Refinery Hotel

New York, NY

Architecture, Interior Design

The Refinery Hotel was originally built in 1912 to house high-end retail and tea salon on the first floor and various factories, predominantly hat making, on the upper floors. This duality is reflected in the design of the hotel with refined public spaces in the lobby area and a more industrial and raw elegance in the guestrooms and rooftop bar. Inspired by the original intent of the building, Stonehill Taylor worked to recreate the historic structure in a modern way, all while celebrating its colorful past.

The new design reinterprets the neo-gothic details with features such as the lobby’s manufactured white plaster groin vaulted ceilings and the warm wood used throughout the bar, Winnie’s Tea Lounge, and the reception area. The guestrooms emanate the original hat-making factories with the use of concrete ceilings, distressed hardwood floors, sewing machine inspired desks, and other factory inspired FF&E.

The expansive rooftop bar provides a year-round rooftop hangout with three sections: indoor, indoor-outdoor, and outdoor. The main feature is the ceiling of the indoor lounge space, which was made with wood salvaged from the dismantled water tank previously at the top of the building.

Although not a Landmark or located in a landmark district, the historic richness of the building makes it eligible to receive tax credits through the State Historic Preservation Office.


  • IIDA Interior Design Competition, Refinery Hotel, Competition Winner


  • Travel + Leisure “It List”, Refinery Hotel, Best New Hotels Winner


  • TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice, Refinery Hotel, Traveler’s Choice Top 25 Hotels in the United States


  • Gold Key Awards, Refinery Hotel, Best Guest Room Winner


  • Wallpaper Design Awards, Refinery Hotel, Best Urban Hotel in North America Winner