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A Leader in the Hospitality Industry
About / GrandLife Hotel:
GrandLife Hotels were the first to introduce the luxury lifestyle hotel experience to downtown Manhattan. Since their debut, they have been supporting and promoting fashion, film, art, music, and design through their iconic neighborhood properties and throughout the world via their international lifestyle brand. Operating the celebrated Soho Grand and Tribeca Grand, they have emerged as modern classics, offering a refined clientele impeccable service, luxurious accommodations, stunning decor and a vibrant, local take on dining, nightlife and entertainment. GrandLife Hotels has continuously evolved with the changing needs of their guests with meticulous attention paid to service, design, and innovating the guest experience. No detail is left unturned to offer the idyllic respite for refined travelers with discerning style and sophisticated tastes.
We had the exclusive opportunity to sit down with Tony Fant, the President of GrandLife Hotels.
What was your design inspiration for Grand Life Hotel?
GrandLife Hotels pride themselves in offering a design aesthetic that is reflective of the location they occupy. An appreciation for craft is evident throughout our properties, whether that be the mid-century style of Tribeca Grand showcasing beautiful mahogany Eames chairs juxtaposed on a warm chocolate and orange colour palette, or whether it be the more industrial chic style of the Soho Grand, reminiscent of the lofty artist studio spaces for which Soho became known. While both properties are sophisticated and were cohesively conceived by notable designer Bill Sofield, the design prioritized above all else the creature comforts and practical needs of our hotel guests so as to ensure we remain a home away from home.
What is unique about your property?
The Soho Grand and the Tribeca Grand were true pioneers of Soho and Tribeca when they first opened, Soho Grand being the first hotel in Downtown Manhattan in over a century. We were, and remain to this day, risk-takers. We refuse to rest on our laurels and our innovative spirit has enabled us to constantly evolve and challenge the industry.
What was important about having Frette in your property?
In addition to the unparalleled comfort of Frette linens, the brand also possesses a legacy of savoir-faire and artistry which mirrors the hotels’ ethos: it marries luxury and design.
How do the Frette product add to the design of the hotel?
Frette is an obvious choice for both properties: the craftsmanship and comfort for which the linens are known are in keeping with our design philosophy of beauty combined with comfort.
What are the most important decorative elements in your home?
Lighting, cohesiveness, comfort.
What are your three most important elements when designing a bedroom/room?
Flow, privacy, storage.
What does it feel like to wrap yourself in Frette?
Familiar and indulgent.
How do you define luxury?
Where scarcity and desire intersect.
If you only have 72 hours in New York City what would you recommend doing or seeing?
New York City is a diverse microcosm of the world. First and foremost, get under the skin of downtown Manhattan. Take advantage of all the new bicycle lanes and cycle across the Brooklyn Bridge with a picnic in hand. Head to the lower east side and discover the New Museum. Explore the galleries of west Chelsea. Enjoy some soul food in Brooklyn. Watch a live music gig at any number of the venues in the Village. Pick up some rarities at the Strand Bookshop.
What’s your favorite restaurant in New York City?
Raoul’s. A New York staple and Downtown favourite; the steak frites are legendary.
Tony Fant can be reached at the below address