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First Look: The Gordon Bar at SIXTY SoHo

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  Site Where: 60 Thompson St. [map], New York, NY, United States, 10012
January 23, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Here's a Sneak Peek at Sixty SoHo (Formerly 60 Thompson)

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  Site Where: 60 Thompson St. [map], New York, NY, United States, 10012
January 19, 2015 at 10:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Back in September, we reported on the Sixty SoHo's sexy new look with a quick hit list of before and after photos from its recent (and somewhat ongoing) renovation.

Now we've gone inside the hotel to get a first-hand look at some of the renovated rooms, the redone second-floor lobby and reception area, and new The Gordon Bar, which opened at the end of November.

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4 NYC Hotels to Watch For This Year and Beyond

January 16, 2015 at 11:56 AM | by | Comment (1)

Just as 2014 was a banner year for hotel openings across New York City, 2015 and beyond should not disappoint. With some big name hotels coming from SLS, Edition, Public, and Baccarat, there are also some great boutiques and independents in the works that we're following.

Here are 4 special hotels that we are looking at today. Of course, there are more. We're not blind. We'll have those for your shortly. But for now, take a look at these lovely spots:

1. The Beekman Hotel, 5 Beekman Street - Opening 2015

Things are looking up, literally, at The Beekman, a luxury hotel and condo development in lower Manhattan. We've been covering the upcoming Thompson hotel ever since it was announced and we're excited to see and share this rendering - the one we've all been waiting for. Pictured above is the spectacular 9-story atrium lounge/bar/dining space that is clearly the showpiece of the Beekman.

This circa 1883 New York City landmark, formerly known as Temple Court, just oozes with great detailing, most notably the graceful wrought iron railings and floor bracing. The hotel's interiors are being designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (images to follow) and will offer 287 rooms and suites, a rooftop lounge and restaurants by Keith McNally and Tom Colicchio. The hotel is slated to open later this year. We'll see you in the lounge.

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A Look at the 'Flawed Beauty' of the Greenwich Hotel's Penthouse

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  Site Where: 377 Greenwich St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
January 14, 2015 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (3)

The last time we heard about the Greenwich in TriBeCa, it was offering to bring you a Christmas tree direct to your suite. Now, more suite sweet news: the hotel has opened a new, top suite: the TriBeCa Penthouse.

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A Quick Peek at the Glitzy Baccarat Hotel New York, Opening in March

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  Site Where: 20 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
January 9, 2015 at 1:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Baby it’s cold outside, but the heat – and the crystal chandeliers – are on inside the Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York. It's been 250 years (make that 251) since the legendary glass maker Baccarat was founded, and after some delays (and possible sale) the first hotel to carry the luminous Baccarat name is finally going to open.

Right now, the opening date (as set by the website and the hotel's reps) is March 23 but there's always a chance the hotel could open earlier than that. We will keep your fingers crossed.

In the meantime, let's have a look around at the luxury property.

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One Reason to Love January in NYC? The Hotel Rates are Actually Affordable

January 6, 2015 at 1:45 PM | by | Comment (1)

The weather in January in New York is not ideal but the hotel deals are. This is prime-time low season for New York City hotels and it's one of the few times that you can stay in a hotel without feeling completely ripped off. Just looking quickly on Expedia for hotel rooms next weekend and we are seeing loads of hotels that are under $200 a night. It kind of feels like post recession 2008, doesn't it?

While everyone is dropping this rates, Marriott International is going a bit further and taking off an additional 20 percent for guests who make their reservation in the next 48 hours for stays through April 30, 2015.

You have to make the rezzie online through Marriott.com using the code ADV or you can call it in old-school at 1-800-228-9290 mentioning the same code. The big catch is you will have to prepay the stay at the time of booking, so be sure you can absolutely follow through.

Here are just a few of the participating Marriott hotels that you can choose from. (There's about 20 in total, in various neighborhoods of NYC.)

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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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