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First property from the micro lifestyle brand to debut in New York City
In early 2016, Commune Hotels & Resorts will debut tommie Hudson Square, the premiere property of its new brand, tommie, located at 231 Hudson Street in Manhattan. Built for the youthful and open-minded traveler who seeks to make the most of every moment, tommie was created to be a living forum for the curious and creative.
“tommie is designed for guests to choose what they deem essential in a hotel stay. We believe that today’s travelers want beautifully and thoughtfully edited offerings. Guests are enabled and encouraged to author their own experiences and are given the freedom to select what amenities speak to them,” said Niki Leondakis, CEO of Commune Hotels & Resorts. “tommie is also a platform for meaningful interaction, providing the necessary ingredients for connection and collaboration among guests.” Designed by architect Gene Kaufman, and design and concept firm AvroKO, tommie Hudson Square is a 325-room urban hotel located in Manhattan’s former printing district. Today the neighborhood is a hub of emerging creative and cultural entities in publishing, television, film, radio, art, and design.
Guests are encouraged to shape their stays and personalize their in-room experiences by choosing items, available complimentary or for purchase, from the hotel’s General Store. Items – many of which will be local finds – will include “Needs of Stay” (toiletries, wellness items, etc.) “Discover & Play” (crafts, games, books, etc.), “Gear” (wearables and clothing), “Provisions To Go” (food & beverage items), and complimentary pieces such as bud vases and throw blankets. Whether hosting a spontaneous meeting in the library, practicing yoga on the roof, or enjoying a craft beer or cocktail in the lobby lounge, hotel guests and locals can also adapt tommie’s many flexible public spaces to meet their needs.
Carefully considered guest rooms, many with views of the Hudson River, include multi-functional furnishings such as a convertible ‘flip down’ desk, a flexible open closet, or an alcove bed perched against an expansive window. Rooms include high-touch materials such as solid walnut table tops and hand-made porcelain tiles that intermingle with soft colors and natural light throughout. Every square foot of each guest room is designed with purpose and intention, eliminating excess.
tommie Hudson Square has also partnered with acclaimed Chef Harold Moore of New York’s Commerce restaurant to bring the city its first ‘meat + three’ restaurant. Popular throughout the southeast states, the ‘meat + three’ concept offers diners the choice of one main meat and three sides among a large variety of options. Moore will put his own spin on the model with updated classics influenced by seasonal ingredients. “Hudson Square is a neighborhood that is quickly expanding and evolving by the dynamic force and imagination of its creative industries,” said Javier Egipciaco, General Manager of tommie Hudson Square. “We look forward to being a part of that growth, getting to know our neighbors and becoming a place they can call home.” Collaboration is encouraged through on-property programming and partnerships with local, emerging talents and companies. Guests can participate in content generation, co-creating the tommie experience through social media engagement and on-site activations.