At Long Last, Old Lady Waldorf is Getting a Facelift
February 23, 2009 at 10:12 AM
In a city full of pretty young things, the older ladies and gentlemen of the NYC hotel scene have, one by one, been succumbing to the pressures of keeping up with the younger, newer, hipper kids like the Thompsons and the AB Hotels.
The Plaza had a facelift; The Pierre is having a bit of work done but the Waldorf-Astoria seemed to be the one holdout, determined to age gracefully without renovations and updates. But as it turns out, not taking the Joan Rivers route was hurtin' old lady Waldorf; she wasn't lookin' so hot.
But it seems she's finally made the decision to go under the knife that is, former W Hotels bigshot Ross Klein made the decision for her. According to Crain's:
“It’s time to bring technology into the hotel,” said Ross Klein, global head of luxury and lifestyle brands for Hilton Hotels Corp., which owns the Waldorf.
Over the next 18 to 24 months, Hilton is mapping out a strategy to upgrade parts of the Waldorf, which will include improving WiFi access at the property and redesigning its famous lobby to incorporate more retail.
They're thinking about moving the long front desk reception area in the lobby to make room for some retail stores. Doesn't sound like anything is going on up in the rooms just yet, but we'll take the WiFi improvements for now and we'll keep you posted as we hear more deets about the renovation plans.