When Folabi Quadri, Founder of LA-based production company TQG Studios, touches down in New York, it’s back-to-back meetings, shoots, networking and location scouting. The young entrepreneur often packs in sixteen-hour days so when it comes time to wind down, picking a hotel that has everything to offer, from prime location to fine dining and entertainment is a top priority. With fashion week on the horizon, we chatted with him about some of the city’s best hotels and where he and his industry colleagues go to rest, eat, drink and collaborate.
Gramercy Park Hotel - It’s a beautiful and luxurious space. The decor and high-end artwork give it an ultra elegant vibe. The rooms are super comfortable and tastefully furnished and the lounge area is great for entertaining or a quick meeting. It attracts a rather exclusive scene, especially during fashion week.
11 Howard - This is the perfect spot if you can get a room. It’s right in the middle of SoHo, so great for fashion week. There’s something inspiring about the minimal scandinavian interior design. It invokes wanderlust vibes from the moment you enter. Grab a drink and get cozy in the lounge; the people watching here is pretty good. Make sure to eat at Le Coucou.
Soho Grand - Cool and trendy are the best ways to describe Soho Grand. It’s always buzzing especially during high profile event weeks. The rooms, the Grand Bar & Lounge and Club Room all exudes Great Gatsby vibes and so does the crowd that turns up to the after parties hosted here. Definitely a place to see and be seen, nevertheless always a good time.
Public - Everything about this hotel is still new and exciting. Not to mention it always smells amazing when you walk in. There’s lots to do both in the hotel and the surrounding Lower East Side neighborhood. The views from the rooftop bar are sick, the club downstairs goes off and when it’s all said and done, the sleek and minimal rooms are incredibly inviting.
The Ludlow - Another well situated, well decorated hotel in LES. It’s what you think when you hear NYC boutique hotel; rustic vibes, leather and brass fixtures. It’s a cozy spot with lots going on around it and the views to prove it. The courtyard is great for drinks and Dirty French is great for dinner.
The Standard Highline - The Standard is iconic. It’s great if your fashion week is going to be jam packed with parties and other social events. It’s location is ideal with SoHo House just around the corner and Boom Boom Room on the top floor. The rooms are also very luxurious and boast some of the best views of the city.