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There's No 'Time' Like The Present for These Two NY Renovations

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  Site Where: 224 West 49th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
July 3, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

This "time" it's a short commute for visionary architects Rockwell Group to their latest renovation and transformation of the Time Hotel New York

One of the hotel brands we've had a recent eye on is in fact a multi-brand, multi-hip lifestyle company that’s “debuting” all over the country. The Debut Hotel Group is the team behind brands such as Dream, Night, Time, and in 2017, a two-fer in Chicago of Dream and Live Aqua.

In New York, meanwhile, the countdown is on as renovations are underway this summer at Manhattan's The Time Hotel New York, with a second location reflagging in the Hudson Valley as The Time Hotel Nyack. Both hotels anticipate a timely completion this Fall.

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Inside and All Around The Paul NYC

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  Site Where: 32 W 29th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
June 30, 2015 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (2)

Yesterday we asked which butch hotel had a surprisingly feminine wallpaper game with these trompe l’oeil post-it notes. Nobody took a guess! Way to make us feel popular… But instead let’s feel superior – because it was (of course) The Paul which just opened in Midtown and is part of the boutique Ascend Collection from Choice Hotels. So without further ado, let’s go inside.

LOCATION:
The Paul is in the NoMad area, with the Ace on the next block of 29th Street and the Nomad a block away on Broadway. Other than that, there isn’t a huge amount to do in the immediate area but it’s handily right around the corner (literally) from the 28th St subway and an easy walk from Penn Station where we dropped off the rental car.

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The Ace New York is the Spiritual Home of Keyboard Warriors

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  Site Where: 20 W 29th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
June 30, 2015 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (5)

It’s a class or a convention of some kind, right?

This was the scene that greeted us when we went into the Ace New York last Saturday and took this (really crappy, sorry) photo. Not a seat to be had in the lobby, whether at the official computer tables or in the chairs. Surely, we thought, there had to be some kind of event going on?

No, they said in the Breslin as we shamefully had lunch, mortified that we only had a smartphone. No, they confirmed today when we called to make entirely sure. There are events going on all the time at the Ace (many of which are open to the public) but that’s normal. “We have free WiFi and we’re open to the public,” we were told. Come in this afternoon and it’ll be even busier.

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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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