“The awful thing about most vacation rentals is that they offer no services,” he adds. “Our guests have access to a driver, a concierge, and room service.” Plus, his Take-it-Home concept “shop” means guests can order decorative items including original, handmade pieces that they fall in love with during their stays. (An online shop exists as well.) “People like the concept, the service, and the style,” says Leonardo, who describes his boutique suites as the flip side of traditional bed-and-breakfasts.
For his latest additions, Leonardo collaborated with the Brooklyn-based studio Nightwood to create two rustic-chic suites that use reclaimed wood to drive the design concept. Known for its down-to-earth but modern aesthetic, Nightwood specializes in salvaged, antique, reclaimed, and scrap wood for its furnishings and interior projects. The resulting effort in both suites — called Butter and Chelseamore — is a deconstructed yet urbane sensibility that comes off as both cozy and sophisticated. After a long day in the concrete jungle, who wouldn’t want just that?