De Niro Plays Hotelier

By Claire Miller

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Tough guy actor Robert De Niro turns innkeeper with the advance opening of his first hotel in Manhattan

Legendary actor and restaurateur Robert De Niro has previewed his long awaited Manhattan boutique hotel – The Greenwich Hotel.

Due for grand opening next month, the new build in the TriBeCa area of New York City has been much hyped but kept tightly under wraps since planning permission went through seven years ago.

The 75000sq ft site has missed several opening dates, with details like hand carved bricks – each of the hundreds of thousands crafted to one of just twenty specifications – showing the meticulous and time-consuming approach De Niro has taken.

The corner site building on North Moore Street has a weathered and aged look – thanks to those bricks, and inside features 75 rooms and 13 suites, all with 10-foot ceilings and starting at $750 a room.

A spin-off of the actors successful Los Angeles Ago restaurant will open in the hotel under the direction of Agostine Sciandri, and will offer guests and visitors Tuscan cuisine, with a separate lounge reserved for the exclusive use the Greenwich’s residents.

De Niro has launched the project with son Raphael and two other collaborators, the hoteliers Ira Drukier and Richard Born.

A guest-only spa will open later in the summer, and feature an 18th-century Japanese wood and bamboo house that was taken apart in Japan, flown to the US and traditionally rebuilt in the hotel’s basement - without screws or nails.

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