The Refinery Hotel is the opulent 2013 reincarnation of the Colony Arcade Building located at 63 West 38th Street in Manhattan's Garment District. Constructed in 1912, the building's ornate, neo-gothic façade has been married with compelling interior... more
The Refinery Hotel is the opulent 2013 reincarnation of the Colony Arcade Building located at 63 West 38th Street in Manhattan's Garment District. Constructed in 1912, the building's ornate, neo-gothic façade has been married with compelling interior contemporary design. The chic décor and artistic ambiance are shot through with industrial accents that hark to the building’s early-19th century milliners and hat factories.
Standing in the heart of the garment district, blocks from Bryant Park, the theater district, Times Square, and the Empire State Building, the Refinery Hotel offers a chic oasis with 1920 s flair in Midtown South. There are 197 Guest Rooms and Executive Suites throughout the Hotel’s 12 elegant floors, each tailored and custom furnished. Communal areas are opulent and varied. The hotel houses its own gastronomic micro world: a prohibition style “tea” lounge, a world class silver coffee trailer, a signature restaurant, and a rooftop bar divided into three distinct sections.
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Garment District Description
Refinery Hotel is located in the Garment District neighborhood of Manhattan.
Although it hardly takes up one square mile, this small district, anchored by the Jacob Javits Center at the extreme west, the General Post Office, Penn Station, and Madison Square Garden in the center, and the Empire State Building in the east, has an extraordinary concentration of industry. The lobby of the Empire State Building is well worth wandering around, with phenomenal 1930s-style murals and wall art reflecting the power of the Empire State of yesteryear. Similarly, the General Post Office, which eventually will be transformed into Moynihan Station, has an extraordinary interior and was designed by the famous firm of McKim, Mead & White.
While New York’s days as the textile-manufacturing capital of America may be over, it remains the fashion capital for designers, couture houses and showrooms. The 7th on Sixth Fashion Week long-held in Bryant Park has turned into, simply, Fashion Week, one of the largest of the global Fashion Weeks that have become annual lightning rods for the latest in apparel and design.
Although rapid globalization from the 1960s to the 1980s saw a tremendous movement to offshore production facilities, there are indeed still many sweatshops in New York churning out clothes, some in the Garment District, some scattered around Chinatown and other locations. Indeed, the history of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and labor activism stems from the horrible 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, when 146 garment workers died. In recent years, there has been intense scrutiny of the industry, and the US Labor Department has been continually investigating suspect business practices. Meanwhile, the strong economy has given to new vitality to avant-garde couture as in few periods before.