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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.

[Photo: Sofitel New York]

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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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The New York Edition Hotel Will Open in May, With a Three Month Opening 'Festival'

February 25, 2015 at 2:07 PM | by | Comments (4)

The long-awaited, eagerly anticipated New York Edition, inside the historic Clock Tower building at Madison Square Park, is going to need a little bit more time.

After reservations for Miami opened last fall, word was that the New York Edition would open in April, but looking at the hotel's website today, we found this:

JUNE. But don't put away your Platinum Amex card just yet.

Master hotelier and Edition visionary, Ian Schrager has told HotelChatter that the hotel will actually open on May 11, with a grand opening on May 12. He promises this will NOT be a soft opening but that the hotel will be "totally ready." Even better, Schrager said there will be a "three-month festival of events to celebrate. This completes the trilogy of three hotels originally owned by Marriott: Miami, London and NY." (These hotels are actually being sold off now.)

Sad as we are about even a slight delay, this is probably a smarter time to open. I mean, have you seen New York lately? With the kind of winter they are having, it's better to wait it out. So May will be the perfect spring awakening. The days will be longer, the skirts will be shorter, the sweaters will be thinner, and most importantly, the moods will be happier. But you better hope your wallets are thicker.

Rates for a 265-sq.ft. superior room at the New York Edition will start at $725 a night, which is actually in line with many high-end luxury properties in NYC. A gorgeous-looking Loft Suite is going for $1,000 a night and has views of Madison Park. Whatever the room, all guests will get free WiFi, bottled water and no doubt, a crazy cool curated minibar.

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The Gregory NYC is The Next Man Who Wants to Sleep With You

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  Site Where: 42 West 35th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
February 23, 2015 at 2:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

The The Gregory.

There will be another man to sleep with in Manhattan this Spring. No, sorry, it's not a real man but rather a manly hotel.

The practice of giving a hotel a man's name has been all the rage for the past few years and NYC seems to be leading the pack with The Paul, Archer, The William, The Roger Smith and The Marlton. Now comes, The Gregory NYC, opening in May.

The 132-room hotel was previously known as Hotel 35 at 42 West 35th Street. But way before that, in 1903 when it first opened, the hotel was known as The Gregorian. Its sole purpose back then was to house the overflow of its sister hotel, The Waldorf-Astoria. (The Waldorf was previously located on the spot of where the Empire State Building now stands.) Interestingly, The Gregory's sister hotel today is The Renwick, which will open near Grand Central Terminal this summer.

Nevertheless, its this turn of the century history that is influencing the hotel's renovation today:

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Ace Hotel New York Exhibits Eco-Friendly Floating Pool Concept, And You Can Help Pay For It

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  Site Where: 20 West 29th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
February 19, 2015 at 9:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ever felt like taking a swim in the East River? Us neither, but that could change if the designers of the world’s first filtering floating pool can raise $15 million to build it. The latest exhibit at Ace Hotel New York has all the details - from design drawings to helping you contribute yourself.

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Browse the Lost Archives of the Waldorf Astoria New York Online

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  Site Where: 301 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022-6897
February 13, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve called out the Waldorf Astoria New York for the good (honoring room rates from long ago today) and the bad (cough – the rooms – cough) of its long history. That the hotel has seen a few things in its century-plus tenure is undeniable, and you can now take a walk back in time through its online archive.

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The Baccarat New York to Open on March 2 at $729 a Night

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  Site Where: 20 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
February 10, 2015 at 3:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we last glimpsed the glitz behind the forthcoming Baccarat Hotel in New York, rooms were going for around $800 a night on the suspected opening date of March 23.

But now, in checking the hotel's website, we see that the hotel will actually be open on March 2. And the price has dropped down a bit to $729 for a classic king. Here's what you'll get for that rate, aside from the glittery Baccarat decor:

The Classic King’s refined palette of champagne, ivory, platinum, stainless steel and chocolate brown feels both classic and contemporary, setting off such considered accents as cashmere throws, marble-topped nightstands and hand-painted panels, plus Baccarat crystal sconces and tabletop pieces. Crisp white custom-made Mascioni jacquard linens cover the beds, and delicacies from Parisian gourmet shop Fauchon fill Baccarat-red enamel minibars. In the white-marble bathrooms, meanwhile, Italian robes await and amenities created exclusively for the hotel by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris abound.

Guests will also be able to control their lighting, climate, entertainment and more by a tablet, which will also be wired into housekeeping, valet, a 24-hour concierge and in-room dining. Another cool touch is that the oversized, flat-screen TVs are "concealed within smoked mirrors." Sounds very "Fifty Shades of Grey" and we like it.

The steep rate, fortunately, does include complimentary WiFi. #richpeoplelikefreeWiFitoo

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Sleeping is the Last Thing You'll Do in The Dream Downtown's New 'GuestHouse'

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  Site Where: 355 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
February 6, 2015 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is definitely not your mother’s penthouse suite, but for its unique design, funky features, and creative amenities, could be the “mother of all penthouses” for the hip (or hip hop) Manhattan lifestyle seeker.

The zany world of hotel penthouse design just got a new entry and the bar is now officially raised. Dream Hotels, the artsy brand that dares to go where no one else goes, has unveiled the new GuestHouse at Dream Downtown. With its vibrant design and endless amenities, sleeping is probably not high on the list of things to do.

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We Go Inside Every Signature Suite at The Loews Regency New York

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  Site Where: 540 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10065
February 6, 2015 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

After hearing about the special Signature Suites inside the Loews Regency New York since last summer, including one designed by Nate Berkus, this hotel design nerd was pretty excited to finally get to explore every high-end nook and cranny at an event hosted by Loews earlier this week. Here are her reactions:

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The Knickerbocker Has a New Fitness Expert and Guess What Team He Played For?

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  Site Where: 6 Times Square [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
February 5, 2015 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

New York's Knickerbocker Hotel is set to open/reopen on February 12 and while we're excited to see the end result of the transformation of a hotel that closed in the 1920s and languished as an office building for decades back into a modern day Times Square hotel, we are momentarily distracted by their fitness offerings.

That's because The Knickerbocker has hired former Knicks basketball player, Larry Johnson, as their new "Fitness Curator." So apropos. #alsoclevermarketingtheweekbeforeopening

Johnson who was a power forward for the Knicks, hand-picked the equipment placed in The Knickerbocker's fitness center, which includes such advanced machines like MyRide V3 spinner bikes by MATRIX and technology like the NIKE + iPod connectivity and FitTouch Technology.

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