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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]

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The Gershwin is Dead, Long Live The Evelyn

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  Site Where: 7 East 27th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10016
December 22, 2014 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Deluxe Queen

You knew it as The Gershwin. But it appears the chic little NoMad hotel has quietly undergone gender reassignment; because without letting anyone know, or closing down, it’s just come out of a $30m renovation and is celebrating by changing its name to The Evelyn.

At least, it’s just finished the first renovation phase. All 160 rooms have now been redone. Next year, they’ll be tackling the public spaces.

The new rooms have been designed by Silvia Sofio, and reference Art Nouveau (we would have guessed Deco, tbh, but what do we know). So think sweet, sinuous lines, natural materials and old-style telephones (although we’re not sure what Art Nouveau types would think of the new peekaboo bathrooms).

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This Holiday Exhibit at The Dream Downtown Takes Us 'Through The Looking-Glass'

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  Site Where: 355 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
December 19, 2014 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

We stopped in to the uber-artsy Dream Downtown this week to check out their current holiday exhibit. From the photos alone, we were admittedly a little dazed and confused - and maybe that's the point - so we had to see it for ourselves. And we're glad we did. It's creative, eye-catching (eye-popping rather) and a little mind-bending to boot.

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It's Time to Riff on the 1980s in Chelsea's Newest Hotel

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  Site Where: 300 West 30th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
December 18, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last time we met Riff Hotel Chelsea, the 80s-themed hotel in Chelsea (NY not LON), it was getting ready to break open the bright colors and go all "retro-contemporary".

And now it’s here! The Chelsea Star is no more; the hotel silently riffed into its new incarnation earlier this month (no big statement opening? Not very 80s). All rooms are now renovated, and they’ve even installed a (temporary) 12ft high Santa in the courtyard. The verdict?

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Dee Dee Ramone Has Returned to Hotel Chelsea

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  Site Where: 222 W 23rd St [map], New York, NY, United States
December 17, 2014 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

We may be waiting a while for the Hotel Chelsea to reopen – 2016 if the updated website is anything to go by, though the new logo still says 2015, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it took longer – but the spirit of the place has just returned to the Hotel Chelsea Storefront Gallery, with the opening of a Dee Dee Ramone exhibition.

Dee Dee, of course, was the author of Chelsea Horror Hotel: A Novel, a semi-autobiographical novel about the hotel. The exhibition has been curated by his estate; on display are Dee Dee’s records, clothes (leopard-print robe FTW) and, more importantly, art – paintings, drawings and cartoon strips. Although you may want to visit on an empty stomach; according to Newsweek:

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Smyth Tribeca Launches New Public Spaces, Fresh Rooms Will Come Soon

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  Site Where: 85 West Broadway & Chambers [map], New York, NY, United States, 10007
December 17, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Thompson Hotels may be planning to head west (Seattle) and south (Nashville), but they’re not forgetting their NYC properties: Smyth Tribeca, which arrived after a much-delayed start just shy of six years ago, finished the first phase of its complete redesign last month.

That includes the entire ground floor, which has been divided in a series of smaller spaces, filled with a mixture of Scandinavian and American mid-century furniture. Above is the Den, with a fireplace that uses Guastavino tile – and if you wonder why that’s significant, it is the same that is used for the ceilings of city landmarks like Grand Central Terminal and Carnegie Hall.

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Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week 2014: The New York Palace

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  Site Where: 455 Madison Avenue [map], New York, New York, United States, 10022
December 15, 2014 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

‘Tis the season to celebrate and there’s no better way than with a holiday-inspired beverage. And, as we all know, a holiday cocktail a day keeps the Grinch away. For Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week, we’ve scanned the globe for some delectably delicious cocktails that will leave you humming a merry tune that doesn’t include, “You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch.”

The New York Palace has gotten into the holiday spirit with its sparkly 12 Christmas trees adorned with 68,000 lights and 32,000 ornaments. The lobby also houses a 6’ x 8’ gingerbread house that is a replica of the hotel’s iconic Villard Mansion, which surrounds the hotel’s courtyard.

If you want to get into the holiday spirit too try concocting the Cranberry Garland cocktail or the Holiday Manhattan while you're trimming your own tree.

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Oh Heyyyyy: Sneak Peek at What Virgin New York Will Look Like

December 9, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just last month, we heard that work would begin soon on the forthcoming Virgin Hotel New York. And now this Virgin is starting to show some skin. The rendering kind.

The 38-story hotel will go up at 30th and Broadway, smack dab in the middle of the oh-so-ho NoMad neighborhood. It will also be very close to the hotel that spurred the comeback of this random, in-between area--the Ace New York.

Now, is it just us or does this look like a USB flash drive plugged into the ground? #justus #butyoutotallyseeitright?

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What is The Q&A Residential Hotel Brand All About?

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  Site Where: 70 Pine Street [map], New York, NY, United States
December 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

New York City is never short on hotel rooms, that we know all too well, as it seems a new hotel pops up every other week. But hotel rooms that function as full-size apartments are a different story.

Furnished Quarters is a company that provides temporary furnished apartments in New York and Boston, but now they are actively launching a "residential hotel concept" in Manhattan, called Q&A, with its first hotel opening in the Financial District in the spring.

The hotel, located at 70 Pine Street, will have 132 suites throughout four floors of a thoroughly Art Deco skyscraper. (The lobby is Art Deco done to the max.) The suites will be "full-sized, furnished, turnkey apartments--most with separate office space."

And guests will have access to traditional business hotel services like complimentary continental breakfast, a concierge, fitness center, business center, and valet laundry and dry cleaning, as well aspreferential access to the rooftop lounge and restaurant.

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Kate Middleton Chooses The Carlyle for Her New York Debut

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  Site Where: 35 East 76th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
December 8, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Made in Manhattan Kate in Manhattan Middleton in Manhattan! If you’ve read any serious newspaper today, you’ll know that Kate and Wills, occasionally known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, touched down in New York yesterday for a two-night stay - the first time either of them have been to the Big Apple. A historic occasion, then. Which lucky hotel did they pick to bestow their charms and future booking increase on?

The Carlyle.

The royals – or this couple, anyway – have history with the Carlyle. Princess Diana stayed there twice – first in 1995, and then in 1997, just two months before she died. This time around, a 200-strong crowd was waiting for five-months-pregnant Kate and William.

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Sleep in a Nate Berkus-designed Suite at Loews Regency New York

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  Site Where: 540 Park Avenue & 61st [map], New York, NY, United States, 10065
December 5, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

We said over the summer that entry-level Luxury Kings at the newly renovated Loews Regency Hotel in New York are a pretty excellent room choice already, but now, as the hotel wraps up its overhaul, it’s adding more choice with six designer-led Signature Suites.

You guessed right that one of those designers is Oprah’s own go-to guy Nate Berkus, who redid a 1,000 sq ft one-bedroom suite on the 21st floor. Above the bedroom, which we have to say, like most of his designs, we like a whole lot. It’s contemporary, uncluttered, and with interesting patterns, colors, and materials. More shots of the suite, and others, below.

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