Review: The Beekman Hotel, New York City

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I had to be in New York for meetings earlier this summer, and decided to take the opportunity to check out some of the new World of Hyatt properties in the city, starting with The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel. The Beekman is a Category 6 property for World of Hyatt, and I had a Category 1-7 certificate that was due to expire, so the timing was perfect — paid rates for the Sunday I was staying in June otherwise started at ~$385.

The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel

The Beekman is located in downtown New York, and has a backstory of “accidental preservation”. Changes to the NYC fire code in the 1940’s resulted in sections of the building being closed off — including the gorgeous 9-story atrium — and effectively abandoned for decades.

The building has been recently refurbished, and includes the hotel, a few dining outlets, and residences.

The main entrance is unobtrusive, as so many of New York’s gems are, with the second set of doors opening up to a vaulted lobby with an intricate tile floor.

The paneling and limited natural light made the space feel intimate, which gave the lobby a welcoming feel.

The downside is that this is one of the only public spaces in the hotel that isn’t associated with one of the restaurants, and it’s a bit too cozy feeling if you wanted to sit in the lobby and work or take a call.

The check-in desk was a grand affair, centered under a skylight and draped with Persian rugs. As one does.

The gentleman who checked me in was warmly efficient (in the way only a New York hotelier can be), giving a high-level overview of the property and confirming my Hyatt Globalist benefits, including a room upgrade.

From there, I made my way through a bit of a lobby annex, which had a concierge desk and some other seating.

The hotel is centered on the historic atrium, with a large curio case creating a hallway across from the elevator bank.

I really want to be friends with whoever styled these cases, because they nailed the look, and it set the vibe for the entire hotel experience. Each had a delightful mix of cloth-bound books, barware, travel memorabilia, and other assorted tchotchkes.

Like let’s just throw a peacock-quill stylus and ink set in, because why not?

Or some apothecary jars next to some Nick and Nora glasses and mounted butterflies for good measure.

Careful attention to the historic and architectural details mixed with edgy art installations was a theme throughout the property, and something I really enjoyed. It’s such a nice change of pace from the ultra-minimalist approach that many modern hotels take, and obviously a huge departure from the stock artwork found at generic hotels.

And look at the staircases:

Whether you take the stairs or the elevator, the landings open to the stunning atrium — a truly fantastical mix of steel and glass and tile and history.

Those intricate patterns on the floor are tile, by the way, not carpeting. One of many art-deco details that have been either preserved or restored on the property, and that I don’t even want to think about the cost of building today.

The atrium is gorgeous as is, but I was also there just before NYC Pride, so there was a special rainbow-light installation which really showcased the layers.

Hallways to the sides of the elevators lead back to the hotel rooms, so there’s some separation from the atrium and any potential noise.

I will say that as much as I enjoyed the overall styling of The Beekman, and appreciate the nod to historical accuracy, I found this foamy green color they used for the wood trim to be fairly vile, and more reminiscent of a 1930’s hospital ward than anything invoking luxury.

But that may just be me.

The Beekman Studio Suite

I was assigned room 511, a studio suite which, despite the entire hotel looking like a set piece from Ghostbusters, did not seem to be haunted.

While this room wouldn’t be considered a “suite” anywhere but New York, as you can see it’s significantly larger than the standard rooms:

The layout was efficient, with a bathroom and wardrobe at the entry, with a large open space comprising the rest of the room:

The room had a plush king bed with a bench at the foot of it, a desk against the window, and a tv stand.

A fabulous bar cart and a loveseat were tucked between the windows and wardrobe on the other side of the room.

The room looks very cold in photos, but the white walls weren’t as sterile in person, and the mishmash of furniture was fun. The only thing I didn’t like was the desk, which had an uncomfortable chair and was far from any useful outlets.

There were both outlets and USB ports on the walls on both sides of the bed, however, so it was easy to charge devices overall.

The bar cart was a fun touch (how often do you really come across tasseled lamps?), and the prices seemed reasonable for what they were.

This is the first time I’ve ever seen the bath amenities listed on the honor bar menu, which was odd. I don’t know if that is the price if you want extras, or just if you remove the bottles from the room — I used the shower gel and lotion like I normally would have, and wasn’t charged, but it did make me look twice.

