Fact: New York City offers a plethora of dining, shopping, hotel, art and cultural options, but if you want to experience how the other half lives (and, by other half, we mean bankers, brokers, you know, your typical 20-something finance guys), then plan a stay at Gild Hall.
Located in the heart of the financial district and just a stone’s throw away from Wall Street, this hotel is the perfect space for an aperitif and/or a low-key business dinner. While the location of this property makes it the perfect playhouse for Wall Street executives, don’t be surprised to find a good amount of tourists mixed in with the happy hour crowds.
As the name suggests, Gild Hall, appropriately located at 15 Gold Street, is draped in luxury. Enter the woodsy, yet whimsical lobby and indulge in the decadent details of the space, such as my personal favorites: antler chandeliers and a golden illuminated map of the world. Enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco upon reception and play a game of chess while you weigh out your options in the lap of luxury. Indulge your curiosity and browse through the beautifully bounded collection of books lining the lobby walls or continue your stay at the hotel’s rustic lobby bar.
When it’s time for dinner and you’re fully recovered from your travels, go next door to Felice Ristorante (the hotel’s kitchen and answer to room service) for some delicious Tuscan cuisine. After dinner, make your way upstairs to La Soffitta – the restaurant’s semi-hidden wine lounge – and prepare to live la dolce vita as you step into a Federico Fellini film. Pose for a selfie on the iconic stairs and, once you reach your destination, indulge in the beautiful brown leather sofas and an endless supply of Italian wines. No doubt, this is the perfect setting for your mambo italiano dreams.
After your nightcap, head upstairs to catch some zzz’s and sleep like a king. Enjoy the beautifully quilted leather headboard and touches of gold – there to remind you that you are royalty, of course – and, if you wish, never leave your throne!
After the closing bell has rung and the work day is done, nothing says you’ve arrived better than a trip to Gild Hall. Whether you’re in town for business or living for pleasure, Gild Hall is a definite treat.