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Too Cool for Pool: The Purple Billiards Table at the New York Edition

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  Site Where: 5 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10010
June 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we took you all around the Clocktower Restaurant and Bar at The New York Edition last month, we couldn't share with you any of our own photos due to a photo embargo. That's since been lifted so we thought we'd share with you one of our favorite rooms in the house--the billiards room.

Featuring a gem toned purple felt table and an ornate, original chandelier that was colored to match the pool table, the parlor is not very big in size but the high ceilings, elaborate mahogany entrance and collage of photos in French baroque gold leaf frames give the room a powerful presence. And a seductive one too.

Much like the fur throws found on the bed, the billiards tables are an Edition Hotel standard. There's a white carrera marble table with ocean views at the Miami Edition and an antique table in the lobby of the London Edition. We can't wait to see what they do for Sanya, China, Bangkok and Guragon, India, all opening sometime next year.

[Photo: Juliana Shallcross/HotelChatter]

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The Hyatt Herald Square's Space-Saving Andazish Aspirations

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  Site Where: 30-32 West 31st Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
June 25, 2015 at 5:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

Midtown Manhattan has never been a particularly cool place to stay in New York, although we have to admit that the onslaught of new hotels that have opened in the area these past few years is a god-send. Whether you want to stay in Herald Square for work convenience or proximity to Macy's or even Penn Station, there are now options that won't make you weep all over your key card. Case in point: Hyatt Herald Square.

A word of warning, however. The rooms here are small. Like, small with the tiniest 's' you can picture. The King Room we stayed in recently was less than 200 square feet.

That said, we applaud the designers' efforts to make the space workable. There are pieces of furniture that do double-duty and secret compartments where you can stash your stuff (and hopefully not forget it's there). It was clear that each item had been thought through and the overall look was minimal and functional. In fact, it reminded us of a stripped-back, teensy tiny homage to the rooms at Andaz Hotels.

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The Quin is Embracing Art, From the Street to the Penthouse

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  Site Where: 101 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
June 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Artist Blek Le Rat brought a little SoHo - aka Andy - to midtown’s posh 57th Street during his stay at the Quin in Winter of 2014.

The Quin Hotel has been a fave hotel of ours since it opened in 2013, even making it to the HotelChatter People's Choice Awards.

We popped in yesterday to check out the new Penthouse Suite as well as the launch of the latest installment under the Quin’s “Artist in Residence” program. Our evening at The Quin was nothing short of a visual feast, from the street to the rooftop.

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Another Day, More Bad News for the Waldorf Astoria

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  Site Where: 301 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022-6897
June 19, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (2)

It’s not been an ideal week for the poor Waldorf Astoria New York. First there was that shooting. Now, it’s been announced that the US will be moving its HQ for the UN General Assembly, which traditionally takes place there, to the New York Palace Hotel.

The move is at the behest of the US State Department, because of worries about safety – but not because they’re concerned a possibly drunken wedding guest might let his gun go off in the lobby, oh no! It’s because the Waldorf Astoria is now owned by Chinese company Anbang Insurance Group. Allegedly (the State Department didn’t give a reason.)

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Who Do You Think You Are? Madonna Takes Over The Standard Hotel

June 18, 2015 at 3:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

The queen of pop pops, locks, and twerks her way from an in-room gym to a fireworks-filled Manhattan rooftop in her new video for "Bitch I'm Madonna," which hit the Internet in all its glitter-packed glory today. (Okay, technically it dropped yesterday as a 24-hour exclusive on Tidal. But who's using that? #SorryJayZ.)

The colorful clip is the third from her "Rebel Heart" album, and it's definitely the best hotel party we've never been invited to. Check out the video. Does the place look familiar? Because if you're a hotel nerd, it should.

Backed by a bevy of backup dancers and celeb cameos (like Rita Ora, Chris Rock, Alexander Wang and the song's DJ-producer, Diplo) Madonna winds her way through the 17th floor suite at The Standard, High Line, temporarily transformed into a thumping haven of vogue dancers and sock puppets. (Yes, sock puppets.)

Then it's upstairs to the hotel's celeb-fave nightspot, the Boom Boom Room (or as it is officially known, Top of the Standard — Zzz!) for 360-degree views, a rap verse from Nicki Minaj, and breakdancing courtesy of Madonna's youngest son, David. (Her older son, Rocco, cameos as a DJ.) Finally, the diva hits the hotel rooftop for a final crowd-surfing throw down. CAN'T STOP WON'T STOP 2015, Y'ALL.

The Standard, High Line is no stranger to music video shoots; it's here that Beyonce filmed a clip from her last album too. (It's also here that she, Jay-Z and Solange got into that little elevator scuffle, but that's another story.) And in fact, a pose-striking Beyonce is one of several other stars (like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West) who pop up to lip sync that refrain — "Bitch I'm Madonna" — in deference to the pop queen who paved the way. (Even some adorable "Like a Virgin"-attired little girls sass it up in homage to the Material Girl's influence.)

Crank it loud at your next hotel bash. If you live for the love of the party — and don't care what others think — you're Madonna, too. Even if you can't afford that penthouse rate.

[Image via StandardCulture.com]

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Fastest Finger First for Triumph Hotels' NYC Flash Sale

June 18, 2015 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

New rooms at The Evelyn

New York, New York, the city so good its hotels charge at least double what they should be charging. Not, luckily, at Triumph Hotels – at least, not if you book in their 24-hour flash sale coming up next week.

