An upscale hotel is coming to the South Bronx next year. Set to open in 2018, The SoBro ParkHotel is currently under construction and will be located between Park Ave and Canal Place. The 4-star hotel will have 71 rooms, parking for visitors and guests, and an outdoor terrace. The hotel’s biggest draw will be the impressive restaurant and bar. Most hotels in the Bronx have rented their ground floor space to pharmacies, so this is definitely out of the norm and will be a nice attraction for the booming Mott Haven neighborhood.
Other hotels in the area include the recently opened Comfort Inn and Suites between Third Ave and Rider Ave, and a soon to open high-end hotel at 335 Grand Concourse, about a block away from Bronx Post Place. Building hotels in this transit-rich part of the Bronx which is served by the 2, 4, 5, and 6 trains is a brilliant move. Not only are guests 1 or 2 stops away from Manhattan, but they also have access to popular Bronx cultural institutions such as The Bronx Museum of The Arts, Yankee Stadium, and the Bronx Zoo. According to Fred Dixon CEO of NYC and company, Bronx tourism is up 14 percent. In 2015 The Bronx Tourism Council launched its first Visitor’s Guide.
The revitalization of the South Bronx has caught the eyes of tourists who will demand quality lodging in an exciting neighborhood. There are plenty of places to cut loose such as Charlie’s Bar & Kitchen, Mott Haven Bar & Grill, and Habanero Mexican Cuisine just to name a few. Enhanced pedestrian spaces are currently under construction which will be decorated with street furniture, and guests at the SoBro Park Hotel will be a few blocks away from the Mott Haven Historic District which has its own tour guide! One can hope when they return home they will share their experience with family and friends and help erase the negative stigma that is attached to the South Bronx.
Hotel image credits go to Trise Development.