Things are rarely what they seem.
Take for instance, 21 W. 9th Street. By all accounts a quaint-looking apartment building on a quiet block
just off Washington Square. But when you step past its unmarked blue awning and down a few steps, prepare
yourself for a little shock and awe.
Enter Hotel Griffou
, a world of wonders filled with hidden chambers, parlor rooms, Lobster
and a few hanging fox hides—opening one week from today to host your wild private
parties, covert dinner dates and sultry cocktailing. Below, your first tour of the lair...
A visit to Griffou (note: despite the name, bedding down is frowned upon), will whisk you into what seems
like an underground version of the Clue mansion with gin instead of the lead pipe. The space is a collection
of six connected rooms, each with its own personality—meaning, you'll need a plan.
Start in the large, dark, wood bedecked barroom where you can plot out your evening over a couple of old
fashioneds. You'll have your pick of the Library—complete with musty portraits, old books, hunter green
everywhere and candlelit wooden tables—or a small, dimly lit cave of a private dining room with a large
14-seat wooden table—if you're dining or drinking with a few discerning chaps.
If you're attempting to curry the favor of a culturally adventurous ladyfriend, tuck into the wildly
pink-and-red Salon—dotted with unfinished paintings on easels and bench seating—or the Terrace, where
skylights keep you somewhat connected to the world above.
Because remember, at some point you have to check out.
21 W. 9th St
(btwn 5th and 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10003