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Could JFK's TWA Terminal Turn into a JetBlue Hotel?

April 15, 2015 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

UPDATE 2:08pm EST: A source familiar with the bid tells us this will NOT be a JetBlue-branded hotel. JetBlue is just a minority investor. Bummer. We'll still hold out some hope for cool partnerships with the airline, whose main terminal is just across the way.

Well, this is certainly an interesting twist. The old TWA terminal at JFK International Airport may turn into a JetBlue Hotel.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the airline has partnered with developer MCR Development LLC, and the duo are now in negotiations with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Even better, they've apparently emerged the "preferred bidder."

You guys. A JetBlue hotel? We can't deal.

Naturally, JetBlue must have been a bit green about the debut of Virgin Hotels earlier this year but given that JFK is JetBlue's home airport, and where the budget airline first originated, this is the perfect spot to launch their hotel business. There aren't many details on the scope of the project other than it will have 500 rooms or so.

While this is exciting for AV and Hotel Geeks alike, it could fall apart as so many other deals have with this iconic terminal, designed by architect Eero Saarinen. In the past five years or so, Marriott Hotels, Ian Schrager, Andre Balazs, Yotel and Donald Trump have all made moves to turn the terminal into a hotel but all have failed for various different reasons. So we fully expect to spend more time at the gate with this flight.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Trump SoHo Wants You to Cleanse Your Mind

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  Site Where: 246 Spring Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
April 15, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The rooftop bar, where classes will take place

How are your chakras today? Did you eat your breakfast mindfully this morning? If you answered positively to both those questions, go forth and have a blessed day. If you didn’t, you may need a little help. And Trump SoHo wants to be the one to do it.

The hotel’s spa just launched its summer fitness program, and is starting meditation courses along with more standard classes like sunrise yoga and aqua aerobics. Craig Hunter is the man to lead the meditation – classes are 45 minutes long and will “walk participants through various forms of traditional and contemporary meditative practices”. Does that sound like a lot of faff and not much time to get deep into a meditation? Possibly, but this might be a chance to work out the style that works best for you, plus he will also include “creative cycles of breath work”.

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Inside The World's First Baccarat Hotel

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  Site Where: 20 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
April 14, 2015 at 3:37 PM | by | Comment (1)

The recent opening of the Baccarat Hotel & Residences drew much press and many a design nerd looky-loo, this contributor included. And, after spending time inside the world's first Baccarat Hotel, we, quite simply, loved it.

In a city like New York (well, there is no city like New York), space is always a premium, even in the most over-the-top of luxury hotels. The Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York does not have palatial-sized rooms, but it does have spectacular public spaces with great ceiling heights, creating the perfect setting for art and, what else, the Baccarat chandelier.

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UPDATES! The Mondrian Soho Lives On (But Not For Long)

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  Site Where: 9 Crosby Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
April 13, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Please scroll to the bottom for new updates and statements regarding this case.

We went through a series of updates last week after we initially reported the new owners of the Mondrian Soho were trying to kick out operators Morgans Hotel Group (in the middle of the night, no less) and rebrand the property as the NoMo Soho Hotel.

By the end of the day, a court had ruled Morgans should remain the operator, but the hotel's owner, Alex Sapir, isn't giving up. Like, at all. Here's what the statement he put out about the struggle to get the NoMo up and running:

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An Icy 'Iron Throne' Is Now a Real Thing In Midtown Manhattan

April 7, 2015 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

We do not have to tell fans of Game of Thrones that season five is hitting HBO this weekend, but we did figure it was worth mentioning that the Iron Throne is now a real thing ready for your visit.

It’s the latest addition inside Minus5 Ice Bar located at the Hilton Midtown New York, and it just might make a great stop before or after your season premiere viewing party.

The throne is made of around 1,000 pounds of ice, and apparently it’s even better than the ice we get here in the nifty fifty—this stuff is 100% pure Canadian ice. Of course photo opportunities are available, and visitors can even choose from white or black fur jackets that fit right in with those who would be considered royal citizens of the Seven Kingdoms.

