A small-space retreat with sizeable style.
The design firm Avroko is best known for bold, sweeping materials and naturalist interiors, from the memorabilia-plastered walls of bar Liquorette to the reclaimed wood of 1 Hotel Central Park. But the firm’s new micro-hotel brand Arlo reveals a more compact, pared-down approach. The 250 abodes, which average 150 square feet a piece, maximize function without sacrificing style. Often, space-saving measures masquerade as design innovations: Concrete-cast vanities cleverly unite bath and bedroom, headboards reveal hidden outlets and USBs. Walnut built-ins dominate the décor, seamlessly integrating under-bed storage shelves and custom open closets. A pair of cheeky, jetlag-friendly clocks are also embedded: one for “here,” the other for “home.” Given the caliber of the onsite cuisine, however, it’s unlikely that guests will spend much time in their rooms at all. Italian-inspired restaurant Massoni opened to much acclaim, and downstairs, Bodega readies guests to explore the hectic city with quick bites and coffee to go.
New York City