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10 Things We Love About The Ludlow

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  Site Where: 180 Ludlow Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10002
July 29, 2015 at 5:56 PM | by | ()

Alright then, you've heard the news but don't be too sad. We're still publishing until Friday.

Yes, this totally cool coffee table in the lobby is a scaled map of Manhattan. Yes, that's Central Park in the middle and yes, that's grass.

It's summer in the city, and we love nothing more than to hit the streets and see the latest hotel developments, up close and personal. We recently popped into The Ludlow to check out the new Penthouse - which was cool on so many levels - but we were also drawn to the countless other great details throughout the hotel. We rounded up our 10 favorites.

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Tommie Hudson Square Delays Until February 2016

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  Site Where: 231 Hudson Street, New York, United States
July 27, 2015 at 1:31 PM | by | ()

Alright then, you've heard the news but don't be too sad. We're still publishing until Friday.

The delays keep rolling in for Manhattan: we’ve told you the SLS New York won’t be happening before early next year, the 1 Hotel Central Park will most likely be August, not July (at least that’s still very soon), and now tommie Hudson Square rains on our parade by pushing back its reservations to February 1, 2016.

If you’re keeping track, that’s quite a difference with the October 1 date it started out with back in March, when it gave us a bunch of photos along with the ability to book a room – and the suggestion that “summer” would even be possible. Alas, it is not to be.

When we look at rates during the depth of winter, a “Twin Stack” with bunk beds starts at $249 a night before taxes. $10 more gets you an Urban Queen with a courtyard view, while an Alcove King with City View comes in at $299. When it opens, tommie will have Harold’s Meat & Three American Eatery, a lobby bar and courtyard, as well as a rooftop and a “24-hour General Store”.

Based on what we’ve heard, and the fact that reservations still aren’t live on its website, we don’t think The Renwick New York (sister hotel to The Gregory) will make its summer opening either – it’ll more likely be September or October before you can start penning that novel or work on those in-room easels.

[Photo: Tommie Hotels]

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Langham Place is Renovating its Fifth Avenue Digs and Gives One Artist Full Reign

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  Site Where: 400 Fifth Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10018
July 23, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

It's only been a couple of years since Langham Hospitality Group rebranded the Setai Fifth Avenue and has recently embarked on a major renovation of the luxe Midtown address, now known as Langham Place Fifth Avenue, the brand's first location outside of Asia. (Meanwhile, Langham just opened the Langham Place, Haining in China earlier this month as well.)

The 214 guest rooms, including a whopping 57 suites, will have a refresh of finishes and furnishings, overseen by Meyer Davis Studio but it is the public spaces and a one man art show that seem to be the focus of the upgrades.

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We All Scream for the Ice Cream Flight at The Pierre New York

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  Site Where: 2 East 61st Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10065-8402
July 22, 2015 at 5:42 PM | by | ()

It’s been a hot one, alright. Temperatures have been at record highs across much of the US, so you can be forgiven for wanting to break your summer diet to indulge in a little frozen treat.

The Pierre, a Taj Hotel (and part of Leading Hotels of the World), has come to the rescue with their Summer Ice Cream flight at Two E Lounge. You get four miniature-sized cones in these delish-sounding flavors:

- Wild Blueberry Verbena

- White Peach Raspberry

- Alphonso Mango

- White Chocolate Strawberry

And no – the frozen goodness is not over – you also get a 70% Dark Chocolate Pistachio Parfait Pop and, to carry you from serious indulgence to overindulgence, two Micro Macarons.

The Summer Ice Cream Flight ($12) is available exclusively for Summer 2015, served daily from 3 p.m. until close until September 7. Order two and dinner's done.

[Photo: The Pierre, a Taj Hotel]

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All That Glitters is Not Gold, But Crystal at Baccarat New York

July 17, 2015 at 5:18 PM | by | ()

Things we were expecting to see when we attended The Baccarat Hotel New York's opening party the other night (on Bastille Day, no less)--opulence, thousands of Baccarat crystal pieces, oversized bouquets of red roses, smartly-dressed staffers and Barry Sternlicht, the man who envisioned a hotel experience based on a 251-year-old French crystal brand and subsequently brought it to life.

Things we were not expecting to see--Martha Stewart and Rosario Dawson amidst nearly 500 party-goers, an endless parade of colored Baccarat glasses filled with Ruinart champagne, the most stunning front desk ever, the sky high vaulted ceiling of Le Bar, and this gorgeous indoor pool adjacent to the hotel's Spa de La Mer (the first of its kind for the French skincare brand.)

All of it incredibly gorgeous, if a bit over the top. But unnecessary opulence aside, this editor joined fellow HotelChatter contributor DesignMinder in being completely under the Baccarat spell for a few hours. That may have been a side effect of all the bubbles, yet even looking at these pictures a few days later, I'm still mesmerized.

And it's all because of the crystal.

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A60 at Sixty Soho is Open Once More

Where: 60 Thompson Street [map], New York, NY, United States
July 16, 2015 at 1:23 PM | by | ()

Sixty Soho has undergone a full renovation from its days as the modelizing, Page Six-worthy 60 Thompson Hotel into a more mature, sophisticated spot boasting a "no-fuss approach."

While we've virtually squired you around the guest rooms and the lobby's Gordon Bar, Sixty just finished the final touches for the Sessanta ground-floor, all-day restaurant, serving coastal Italian cuisine which opens out to the Thompson Street sidewalk for al fresco dining.

The very last piece of the Sixty experience to be unveiled is A60, the hotel's famed and intimate rooftop terrace, only accessible for hotel guests and specially invited, card-carrying members. There has to be a little exclusivity left, especially when it comes to admiring this quintessential city view.

