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Wait, What's Happened to the James NYC's Outside Wall?

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  Site Where: 27 Grand Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
January 29, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel art: it’s sometimes expensive, usually exclusive, and normally kept well within the hallowed lobby walls.

Not so at the James New York, which has just unveiled a mural on its façade on Sixth Avenue. Created by Paul Wackers, a Brooklyn artist (below), and done in conjunction with the trendy Grey Area art boutique, “Slow Dance and the Daylight” is the first external artwork for any of the James properties.

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Tudor Cocktails and Faberge Eggs Are on the Menu at Hotel Chantelle

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  Site Where: 92 Ludlow St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10002
January 27, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

It has Fabergé eggs. It has King Henry VIII. And it has Tudor-inspired cocktails. That’s quite something for a hotel venue.

Welcome to New York, and to BonBonnière, the new nightclub in the basement of the Hotel Chantelle. A London import – the first one opened in Soho last year – it’s “inspired by the Fabergé egg” and all the European opulence that goes with it.

What does that mean in the 21st century? Mirrored walls, LED-lit ceilings, and a giant Fabergé egg as the DJ booth. Now that is something.

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The Carlyle New York to Get a Makeover From Tony Chi and Associates

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  Site Where: 35 E. 76th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
January 26, 2015 at 3:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel & Resort, is not just a hotel where Kate Middleton would stay while visiting New York, it is also a hotel where we would spend the end of our days.

It is an Upper East Side institution, a quintessentially New York experience which, provided you have the funds for a night's stay, will make you feel not like a guest passing through but rather, an actual resident and this place has been your home all along.

When we stayed there in 2008, we knew the rooms may not have been the most modern rooms on the block, but they were classic and clean and so very well-maintained. But that was seven years ago. Even though some rooms have received a soft goods upgrade since that time, The Carlyle is ready for a change.

Which is why we are thrilled to hear that NYC-based Tony Chi, the man behind the gorgeous Rosewood London is taking on The Carlyle's upcoming renovation project.

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First Look: The Gordon Bar at SIXTY SoHo

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  Site Where: 60 Thompson St. [map], New York, NY, United States, 10012
January 23, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we brought you a sneak peek of the Sixty SoHo’s new look and mentioned the recent opening of its new bar, The Gordon Bar. Here, now, are the details on Manhattan’s newest watering hole.

The Gordon Bar is just off the second-floor lobby and reception area of the hotel. Like the lobby, the feel here is cozy but swank. The focal point on one end of the room is a fireplace bookended by glass shelves with knickknacks and potted plants. In front of that is a small glass coffee table with art books, around which are clustered armchairs and a plush loveseat in nice communal seating area.

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Dream Midtown's Renovations Can Only Mean One Thing: It's Party Time

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  Site Where: 210 West 55th Street [map], New York, New York, United States, 10019
January 23, 2015 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

The 220-room Dream Midtown recently completed the first phase of a $20 million renovation that included a floor-to-ceiling redesign of the lobby, guest rooms, and suites. The property also changed its name from the Dream New York to the Dream Midtown.

As you can see above, the new rooms look pretty spiffy with their canopy-style headboards. But the most interesting thing about this renovation is the second phase that will be unveiled this spring: Nightlife offerings by TAO Strategic Group, they who run the massive nightclubs Tao in NYC and Las Vegas, will include the introduction of 4,000 square-foot bi-level rooftop lounge. According to the hotel, the atmosphere and vibe will mirror the current experience one can have at Dream Meatpacking, which is already big party spot. Dream Midtown will also turn its cellar into a nightlife zone, but no timetable for that has been released.

So, we don't really even have to read between the lines to get the drift of this announcement: Dream Midtown is turning itself into a party zone. Whether it's a good idea or a bad idea will simply depend on how the plan is executed, and we look forward to seeing how it turns out. Either way, we hope the new renovations include soundproofing the rooms.

[Photo: Dream Hotels]

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Here's a Sneak Peek at Sixty SoHo (Formerly 60 Thompson)

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  Site Where: 60 Thompson St. [map], New York, NY, United States, 10012
January 19, 2015 at 10:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Back in September, we reported on the Sixty SoHo's sexy new look with a quick hit list of before and after photos from its recent (and somewhat ongoing) renovation.

Now we've gone inside the hotel to get a first-hand look at some of the renovated rooms, the redone second-floor lobby and reception area, and new The Gordon Bar, which opened at the end of November.

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4 NYC Hotels to Watch For This Year and Beyond

January 16, 2015 at 11:56 AM | by | Comment (1)

Just as 2014 was a banner year for hotel openings across New York City, 2015 and beyond should not disappoint. With some big name hotels coming from SLS, Edition, Public, and Baccarat, there are also some great boutiques and independents in the works that we're following.

