Sometimes we’ve got to be pretty imaginative when visiting hotel rooms during the transitional golden hour of the hotel maid, but our most recent research trip to NYC was a lesson in a new kind of creative thinking. It’s safe to say that I had never thought of purchasing a personal hard-hat for hotel site visits until this trip. We’ve got faith in the grand plans of groovy hotel designers working in the Big Apple though, and on our shortlist for upcoming Smithiness you’ll find the following:
In our series of insider interviews with hoteliers, we caught up with Philip Truelove (what a name!) – GM at Bob de Niro’s super-cool hangout, The Greenwich Hotel in New York – to find out what makes him tick and reveal some behind-the-scenes goings-on (You lookin’ at me?). The Greenwich is located in – clue’s in the name folks – Greenwich Village, just north of TriBeCa, and is one of Mr & Mrs Smith’s favourite New York boutique hotels.
Introduce yourself to our captive audience: tell us who you are, where you are, and what you do…
My background is influenced by a multitude of countries: I was born in Sri Lanka, educated in Europe and, as well as working in both London and Paris, have worked in three major US cities – Washington DC, Los Angeles and, of course, New York. I have owned an Inn on an island in Maine for the last 13 years and am General Manager at the Greenwich Hotel, New York.
What makes the Greenwich Hotel so special? How would you describe its style?