A Tale of Two Cities

How do you capture the essence of a city like London? And how do you embody that essence in a hotel? David Collins' answer: the new London NYC. The Irish designer has transformed the former Rihga Royal, long a business traveler's stalwart in New York City, infusing it with what he calls the "Anglo-European attitude" of Britain's capital. Collins' vision of London is modern and understated — no bellhops in Beefeater costumes here. England's garden mazes inspired the lobby's black-and-beige Travertine floor, while the meanders of its giant silk tapestry nod to the pathways of London's parks. The London NYC's...

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