Another Tri-Pack Hotel is Now Two-Thirds Open in Times Square
How could we forget that the Tri-Pack hotel in Times Square would have some competition. We got a press release today saying that the Four Points Times Square has opened. When we checked our archives to see what else we have written about this hotel, we found this story which focused largely on Gene Kauffman's Tri-Pack Hotel.
However, we also wrote that he was working on a similar packaged hotel at 40th street that would include "a Four Points by Sheraton, Fairfield Inn and Staybridge Suites, each more than 30 stories tall." For clarity's sake we'll call this new one Tri-Pack BT (Business Travelers.) The other Tri-Pack will have the more budget-y brands of Holiday Inn, a Candlewood Suites and a Hampton Inn.
Now the Four Points is open at Tri-Pack BT but Staybridge Suites won't take guests until January 16, 2010. On the other hand the Fairfield Inn is already open with rooms at $199, making this Tri-Pack hotel two-thirds open.
And yes, that's a Starwood property, an ICH hotel and a Marriott brand all sharing the same space. (Btw for giggles, check out the Staybridge Suites rendering on their site which shows the building as a standalone.)
So while the original Tri-Pack sweats it out, you can hotel hop at this new one on 40th Street. Some good things? The Four Points is 100 percent smoke-free and it's new. Here's a gander at the amenities:
The hotel’s spacious and comfortable guest rooms all feature the Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed, a luxurious ensemble including a plush mattress, an assortment of pillows, and a fresh, white duvet. In-room technology includes free high-speed Internet access, as well as 32-inch, flat-screen televisions.
Not so good? That country bumpkin decor that Four Points like to use. Out by the airports we understand, but in Manhattan? No thank you.
We're having a hard time keeping track of all these Tri-Pack hotels. Got any tips or new scoop? Let us know.