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5 Hotels To Check Out For Fashion Week

February 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM | by | ()

New York Fashion Week officially kicked off yesterday, and for the next week, New York is a sloppy mess of runway events, underpaid models, and too many cocktail parties than we care to count. On the plus side, hotels always get a good piece of the action—here's a look at five hotel events this week worth your while.

Since October, Andaz 5th Avenue has been asking a rotating series of local artists to paint murals that represent their "view" of New York. Starting on Sunday, Claw Money—or Gold, as she is also known—will superimpose her own bright, raw graffiti style onto the doors of the bar downstairs.

So if you see a girl in six-inch heels with a can of spray paint, just play along. Photos from the exhibit are being sold in the bar for $5 apiece, proceeds go to charity.

Jewelry lovers should consider splurging on a package at the Plaza Athenee that offers the chance to tour David Yurman's townhouse, which sits right across the street from the hotel. In addition to seeing his latest collection, guests will also receive one night in a suite, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, two cocktails in the downstairs bar, hair and make-up application, and free transportation to Lincoln Center in a black town car—Anna Wintour wouldn't have it any other way. Rates from $1,685.

Because of its proximity to the Fashion Week tents, the Empire Hotel could technically not lift a finger and still be the center of attention during the NYFW madness. Luckily, they like to have a little fun. Stop by the lobby to get a portrait of yourself sketched by students from the Pratt Institute (they'll be there 11am–5pm every day). Alternatively, for the braver souls, tattoo artist Ami James (from NY Ink and Miami Ink) will open a pop up tattoo parlor inside the hotel just for Fashion Week. Our advice? Something not fashion-related. You'll just regret it next season.

Fashion Week doesn't have to be all about posing and edgy art installations. For a bit of a "retreat" (and we use this term lightly, since, after all, this is New York), Gramercy Park Hotel is always a safe bet when you're looking for something kinda classy. A Fashion Week Rate of $395 per night is available through February 17. Alternatively, simply stop in at Rose Bar, which boasts a pretty lively jazz scene every Tuesday night from 8–10pm, and whose waitresses are looking simply ravishing these days.

Starting today, the geniuses from Martin Greenfield Clothiers will plant themselves in the Boardroom at the Ace Hotel for exclusive custom suit fittings. Call the hotel to make an appointment with one of them—Greenfield himself was named America's greatest living tailor by GQ—and show up to a party next week decked out in your brand new, hand-tailored suit. You'll have all the other fashionistas fuming with envy!

[Photos: Andaz Fifth Avenue, Travel Intelligence / Flickr, Jessica Ebelhair / NY Times, CourtneyMay / Flickr, HotelChatter]

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