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09.19.2013
Open> Refinery Hotel
Stonehill & Taylor Architects design a richly textured space inside New York's historic Colony Arcade building.
Rick Lew

Refinery Hotel
63 West 38th Street
New York
Tel: 646.664.0310
Designer: Stonehill & Taylor

This independently owned boutique hotel, housed in New York City’s historic Colony Arcade building, features 197 spacious guest rooms, two restaurants, a lobby bar, a 3,500-square-foot rooftop bar, and a restoration of the 1912-vintage structure’s facade by Super Structures that helped the owners secure a historic rehabilitation tax credit.

On the hotel’s ground floor, which was once home to a tea parlor for the upscale shoppers of Fifth Avenue, polished limestone floors and columns are topped off with a polished plaster, groin vaulted ceiling. The hotel’s lobby bar, Winnie’s, pays homage to the original salon not only in name but also in a milled walnut feature wall installed in a tartan weave.

 
 

Above the luxurious main floor, guest rooms honor the building’s industrious history in a refined New York City–loft aesthetic. The 10-1/2-foot ceilings feature exposed beams and sprinkler piping for a raw look, and reclaimed wood flooring was refinished to build an elegant patina over time.

Stonehill & Taylor designed all the hotel’s furniture, fittings, and finishes and inserted historically influenced details, like table legs inspired by Singer sewing machines, cast with the word “Refinery.” The intimate rooftop bar with a large retractable ceiling caps this bespoke hotel.

Emily Hooper