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Best Hotel Scene :: New York City

December 31, 2008 at 9:40 AM | by | ()

Best Hotel Scene: New York City

Ah, memories: it seems like only yesterday that we bestowed the honor of "Best Hotel Scene" to the grand city of Las Vegas. She wowed us with her abundant hotel rooms, hundreds of restaurants and bunches of nightclubs — and word up to that supposed 90% occupancy rate of last year — but this year, we only have eyes for New York City.

2008 was a huge year for hotels in the Big Apple. This year ushered in major new players like the Thompson LES (and oh, we stalked the F outta that one) — not to mention a smattering of hyped-up but not-yet-opened properties, like Vikram Chatwal's Lamb's Club (now called The Chatwal) — though Tricky Vikky did manage to open up Stay.Hotel in Times Square in the fall.

And the end of the year has been hotel hype central in NYC. The Cooper Square finally opened up, but by the time it did so, we're sorry to say, we didn't care too much about anything but the naked butt in the window. The Standard NYC welcomed its first guests as well (yay!), as did The Jane, but the Smyth Tribeca opening has been pushed to mid-January — and we haven't been hearing a whole lot of buzz about the place lately.

What surprised us most in the Big Apple was the emergence of good ol' Brooklyn as a borough offering totally cool and slightly-more-affordable hotel alternatives. Thanks in part to the openings of funky boutique properties like Le Jolie and Nu Hotel, we are no longer afraid to go to Brooklyn.

Even though NYC hotels were a bit behind the rest of the world in starting to worry about the economy, we hope things keep moving along nicely for NYC hotels. After all, they've got Whitney Port to impress now.

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