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The Blake Hotel brings boutique accommodation and Michelin-star dining to New Haven

Posted on 05 January, 2019 by Ariana
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The Blake Hotel brings boutique accommodation and Michelin-star dining to New Haven

American studio HVS Design and London-based Alexander Waterworth Interiors have collaborated on this hotel close to Yale University, where a tech boom is resulting in a wave of hospitality projects.

The Blake Hotel opened in January 2019, steps away from the Ivy League university, in a buzzing downtown corridor of New Haven, Connecticut.

In each of the 108 rooms, stark white walls are contrasted by rust-coloured velvet seating and plush headboards with wide channel stitching.

The interplay of raw and industrial materials is echoed by dark walnut and mahogany furnishings with metal accents. Long-term stays are encouraged by fully-stocked kitchenettes in both the suites and the guest rooms.

Hamilton Park restaurant at The Blake Hotel in New Haven

The Blake is also aiming to establish itself as a culinary destination with its lobby-adjacent restaurant Hamilton Park, run by New Zealander chef Matt Lambert. Lambert is New Haven's first Michelin-star chef, and his New York City restaurant The Musket Room was also designed by Alexander Waterworth Interiors.

The neo-bistro is named after New Haven's historical sporting ground, which provided a reference for the vibrant social nature of Hamilton Park's design.

Hamilton Park restaurant at The Blake Hotel in New Haven

Elements of timber, leather, and blackened steel unify a space centred around the custom quadrilateral bar and the open-air kitchen. The menu highlights traditional New England fare, elevated through the lens of downtown New York City fine dining and service.

Cocktails are crafted by former wd~50 mixologist Eben Freeman. A second restaurant and bar is slated to open on the rooftop in spring 2019, complete with a retractable glass roof.

Photography is by Read McKendree.

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