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Trump International New York Reveals Its Big Facelift (Half Of It, Anyway)

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May 25, 2010 at 9:10 AM | by | ()

Not to be outdone by its upstart sister downtown, the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York is now ready for its closeup. (We suppose we should say "again," since it was here first and all.)

The first phase of the hotel's $30-million renovation is complete, with the new-look rooms now open for business. The remaining half of the rooms will start getting their overhaul this weekend.

Like Trump Soho, the look is clean, classic but modern, and has been driven more by Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric than the man everyone calls Mr. Trump himself. (He did, however, insist on a few specific amenities. You can see which ones in our photo gallery...)

The dark aubergines and grays remind us a little of the Soho property, but being uptown, the Trump International still has more of a posh Art Deco-inspired feel, with silver-edged mirrors, and silk walls.

Hallways and elevator banks on the guest-room floors also got a redo, and are now covered in fabric instead of the previous suede, which drove GM Suzie Mills mad because guests used to 'write' in the suede and she was forever smoothing it out and ruining her suits.

The lush bedding and the groovy little kitchens look nice but what really got us excited was the brand-new lighting-control system. In addition to the one-touch shades up and down control, there is an "Away" switch to press as you leave your room, and another set of light controls next to the bed. This one includes a "Bathroom" option which will activate a dim light in the loo so you can find your way there in the dark and not have to wake up your bed fellow. (Time to wean the kids off the night light!)

Other tech toys include new Blu Ray-DVD players, iPod clock radios, Sound bar stereos that you can pop your iPod into, Sub Zero and Keurig appliances in the kitchen, and one of those awesome Sanctuary charging stations hidden in a box underneath the TV.

According to Mills, the renovation work went unnoticed by almost all guests. With no major gutting or wall-bashing-down going on, the work was mostly done after 11 a.m. and never made enough noise to disrupt guests staying in the existing rooms.

The new rooms are now open, and the second phase of renovation begins this weekend. Those remaining rooms will be completed by Labor Day.

[Photos: Night view Courtesy Trump Hotels; all others HotelChatter ]

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