The Beekman, New York - hotel review

The Beekman is a 267-room hotel in an historical New York landmark building that perfectly encapsulates the exhilarating after-hours mood of Manhattan’s Downtown district.

Owned by NY-based Thompson Hotels The Beekman has set its cap at sophisticated travellers, providing an atmospheric sense of history and art-filled interiors designed by master mood-maker Martin Brudnizki.

Glamorous Wall Street millennials and local residents are also ardent fans, filling the bar and two restaurants at the end of the working day and making The Beekman a buzzy – and often crowded - addition to Lower Manhattan.

Where is it?

The Beekman opened in 2016 in the heart of Manhattan’s Financial District, five minutes from Wall Street and on the doorstep of Brooklyn Bridge, the restaurants at the Seaport District and the indoor shopping nirvana of Westfield World Trade Centre.

The atrium (The Beekman)
The atrium (The Beekman)

Lower Manhattan was once a business district, somewhere people went to work that emptied out at the end of the business day but financial incentives and long-term investment have transformed it into New York’s fastest growing neighbourhood. The population has more than tripled since 2000 as single workers and young families move in and tech and media companies have joined the long-established financial firms.

Local transport links are excellent – there are 20 ferry lines and 13 subway lines from Lower Manhattan – and if you prefer a walk, Central Park is seven miles due north.


Clubby, dark and moody: The Beekman is intimate, comfortable and deliciously old-fashioned thanks to Martin Brudinzki’s artful layering of fringed lampshades, room dividing book shelves and tactile fabrics. Sink into a velvet sofa after a hard day pounding the city pavements and you’ll soon feel revived.

The Beekman was built in 1883 and its nine floors qualified it as one of New York’s first ‘skyscrapers’. Brudnizki has kept many original features including the original intricate wrought iron railings around the atrium and added dark wood flooring and colourful tiles. Keep an eye out for several dragon emblems, a sign of good fortune.

Have dinner on the terrace surrounded by New Yorks iconic skyline (The Beekman)
Have dinner on the terrace surrounded by New Yorks iconic skyline (The Beekman)


This is New York so of course there is a high-impact fitness centre that covers two floors, a bar and two restaurants and an approachable and knowledgeable concierge team.

Extra Curricular

Step out the front door and you’re immediately in the action. The Downtown location might be some way from the usual tourist traps of Central Park and Bloomingdales but Manhattan is moving south and this former Financial District is where it’s at. The Seaport is a must-see as is the beautiful Calatrava-designed Oculus Centre – Manhattan’s most Instagrammed location – while Tribeca, Chelsea and West Village, some of Manhattan’s most on-trend neighbourhoods, are nearby.

Lower Manhattan is where New York started and the cobbled streets and grand historic buildings mix in with the glass-fronted high-rises to create a fascinating architectural chronicle of the city.

Food & Drink

The popularity of The Beekman’s restaurants and bars with New York locals are a sure sign of their high quality and lend a pleasing New York buzz. Temple Court is overseen by restaurateur and chef Tom Colicchio with an a la carte and tasting menu based on US classic dishes. Augustine has a more airy brasserie feel with leather booths and simple wooden chairs and a French-based menu that includes lighter options.

A word of warning: you may struggle to get a seat in the bar after dark and while hotel residents have priority and the wait is generally short, this can be frustrating.

Grab a drink at the bar (The Beekman)
Grab a drink at the bar (The Beekman)

Which Room?

There are thirteen room categories from Queen up to Penthouse. Rooms on the 6th floor have terraces facing Nassau Street while the Corner Deluxe Suite, Thompson Suite and Turret Penthouse have beautiful views of Lower Manhattans’ new and old architecture including Brooklyn Bridge. New York hotel rooms are often short on space but even the smallest room at The Beekman is relatively generous in size.

Best for

The Beekman is a friendly, welcoming and efficient hotel with a wonderfully quirky history and a fabulous design story. It’s appeal has brought a regular clientele of business people and sophisticated couples on holiday.


The Beekman​, 123 Nassau Street, New York (001 212 233 2300),

Rooms start from $399 (£310) a night. ​