Construction Wraps Up on Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences at 1185 Broadway in Nomad, Manhattan

The Ritz Carlton at 1185 Broadway. Designed by Rafael Vinoly.

At number 28 on YIMBY’s annual construction countdown is the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences, a 580-foot-tall skyscraper at 1185 Broadway in the Midtown, Manhattan neighborhood of NoMad. Designed by Rafael Vinoly and developed by MarriottRitz Carlton Hotels, and Flag Luxury Properties, the 45-story tower will yield 250 guest rooms spread across 150,000 square feet, as well as 16 one- and two-bedroom penthouse residences perched on the upper levels. Lendlease is the general contractor for the project, which is located at the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street. The Erin Boisson Aries team at Christie’s International Real Estate is handling the sales of the penthouses.

Since our last update in October, work continues to wrap up on the crown and podium of the skyscraper.

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway and the Empire State Building. Photo by Michael Young

The façade is close to being done, with the primary outstanding work including the installation of glass railings, the removal of orange netting across the podium and upper levels, and the completion of the landscaped motor courtyard. Interior work is well underway on the hotel rooms and residences, while construction is complete on the mechanical floors separating the multi-story podium and lower hotel floors, and atop the space that will hold the rooftop bar and terraces. The sidewalk scaffolding should be removed in the coming weeks.

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

1185 Broadway. Photo by Michael Young

Below is a series of exterior and interior daytime and nighttime renderings. Guests enter through the main lobby next to the open-air motor courtyard located along West 28th Street and will have access to food and beverages provided by ThinkFoodGroup. Michelin-starred chef José Andrés will operate his Zaytinya and Bazaar restaurants within the Ritz-Carlton property along with the planned rooftop bar on the 43rd floor that will come with two outdoor terraces. Andrés is also curating an in-residence dining menu.

Also coming soon are a 6,800-square-foot spa and wellness center, a club lounge, multiple event spaces spanning 11,000 square feet with a 3,500-square-foot grand ballroom with 17-foot-high ceilings, and business and a la carte guest and owner services. The full list of services can be found on the Ritz-Carlton’s website.

The exterior in the daytime.

The exterior at dusk.

The entrance from the motor courtyard.

A restaurant.

A bar.

The main lobby.

The rooftop bar.

A living room.

A living room.

A kitchen.

A master bedroom.

A master bathroom.

The Ritz-Carlton hotel and residences should likely open in the early months of 2022.

Subscribe to YIMBY’s daily e-mail

Follow YIMBYgram for real-time photo updates
Like YIMBY on Facebook
Follow YIMBY’s Twitter for the latest in YIMBYnews


14 Comments on "Construction Wraps Up on Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences at 1185 Broadway in Nomad, Manhattan"

  1. David : Sent From Heaven. | December 4, 2021 at 8:20 am | Reply

    For the exterior, dark color on the skyscraper contrasts with light color of the sky. The interior that I’ve seen, but seeing it again; it’s still as beautiful as ever: Thanks to Michael Young.

    • Why the repeated thanks to the photographer? It would be beyond surprising if he was providing his services gratis. Could it be that David in Heaven is a pseudonym for Michael Young?

  2. I know it’s very controversial, but I don’t think this building is that bad. Its weird elements are actually sott of interesting in my opinion. I think the main facade looks pretty good too, since it kind of gives me a 60s vibe with the horizontal strips of glass. Still, there is something to be desired and some parts are still a bit ugly and unnecessary, but it’s not completely disastrous.

    • “…a bit ugly and unnecessary but not completely disastrous but I don’t think this building is that bad” What do you think? Is a 60s vibe good?
      The tower is nicely detailed. Yes, out of context and yes, if every block repeated with a glass tower the neighborhood would be gone, just as Park Ave went from masonry blocks to glass towers. The issue here is really the miserably conceived of base…there is no joy to the design, no clear idea, use of materials and no thought to how to fit the hotel functions into a base that would fit into the neighborhood architecture and streetscape. Gee, how did the Plaza and the Waldorf and The St Regis figure it out?

  3. The horizontality of the curtain wall, the louvered upper and lower portions: it’s elegantly industrial mod. I quite like it.

    • I agree. This building is actually quite good looking. The base is the only questionable element, but it doesn’t detract substantially from the overall success of the design.

  4. David in Bushwick | December 4, 2021 at 10:05 am | Reply

    The mall-like base and overly large and boring top are the weakest parts. The shaft of the tower is quite nice and I even like the backside of the tower. All in all, this hotel is better than most of the stuff currently being built.

  5. The base is a scar on the neighborhood and the building is so out of context with the surrounding buildings, especially the glass .
    Every surrounding building is a brick, limestone beautiful old building and then there is this behemoth.
    Tear down the old to put up crap stuff that looks like a spaceship landed and plopped down on 28th street

  6. Look at these photographs. The Empire State Building was completed 90 years ago and no office building or hotel in New York from the building boom of the last twenty years is anywhere near as good-looking. Why are we settling for this?

  7. The song, “Puttin on the Ritz” by Irving Berlin, was inspired by the opulent Ritz Hotel in London. I’d be very surprised if this Ritz ( Carlton ) inspired any songs 🙂

  8. Not bad,as long as buildings of this type don’t come to dominate the area. And yes, no match for the ESB. Not at all.

  9. No comment on the building itself but the ground floor interior public space of the hotel are another matter entirely. The computer renderings of the interior furnishings remind me of a high class bordelow! When will hotel developers let their architect finish the job instead of hiring an interior decorator with little or no understanding of the overall building design!

    • I think you mean “bordello”. Yes, the interior renderings are wonky. Could be a more sensitive architect (clearly an architect could not design the base of the building and the street frontage,) or a better interior decorator/designer.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.