Located on the former site of the iconic Antiques Garage flea market, Renaissance Chelsea Hotel pays homage to the site’s history and the area’s charming antique shops with a theatrical design concept by architecture and interior design firm Stonehill Taylor, inviting travelers to uncover the DNA of the neighborhood. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding area, spaces within the hotel aim to surprise and delight guests with unexpected moments, each thoughtfully designed to tell a story. The hotel opened its doors just in February as one of the tallest properties in Manhattan’s Chelsea area. Rising an impressive 39 floors at 430 feet high, the brand’s first hotel in Chelsea is crowned with one of the highest rooftop pools in the city,offering unparalleled 360-degree views. Underscoring Renaissance Hotels’ unexpected design aesthetic, Stonehill Taylor created an escape that plays on the contrasting dichotomy of the hotel’s industrial, antique and floral market surroundings to create the illusion of walking through a secret garden. The hotel’s top-floor exterior features a sleek, modern glass facade, while the entrance embodies the look and feel of an English manor.

Stonehill Taylor is a hospitality-focused architecture and interior design firm based in New York City. The firm’s approach to designing destinations is to create an inspired and distinct reflection on the location, space, history and culture for each project. Its distinguished portfolio in interior design and architecture includes: TWA Hotel, The Whitby, Renaissance New York Chelsea, Moxy Chelsea, Ace Hotel New York, The Refinery Hotel and many more. The company is at the forefront of sustainable design, developing projects that are conscious of their impact on local communities and the world.

Credits to the architectural photographer David Mitchell for his amazing photos.


Anastasia is the lead author of House-diaries.com. She has studied English Literature and Psychology in the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens as well as Interior Design & Architecture in AKTO College. She works in the field of Higher Education and has a special passion for cozy interiors.

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