts Paul Schöffler, Victoria de los Angeles, and for almost 20 years celebrated soprano Renata Tebaldi. Broadway's Bobby Van and legendary saxophonist Gato Barbieri were also guests, as was opera star Regina Resnik, who generously loaned the hotel her husband Arbit Blatas's oil portraits of cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and pianist Arthur Rubenstein.
Today, this storied address is being re-fashioned as the ultimate urban refuge and perhaps the city's most ideally situated luxury hotel. This sanctuary from the city in the center of the city will offer unparalleled personal service, including dedicated “Quintessential Assistants” who are there to anticipate guests' every need; a signature haute-American restaurant with a major chef at its helm; a state-of-the-art Fitness Center with top-of-the-line Technogym equipment, and trainers offering customized exercise plans; a spa partnership with Fresh®; and a state of the art Business Center. Luxurious public spaces will celebrate the hotel's artistic heritage, with a permanent gallery featuring the works of acclaimed Irish painter Patrick Graham, and a restaurant menu featuring light fare, destined to become a prime addition to the city's roster of pre- and post-show gathering spots.
As re-conceived by renowned architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman, the Quin's 200 elegantly appointed rooms will include 11 junior suites, 10 one-bedroom suites, and specialty suites including the Iegendary Paderewski Suite, the Georgia O'Keefe Suite, the Blackbird Suite, including a corner terrace and named after Irish artist Patrick Graham's series of artwork located in the hotel lobby.
Additionally, the Quin will offer a breathtaking triplex specialty suite that is among the city's largest and most exquisite accommodations. The 2 -bedroom, 2 1/2 bath marvel is appointed with Carrera Venetino marble, rich walnut floors, a 1,200 square foot terrace overlooking Central Park and two additional terraces flanking the suite's two bedrooms. Guests of the triplex specialty suite will enjoy in-suite check-in, complimentary breakfast, and ongoing use of a Quintessential Assistant.
When it opens its doors in winter 2012, the Quin will occupy a unique place in the city's firmament of luxury hotels. Seamlessly uniting its rich musical history with distinctly 21st-Century finesse, the hotel serves up timeless elegance and contemporary flair in equal parts. The team behind the transformation speaks of the Quin as a “refined refuge,” a “sanctuary in the city” and “a haven of Arcadian calm.”
But they are also quick to point out its peerless location at “the crossroads of cosmopolitan cool,” making the Quin an ideal home base for daytime shopping sprees at Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany and Henri Bendel; magical nights at the symphony, opera and Broadway stage; leisurely strolls through Central Park; feasting on art at nearby museums and the 80+ galleries that line the surrounding blocks; and dining in some of the city's (if not the world's) finest restaurants – Per Se, Masa, and Le Bernardin among them.
Uniting the stimulating world around the Quin and the peaceful retreat within its walls is an incomparable group of hospitality pros. The Quin staff place a premium on warmth and welcome, personal attention, and (fittingly, given the building's illustrious heritage) creating a home for those whose personal or professional ambitions have led them to the very center of the city – this remarkable crossroads of art, culture, commerce and leisure. In their capable hands, the traveler is able to experience exactly the city that he or she came to see. And just as the Quin provides a gateway to the magic of Manhattan, it also delivers on the promise of what a great urban hotel should be.