Summer doesn’t have to be all about bikinis and pool parties.
We do enjoy a heavy dose of poolside shenanigans when the weather’s right, but we also love to button-up, comb the hair and set out for a night (or two) of real sophistication. We’re talking Scotch neat, leather couches, dim lighting and antler chandeliers. And luckily for us (and you) the hideaway on our mind doesn’t even require us to leave Manhattan: sitting pretty on the corner of Platt and Gold Streets amidst the city’s Financial District is Gild Hall, our home away from home for the evening.
Don’t be fooled by the building’s unassuming façade; it’s what’s on the inside that counts. The rich mahogany details, handsome furnishings and stout wooden furniture in the lobby set the scene, much like an intimate European tavern. Once you’re through the revolving doors you’ll forget all about the concrete jungle outside.
Upon arrival we’re greeted by a glass of champagne. We sip as we make our way into the elevator, down a hallway lined in Slim Aarons prints, and into our room for the evening. But before we settle in, we’re heading out to one of our favorite spots: Brooklyn Bridge Park. Clear skies, mild temperatures and New York City’s iconic skyline make for a sunset to remember, and since we’re so close it’s hard to resist. Take a cab or walk, if you’re really feeling adventurous, across the Brooklyn Bridge to experience the city’s awe-inspiring transition from day to night. (Check out the photo below.)
Since we’re not quite ready to call it a night, we’re stopping in at Gild Hall’s second-floor lounge for a glass of that Scotch we mentioned earlier, perfectly complimented by the décor and hunting lodge-esque qualities of our newfound haven. We’re feeling right at home.
The Thompson Suite is where we’ll be spending the night – we’ll just let the pictures do the talking. The king bed and custom leather headboard by Jim Walrod are enough to reroute your itinerary. So do yourself the favor: plan to stay awhile.