The good news is, yes, the design-centric hotels seem to be carrying on business as usual, including continuing to offer free WiFi—a major concern of ours!
The personality-change was made mid-renovation, however, so several rooms at each hotel remain to be redone, and a few of the amenities are still not in place yet, including a restaurant at the Vertigo, and mini-bar options at either hotel. However, we were told that plans are in the works to get the renovations back underway in the next few months for completion early next year. The upside? You can snag a mean deal at the Vertigo if you go for one of their non-refurbished rooms.
Over at the Frank, all available rooms are completely finished so there are no basement bargains, but at least you always know what you’re getting.
Both hotels are being redesigned by L.A.-based designer, Thomas Schoos, who is perhaps better known for his work on the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica. Like the Huntley, both hotels’ decor is based on a white-on-white palette, with splashes of color and design set pieces throughout.
In the Vertigo (pictured up top), the curtains and room accents are orange, plus there are some nifty horse-head lamps to get you raring. Plus, if you decide to take the stairs, you can see the famous view from the Hitchcock movie Vertigo which was filmed here and is where the hotel got its name.
At the Frank, the rooms are done in more sophisticated white and black geometric patterns with accents of teal and green including leather headboards, all-marble bathrooms, and hanging bedside lamp fixtures that we kind of want to steal.
Considering how close to Union Square and the city’s other tourist attractions these hotels are, both offer great rates. At the Vertigo, rates for the new rooms start at just $79, while at the Frank, they start at $134 a night.
Full disclosure: Eric Rosen stayed at Hotel Vertigo and Hotel Frank gratis, while on assignment for another publication--but all opinions expressed are his own.