Design Destination: The New Maritime Hotel


Transitioning from the chilled-out Bay Area to the hustle and bustle of New York City always requires a bit of prep and patience — but having a perfect place to stay certainly helps. Enter The Maritime Hotel, Chelsea’s newly-revamped dream destination for out-of-towners or locals with a keen eye for design and an appetite for exceptional drinks and dishes.

Ideally situated just next to the trendy Meatpacking District and within walking distance of some major must-see sights, the Maritime’s iconic porthole-dotted building was designed by New Orleans modernist architect Albert Ledner and once served as the headquarters for the National Maritime Union of America. That retro nautical vibe remains intact today, but the hotel itself has undergone a major interior renovation from the plush and luxurious lobby lounge to the sleek and stylish rooms. 


Upon entering the hotel, guests are instantly transported into a swanky upscale ocean liner that’s been outfitted like a cool West Village loft. Hotelier Sean MacPherson envisioned the updates for the Maritime, which he opened with Eric Goode in 2003, including hand-laid narrow-slatted cerused oak beams for the lobby ceiling and simple, slim table lamps and pendant fixtures to illuminate the space, all with cloth shades that throw soft, soothing light from the entryway to the elevator bank.

Fourteen-foot lobby sofas have been reupholstered in city-scene-themed fabric while adjacent club chairs are adorned in multicolored velvet to contrast with the room’s earth and wood tones. The north wall is anchored by a 16th-century stone fireplace MacPherson found in the South of France, inlaid with exquisite Tortuga textured marble imported from Brazil. Finally, the lobby’s iconic 3D sea-themed mural has gotten a refresh from Berlin artist Stefano Castronovo, the original mastermind behind the piece. 

With 121 superior rooms, four penthouses (junior and terrace), and one amazing rooftop penthouse that’s the epitome of luxe living, guests can’t really go wrong. While each option features one or more custom-desined beds with Japanese fabric headboards, luxury customized bed linens, waterfall showerheads, flat-screen LCD televisions and more, the 1,000 -square foot terrace penthouse comes equipped with an outdoor shower and Japanese garden, and that rooftop penthouse (measuring approximately 2,500 square feet) boasts a living room, two working fireplaces and 1,500 square-foot terrace the length of the hotel’s roof.

Foodies will be in culinary heaven at the Maritime, thanks to the recent addition of Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s first NYC restaurant in nearly a decade: La Sirena. Formerly occupied by La Bottega, the dining space has been transformed to include custom 1960s-inspired curvilinear pavers and Caesarstone quartz walls. A 38-foot Caesarstone bar bisects the space, extending to an outdoor grand patio overlooking Ninth Avenue. Early bird guests are treated to a complimentary breakfast in the restaurant’s barspace, while night owls may be tempted to head to TAO Downtown, the restaurant-club located below the hotel. 

The Maritime Hotel is located at 363 West 16th Street at Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011. Rates start at $225. For reservations or more information on The Maritime, visit or call 212-242-4300.