New York City’s Financial District (FiDi) is hot right now, and not just because of the soaring stock market. The Wall Street area is moving beyond its starched-shirt reputation and undergoing a renaissance of sorts. Cobblestone streets that used to feel deserted after 5 p.m. now pulse with a buzzy, bull-market energy, and visitors can easily find fashion boutiques, rooftop bars, and $100 wagyu sandwiches — plus tons of NYC history — in and around the newly revamped South Street Seaport.
Bold design in the guest rooms
Head down for a night and experience the neighborhood at Gild Hall, a boutique property from Thompson Hotels. The 130-room hotel oozes a masculine, big-money vibe apropos of FiDi’s power-center roots but also manages to feel hip and homey. (Imagine a modern-day Gordon Gekko at his Aspen lodge.) The lobby’s book-lined stairways, leather couches, and deer-antler chandelier give way to guest rooms and suites sporting custom leather headboards, sexy brass lighting, and gold-accented wallpaper, as well as sleek bathrooms with trendy D.S. & Durga bath products.
Sleek bathrooms boast trendy D.S. & Durga products
Gild Hall’s food-and-drink offerings do not disappoint. Start with a glass of private-label wine at the cozy lobby bar, then enjoy the Tuscan fare at Felice restaurant (you’ll recognize the name from its two other Manhattan locations) before heading upstairs for post-dinner cocktails at La Soffitta. In the morning, order room-service breakfast while you sleep off your indulgences in 400-count Sferra linens. Once you’re ready, exploring the newly revitalized FiDi is easily within reach from Gild Hall’s convenient Gold Street location.
Rates from $439 per night.