The Smyth Tribeca in New York City recently reopened its doors under new ownership as an independent hotel with exciting packages that hold special appeal for families. This 4-star property is in the heart of Tribeca, one of Lower Manhattan’s most desirable districts, surrounded by creative outlets, fashion, historic industrial buildings and plenty of 5-star eating establishments.
Having stayed uptown on a previous trip in order to explore conveniently all the major sites that New York has to offer, we found Tribeca a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. The hotel makes a great base for families, offering a more immersive neighborhood experience, more space and easy access to parks, shopping and the Piers on the Hudson River. It’s a worthy option for families looking for a more relaxed New York visit.
Situated at West Broadway and Chambers Street, the Smyth Tribeca is less than 10 minutes from the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, One World Trade Center and the Oculus. The High Line is also easy to access from here, and it’s right next to the Chambers Street Subway Station, a major hub connecting you to the rest of the city.
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On arrival, we found the staff extremely friendly and welcoming and the reception area very inviting. Our teenage kids were shown to their own suite and were delighted with the treats provided for them, while we appreciated a complimentary bottle of wine after a long journey. Our requests for directions, restaurant recommendations and information about the surrounding area were quickly answered. Unfortunately, the bar area wasn’t open during our visit, but we saw that this would be a very welcoming area with lots of space for kids and adults alike. Plans to open the lobby bar and lounge with outdoor seating, managed through the Mercer Street Hospitality Team, are afoot.
The Smyth Tribeca’s 100 rooms are bright, spacious and comfortable, well-appointed in beiges, browns and creams. Art photography in the rooms depicts a 1950s Rat Pack theme. About 20 percent of the rooms are suites, with multiple configurations available for families. A family of four can be accommodated in a Superior Double; a family of five can be accommodated easily by combining a king double with another double. The rate for a double room is about $400 per night depending on the season, and the 1,200-square-foot Penthouse Suite is good value at $3,500 to $4,000 per night. All rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious Carrara marble bathrooms that include tubs.
In addition to the treats provided for youngsters, portable playard-style cribs can be provided for families with babies and toddlers. The staff is happy to provide additional services like warming milk, and all rooms have fridges to keep supplies fresh.
Whilst the Smyth Tribeca had not opened its own restaurant at the time of our stay, you won’t be short for dining options around the area. Serafina and the Odeon were two of our favorites, and the kids loved the fact that Starbucks was right across the street — for teens who don’t live in a city, this can be a huge draw. Vegan and vegetarian dining options are available close by.
The new Smyth Tavern bar and restaurant will feature an American tavern-style menu highlighting steaks, various meats, pastas, fish and a specialty burger.
Facial spas and personalized skin treatments can be booked at Heyday, a nearby beauty salon, through the hotel. For those into keeping fit, there is a small gym.
JFK Airport is about 13 miles away and should take no more than an hour by cab in New York traffic; LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty Airport are only a bit farther. For those who choose to drive in, Smyth Tribeca has a car park that is close to the hotel.
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Editor’s note: Brendan received a media package in order to review Smyth Tribeca for families. As always, our opinions are our own on Ciao Bambino. Photos courtesy of Smyth Tribeca.
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