The nautically-themed landmark was originally designed by New Orleans modernist architect Albert Ledner in 1968 as headquarters for the National Maritime Union. Ledner apprenticed under famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the late 1940’s and developed his own playful style.
This fanciful approach to modernism was long dismissed by design purists but The Maritime is now part of a wave of modernist architecture now seen in an entirely new light.
The hotel opened in 2003 and had undergone a transition that reflected its enviable location in the heart of Manhattan’s fashion, art, food, business, tech, and creative industries.
With its signature porthole windows, white-tiled exterior, and elevated outdoor terraces overlooking Ninth Avenue, it was the first luxury hotel in the neighborhood.
The Maritime Hotel maintains its reputation as the modern, cool hub of Manhattan’s Meatpacking District/West Chelsea neighborhood.
Adjacent to the Maritime Hotel, CATCH STEAK combines the authority of a classic steakhouse with the lighter, brighter style and energetic vibe of a Catch Hospitality Group property.
The menu features a curated collection of the world’s best cuts and globally influenced dishes for a more approachable 2020 steakhouse experience with fun, shareable, streaming style service and something-for-everyone appeal.
Nestled beneath the hotel, TAO Downtown is a multi-level restaurant serving Pan-Asian cuisine, featuring a 300 seat dining room, several bars, and a lounge. The subterranean restaurant is intended to look and feel as if it has been there for decades and only unearthed recently to reveal the artifacts within.
Guests descend into a multi-level space where the Quan Yin Budda, replete with 24 hands, sits atop a koi pond, acting as the anchor of the main dining room.