Work Wrapping Up On Pestana Hotel At 338 West 39th Street In Midtown

Construction is wrapping up on 338 West 39th Street, a 25-story hotel from Portugal-based Pestana Hotels. Located in Midtown between Eight and Ninth Avenues, the project is designed by Stephen B. Jacobs Group and developed by Brarone Management, according to permits filed in 2015. Sam Chang, a well-known hotelier in New York City, purchased the 50-foot-wide site for $22.5 million.

Photos of the main northern profile show the exterior substantially finished with only the ground floor left to be worked on.

338 West 39th Street, photo by Michael Young

338 West 39th Street, photo by Michael Young

The previous rendering seen in the last article greatly differs from the final product, with a change in fenestration, color, and ornamentation.

338 West 39th Street, image by Pestana Hotels

The renderings for the project featured a light-blue framework resembling a Chinese lattice covering the entrance and lower floors, a design element that was abandoned. Other changes to the design from the original rendering include the extension of the floor plates below the setback to the sidewalk property line, a simplification of the window grid, and the use of red brick for curtain wall.

The 59,244-square-foot structure contains a kitchen, storage space, a gym for guests, space for housekeeping and staff, a breakfast area, a bar and patio, and 175 hotel rooms averaging 388 square feet apiece. Four to eight rooms occupy each floor above ground level.

The site is only one street to the south of Port Authority Bus Terminal, the A, C, and E trains, and the underground passage to the 1, 2, 3, N, Q, R, W, 7, and Shuttle trains at the 42nd Street-Times Square station. The hotel is also five blocks north of Pennsylvania Station. Both major transportation hubs can easily be accessed by walking along Eighth Avenue. Times Square is a close walk to the east, as are Bryant Park, the New York Public Library, retail on Fifth Avenue, and a number of places for eating, shopping, and entertainment.

338 West 39th Street should be fully complete within the year.