By Terry Trucco
My first thought upon seeing the freshly renovated Time Hotel was what did the architects think when they saw what they’d be working with? With oddly shaped public spaces, ho-hum views and guest rooms that can be politely described as compact (the smallest are a mere 180 square feet), this modest 193-room hotel built in 1927 could either stymie its renovators or inspire them to be really creative.
I’m here to report that the latter won out. From the moment the glass elevator deposits you in the lobby on the second floor, it’s clear the team at Rockwell Group, a firm known for snazzy New York properties like Edition New York, W Union Square and Yotel, saw The Time for what it could be — a jewel box showcasing some mind-tweaking design. (more…)