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This Sunday, we're springing forward for daylight saving time which means we lose an hour of sleep but we gain an extra hour of daylight. And after a long, hard winter, we're really looking forward to that.
In the past, changing clocks for the time change was kind of pain. Today, not so much since most of use cellphones and tablets and those automatically adjust to the change. Sure, there's a watch or a kitchen clock to change here and there but usually it's pretty easy. However, if you're a hotel with nearly 2,000 hotel rooms, preparing for daylight savings time is a major event.
General manager Terry Lewis of the The Sheraton Times Square Hotel, the third largest hotel in NYC, with 1,781 rooms and her staff are tasked with not only updating their clocks but also reminding guests staying at the hotel that daylight savings is happening. And it goes way beyond slipping a note under the door. Here are 12 Ways The Sheraton Times Square Gets Ready for Daylight Saving Time (#8 is REALLY important to read.)
Back in September, we heard that Ace Hotels was considering opening their second NYC hotel in the old Salvation Army building at 225 Bowery. Today, the sale of the building has been completed and it was announced, officially, that Ace Hotels would be taking it over.
Here are the deal basics: Eastern Consolidatd arranged the $30 million+ sale of 223-225 Bowery, which was also owned by the Salvation Army, to Omnia Group Ltd and North Wind Group. The 55,00-square foot building's first two floors have been occupied by the SA's Chinatown Corps Community Center while the other eight floors have been vacant for more than 13 years. The shelter and community center will now be moving out to a new spot in Brooklyn.
Ace Hotels has plans to "re-imagine" the building but will probably salvage whatever original or historical bits they can. And since the original Ace Hotel in Seattle was created out of an old Salvation Army building, we trust that Ace will handle this properly.
But as we learned back in September, this Ace will be even
grungier more rugged than the other Ace Hotels with smaller rooms and less frills (not like Ace is a frilly brand to begin with.) The hotel will still have a happening lobby and bar scene. No word on when it will open but possibly late 2015.
[Photo: Google Street View]
With a wave of super-charged, high-tech vending machines in the airports dispensing everything from phone chargers to make-up and even iPhones, it was only a matter of time before hotels got in the automated dispensary 2.0 game as well.
Of course, vending machines in hotels is not a new concept. Hotels have long offered vending machines to service the late-night munchies or thirst of their guests. But the upscale vending machine is rather new. The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas launched a U*Tique vending machine a few years back that sells high and low items like souvenirs, make-up, and expensive headphones. Meanwhile St. Martin's Lane used to have an automated machine that sold goodies from Selfridge's department store. Indeed, The Hudson Hotel was a sort of pioneer with their Semi-Automatic Vending Machine which they first showed off in 2010.
But now, The Wellington Hotel in Times Square has installed a modern type of vending machine that sells everyday goodies from souvenirs to snacks to essentials that you actually need (chargers and toothpaste.)
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With The Quin just around the corner offering its amazing/ridiculous Bergdorf Goodman on speed dial gimmick, we can't blame fellow Small Luxury Hotels of the World member WestHouse Hotel New York for upping the ante in the high-fashion stakes.
WestHouse has partnered with Net-a-Porter to offer guests access to a dedicated phone line to the Net-a-Porter customer care team, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in 22 languages. Guests receive same-day delivery (to WestHouse) and, if staying in one of the hotel's 16 suites, direct access to personal shoppers from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. on weekdays and to customer care after hours and on the weekends. There's also seamless online direct connect to Net-a-Porter's website via in-room Intelity Pads.
The newly renovated Benjamin has its own snazzy 24-hour fitness center stocked with Technogym equipment but, if you're the type of traveler who needs a little extra push to get your workout in, the hotel's new partnership with SIN Workouts might be a blessing.
SIN Workouts offers individually-tailored training program design and management, bookings at top studios with industry-leading instructors, one-on-one fitness consultations, and additional services, all geared to get you to and through your workout. Individual hotel guests, corporate groups, bachelor/ette parties and everyone else can book a service through the Benjamin's concierge, or through the sales department prior to arrival.
Morris Moinian's Fortuna Realty may already have their hands full developing both the new Hotel Hugo and the Aloft New York Midtown (not to mention dealing with their neighbors), but in an article (we almost missed) at Hotels magazine he reveals details of another project in the works.
