Vikram Chatwal Taking His 'Dream' to South Beach
Earlier this week, we did a drive-by of Miami Hotels and in our short report, we had you guess the hotelier and sometime movie actor who was planning a joint for South Beach. And really, you dear readers make us so proud. While a couple of you guessed Trump, a few others knew it was the one and only Vikram Chatwal.
Yes, Vik is coming to South Beach. Right now, the hotel is still under may-jah construction as it is turning the old Tudor and Palmer House buildings on Collins Avenue into The Dream South Beach. From South Beach USA:
The two historic structures in the heart of South Beach will be renovated and re-designed into a 110-room hotel connected via a glass-enclosed walkway.
Dream South Beach will be a high-end, luxury boutique hotel and will contain two food and beverage establishments including a ground-floor restaurant and a glass-enclosed roof-top lounge offering a sophisticated and relaxing environment.
Reportedly, chef Geoffrey Zakarian of Town and Country at the Chambers and Carlton Hotels in NYC, will bring a restaurant to the Dream. There will also be a rooftop lounge.
We contacted a rep for Vikram Chatwal hotels but no further updates about the hotel were given. And the Vikram Chatwal Hotels website says "opening early 2009" but um...yeah.
In the meantime, folks who enjoy sleeping Vik's other hotels--Dream, Night, Time and Stay--there's some good news. The collection has begun offering guests a discount in time for tax season.
This year, Vikram Chatwal Hotels (Dream, Night, Time and Stay.) is offering a less stressful way to snag a little extra dough. From now through the end of the official tax season on April 15, 2009, snatch up the frugal traveler’s ultimate deal by reserving a room for three consecutive nights, and getting the fourth for only the price of the total room tax!
The total room taxes in NYC usually break down to about $30-$50 depending on the room rate. If you want a precise breakdown, here are the numbers.
· NY Sales Tax= 8.375 percent per room per night
· Occupancy Tax= 3.50 charge per person per night
· NY City Tax= 5.875 percent per room per night.
The offer is good for rooms that are reserved for a rate of $199 and up. Reservations must be made directly with the hotel by requesting the "Taxing Times" package.