Here are 4 special hotels that we are looking at today. Of course, there are more. We're not blind. We'll have those for your shortly. But for now, take a look at these lovely spots:

1. The Beekman Hotel, 5 Beekman Street - Opening 2015

Things are looking up, literally, at The Beekman, a luxury hotel and condo development in lower Manhattan. We've been covering the upcoming Thompson hotel ever since it was announced and we're excited to see and share this rendering - the one we've all been waiting for. Pictured above is the spectacular 9-story atrium lounge/bar/dining space that is clearly the showpiece of the Beekman.

This circa 1883 New York City landmark, formerly known as Temple Court, just oozes with great detailing, most notably the graceful wrought iron railings and floor bracing. The hotel's interiors are being designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (images to follow) and will offer 287 rooms and suites, a rooftop lounge and restaurants by Keith McNally and Tom Colicchio. The hotel is slated to open later this year. We'll see you in the lounge.

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A Look at the 'Flawed Beauty' of the Greenwich Hotel's Penthouse

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  Site Where: 377 Greenwich St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
January 14, 2015 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (3)

The last time we heard about the Greenwich in TriBeCa, it was offering to bring you a Christmas tree direct to your suite. Now, more suite sweet news: the hotel has opened a new, top suite: the TriBeCa Penthouse.

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A Quick Peek at the Glitzy Baccarat Hotel New York, Opening in March

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  Site Where: 20 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
January 9, 2015 at 1:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Baby it’s cold outside, but the heat – and the crystal chandeliers – are on inside the Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York. It's been 250 years (make that 251) since the legendary glass maker Baccarat was founded, and after some delays (and possible sale) the first hotel to carry the luminous Baccarat name is finally going to open.

Right now, the opening date (as set by the website and the hotel's reps) is March 23 but there's always a chance the hotel could open earlier than that. We will keep your fingers crossed.

In the meantime, let's have a look around at the luxury property.

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One Reason to Love January in NYC? The Hotel Rates are Actually Affordable

January 6, 2015 at 1:45 PM | by | Comment (1)

The weather in January in New York is not ideal but the hotel deals are. This is prime-time low season for New York City hotels and it's one of the few times that you can stay in a hotel without feeling completely ripped off. Just looking quickly on Expedia for hotel rooms next weekend and we are seeing loads of hotels that are under $200 a night. It kind of feels like post recession 2008, doesn't it?

While everyone is dropping this rates, Marriott International is going a bit further and taking off an additional 20 percent for guests who make their reservation in the next 48 hours for stays through April 30, 2015.

You have to make the rezzie online through Marriott.com using the code ADV or you can call it in old-school at 1-800-228-9290 mentioning the same code. The big catch is you will have to prepay the stay at the time of booking, so be sure you can absolutely follow through.

Here are just a few of the participating Marriott hotels that you can choose from. (There's about 20 in total, in various neighborhoods of NYC.)

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One of The Algonquin's Greatest Legends is The 'Cats Meow'

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  Site Where: 59 West 44th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
December 22, 2014 at 6:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

The next time you check into The Algonquin Hotel, you may notice a special member of the hotel's family hanging around the front desk. Say hello to Matilda, the 10th consecutive cat to live at The Algonquin since the 1930s. Hello gorgeous.

Matilda is well-documented here at HotelChatter (cat fashion show, anyone?) but the hotel's pampering of the house cat never ceases to amaze us.

Now, Matilda has a new suite in the hotel's reception area, a tree house of finely craved wood, plush carpeting, and fancy monogramming. Matilda has her own "Chief Cat Officer"and her own business card. So if you fancy meeting her, have your people call her people. And while you're waiting, check out the amazing Blue Bar.

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Sing 'O Christmas Tree' In The Privacy Of Your Suite At The Greenwich Hotel In TriBeCa

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  Site Where: 377 Greenwich Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
December 22, 2014 at 5:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you find yourself in New York over the holidays, The Greenwich Hotel (Robert de Niro’s TriBeCa hotel) doesn’t want you to be green with envy of those sitting around their fresh Christmas tree at home.

The 88-room hotel -- where no two rooms are alike -- will either set up a fully-decorated tree in your suite based on your ever-so-particular decorating style or, for some true down-home fun, will set up a tree-trimming party in your suite.

Once you’ve decorated the tree, head down to the cozy drawing room where the kids can have some hot chocolate from Locanda Verde and you can have a hot toddy – just to loosen up those vocal chords for carol-singing, of course.

Rates at the hotel this week start at $575 -- let's face it: this is the definition of last minute.

[Photos: The Greenwich Hotel]