Calling all party people who have day jobs as graphic designers. Gansevoort Hotels is hosting a design contest for a new logo for their traveling VIP lounge called Goodnight Gansevoort.
This after-hours pop-up will be appearing at "some of the hottest parties, festivals, and events around the world" and thinks of itself as a "lifestyle standard for the young, bold, and beautiful. Already, Goodnight Gansevoort has worked the Sundance Film Festival and some parties in Toronto.
And now it wants a new logo from some of its potential lounge attendees. You can submit your design on Twitter or Instagram by sharing your logo design with the hashtag #GoodnightGansevoort or on the Gansevoort NYC's Facebook page here.
Public voting will be done on the logos and from those, Gansevoort will choose the winner. The prize includes not just having a logo that all the party people will see but also a three-night stay for two at a Gansevoort of your choice in NYC. Break out the Photoshop now!
UPDATE 2.27.14: We received word from a Restoration Hardware representative: "We have no plans to open a hotel at that location." But could there be a different location in mind? Only time will tell.
Well, this is quite cool and a little weird at the same time. The once hot Pastis restaurant (featured in several eps of SATC at its peak) is about to shutter on Friday and in its place will go a massive Restoration Hardware. (Pastis will open up in another new location later.)
But that's not all, according to ThirstyNYC, this Restoration Hardware will actually be a Restoration Hardware Hotel. What?? We had no idea the pricey furniture store was working on a hotel brand.
We can't seem to find any more details on the hotel or what its concept will be like. But we guess that isn't very hard to imagine. Fill the hotel with all Restoration Hardware furniture and voila, you have a hotel. Good thing we've always admired the Restoration Hardware bedroom set-ups.
Got any leads on the Restoration Hardware hotel? Let us know!
We have been following the extensive renovations at the hotel formerly known as the Milford Plaza, now The Milford for some time. Now, more than years and $140 million later, the hotel is ready to relaunch on March 1st under the new name, Row NYC.
When we last checked in we showed you some of the 1,331 bright, subway line color-inspired bedrooms with Times Square billboard inspired graphics over the beds (rates start at $279), as well as the fun hallways that take you on a walking tour of NYC’s downtown neighborhoods via commissioned images of Soho, Greenwich Village and the Lower East Side. But that's not all that's new at the new Row NYC, which is the creation of architectural and interior design firm Gabellini Sheppard Associates (who are also working on the nearby and also soon to relaunch, Knickerbocker Hotel). It has come a long way since its budget hotel days.
If you've walked along 57th Street, Manhattan recently, you don't need us to tell you that the Viceroy New York is a thing of beauty. Both inside and out, the first full hotel façade and interior design project by Roman and Williams positively glows; from the lantern-like glazed black brick-and-metal windows, to the in-room brass fixtures and marble countertops. The newest development is the opening of their Suite 57, a two-bedroom suite that takes up the entire front section of the 28th floor: what they are calling "a great New York City apartment".
Armed with only the information that a 175-room luxury boutique hotel with spa, rooftop bar and lounge was to go in, we've had our eye on the Fortuna Realty development project at 25 West 38th Street for a while now.
Last thing we heard was that the developers were having some problems getting their neighbors, the Havana NY restaurant, to vacate the premises, so, taking a peek at the Starwood website we are happy to see that the project appears to be moving along, and that it will become an Aloft Hotel; the Aloft New York Midtown, to be precise.
Now that Sixty Hotels is officially up and running, you might be wondering what this new hotel collective is all about. (Remember, the four hotels that comprise Sixty Hotels were formally known as Thompson Hotels.) Well, look no further.
Below is an exclusive letter from the "innkeepers" at Sixty Hotels--Jason Pomeranc, Lawrence Pomeranc, Michael Pomeranc and Stephen Brandman--that clarifies what Sixty Hotels are all about and what they want to be. Trust us, you'll want to read this all the way through.
It’s simple. We've always been SIXTY. Since the opening days of 60 Thompson in 2001, we've delighted in overhearing people on the street enthusing, “I'm staying at SIXTY” or “Lets meet for a cocktail at SIXTY.” SIXTY quickly became part of the downtown Manhattan vernacular, the catchword for a truly distinctive inn, experience, brand, and destination for international travelers and streetwise New Yorkers alike. It's this SIXTY experience we infuse in all of our inn destinations, and we're taking that name and making it ours through and through.
Keep reading for more from the innkeepers!