It’s not easy to stand out in the renowned NYC hotel market, but Maramara Park Avenue has caught travelers’ attention with rooms that feel like your own New York apartment on Park and a spa straight out of the Mediterranean.  The company enlisted a team of NYC designers for this project, architecture firm Ismael Leyva Architects and interior designer Joe Ginsberg.

The spark that lit up the Maramara is its range of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and penthouse options that all take away the feeling that you’re in a hotel.  This homey vibe brought in celebrity Elle Macphereson who called it her “home away from home” for New York business trips.

The opulent lobby and spa, however, make sure guests have all of the glamour and amenities of a traditional New York City hotel.  An arched vestibule of 670 pieces of faceted steel centered over a large bronze door makes for a stunning entryway.  This is one of many artistic pieces that were custom-designed for the hotel by artisans in New Jersey and New York, including Ginsberg himself.

The basement spa links this hotel to the Turkish roots of the Maramara chain with its traditional white marble Turkish hammam for luxurious baths. [Photography courtesy of Joe Ginsberg and The Maramara and information courtesy of Travel + Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, and Cool Hunting]