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The Gardens Unveils New Lobby as Living Room

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Boutique hotel brand Affinia Hotels has reinvented the hotel lobby with the redesign of the lobby at The Gardens, an all-suite hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The result is a uniquely intimate and communal residential environment.
“Because we view our guests like family, we wanted to design public spaces that make them feel at home," said Betsey Moser, interior-design project manager for Affinia Hotels.

From the moment guests cross the East 64th Street threshold they enter a lobby that resembles a contemporary living room. Facing the entrance is a handmade fireplace set in a wood-paneled wall lined with shelves of gardening books from around the world and repurposed garden tools as accents. Upholstered chairs flank the hearth, accented by four leather ottomans that serve as a coffee table. Two arched floor lamps complete the inviting tableau done in rich earth colors of nutty brown, golden rod yellow and warm grey.

“We were inspired by the idea of an Upper East Side garden to create a modern and comforting reception area where guests could feel immediately home,” said Christina Zimmer, principal at Stonehill & Taylor, the firm responsible for the renovation

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