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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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No More Mystery: We Get to Know Archer New York

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  Site Where: 45 W. 38th St. [map], New York, NY, United States, 10018
February 4, 2015 at 6:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

After building a mystery all spring, Archer Hotel New York opened at the end of May. But last week, we sent in an operative to reveal the secrets of Archer (and to find out just how sweet the nightly turndown service really is.)

The Location
New York’s mid-30s neighborhood used to be a warren of Garment District warehouses and tailor shops, a neighborhood you passed through on the way to Penn Station or Times Square. Lately, however, it’s become one of the city’s hottest hotel opening spots (the Refinery Hotel is just a few doors down from Archer) expanding the footprint of Midtown by a few blocks.

Speaking of blocks, the one on which you will find Archer (W. 38th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues) is quiet, but a quick walk to Bryant Park in one direction and Herald Square in the other. First-time visitors to the city can be at the Empire State Building in a matter of minutes, and the lights of Times Square and Broadway’s theaters are a leisurely 10-minute stroll away.

During construction and opening, the hotel cultivated an air of mystery around its namesake, Archer, a sort of character meant to conjure up the gallivanting jetsetter with an eye for bespoke knickknacks every traveler secretly hopes to be.

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The Martha Washington Hotel Is Now Exclusively Ladylike

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  Site Where: 29 East 29th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10016
February 3, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

Last time we checked in on the Martha Washington Hotel, it had just opened “exclusively for everyone” (as opposed to exclusively for wimmen, as it was in its heyday), but was still largely sporting the same décor as the hotel’s previous incarnation as the Hotel Lola.

Four months on, the Martha Washington is still exclusively for everyone, but its décor has got a little more exclusive, thanks to the refurb by Annabelle Selldorf, which has just been completed.

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Aloft Manhattan Financial District is Grounded for Another Month

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  Site Where: 49-53 Ann Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10038
February 2, 2015 at 1:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

The newest Aloft Hotel for Manhattan--the Aloft New York Financial District--was set to debut this week (according to our Master List of Hotel Openings) but now the fun, select service hotel from Starwood Hotels will open instead on March 5. This is a bummer but not surprising given Starwood's regular delays.

If the March 5 opening date still holds, then guests can expect all the usual Aloft accoutrements like funky but comfortable rooms; the w xyz bar and lounge; the re: charge gym; the re: fuel 24-hour pantry for quick bites; free WiFi; and a slightly north of Wall Street location, across from a Pace University campus and about a 15-minute walk to the September 11 Memorial and Museum.

However, we wouldn't put all our money into booking a room just yet. The website says the hotel will open on March 5, with reservations being taken for June 5. Eep. In the meantime, there's always the new Residence Inn. Or you know, one of the many other Starwood properties in Manhattan.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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A First Look at Residence Inn at the World Trade Center

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  Site Where: 170 Broadway, New York, NY, 10007
January 30, 2015 at 12:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

What do you do with an outdated office building in one of the best locations in Lower Manhattan? You convert it into a hotel of course! That’s just what Marriott has done, with the opening of Residence Inn New York Manhattan/World Trade Center Area.

Yes, that's really it's full name. We guess when you start overpopulating your brand in NYC, you have to be as specific as possible about the hotel name. The next Residence Inn may just be called, "Residence Inn New York Next To the Bodega at 42nd and 5th, No, Not that Bodega, The One That's Across From The Starbucks and Duane Reade."

But we digress.

The latest Residence Inn for Manhattan has a stellar location at the corner of Maiden Lane and Broadway, in the heart of the financial district and a short walk to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. As for the building, it dates back to 1903 and formerly contained offices for financial bigwigs, as well as for the jewelry industry which had its own downtown contingent.

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