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Evening Sneak Peak: A Taste of The Tuscany

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November 19, 2012 at 8:40 PM | by | ()

The Tuscany now, a diamond in the rough. But not for long

After a few scheduling snafus, we were lucky enough to be the first to get a sneak-peek at The Tuscany , part of the St Giles Grand Hotel group. Originally scheduled to open this month, the grand reveal has been pushed back to mid-December due to a few Hurricane Sandy setbacks. Despite our walking into a very active constructive zone (and encountering a rather nervous PR exec) we think the Tuscany is shaping up quite nicely, we loved our first look.

We were continually reminded (almost every few minutes, in fact), things “aren’t finished yet” and we get that. Really, we do. But the things we did see, we’re happy to show our readers who are excited to have another Murray Hill option minutes from Grand Central, the Chrysler Building (there’s a great view from some rooms) and all those important places where business meetings, etc., occur. Thanks to a great rate on Hotel Tonight, we’ve stayed at the Tuscany’s sister property next door, The Court, (on 39th/Lex) and we dig both locations and think it'll do very well, indeed.

Don't mind the plastic, we can tell there's pretty underneath!

Both properties were acquired in 2010 by UK-based St Giles Hotel Group an outpost of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Originally an apartment building, the 19th-century Tuscany opened in 1928 at a cost of $500,000 with 14 floors of apartments, and later became the first NYC hotel to have telephones in every bathroom and color televisions. Audrey Hepburn was a frequent patron for coffee, and their in-house restaurant/lounge is named after her. It alsohad a stint as a W Hotel. This is what The Tuscany is supposed to look like, come December. Nearly there!

Though the could have skimped on the size and cut them in half, rooms are large just like The Court, which we certainly appreciate. They're furnished in custom oak with Italian leather walls, as well some pretty luxe chocolate-and red-velvet furnishings (score, if you get the chaise lounge!)

The bathrooms, are a bit jarring and don't go with the richness of the room--super white with subway-style tiles, but Molton Brown fans dig the bathroom amenities like Ambiente sleep spray, vitamin lip saver made from French honey, beeswax and vitamin E.

The Tuscany is still planning to honor its introductory $269 per night rate listed in its mid-October press release, though we expect that price to increase quickly. It’s spacious rooms, lovely design, and free WiFi, won’t go unnoticed for long, even with glut of New York hotels emerging in the next few months.

Oh, and St Giles’ “Be Rewarded” members (sorry, we’re blanking on this club) will also earn 500 bonus VOILÀ points.

Stay tuned for our full report, when we see the official gussied Tuscany.

[Photos: Chanize Thorpe/HotelChatter/Rendering: St Giles Group]]

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