By Terry Trucco
When it’s dark outside — and cold — the perfect antidote is a tree — or a lobby, window, mantel, staircase, doorway, you choose the noun — ablaze with light.
Everyone does up the holidays differently, as I discover every year when I make an informal swoop through the city’s hotels. But almost every hotel in town — save a handful of the uber-hip — dresses up when the sky goes black. Here’s a sampling of holiday sights, ca 2013.
As befits a smart budget hotel, the Pod 39 plants its tree in front of two adjoining mirrors and lands three trees for the price of one.
To celebrate its first holiday season, the month-old Quin put up a pair of glamazons standing two stories tall. Minimally chic, they’re decorated with orchids, feathers, icicles and lights.
When the Waldorf-Astoria renovated its Park Avenue lobby, the cleared the way for the big magnolia tree in the middle. Bonus: there’s plenty of seating so you can sit back and take in the view.
Holiday geometrics at the W New York — a contemporary hotel sprouts a modern tree.
The big tree under the glass ceiling in the 1920s lobby of the Barclay — Intercontinental New York Barclay, to be formal — is a stunner, decorated with big birdcages, a nod to the live birds that once chirped in the lobby. But the fountains outdoors near the entry get things rolling.
A well-placed mirror in the 1920s lobby of The Benjamin turns their jewel of a tree into a double tree.
The Roger New York’s main course tree is a sparkler, but sometimes the starter is the one you remember, like this holiday arrangement.
The house tree is at Le Parker Meridien is an ad for the Gingerbread Extravaganza — the annual line-up of high concept gingerbread creations by New York restaurants, hotels and bakeries that raises money for City Harvest. Cute but inedible, a sign warns.
The unofficial Don and Megan Draper tree lights up the midcentury-inflected lobby at the renovated Lexington.
This riff on the classic Victorian feather tree gets a 21st century update in the updated lobby at the Tuscany New York, a St. Giles Hotel.
Morgans, New York’s first boutique hotel, flaunts a too-cool-for-school holiday air — no wreaths, no trees, no holly. But I love this holiday snap — film noir candy canes.
Happy Holidays from Overnight New York!