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The Mondrian Soho is No Mo', Literally. Introducing the NoMo Soho Luxury Hotel (UPDATED)

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  Site Where: 9 Crosby Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
April 6, 2015 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (3)

A while back we gasped when we heard that the Mondrian Soho, due to a litany of problems, would essentially be no mo'. (Meaning, no more.) And now, thanks to its new owners, that day has come--except there's a twist we did not expect.

The Mondrian Soho has been officially rebranded into the NoMo Soho Luxury Hotel. #NotAprilFools

Here is the official announcement for the now independent luxury hotel:

A Partnership between ASRR Capital, Alex Sapir and Rotem Rosen’s publicly traded Israeli Company, and Gerard Guez has announced the launch of a new independent luxury property, NOMO SOHO. Formerly known as the Mondrian SoHo and located at 9 Crosby Street in Downtown Manhattan, NOMO SOHO, which is in the process of transitioning management, will pay homage to its historic neighborhood while bringing a distinctively modern hospitality experience to Manhattan.

As an abbreviation for “nostalgic + modern,” the term NOMO sits at the intersection of vintage and cutting edge, both associated with the style of its location. The property and its namesake celebrate the original spirit of the area—known for its artistic origins, cast iron architecture and cobblestone streets—while blending the culture and fashion of today’s digital age.

ICYMI, Gerard Guez is the founder of Buddha Bar restaurants, but he is also working hard as a hotelier, as evidenced by the Buddha Bar Hotel in Paris.

The 263-room hotel will now be a part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts new Lifestyle collection, while Graham Leslie, the hotel's chief executive and head of hospitality will oversee the relaunch of NoMo which will include new amenities, new programming, new partnerships and new restaurant and lounge menus throughout the year. But we don't think the guest rooms will be touched. At least not right away.

Room rates at the NoMo SoHo (sorry, this still kills us) start at around $609 a night.

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The Paul NYC Is Open, The Gregory Is Falling Behind

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  Site Where: 32 West 29th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
April 6, 2015 at 8:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

2015 is the year of more manly hotel names in Manhattan. Tommie will hopefully arrive by the summer (reservations are open from October 1 for now) and The Paul NYC, which we first looked at late last year, is now open.

Paul is a NoMad, a millennial, and new to us, part of Choice Hotels’ Ascend Collection. There are 117 rooms inside, ranging from Bunk Mods (yes, with bunk beds) to Terrace Kings. We had seen some renderings, with hardwood floors and pops of red and blue, but above a real-life photo from inside a double room. We don’t see this way of lining up pillows very often anymore, but it’s always struck us as unbalanced somehow. You can’t sit against them or sleep on them like this, and it’s not visually better than in line with the bed, so what’s the point? Is that just us?

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The Maritime Has Turned Into a Foodie with Room Service from Tao and Mario Batali on Deck

April 3, 2015 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

The North Cabanas at The Maritime Hotel is the spot where guests can kick off or wind down their day. Or both. We can't help but notice the gigantic spots on the ground, a clever nod to the nautical.

In August we shared the news that mega chef Mario Batali, along with partner Joe Bastianich, will take over all food and beverage operations at the The Maritime Hotel, located in Manhattan's hip Chelsea neighborhood. The yet-to-be-named restaurant is expected to open this summer and will be the first Batali-Bastianich collaboration in New York in almost 10 years.

In the meantime, The Maritime is making sure no one goes hungry, with complimentary day and evening receptions and a special in-room dining experience created for hotel guests only.

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Tommie Hudson Square Accepting Reservations for October 1 (And There are Room Photos Too!)

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  Site Where: 231 Hudson Street [map], New York, NY, United States
March 23, 2015 at 2:48 PM | by | Comment (1)

You guys. Omg. tommie hotels, the eagerly anticipated millennial hotel brand from Commune Hotels, finally have a real deal hotel website up, complete with room photos of tommie Hudson Square, amenity descriptions and a working reservations system.

