The World's Tallest Holiday Inn is Coming to Lower Manhattan
Nobody does bigger and better like Manhattan, not even when it comes to Holiday Inns. The value brand is coming to Lower Manhattan in a major way.
Hotel architect about town, Gene Kaufman (who has built several projects for other large hotel brands in town) is working on a 50-story, 400-room full-service hotel at 99 Washington Street, just three blocks from the World Trade Center, that when completed will be the world's tallest Holiday Inn.
Here's a description of the building:
The exterior of this Holiday Inn will have a low-rise, contextual base, blending with the surrounding streetscape, topped with a dramatic tower featuring graduated setbacks and offering exceptional views of the city, the Hudson River and the Statue of the Liberty. The metal-paneled façade (designed by Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects, GSKA) will attract and reflect light, brightening the street-level pedestrian landscape.
Ooo, does this mean we will all be clamoring to book the "penthouse" at the Holiday Inn just for the views?
Elsewhere inside the hotel we can expect the typical Holiday Inn goodies like free in-room internet but also a guest lounge (fingers crossed it's one of their new social HUBs and a full-service restaurant and bar. The hotel won't open until October 2012 so in the meantime you will have to make do at the Holiday Inn Express on Wall Street.
[Rendering of 99 Washington Street via GKAPC.com]