The Beekman Hotel, in Lower Manhattan, isn’t just one of New York City’s most storied buildings—it’s three. Comprised of a trio of historical structures, including one of Manahttan’s first skyscrapers, the Beekman today boasts 287 guest rooms, interior design by Martin Brudnizki, and some surprising high-end features that luxury travel aficionados won’t find anywhere else. So, what’s the best room at The Beekman? T&C spoke to general manager Justin Kellerman to find out.
What do you consider the best room at The Beekman? Why?
“I believe that our Turret Penthouses are by far our best rooms; there’s nothing else like them, and we view them as castles in the sky,” Kellerman says. Each of the 1,200-square-foot suites features lavish amenities, including original artwork, a lofted sleeping area, soaking tubs, and a private, 1,000-square-foot terrace, and in recent months they’ve been popular for a surprising new purpose.
“When the weather was more favorable, we had many guests who took the suites for the night to have micro weddings with just a few guests, and of course following all of the precautions,” Kellerman says. “All of them said they’d never have expected to do something like that but were so grateful that they were able to. We had some really wonderful moments.”
What does it cost per night?
Each penthouse is around $6,500 per night.
Are you able to mention any celebrities that the hotel has hosted?
“The history of the building is so rich; in the 1800s, we had guests including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain, and Henry Thoreau. In terms of modern-day guests, we’d never share that information. We never kiss and tell.”
What’s one local recommendation you always give first-time visitors?
“We’re in such a great part of town, it’s hard to give just one recommendation. But the one thing we tell everyone is to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge; everyone should walk the bridge just once in their lifetime, it’s a feeling like no other. I’m a born-and-raised New Yorker and it’s a really special experience for me, so I think for people visiting it has to be one of the coolest things you can do. There’s so much right outside our doors that you could stay with us for weeks and not run out of things to do.”
Can you share an interesting tidbit about the hotel's history?
The Beekman underwent a major renovation and restoration before the hotel’s opening in 2016, but its history is still apparent at every turn. “Staying true to the historical roots of the building were incredibly important in the renovation and restoration,” Kellerman says. “There was no stone left unturned in bringing the building up to modern standards. The hotel’s comprised of three combined buildings—including the Temple Court Building, one of Manhattan’s original skyscrapers, which was completed in 1883. The Temple Court building houses one of our most special features, a nine-story atrium that has really incredible architectural detail. It’s an iconic part of the hotel.”
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