THE PENNINSULA HOTEL
Formerly the “Gotham Hotel”
PROJECT MISSIONDesign the interior of a prestigious, newly gutted New York City hotel: spa, fitness center, pool; lobby, registration, concierge; cocktail lounges, restaurants; business center, meeting rooms, ballrooms; guestroom suites and a fifteen room Presidential Suite.
CLIENT GOALSModel the NYC Hotel after the Paris Nova Park Elysee Hotel so that the Parisian ambiance would appeal to Arabian Royalty as well as sophisticated Europeans and New Yorkers.
CONSTRAINTSThe project had to be “fast tracked” to meet the grand opening date, and avoid incurring late penalties written into the construction contract. French designers, who did not speak English and new nothing about New York City codes or design documentation, were blended into the CFA design team because they understood the Nova Park culture. Narrow corridors presented difficult installation challenges.