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Set in the wide brick streets of Tribeca, Bob de Niro’s first hotel venture was one of the first initiatives to really open up the area as a niche for the Cooler Than Thou. Having said that, New York seems to sprout its “up and coming” areas with monotonous regularity – every area is bound to be the next big thing and by now, Tribeca’s time must have long passed.

The area remains an interesting mix of historic, industrial and contemporary.  Loft apartments are everywhere, as are tiny speakeasy bars. I really loved the feel of the area but for the first timer to Manhattan, it is a bit of a hike to the midtown and north.

For a couple of days though, it is great spot to still experience the city but without the feral crowds of midtown or the press of Soho. You’re probably also likely to spot a celebrity here – apparently Bob is often catching a quick breakfast incognito and it’s something of a playground for the rich and famous.

Staff are discreet, charming and collegiate.

The hotel has a stunning courtyard area, candlelit and deeply atmospheric by night, where hotel guests only can order from Locanda Verde, the stellar restaurant attached to the hotel. In fact, I think the courtyard is a far better option than the restaurant.

Rooms vary in size and layout, and the rooms overlooking the courtyard are probably nicer than the rooms facing outwards. They feel comfortable and plush, with interesting books, velour sofas, plump cushions and Moroccan tiles in the bathrooms I know it’s a cliché, but staying there is like visiting the home of a wealthy and generous friend. Especially generous because he (I’m pretending its Bob) leaves a large basket for you of every all American candy bar you can imagine. In case you weren’t satisfied by Locanda Verde

Rooms vary in size and layout, and the rooms overlooking the courtyard are probably nicer than the rooms facing outwards. They feel comfortable and plush, with interesting books, velour sofas, plump cushions and Moroccan tiles in the bathrooms I know it’s a cliché, but staying there is like visiting the home of a wealthy and generous friend. Especially generous because he (I’m pretending its Bob) leaves a large basket for you of every all American candy bar you can imagine. In case you weren’t satisfied by Locanda Verde

Rooms vary in size and layout, and the rooms overlooking the courtyard are probably nicer than the rooms facing outwards. They feel comfortable and plush, with interesting books, velour sofas, plump cushions and Moroccan tiles in the bathrooms I know it’s a cliché, but staying there is like visiting the home of a wealthy and generous friend. Especially generous because he (I’m pretending its Bob) leaves a large basket for you of every all American candy bar you can imagine. In case you weren’t satisfied by Locanda Verde

Rooms vary in size and layout, and the rooms overlooking the courtyard are probably nicer than the rooms facing outwards. They feel comfortable and plush, with interesting books, velour sofas, plump cushions and Moroccan tiles in the bathrooms I know it’s a cliché, but staying there is like visiting the home of a wealthy and generous friend. Especially generous because he (I’m pretending its Bob) leaves a large basket for you of every all American candy bar you can imagine. In case you weren’t satisfied by Locanda Verde.

Rooms vary in size and layout, and the rooms overlooking the courtyard are probably nicer than the rooms facing outwards. They feel comfortable and plush, with interesting books, velour sofas, plump cushions and Moroccan tiles in the bathrooms I know it’s a cliché, but staying there is like visiting the home of a wealthy and generous friend. Especially generous because he (I’m pretending its Bob) leaves a large basket for you of every all American candy bar you can imagine. In case you weren’t satisfied by Locanda Verde