Sister City NYC Is a Scandinavian/Japanese-Inspired Respite from the City

Thoughtful living takes on the form of New York’s newest hotel, Sister City NYC. From the same creatives who brought you the Ace Hotels, Atelier Ace, Sister City offers a modern respite for contemporary travelers looking to rest and rejuvenate without the distracting knick knacks of most hotels.

The first thing you’ll notice about the hotel is the pared back aesthetic that’s comparable to Scandinavian and Japanese living. The rooms are outfitted with original, hand-numbered and stamped Noguchi lanterns, Italian cherrywood furniture, and custom terrazzo vanities. There are no painterly murals on the walls or flashing LED lighting to be found. It’s an unadorned simplicity that is both welcoming and refreshing. Here, you have everything you need, and nothing you don’t.

But don’t be fooled by the simple, timeless design. Atelier Ace also integrated modern technology into the behind-the-scenes of the hotel. The audio you hear in the lobby is generated by electronic musician Julianna Barwick using Microsoft’s AI technology. Using the sky camera on the hotel’s rooftop, the Lobby Score changes, loops, and shifts with the movement of the outside world. Weather, sunsets, and birds captured through the camera changes the score. As Julianna Barwick describes it, “It’s infinite and evergreen.” The hotel with continue to collaborate with more musicians to create future Lobby Scores.

Guests can also check in using the self-service kiosks to generate their room keys and make use of the hotel’s partnership with Headspace to recenter and reset with a meditation, a welcomed amenity especially in New York City.

Other amenities include a rotating library of books curated by the New Museum and a 24-hour market for late night munchies or early morning snacks. On the ground floor, the Floret restaurant will open in the summer to serve up a seasonal menu by award winning Chef Joe Ogrodnek and Executive Chef Andrew Whitcomb. For now, guests can enjoy drinks with complimentary panoramic sunset views at Last Light, the neighborhood bar on the 11th floor.

Everything you need to know when booking your stay: Sister City NYC’s room prices start at $259. The 200-room boutique hotel was designed by Atelier Ace with a pared back, Scandinavian/Japanese-inspired aesthetic, which means your room comes with what you need and nothing you don’t. However, modern technology like self check-in kiosks, AI-powered lobby scores, and access to Headspace for meditation will appeal to the contemporary traveler.

Sister City NYC is located at 225 Bowery, New York, NY 10002. Visit Sister City NYC to book your stay!

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Photos by Adrian Galt.

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