Nine Designers on the Iconic NYC Hotels That Mean the Most to Them

From left: Courtesy Todd Snyder; Courtesy Victor Glemaud

For the fashion crowd, New York’s hotels are more than homes away from home. They’re showrooms, photo studios, and constant sources of inspiration. Here, designers sketch and scribble an ode to their favorites.

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NoMad Hotel - Todd Snyder

“At the end of a long day,I love to walk over to the Library Room at the NoMad for a cocktail,” the menswear designer writes. “It’s the perfect blend of old-school and modern design—a quiet escape from the city. My office, home, and store are all in the NoMad area, so it’s been great to see the neighborhood change over the last few years. I can tell that the NoMad Hotel will be in New York for years to come—I know I’ll keep going!”

The LowellVictor Glemaud

“I’ve had many professional firsts at the Lowell. Last year I dressed Dominique Jackson for the Met Gala, and the previous year I shot Indya Moore in my collection imagery in their superb suites,” writes Glemaud, whose women’s wear designs are as vibrant as his pastel illustration. “It is the personal memories that I will cherish forever and that keep bringing me back. When my husband and I were courting, we visited a lot of East Side hotel bars. The Lowell quickly became our favorite because of its quiet intimacy, great staff, divine lighting, and martinis. It’s also perfectly located for staycations. I cannot wait to return.”

St. RegisManolo Blahnik

Courtesy Manolo Blahnik

For the shoe designer, who drew this sketch of the hotel’s King Cole Bar— “from memory!”—at his home in London, the uptown mainstay is “everything I want in a hotel, good service, and the top room is so peaceful and quiet. I have been staying there all my life, even when I was younger. I don’t like modern hotels. I appreciate tradition, which is why I am so fond of the St. Regis.”

The Carlyle - Prabal Gurung

Courtesy Prabal Gurung

The Carlyle is one of his “favorite places in New York City,” writes the designer known for posh party wear. “It transports you into a world of old Manhattan glamour. It’s a classic!”

Soho House - Fernando Garcia

“My home away from home,” Oscar de la Renta’s co–creative director Garcia writes of the meatpacking district club’s celebrated roof-deck and pool. “I’m missing everyone from the team at Soho House and wishing them all the best. I can’t wait to dive in here again soon.”

The CarlyleThom Browne

For Browne, a designer known for putting his own signature twist on the classics—his trademark shrunken suits, his fanciful takes on American prep standbys like seersucker and tennis whites—the Carlyle’s iconic Bemelmans Bar is at its absolute best unadulterated. As Browne writes, it is “quintessentially New York.”

The Bowery - Jonathan Cohen

From left: Courtesy Thom Browne; Courtesy Jonathan Cohen

“I still remember going to the Bowery Hotel and the restaurant there, Gemma, when I was in college at Parsons,” writes Cohen. His focus on the restaurant’s flower-strewn tablescapes will come as no surprise to those familiar with his dresses, which frequently feature his hand-drawn prints. “I immediately was struck by the ambience and the decor and fell in love. Whenever I walk by, I instantly smile with fond memories.”

The Mark Wes Gordon

For his favorite hotel, Carolina Herrera’s creative director wrote a love note.

“Dear Mark, I’m thinking of you and checking in. I miss your avocado pizza and simply grilled salmon so much it’s a sin. When will we see each other again? I could immediately devour your caramel corn sundae, much to my chagrin. You’re my favorite place in New York since way back when. Whether at the door, the bar, or the front desk, the friendliest team in town is waiting to greet with a grin. And your Jacques Grange lobby? It’s how all my dreams begin. Promise—let’s get together as soon as it’s safe, raise a glass, and say ‘cin-cin’! Lots of love, Wes.”

The Mercer - Irene Neuwirth

From left: Courtesy Irene Neuwirth; Courtesy Fernando Garcia

The L.A.-based jewelry designer sent a postcard. “Dear Mercer Hotel, I miss you so much. My home away from home. Stay safe. I love you. Irene”