And obviously no one stays in the financial district for the views, but being on the fifth floor there was enough distance across the roof of the neighboring building to get a slight sense of space.

The wardrobe made for a functional closet, and I appreciated that there was an ironing board — one of those things that many luxury hotels skip, but is so helpful to have when you’re traveling for work.

The bathroom was gorgeous. The Beekman basically has everything I want in a hotel bathroom experience, which is really saying something for a NYC hotel — a great shower, decent counter space, good lighting, and the styling was just perfect for the property.

Amenities were by D.S. & Durga, in large square bottles labeled for Thompson Hotels. Everything was lightly-scented, with a pleasant texture.

The vanity wasn’t large, but the addition of a ledge below the mirrors made the space incredibly usable, and I felt like I had room to get ready without having to pile things everywhere.

The bathrobes were plush, and the contrasting trim and logo were nice touches.

The Beekman Bar Room

The Beekman has a few food and beverage outlets, including the atrium bar.

The entire hotel is centered around this space, and the mixture of styles and materials gives the whole thing a really fun vibe.

The fact that the bar itself is opulent and gorgeous doesn’t hurt either.

I arrived relatively late, so opted for a meal in the bar rather than going out to dinner. The cocktail list was intriguing, and I couldn’t resist ordering a “Two Doors Down”, along with the burratta and confit chicken wings.

The cocktail was slightly on the sweet side for me, but it was such a pretty color and presentation that it didn’t matter.

The burrata was light and lovely, but the lightly-pickled rhubarb was the showstopper.

The confit chicken wings were only okay (not like I have high expectations for hotel lobby bar wings in general, but these were just very sweet). I guess if you have a sweet tooth you might enjoy them more.

I really liked the overall feel of the bar though, and could see myself stopping in here for a drink even if I wasn’t staying at the hotel.

Temple Court at The Beekman

Both The Augustine and Temple Court serve breakfast, but the complimentary breakfast for Hyatt Globalists is only offered in the latter.

The exposed brick and duct work gave the restaurant more of an industrial feel than the rest of the hotel, which was softened by the oversized light fixtures and floral arrangements.

The menu was well-curated, and offered a variety of options without being overwhelming.

My friend Zach joined me for breakfast — he chose the heirloom grains and sunnyside up egg, with a side of fruit:

While I ordered the country omelette with a side of bacon:

We also had an assortment of hot and iced coffees between us; everything was covered by the Globalist benefit.

Service was attentive, and the food was good. I also appreciated that we were able to order and be served quickly, unlike the breakfast situation at the Andaz 5th, which can take ages.

The Beekman fitness center

The fitness center is located across two floors, which I guess makes sense given the footprint of the building. You can in theory access the space from either level, though when I was there the door locks on the 3rd floor weren’t working.

The upper level of the fitness center had an assortment of weightlifting and resistance equipment:

Meanwhile downstairs was setup more for cardio:

Headphones and water bottles were on display, and there was a sign advising that Peloton cleats and socks were available to borrow upon request.

Overall thoughts on The Beekman Hotel

This hotel is so pretty, and I think they did a great job of imbuing the property with a sense of history without it feeling stuffy or like a “historic” hotel. The art installations added a sense of delight, and the overall styling was refreshing.

Service was great, and I thought the size of the room and layout was stupendous for New York. That being said, it wasn’t a comfortable property to work from, and given how much larger my suite was than the standard rooms I’d be hesitant to choose this hotel for a trip where I anticipated needing a great desk setup.

But for popping in and out of downtown meetings, it was perfect, and I loved the stay overall. Definitely a great addition to the Hyatt portfolio, and I’m looking forward to trying more of the Thompson/Two Roads properties.

Have you been to The Beekman? What did you think?

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Comments
  1. Good review, and look at you schmoozing with TPG writers! Did Lucky clear that? 😉

    I don’t know..it looks like a nice hotel and all, but if I had a free cat 1-7, find me at the Park Hyatt any day over this.

  2. I stayed here once before it was part of Hyatt, and it’s one of my favorites in the city. I’d pick it over Park Hyatt honestly, but the two are in very different locations regardless. The bar and restaurant area was extremely popular I recall on a Thursday night. Just all around a fun place.

