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The September Issue: 10 Hot New York City Hotel Openings

September 8, 2009 at 3:06 PM | by | ()

The kids are back at school, everyone’s back at work, and the weather is already cool in New York City. Yep, fall is here, alright. But in hotel land this is good news. Great news, in fact.

Approximately six hotels are set to open before fall is out with a handful more opening in early 2010. And yes, there are a few whose opening dates are as about as reliable as a date with a summer fling once the leaves turn. (We’re looking at you, Vikram and W Downtown.)

Thus, we decided to pin all these hotels on one list. Consider it the new class for the 2009-2010 hotel year. Or much like Vogue's "September Issue", consider these hotels the ones that will set the new standards for the NYC hotel scene. The hotels on this list will also guide much of our coverage until next summer (but hopefully, not longer than that.)

We'll be looking in on this new class frequently and reporting back to you on how they are faring in school...er...in construction progress and whether or not they will make their predicted opening dates. So keep checking in with us to see who's making the grade.

And now, we present you with The 10 Hot New York City Hotel Openings.

Here’s where to find the newest places to rest your head in Manhattan, and what you can expect once they throw open their doors. (It goes without saying that all dates subject to change.)

The Crosby Street Hotel: Opening September 29. It's got a prime SoHo location and looks pretty in pink. But it's pricey at $525 a night.

The Strand Hotel: Possibly opening October 1 in the garment district, close to the Empire State Building. Rooms will feature vintage fashion prints to remind you of where you are.

The Surrey: A new luxury hotel opening October 1. The earliest reservations available as of today were for October 15, starting at $579 a night. Well, it is on the Upper East Side. And the lobby will feature a Cartier "closet".

The Distrikt Hotel: Opening October 28. Also in the garment district, but will pay homage to other areas, too. Think Neighborhoodies in hotel form. Rooms start at $275 a night (but as of today there were only two left at that rate for opening day.)

Ink48: This new hotel from Kimpton will finally start taking reservations on November October 1. Previously known as the VU Hotel, the 19-story hotel in Hell's Kitchen/Clinton 'hood on 48th Street will feature a roof-top lounge, open-air gardens and whirlpools, and views of Time Square and the Hudson River. It's been branded as an art-centric hotel with room rates starting at $425 a night.

Fashion 26: The Wyndham website says "Opening Fall," but they’re not taking reservations yet. Perfect for Project Runway fans, it’s located opposite the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Promised amenity: cupcakes upon arrival.

Trump SoHo: Opening January 4, although the earliest date we could book as of today is February 8. Rooms start at $389 a night. The SoHo scene is starting to heat up, but The Don promises the city’s biggest spa, and a pool—with cabanas.

W New York Downtown: Wall Street gets Starwooded! But not until February 4, 2010 now—according to the hotel/residence’s website.

The Chatwal: For the longest time, the opening was set for September, but now, according to the Leading Hotels of the World website, Vikram’s latest debut has been postponed to Spring 2010. Which is handy—it will give us time to save up for the million-dollar-a-night rooms.

The Mondrian Soho: Yes, another hotel for SoHo. The Mondrian is set for a second quarter 2010 opening so it will be awhile. Still, the hotel will be done in the design-forward Mondrian style and Top Chef alum/hottie Sam Talbott will be the hotel's executive chef. Put it this way: Your parents will stay at Trump SoHo but you'll shack up at the Mondrian instead.

Got a question or know of any scoop about any of these 10 Hot NYC Hotel Openings? Send 'em to us.

[Photo: JetSetCD]

Archived Comments:

looking at this list...

it's like wow, what recession? also maybe because there will be so many new hotel rooms open in NYC in the near future that hotel rooms will have to drop a bit? (crosby st. i'm talking to you!)


I have actually noticed NYC rates going up over the last 30 days or so ... maybe NYC hoteliers are trying to will the end of the hotel rate drop?  Can NYC tourism really support all these new rooms coming online downtown this fall/next spring?

events and fall

Perhaps hotel prices are going up because it's just generally way awesomes to visit the city in autumn? Also, Fashion Week, various trade shows, and stuff? That said, I'm curious about this Distrikt Hotel place cause you said it was Neighborhoodies in hotel form - ha!

New hotels

I've stayed at great NY hotels but I think I've been finally priced out of the market. Time to stay home.

New Hotels Opening

What great timing!  I will be heading to NYC in the next few months, and am always looking to try something new and exciting.


Interesting piece. I was quite interested in The NoMad Hotel, by designer Jacques Garcia, and had stopped hearing about it. On sceneadvisor.com, they update "The NoMad Hotel has been postponed until 2010." Does anyone have updated intel?

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i will like to know how i can apply for job on one of those new hotel

and the InterCon on 8th Ave?

It is said to be opening next May/June..it's interesting to see the two Tischman hotels roaring next to each other..


but pricey. Anyway if they set up that price is to segment people. I hope the food will be superb, if not it ruins the whole experience. New York hostels


That Mondrian SOHO looks pretty sick nasty. It's a little intense though. Sort of like spending a night in a magical wood.

Great Bartender looking for work.....

I would love to help make one of these new hotel the best place to come and have a drink and enjoy my hostpitality.

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