United States Travel Guide
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.
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]
The view from the Park Hyatt Chicago. Brrr.
Chiberia has already raised its icy head in Chicago with wind chills in the negative double digits and tourists running for cover. But there’s no need to suffer the elements this winter in Chicago--simply find a luxe hotel in downtown to hunker down. With these full-service posh options, you won’t have to venture out, nor will you want to.
The James: Drag yourself downstairs, away from the modern, comfy room to experience dry-aged steaks at David Burke’s Primehouse, which also serves breakfast and lunch. Feeling reclusive? David Burkes can be delivered right to your door via room service. One item not to miss: the bacon stick with black pepper and maple syrup. And if you wake up at 3 a.m. craving more bacon? No problem, room service operates around the clock. The Asha Spa offers a menu of treatments specifically for men so they can pretty themselves up before reentering society. Get a nightcap at the JIMMY bar or check out the happy hour special from 6 pm to 8 pm Wednesday through Friday with $6 wines by the glass and $5 appetizers from David Burke’s.
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Lo and behold, Skift.com has picked up the official scoop on the new brand from Viceroy's founders. And brace yourselves. The new brand is called Proper Hotels, but surprisingly, it's not for millennials but rather folks used to boutique and lifestyle hotels, but more "high-end."
The new brand was created and is being fostered by Brad Korzen, the founder and former CEO of Viceroy (Proper, however, is not a part of Viceroy Hotel Group.) This is a good thing as everyone knows how much The Viceroy in Santa Monica changed the boutique game on the West Coast, bringing together high design, cool style and a sexy social scene. (Unfortunately, service was way off.)
Korzen is also keeping his wife, Kelly Wearstler, as interior designer for the brand. We enjoy Weartsler's colorful and whimsical style but she may need to dial it back a bit as Proper is going after the start-up crowd, who may not appreciate her luxe decor, oft mimicked by Real Housewife-types.
But we're getting ahead of ourselves here. Let's talk about where Proper will open properly:
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We often found that while most East Coast people are wiling to go West, to the land of sun and
empty happy people, it is hard to make West Coasters go East, to the land of brutal winters and rude strong-minded people and stay there. (Or maybe that's just our own experience.)
But West Coast brand, Joie de Vivre Hotels, is taking its California hotel style to the East Coast, opening in Miami Beach and NYC's Bowery hood in the next couple of years.
The Hall will open this summer at 15th Street and Collins Ave, prime Art Deco in a building originally designed by architect L. Murray Dixon. Now, Miami-based architectural firm ADD Inc. and interior design firm Robert McKinley Creative are "renewing" the landmark property to create a 164-room JDV hotel with a courtyard, indoor/outdoor restaurant, a library bar, a swimming pool and in a city of craft cocktails, a beer garden. We're already thirsty.
In a foodie city such as Chicago, it's great news when a hotel takes their food and beverage offering serious. That's why we're pretty excited to catch a flavor of (wayyyyy) South of the border at the new Loews Chicago once they open in March.
Previously unreleased, the hotel has picked hometown chef, Jose Garces, to tempt the taste-buds of guests and locals as he chars up some of his Argentinian faves in the themed restaurant. Featured as a central focus for the eatery is the parrilla, or grill, Rural Society's menu will explore cooking more than steak on an open flame creating an authentic and refreshed experience using quebracho, an Argentine hardwood to cook the meats.
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We totally feel for
husband boyfriend baby daddy to Kourtney Kardashian. He had a rough 2014. His parents passed away within three months of each other, and as we witnessed on "Khloe and Kourtney Take The Hamptons" (You know you watched it, admit it), he took to binge drinking to cope with the losses, so much so he was sent to the hospital for alcohol poisoning.
Then in what should have been a happier end to the year, he welcomed his third kid and second son, Reign Aston, in mid-December. Turns out a third kid did not hold Disick down.
He has continued to party it up since the baby's birth, jetting off to Vegas for a wild club weekend and most recently, Aspen, where he and his crew trashed a hotel suite at the recently renovated Hotel Jerome, an Auberge Resort, stole some liquor and blazed up the joint.
Ever mindful of celebrities behaving badly in hotel rooms, TMZ has the scoop:
Sources at Hotel Jerome tell TMZ ... the first night Scott and his crew -- which included famed artist Alec Monopoly -- went out on the town, and when they came back one of his buds jumped over a counter at the bar in the lobby and stole a bottle -- which we think is Johnny Walker Black Label -- which they took back to the room. The hotel didn't call the cops, but charged him $400.
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If January in NYC is the most wonderful time of the year due to low season low room rates, then Super Bowl, happening on February 1, is the most heinous time of the year, a time when down and out, dirty, disgusting hotels can charge triple their usual depressed rates as a way to gouge the super fans.
We saw it happen in New Jersey last year when a Best Western charged a $1,000 a night, as well as in New Orleans the year before when the average daily rate jumped nearly 130 percent to about $290 a night. The 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis may have actually been the worst as the expensive hotel options consisted almost entirely of low-budget brands. #theworst
Now, the rates are rising in Phoenix where the game will kick off at University of Phoenix Stadium. Like all other Super Bowls before, unless you are attending the Big Game as a guest of a big corporate sponsor, the options in Phoenix and neighboring Scottsdale are limited and expensive.
But we're choosing to remain positive here by rounding up the most reasonable options across the internet for the dates of January 30 to February 2.
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Hotel Texas in Fort Worth
Fort Worth is well-known for its friendly rivalry with Dallas, one that pins the country feel of the former against the modern development of the latter. But there's a ying and yang within Fort Worth itself as well. Downtown Fort Worth is developing nicely into a mini-metro, yet the Stockyards remain frozen in time, a tribute to the city's origins as a town of cowboys and cattle.
Experiencing this contrast between city and cowboy when visiting Fort Worth is a must, and your hotel selection can go a long way towards achieving this.
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What to do for some January fun when you’re known as the most haunted hotel in America, so spooky that Stephen King penned The Shining after one terrifying night at yours?
Why, in addition to the ghost tours and looping the film on your entertainment system, you realize the one thing missing that would really cement your reputation is a Shining-style maze. So you build it.
We stepped out on the Virgin Chicago during our stay last weekend with a visit to the other new British import in town, Soho House Chicago in the West Loop nabe. But it was only for dinner and drinks. We didn't stay the night. Promise.
Having drooled over the pictures of Pizza East at The Shoreditch House in London (also a Soho House property), we were eager to get a piece of the wood-oven pizza pie stateside at Pizza East Chicago. But as it turns out, despite the restaurant name and despite its location in a city known for its deep dish, we actually preferred Pizza East's two starters to the main margherita pie ($16.)
Rendering of the soon-to-open Godfrey Hotel Boston
The Oxford Capital Group announced last week that the Godfrey Hotel Boston will open its doors this fall in the historic Amory and Blake buildings of the city's Downtown Crossing neighborhood.
The property's exterior will maintain its pre-war brick and stone facade but the interior design will contrast the historic with oak paneling, porcelain flooring, and contemporary furniture. The hotel will have 242 rooms as well as an in-house restaurant, coffee shop, lobby bar, fitness center, and most importantly, free WiFi. No word yet on whether the employees' uniforms will be designed locally, as is the case with the Chicago property.