As far as Cazares is concerned, the property’s ultimate luxury will be defined by its personal service. When guests arrive, they will be greeted, checked in by iPad and personally escorted to their rooms. Entire floors can be reserved at a premium and will offer security capable of blocking access to one or more floors. Guests can also roll in Lexus RX 400 SUV hybirds as they enjoy complimentary drop off service to most downtown locations. There’s even talk of scoring Garrett’s popcorn to nosh right on site.
Equally intent on minimizing its carbon footprint, The Ivy plans to make good with LED lighting, an energy-efficient heating system, and an empty bottle AND bath product recycling program. Bamboo flooring, recycled wall coverings, 100% organic and fair-trade towels and linens, and even rugs made from thistle will decorate every room.
This kind of luxury and green sassiness won’t come cheap. An upscale property catering to those who might stay at The James or Hard Rock but crave (and are willing to pay for) the luxurious service seen at Trump or the newly-named Waldorf-Astoria, The Ivy will open with rates starting at $225 for standard rooms and $350-525 for suites.
BTW, Mr. Cazares, you had us at five rooms per floor.