The terrace just opened yesterday and will be serving "small-plate edibles and comestible cocktails" daily from 4:30pm until "late." Not a member? Rates at the hotel start at $299 a night next weekend and that includes free WiFi, something you never would have seen in the 60T days.

[Photo: Sixty Soho]

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From Ludlow and AKA, Two New Suites to See in NYC

July 15, 2015 at 11:29 AM | by | ()

New York is never short of hotel rooms big and small (mostly small), but suites are still something special, even if they cost more than your monthly rent. Here are two new hotel suites from The Ludlow, a casual boho joint on the LES side and from the AKA United Nations, a buttoned up spot for professionals to er, let their buttons out in Midtown East.

THE LUDLOW: This LES hotel from Sean MacPherson opened last June but the Ludlow Penthouse took a little longer to open and for good reason too. The 1,500-sq.ft. pied-à-terre has a full kitchen, a dining table for six, a large living room, a skybox sitting area, two full bathrooms with rain showers, a windowed soaking tub and a large bedroom with a king-sized bed. The vibe is decidedly "rocker-chic" with intriguing handmade Moroccan chandeliers, cheeky bronzed backside stools from Novello Finotti and an entertainment center stocked with a record player and vintage vinyls.

But the pièce de résistance is clearly the 1,000-sq.ft. outdoor furnished terrace, located along the side of the building, with killer views of the World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge and the city beyond. Rates start at $1,950 a night.

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The Baccarat Hotel Uniforms are Not Just Uniforms, They’re Art Forms

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  Site Where: 28 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
July 14, 2015 at 11:28 AM | by | ()

Front office host Margarita takes to the runway in the Grand Salon, displaying art in motion in this light catching, heavily pleated skirt inspired by facets of Baccarat crystal

Fresh off a Hospitality Design Award, The Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York, might just win a fashion award next.

We've toured the opulent guest rooms of the hotel and now we're taking a focused look at the Baccarat uniforms. Or rather, the art of the uniforms.

One might assume that a high-profile luxury hotel would select a household (er, palace) name of French haute couture to design custom apparel for the staff. Oh, that would be too predictable, not to mention a tough choice.

Under the acutely watchful eye of Kemper Hyers, Senior Vice President of Design at Starwood Capital Group, along with Baccarat’s “all things visual” team, freelance pattern maker Venucia de Russi was commissioned in lieu of going with a single design studio.

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This Month Central Park, Next Year Brooklyn Bridge Park for 1 Hotels

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  Site Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park [map], New York, NY, United States
July 10, 2015 at 10:38 AM | by | ()

We’re eager for 1 Hotels to open its flagship hotel on Central Park this month, but our eye is equally on the project that’s been in the works over at Brooklyn Bridge Park since, well, the last time real estate was the hottest thing since sliced bread. Remember those days?

When trying to sort out what to pay for a night over in Central Park, we came across a whole bunch of new renderings of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park, so naturally we had to share them with you. First thing to notice? In 2012 we said that we weren’t “totally wowed” by the hotel’s design and boy has it changed. Rather than a simple rectangular shape, we now have various angles, both in the footprint and in the façade, with lots of green. The above aerial gives a much better impression of the hotel’s location versus the park and the bridge as well. Opening should be mid-2016.

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You Can Now Get Gourmet Pizza To-Go at The Mark NYC

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  Site Where: Madison Avenue at 77th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10075
July 10, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

If you’re looking for take-out that will complement your fashionable black-tie outfit, The Mark is the place to go to get your pizza-to-go.

The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges has just started offering their gourmet pizzas on a “get it to go” basis, and they enlisted design shop Pandiscio & Co. to come up with a chichi box design that incorporates the hotel’s iconic black-and-white stripe from the lobby floor.

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Trump Soho Makes Its Penthouse 'Sweet' with Its Insanely Expensive New Package

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  Site Where: 246 Spring Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
July 8, 2015 at 9:44 AM | by | ()

Penthouse + obscenely expensive chocolate = sweet suite

That Donald Trump – he may have controversial political views but he doesn’t half know the value of chocolate. What is the value? $260 for 1.5oz, apparently.

Because only the finest chocolate will do for The Donald, Trump SoHo has launched a package celebrating what purports to be (and almost certainly is) the most expensive pure chocolate in the world: To’ak (us neither, it's from Ecuador).

The going rate for a 1.5oz bar of To’ak is $260, but the hotel is upselling it for its Sweetest Thing To’Ak Tasting Package. It’s really pretty sweet, if you let yourself entertain the idea of blowing half your annual salary in a night. You’ll get:

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1 Hotel Central Park Should Open This Month, Is Indecisive About What to Charge You

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  Site Where: 1414 Ave of the Americas [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
July 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

It wasn’t fall 2014, it wasn’t March this year, but it really, definitely should be July (this July) when the 1 Hotel Central Park – the eco-luxury brand’s flagship hotel – will open. And they’d better, because we’re planning on spending the night with 1CP soon, and we’d hate for the hotel to pull a Baha Mar (let’s just go ahead and make that an industry term, shall we?) and cancel on us.

Reservations are only open from August, but on the rate front the hotel still seems to be all over the place. Breakfast wasn’t $70 per person, but we’ve been quoted $40 over email and the website says $38 in places, despite the confirmation that it should be $35 per person. Equally, rates for the same room on the same night seem to differ depending on the route you take to get there, which just shouldn’t be the case. Expect to pay about $250 a night for an Alcove Queen during the slow month of August, but double- and triple-check your rate before you commit to anything.

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