Plans to redevelop the one-story garage at 525 Greenwich Street first surfaced more than seven years ago, and now, one failed condo plan, foreclosure scare, and developer swap later, the site finally holds a new building. On April 1, Fortuna Realty Group and developer Matthew Moinian will open the doors to Hotel Hugo, a new 122-room hotel designed by architect Marcello Pozzi. The 20-story hotel's design draws inspiration from the 20th century warehouses in the area, combining industrial elements like exposed concrete with sleek modern finishes. There are three room types, and rates range from $399 to $599 per night.
A 17-foot glass facade leads into the double-height lobby, where a planted wall (or, in PR-babble, a "dramatic horticultural structure") hangs behind the check-in desk. There are vertical gardens throughout the entire ground floor, and the private dining room of the restaurant resembles a greenhouse, designed with a large skylight and lots of foliage. Restaurateur Sean Largotta of Crown Group Hospitality will operate an Italian eatery in the space, and the rooftop will host a bar and lounge.
Hotel Hugo has 104 rooms with king beds and 18 rooms with two double beds. The top two floors offer suites where a double room can connect with a king room. Rooms have views of the Hudson River and downtown skyline, and they all feature custom Italian furniture, walnut paneling, and rain showers in the bathroom. In-room amenities include Côté Bastide Argan toiletries, Keurig coffeemakers, mini-fridges, and wifi. The hotel also has a fitness center and a 24-hour business center.