The first night in NYC we had an early dinner at Café Altro Paradiso before crawling into bed to watch the first presidental debate.
The ceramic wall sculptures are by Taiwanese artist Katie Yang.
If not heading out, Le Coucou restaurant downstairs was our breakfast destination.
“We are just complicated animals”, claims the neon art piece by Dan Attoe installed on the ceiling above a spiral staircase.
The pink wool throws are custom-made by the Italian textile house Society Limonta.

11 Howard

For a full week in SoHo, I can not think of a more convenient stay than the one we had in 11 Howard.

Opened in April 2016, the hotel is focused on casual luxury and conscious hospitality promoting “familiarity and comfort – but offset with surprise and adventure”, as they put it on their website.

The hotel is also a partner with the Global Poverty Project donating a part of the room rate to the GPP if you book your room directly with them.

The former post office building is made into 221 rooms and suites with the interior designed by Danish design studio Space Copenhagen, whose lovely furniture is also used in the rooms and public spaces.

There is a lobby and a bar on the second floor, and an informal reception, a restaurant and a design shop on the first floor.

The rooms are calm and no-nonsense featuring great beds and bathrooms, oak floors and natural bamboo rugs, nice light and acoustics (I am not a big fan of all-hard-surfaces design – you need wood and textiles to moderate the rattles and echos), pink Society Limonta blankets and Grown Alchemist bath amenities.

This combined with friendly, casual service makes the hotel special in a particular way: that little extra you have to do when willing to make a good product or service great, is here achieved by being brave enough to leave things out.

You’ll have the things you need but nothing you don’t. The experience is clean. You explore the city, get all inspired and maybe a little overwhelmed at times, and come here to clear your thoughts and relax until you are ready for adventures again.

11 Howard
11 Howard Street
New York, NY 10013