  3. Amazing review. Best reviews on the internet with you and your team.
    Beekman was such a surprise to find (via TabletHotels website) and your pictures beat mine mega time.
    What I liked most about this hotel was that the common spaces gave so many options. There is the lobby, there is the tea area, the bar area, that one area over there…. etc.

  4. @ ryan — Hah, no worries there! 😉

    Like @ Alex and @ Rob in Miami note, the location is so vastly different from the Park Hyatt that it’s hard to compare. The Park Hyatt is beautiful, and I love the pool and the rooms in general, but the neighborhood isn’t all that convenient for my purposes when I’m in NYC (it would be different if I were there as a tourist or had friends uptown), and the lack of a real restaurant is becoming a little embarrassing. So pros and cons.

  5. OMG, this place looks like a haunted mansion or something. You just expect a headless guest wandering the hallways…

    I usually don’t care much about hotel reviews, or hotels that cost $400 a night, but this was an interesting read and next time I’m in NYC, I might very well spend a night here just for the experience! Thanks, Tiffany!

  6. And there is The Parker with its enclosed rooftop pool facing Central Park….. which is the lesser expensive option to the Park Hyatt on West 57.

  7. I can’t believe that’s not a haunted hotel. I’m traumatized from reading this as if I’d just re-watched “The Shining” Redrum! Redrum!

  8. I dont like these photos. They look almost rendered and in combination with the location like a well made version of dungeons and dragons or something. Dont use this filter or camera or whatever it is.

  9. This being a Sunday night, the $385 a night is probably as cheap as it gets.

    NYC hotels prices are just nuts especially since, at the end of the day, the rooms are mostly cramped.

  10. I liked the hotel, but be aware that the crowds in the bar on weekends are insane. It draws a heavy drinking bridge and tunnel scene. You definitely want a room that does not open on the atrium.

    Augustin has much better food than Temple Court.

  11. I am one of those liberal Americans who live in the flyover country. The prices I see on the menus make my heart skip a beat. How much do people who visit New York or who live in New York earn annually? Wow. Y’all are so rich.

  12. Looks pretty eclectic. A style somewhere between flea-market and pretentiousness. And if that bathroom counts as gorgeous you seem to have pretty low standards in that regard.

  13. @ Matt — It’s definitely an adjustment when I look at menu prices in New York and California now that I live in Spokane rather than San Diego! But I would say the menu prices are reflective of the location (near the financial district), and the posh surrounds. There are certainly still plenty of cheap eats in New York!

    The interesting thing is that while upscale restaurants and housing are less expensive here, other things cost quite a bit more. Like chain restaurants are disproportionately expensive, as are groceries, so it somewhat balances out in our case. A quick Google says the median household income in Manhattan is $57,782, versus $53,321 in Spokane, but that doesn’t really give a full picture either.

  14. I’ve stayed here and the rooms, including suites, feel cave like. No great natural light.

    This is a 3rd tier hotel at best.

  15. Love the Beekman. I appreciate these reviews because living in NYC, I never see what the rooms of the hotels look like but I am always curious. We come here for drinks all the time, though.

    @Matt, eating/drinking at hotels is always much more expensive. NYC is very expensive in general, but hotels are towards the top of that. As Tiffany mentioned, you can find plenty of places on the cheaper side.

  16. Tiffany,
    You mentioned someone joined you for the Globalist breakfast. What is the rule re: that. Do they need to be in your room or can I invite someone to breakfast when I am staying?

  17. I looked at this place for my last visit and after reading your review (which is so very well done, by the way), I’m glad I passed. It is beyond dark. Your room looks like a hotel room from 1979 that needs renovating. That little picture/cheapo poster looking thing is so sad, squished into the side of the wall like that. And why is the tv blocking the windows? None of the furniture looks new. None of it works together, such odd, odd, choices. Its such a lackluster, tired looking room.

  18. Hyatt and AA threw a party there on May 16 to celebrate their partnership. It seemed like I was one of the few people there without my own personal photographer. The rooftop penthouse suite is fantastic! Great party at a beautiful hotel.

  19. @Matt – the menu is priced for a $385 room per night person. New York has the gamut – uber expensive to dirt cheap. That said, and I’ve lived here 25 years, New Yorkers don’t really have brunch in hotel restaurants. Most folks eat in and patronize their neighborhoods. I’ve been to the bar here and lobby and common areas are beautiful.

