Gilded Age Inspo + Eclecticism Define A Lush Manhattan Hotel


A hotel suite at Fifth Avenue Hotel, with green walls and Gilded Age-inspired decor and furniture.

Photo: Douglas Friedman

The recently opened Fifth Avenue Hotel in Manhattan is lush with nods to its Gilded Age heritage. Having once belonged to society matron Charlotte Goodridge, the mansion’s halls held receptions and musicals during the late 19th century. Reflecting this history, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio in collaboration with Flâneur Hospitality embraced an aesthetic that incorporates romance and storytelling.

“We started with the idea of someone’s town house brimming with interesting furniture, objects and art gathered from a lifetime of traveling,” says designer Martin Brudnizki. “We wanted the hotel to feel eclectic, as though everything shouldn’t belong together, but somehow does.”

To wit, the guest suites mix whimsical patterns and a joyous palette, while antique and modern pieces look quite at home while speaking across decades and continents. The lobby’s soaring ceiling and marble floors offer the grandeur a Gilded Age hostess would expect, while modern pieces like a tapestry by artist Pae White keeps the public spaces fresh and exciting.