One of my fantasies is to retire to Battery Park City. I love downtown NYC and the easy access to the rest of Manhattan and to Brooklyn, where I live. So I jumped at the chance to spend the night at The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel.
[Disclosure: I was a guest of The Beekman, which covered my room. ]
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: The Green Way to Luxury
There are plenty of hotels that toot their green horn, claiming to only change the towels when they are left on the floor (they don’t: most routinely change ALL the towels every day). But The Beekman makes a different case, reusing an entire building. The landmark building was built in 1881 and had office space illuminated by a nine-story atrium and giant skylight. The hotel incorporates these elements, making The Beekman a dramatic place to lay your head, or have a meal.
Dining at The Beekman
Local celebrity chefs run The Beekman’s restaurants. Tom Colicchio, of Craft (and founder of Gramercy Tavern) owns Temple Court. The seasonal restaurant serves brunch with live music. Keith McNally (Balthazar, Minetta Tavern) owns Augustine, a French brasserie.
We opted to eat al fresco at Brookfield Place, where outdoor restaurants line to upscale mall / office space. We picked up dinner from the Food court, Hudson Eats, and watched the sun go down. The outdoor plaza had a bonus; it is dog friendly.
Kind to animals
The Beekman Hotel is dog friendly, for no additional fee. We brought Karat to The South Street Seaport, where a Chase Sapphire Lounge was also dog friendly. This seasonal lounge has Adirondack chairs, a swing and corn hole. The lounge is part of the Garden Bar, whic has beer, wine, a few cocktails and food from 10 Corso Como
Museums Near The Beekman
A friend who was visiting New York didn’t want to stay downtown because “it’s not near the museums.” This couldn’t be less true. [And how many hotels are walking distance to the Metropolitan Museum?]. You just need to consider other museums.
Here are some of the museums just steps away from The Beekman: The Museum of Jewish Heritage, South Street Seaport Museum, 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Fraunces Tavern Museum, National Museum of the American Indian in New York also: free!), the Museum at Eldridge Street, and the The Skyscraper Museum. You can take a tour of Federal Reserve Bank or catch the ferry to The Statue Of Liberty.
More Culture Downtown
Maybe you prefer to see a performance. Midtown Manhattan and the theater district are not far away. But there is plenty close by. The Rooftop at Pier 17 has concerts and movies, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene presents plays (the current Off-Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof started here) and The River to River Festival every June offers two weeks of free performances. Tribeca Performing Arts Center has a wide range of theater options, including family productions.
Beekman Hotel Amenities
The two story gym has Peloton bikes so you can get a great workout. There are also plenty of cardio machines, free wights, mats and exercise space. There is a bowl of fruit if you are feeling peckish after your workout.
There is a free shuttle that will drop you off or pick you up in a mile radius. I walked around with the dog (there are a few dog runs nearby) and got asked for directions but about 10 people. As one person said to me, “you’re walking a dog, I assume you live here.”
Living the dream, if only for a day.
Note: I was a guest of The Beekman Hotel, which covered my room. I also attended a rooftop party at The Beekman, celebrating Hyatt Hotel’s new partnership with American Airlines. Elite AAdvantage members ( earn both World of Hyatt points and one mile per dollar when they stay at a Hyatt.