The Room Mate – Grace Hotel located in the Times Square district in New York City was in need of a renovation to bring the hotel in line with current brand standards. To fulfill the vision of the client, Lawrence Group partnered with Spanish interior designer Lorenzo Castillo, located in Madrid.


Working closely with Lorenzo Castillo, the design team created a fresh, dramatic look for the renovation. All 139 keys, the lobby, bar, gym and breakfast area received new finishes and fixtures. Many rooms received new plan layouts, and space was reallocated for two penthouse suites. Working with an international design firm presented unique challenges to the project process, as ideas and solutions that may have been readily available abroad were not always simple to execute in the United States. Partnering with the firm to bring reality to a number of conceptual ideas relied heavily on the successful interpretation and communication of specific solutions to fulfill the client’s vision.