From midnight Sunday night to midnight Monday (the longest day of the year, as it happens), you’ll be able to book any of their seven hotels at a hefty discount.

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Five Injured at the Waldorf Astoria as a Gun Goes Off During a Wedding

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  Site Where: 301 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022-6897
June 15, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

The lobby in happier times

It’s not the normal behavior you see in Old Lady Waldorf, the Waldorf Astoria; on Saturday, during a high falutin wedding reception, a guest’s gun went off, injuring five fellow partiers – luckily, not seriously.

The reception was due to take place in the Ballroom but the guests were actually posing for photos in the lobby when Vladimir Gotlibovsky’s 9mm Ruger went off in his pocket, hitting the floor. One woman suffered a headwound, a graze from the bullet; others were wounded in the leg after debris – glass, marble and tile – went flying.

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A Few More Details on The Renwick NYC, Opening This Summer

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  Site Where: 118 E 40th [map], New York, NY, United States, 10016
June 8, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sister hotel The Gregory surprised us by opening so soon after we learned more about him, but The Renwick is still being a bit shy. We had seen one photo from inside the Midtown hotel (that’s the one above), and now we have a little bit more information on the 173-room property, which should also arrive this summer.

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'The Bachelorette' to Sleep With The Knickerbocker Hotel Next Week

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  Site Where: 6 Times Square [map], New York, NY, United States
June 3, 2015 at 3:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

When last season's "The Bachelor" ended with Prince Farming picking suspiciously perky fertility nurse Whitney to be his wife, we were outraged since we thought laid-back Becca was a much better choice. (We've since been vindicated somewhat.) We were then further outraged to see that the upcoming season of "The Bachelorette" would kick off with not one, but two bachelorettes, with the mantestants voting to decide who should be the woman of their affection.

Yup, that already sounds way confusing so we won't write any further except to say that crazysexycool Kanadian Kaitlyn beat out weepy waitress Britt (thank God) to be this season's Bachelorette. As is the norm for the "Bachelor/Bachelorette" dating shows, this season promises to be the most shocking season ever. And since the previews showed Kaitlyn admitting to having sex with one of the mantestants, we kind of believe them this time.

But it has been hard for us to get into the season. Most of the men are incredibly cheesy. Which is always to be expected but somehow this bunch hasn't been that entertaining. We even skipped this week's episode entirely (choosing instead to read the excellent Lost Angeles Blog recap) but we'll be tuning in next week now that we know the recently opened Knickerbocker Hotel makes an appearance.

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Chocolate on the Pillow? The Benjamin's Sleep Expert Says No

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  Site Where: 125 E 50th St [map], New York, New York , United States, 10022
May 28, 2015 at 5:26 PM | by | Comment (1)

Meet Rebecca Robbins, The Benjamin NYC's Sleep Expert

Last year this time, we wondered whether the new trend of sleep ambassador programs was a valuable hotel amenity or just another useless marketing gimmick. During an interview with one such ambassador, we learned about the steps travelers should take to get a better night's sleep at a hotel. Basically, it was a "do this, don't do that" sort of conversation.

But one thing we failed to discuss was whether a sleep ambassador had any impact on a hotel beyond guest suggestions. Is there any concrete impact, or just a list of dos and don'ts? On a recent stay at the Benjamin NYC, we discovered that a sleep ambassador's job is not all about pleading to guests to make good bedtime decisions. During its renovation, The Benjamin actually called upon sleep expert Rebecca Robbins to help design the room.

Turns out, she helped the hotel make decisions surrounding the room's design that are aimed at getting a better night's sleep. Some, like eliminating noise, are obvious. Others, like using analog clocks, go a little under the radar. And chocolate on the pillow? To that, Dr. Robbins says no. Read on to see the complete list.

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The Gregory Finally Shows What Kind of Man He Is

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  Site Where: 42 West 35th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
May 21, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

And what kind of man is that? Perhaps reserved, slow to warm up, are things that come to mind when describing our first impression of The Gregory. We have had a placeholder website with little information for a while now, our date in May has been pushed back to “summer”, and a first few photos of Greg reveal him to dress understated, relatively conservatively.

Parallels to the world of dating aside, this is the first look inside the former Hotel 35 / Gregorian on West 35th Street: lots of whites, creams, a hint of dark wood, and a few tasteful frames on the wall. The Gregory will have a total of 132 rooms that “channel the elegance of 1940s New York City street style to instantly transport guests back in time.”

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Inside The Guestrooms at The New York Edition

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  Site Where: 5 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10010
May 18, 2015 at 5:20 PM | by | Comments (3)

We've shown you all around the newly opened New York Edition hotel, as well as upstairs and downstairs. Now it's time to look at the guest rooms. (And look you should since the Edition's website is still waiting on room photos.)

True to the Edition design formula, the rooms feature neutral-colored furniture and fabrics, save for the dark oak wood paneled foyers and the towering dark walnut headboards. And yes, there is a fur blanket on the bed here.

All rooms also have white oak desks and giant windows to look out of. But not all rooms have scalloped ceilings and not all rooms have views of the Empire State Building. Allow us to tell you which ones do. After all, Edition is an expensive stay so let's be sure you get your money's worth.

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