A Manhattan Neighborhood Welcomes Its First Boutique Hotel

Most people in New York City might think of a certain musical when they hear “in the Heights.” That means Washington Heights, located way up at the northern tip of the island. It’s known for its parks, food, and community, and now it has its first-ever boutique hotel. Radio Hotel, designed by MVRDV and Stonehill Taylor with interiors from Workshop/APD, opened last fall. Its exterior is comprised of LEGO-like “blocks” in bright primary colors, anchoring a mixed-use development that includes a Santo Domingo-inspired restaurant, 10,000 sq. ft. of dedicated event space, 175,000 sq. ft. of office and retail space, an 8,000-square-foot activated courtyard, and a rooftop lounge. As for the hotel itself, it boasts 221 rooms and suites that draw on the neighborhood’s own local flair.

a hotel made of colorful blocks
The block-like hotel anchors a new mixed-use development.
a matching headboard, night stands, and under bed storage in oak wood
Custom bed frames, headboards, and under-bed storage are made from the same oak wood.
a hotel guest bed atop a rug
Rugs from Warp and Weft sit atop concrete floors, while Ravenhill Studio fixtures illuminate from above.
two beds flank either side of a night stand/desk
A stool from Biscayne Hospitality sits at a compact desk that could also function as a nightstand.
a pegboard system on the wall of a hotel guest room
All rooms feature a custom pegboard system.
a bathroom with vibrant yellow tile
A bathroom in a suite has vibrant yellow tile.
a bathroom with bright blue tile
Standard King rooms have bright blue paint and tile, while this atypical room has its sink outside the bathroom next to an Executive Group bench and desk.
red and grey lounge furniture under pendant lights
Lounge furniture is by Delta and pendants are by Arteriors, both based off custom designs by Workshop/APD.

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