The website is currently taking reservations for October 1 starting at $245.67 a night, although the hotel could open earlier since "Summer 2015" was the last official word. But let's put the opening date specifics aside for a moment and focus on what's inside the hotel.

To show off what they are all about, tommie has the ultimate millennial video , which shows a millennial couple entering the room and doing a quick fall-onto-the-bed-together move. Then the dude, who has in-between beard growth and enviable hair pulled back into a low but short ponytail sits on the bed and strums a guitar while his hot girlfriend captures the results of her vision board on her iPhone. Then the two of them put on their jackets (he: a smart casual suit jacket; she: a to-die-for leather biker jacket) and head out the door. Not before checking themselves out in the mirror, though. Really, all that's missing is a selfie photo shoot.

After a bunch of clicking, you'll finally get to the room amenities and room descriptions for the tommie Hudson Square property, although we suspect the features will be present in other tommie hotels, especially the one that's planned for NYC's NoMad nabe.

Here's what you can expect in the room at tommie:

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Break Out The Bling: The First-Ever Baccarat Hotel Has Opened in New York

Where: 20 W. 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States
March 20, 2015 at 5:28 PM | by | Comment (1)

Are you a billionaire searching for an elegant stay in New York? Well, you're in luck. The first-ever Baccarat Hotel has officially opened in New York.

The hotel’s Grand Salon, Petit Salon, Bar and guest rooms opened on Wednesday (about two weeks behind schedule) while the Chevalier Restaurant and the Spa de La Mer, the first of its kind in North America (and as in the Creme de la Mer moisturizer celebrities swear by) set to open in the near future.

Classic king rooms are still open this weekend and are going for $729 a night, with Grand king rooms for $844 a night while the 850-sq.ft. Prestige Suite is about $2,379 a night.

You can read more about what's inside these luxe hotel rooms here but if you have to ask what $729 a night will get you, then obviously you don't belong here. #kidding #kinda

[Photo: Baccarat Hotels]

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The Sofitel New York Will Be Doing Good While Smelling Good

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  Site Where: 45 West 44th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
March 20, 2015 at 1:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

This might sound like an oxymoron but tomorrow is the United States' own National French Bread Day, which will celebrate all French bread, from baguettes to croissants, viennoiseries and more (Cronuts probably not included.)

One of the Frenchest hotels in the U.S., The Sofitel New York at 45 West 44th Street, is celebrating the day (which is also the first day of spring, although the weather in NYC looks otherwise) by turning their private dining room at their brasserie, Gaby, into a pop-up boulangerie serving 15 different kinds of French bread and French pastries.

Even better than the fresh bread smells that are sure to waft through the hotel, the cost of the bread will be just $1, with all of the proceeds going to City Harvest, a food rescue organization that helps feed more than 1.4 million in-need New Yorkers. Donations beyond $1 are also accepted.

In case you want to wake up with the fresh bread tomorrow morning, rates at the Sofitel tonight start at $241. while rates for tomorrow night, when the bread might not be as fresh, start at $267.

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The Waldorf Astoria Will Lose Its Towers As Well As Its Old Decor

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  Site Where: 301 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
March 3, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Many have spent the night with old lady Waldorf, but few have owned her – until now. Because the new owners of the Waldorf Astoria New York, Chinese company Anbang Insurance Group, which finally sealed the deal last month, have announced that they’ll be converting some of the rooms into condos.

The rooms in question are in the Waldorf Towers, which currently operate as a hotel-within-a-hotel on the 27th-42nd floors of the building, with suites and apartments accessed via a separate entrance. (They’re “somewhat nicer” than the notoriously in-need-of-help rooms in the main building, according to our secret correspondent.) According to Wu Xiaohui, the company chairman, the plan is “to renovate the two towers into luxury residential apartments with world-class amenities and finishes to reflect its culture and social status.”

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