  20. Stayed here for one night in October 2017 before a business meeting nearby the next morning. Received a pretty good room rate that included a food credit sufficient to cover the cost of a hot breakfast. Was upgraded to a mini-suite room in a corner near the top of the building. Room size was nice and large. Bed was comfortable. Bathroom was quite large with a walk-in shower (identical to your photo, with no tub if I recall correctly). Ordered room service for breakfast. It arrived hot and was quite good.

    In no way was the hotel responsible for this, but a water main break occurred overnight outside near the corner where my room was located. Loud and almost nonstop jackhammering to open up the street and make the needed repairs followed for what seemed like hours starting after midnight. Not even the white noise app on my I-Pad was capable of drowning it out. The hotel was very apologetic about all the noise the next morning, and the hotel’s management emailed me to offer a highly discounted rate for my next visit, which hasn’t occurred yet due to my current focus on retaining Marriott platinum status for 2020.

  21. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your review. Even though the rooms seem mediocre, I would give this hotel a visit.

  22. I stayed at the Beekman over Labor Day weekend at an AmEx FHR rate of $299/night. WIth the $100 food credit which I used for an excellent dinner at Temple Court and the three breakfasts included which were also excellent (shout-out to the eggs benedict with whitefish), it was a very solid value – especially since it qualified for the spend $800, get 16,000 MR points promotion. My “upgrade” was a to deluxe king which was reasonably spacious and – crucially for avoiding noise from Temple Bar – down one of the hallways rather than opening onto the atrium.

    The service at the hotel was polished and efficient. Staff at Temple Court remembered my name, and the F&B manager came over during dinner to welcome me and answer any questions I had.

    The location was not what I expected. With the proximity to the Brooklyn Bridge which was packed with pedestrians, and the numerous subway stations around Fulton Street and City Hall, it was much busier on a weekend than I had expected, and the neighborhood I found to be meh. Plus, unfortunately, as others have pointed out, this also means that the Temple Bar gets loud with non-guests brotastically slamming back drinks. But in the mornings before it officially opens, it’s wonderful to sit there quietly taking in the old New York vibe, a character in my own Gothic novel.

  23. Beautiful hotel, thanks for showing us Ben.

    Presumably it would be filled with spirits, but you didn’t indicate any situations encountered.

    That’s good.

    Again thanks.

  24. I stayed there once – upgraded to a one bedroom suite. Great room. There was a suitcase bombing in Chelsea the night before I was supposed to leave, and my train was cancelled the next day so I had to extend my stay by one day.

    The staff was super accommodating, and I got upgraded to one of their nicest rooms – it was bigger than my old NYC apartment (which probably isnt saying much, but there was a formal dining room, two bathrooms, living room and separate bedroom. Think it was the Thompson Suite.

    Would highly recommend if you’re a Hyatt program member.

  25. Thanks for the review, Tiffany. This one was on my list of options, but having seen the pics, I’ll pass. First time I’m crossing off a hotel based purely on looks. Those green marble effect walls, dark corridors and hideous wallpaper give off an Edwardian era insane asylum vibe. Give me a cookie-cutter chain hotel any day, thank you! But I do genuinely like the bookcases though; very classy!

  26. This hotel looks sinister to me as there is no natural light and oh what a horrible corridor.
    Bedrooms without any balcony or terrace.
    As Cole Porter said “All you need is a room with a view”
    I much prefer the Rivington Hotel in NYC.

  27. Great review Tiffany. Gorgeous photos ! I had provisionally booked this via Virtuoso for a steal at £1950 for the week ( as opposed ,to nearly £4000 via the hotel direct ). However after considering it some more and reading reviews I found noise was an issue and the lack of light and views in the rooms plus , personally I don’t think the rooms look that ” special ” and the FD is not an ideal location for me…for me spending 2k on a hotel would need to make it mind blowing
    So….I booked a city view room at The Moxy iChelsea ( my favourite location ) instead. For only £1000. Maybe I’ll hit the Beekman bar whilst I’m in town with the money I saved !

  28. UGLY. Suddenly it’s 1875. The tile floors are a huge turn off for me. And probably very noisy. Dark, and depressing.

  29. Amazing hotel but it gives me the creeps. Would be great to have a drink at the hotel bar next to Count Dracula and Igor. I’ll stay in Midtown please…

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