GREENWICH VILLAGE — The owner of the Waverly Inn and Jane Hotel has opened a new boutique hotel on a fast-changing strip of Greenwich Village.
MacPherson said he hopes the 107-room hotel at 5 W. Eighth St. and its ground-level restaurant Cafe Marlton — which will open later this fall — will serve visitors to New York and locals alike.
“The Marlton is a labor of love for me, and my hope is that it becomes an integral part of this revitalizing street," he said in a statement. "I hope to see the common space become a sort of living room for the community.”
The nine-floor, landmarked building received a multimillion-dollar renovation that restored its herringbone wood floors, crown moldings and marble bathrooms, the statement said.
MacPherson drew design inspiration from F. Scott Fitzgerald's depiction of Paris in the 1934 novel "Tender is the Night," he said.
Rooms at the Marlton start at $275 per night.
Cafe Marlton will have 98 seats, a coffee bar and a "French-inspired menu of healthy international cuisine," the statement said.
The building, constructed in 1900, functioned as a single-room occupancy hotel in the '50s and '60s, housing Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso and Edna St. Vincent Millay, according to the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.
Later, it served as a New School dorm.
A wave of trendy businesses that have recently opened on West Eighth Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues includes the coffee shop Stumptown, the restaurant Burger Joint and the gourmet popcorn shop Populence.