Australia’s renowned Paspaley family, known across the world for their 100 years of pearling, debuted their first hotel in Lower Manhattan in August 2022 in their former New York office and the property has quickly become one of the hottest boutique debuts the Big Apple has ever seen. James Wilkinson reports.
If you had walked past the historic Tontine building in lower Manhattan’s Financial District when it was a commercial tower, you’d immediately think it would make for a stylish boutique hotel and that’s exactly what Australia’s renowned Paspaley pearling family have done in creating the Wall Street Hotel.
The hotel is home to 180 individually-designed guest rooms and suites, that range in size from generous king rooms to spacious and luxurious multi-bedroom suites, alongside a stylish lobby
bar, rooftop ballroom and French Brasserie ‘La Marchande’, which has been commanding excellent reviews since it opened.
To find out more about the property, Wayfarer host and Editor-In-Chief, James Wilkinson, caught up with the Wall Street Hotel General Manager, David Sandler in New York recently.
David, what makes the Wall Street Hotel one of the city’s hottest new hotels?
The Wall Street Hotel presents a stylish cultural center in the heart of New York City’s Financial District. With 100 years of international trade and travel experience, The Paspaley family – Australia’s renowned pearling family and the property’s ownership group – returns to New York City’s historic pearl trading district with an inaugural hotel.
Housed in the landmark Tontine building and blending the best of Manhattan’s brilliance, The Wall Street Hotel softens the edges of an ambitious metropolis, offering guests an elegant and gracious approach to service and hospitality.
What makes the hotel so unique in your opinion?
What makes The Wall Street Hotel stand out is its collection of contemporary Australian Aboriginal art.
Each piece in the hotel collection was created in a remote APY art studio, especially for The Wall Street Hotel. Five top-tier artists from the region were invited, as part of the special commission, to create a series of painted works in their signature style to adorn the walls.
Tell us about the stylish rooms and suites on offer.
The 180-room hotel has suites that range from 300 to 800 square feet, from intimate and cozy to spacious. Inspired by classic New York, the interior design has a light, yet saturated palette that evokes a sense of calm and warmth.
The four suites include the Carnegie Suite, Nesbitt Suite, The Great Pearl Suite, and Otto Suite, all providing complimentary WiFi, a custom entertainment system with casting capabilities, and Bang and Olufsen Bluetooth speakers.
David, tell us about the fantastic food and beverage on offer.
The Wall Street Hotel’s all-day lobby lounge, Lounge on Pearl, is perfect for after-hour cocktails, a light bite to eat, or a casual coffee.
The double-height space is modern with nostalgic elements throughout and features a rich palette of jewel tones and lush textiles. The sprawling space was designed for casual comfort as well as intimate moments, making it perfect for work or leisure.
When it comes to a classic dining experience, Michelin-star Chef John Fraser leads the team at La Marchande, a French Brasserie within the space.
Combined with Beverage Director’s Amy Racine premier French wine list of rare bottlings, such as grower Champagnes and library Beaujolais, Chef’s modernized take to sultry classics of French cooking gives guests an experience worthwhile.
What’s your x-factor at the hotel?
The Wall Street Hotel offers a Curated Concierge, where the guest experience will feel more personable than ever before.
With exclusive services and carefully selected partnerships, they strive to make every experience personal and memorable for the most discerning travelers and clientele.
Some of the in-room services include Private yoga/pilates trainer, food delivery by Caviar, custom tailoring, nanny services, professional printing, and more. Find out more about this special service here.
Favourite things to do in the area?
With The Wall Street Hotel located in the heart of the Financial District, this spot offers an endless amount of things to do outside of the hotel.
The Financial District is the pulsing heart of Manhattan. Guests can head over on a 15-minute walk to the One World Trade Center, and then enjoy some drinks on Stone Street, where historic taverns and pubs align through the winding roads.
FiDi, as locals call it, offers a little bit of everything, but what many don’t realize is that the daily hustle and bustle converts to a cool and peaceful calm in the evening, making it the perfect place for dinner, drinks, or strolls along the waterfront.
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