hallway with view into dining nook
Existing columns were transformed via glass fiber–reinforced gypsum to create a series of curvy portals guiding sight lines.

Kimpton Hotel Theta Offers a Serene Escape in the Heart of Manhattan

Meditation, REM sleep, deep breathing, and hypnosis are all known to induce tranquil Theta brain waves, a therapeutic, creativity-enhancing frequency. Aptly named after this mind state, New York’s second Kimpton hotel brings a much-needed dose of Zen to the bustling Theater District. Managed by Highgate, IHG Hotels & Resorts’s 15-story, 200,000-square-foot property is a study in adaptive reuse, with sculptural interiors informed by Morris Lapidus’s original neo-baroque architecture. Brooklyn- and Tokyo-based firm Crème/Jun Aizaki Architecture & Design collaborated with Highgate’s in-house studio, Lucid, to devise Theta’s layered, tactile accommodations. 

Soothing modernist motifs predominate. In the lobby, a floor-to-ceiling mural riffs off an aerial view of Isamu Noguchi’s 1958 UNESCO Garden in Paris, with plaster reliefs abstractly representing the earth, while an asymmetrical triptych adds a pop of yellow above reception’s corrugated-concrete desk. “The infusion of art and historical elements served as a rich palette,” Crème founder Jun Aizaki explains. 

room with arched ceiling and view of reception desk and graphic artwork
A triptych by Crème and Saatchi Art hangs above the corrugated-concrete reception desk.

Throughout the lobby level, the teams transformed existing concrete columns into a series of curvy gypsum archways, framing such social zones as the living room, where Japanese-inspired wood privacy screens and a plethora of plush seating accommodate both solo travelers and larger groups. Another portal leads to Café Otto, replete with communal tables and custom window-niche sofas. The subtle tones of the sand-hued terrazzo-like porcelain flooring, taupe-painted walls, and white-oak millwork unifies the public spaces. 

The quiet-luxe concept continues in spacious guest rooms (including the five suites) via pale timber accents, textured wallpaper, channel-tufted headboards, and funky Sputnik-style chandeliers. Each room features fluid, dimensional artwork—custom collaboration by Crème and the online gallery Saatchi Art’s hospitality advisory team. 

Dining room with long wooden table and multiple chairs
In the same space, Trinity Lighting’s Mix chandelier illuminates Shawn Austin’s communal dining table, both custom.

Later this year, the rooftop Bar Sprezzatura will open. Meanwhile, Theta offers complimentary welcome drinks, curated lists of NYC eateries, and fresh pastries from the coffee bar. Like other Kimpton properties, guests can request a house-plant delivered straight to their room with a name tag and take-home care instructions. Talk about restorative hospitality!

living room with orange seating area and wooden paneled wall
Potted plants add biophilia to the lobby-level living room, with double-sided sofa.
bedroom with brown carpet, and desk area
A guest room, one of 364, features an art deco–inspired desk chair and textured wallcovering, also by Crème and Saatchi Art’s hospitality advisory team.
hallway with view into dining nook
Existing columns were transformed via glass fiber–reinforced gypsum to create a series of curvy portals guiding sight lines.
marketplace with orange lamps hanging from ceiling
Visitors can purchase locally sourced artisanal provisions at Theta’s marketplace.
dark blue bar with wooden vanity and shelves
An in-room bar sports bronze accents.
sitting room with seating nook and dark olive green and orange chandelier
In New York’s Kimpton Hotel Theta, by Crème/Jun Aizaki Architecture & Design and Lucid, a lobby nook with custom seating unit embodies the earthy decor.
living room with tan chairs and orange carpets
Porcelain-tile flooring and a Jamie Stern area rug unify the living room’s mix of private seating nooks, bistro tables, and lounge chairs.
bedroom with twin beds and dark green headboard
Another guest room is outfitted with channel-tufted headboards.
Headshot of Jun Aizaki, founder of Crème
Headshot of Jun Aizaki, founder of Crème. Photography by Taran Wilkhu.

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