The Sheraton Tribeca, a big brown box at 370 Canal Street overlooking Soho, is finally greeting guests. The Gene Kaufman-designed hotel opened on October 14 with flags flying over Canal, and it's been a long slog to get these 22 stories up and running, starting with some McSam messiness back at the beginning. Then, in early 2008, Starwood stepped in and bought the property, just in time for the financial freeze. But that's all in the past and now the 369 guest rooms are fitted out, warm and cozy, whether for those doing business downtown or hitting nearby streets and hoping for a shopping adventure.
Up on the 21st floor, outside the Club Lounge, a terrace high over Canal Street offers outstanding views of everything to the north. Directly ahead the Empire State Building stands tall, creating the perfect spot for photo ops. Visitors can eyeball the high-end competition nearby, including the new James New York, Trump Soho and soon-to-open Mondrian Soho. Savvy sightseers can also peek in fancy new condo buildings like Canal Street's One York and West Broadway's Soho Mews (and its future famous resident).
Back downstairs, the Sheraton serves up a commodious communal lounge, butt up against a roomy and well-stocked bar, where guests can link up, electronically and otherwise. For local residents looking to accommodate visitors, the friendly and helpful Sheraton management is offering some neighborhood deals, available just a click away. Not quite the type of deals that Canal Street became famous for.
· Sheraton Tribeca New York Hotel [Starwood Hotels]
· 370 Canal Street coverage [Curbed]