Ch-Ch-Changes Abound for NYC-Area Hotels
There's never any shortage of gossip in the hotel world and we do our best to keep up with all of it. Here's the latest odds and ends we've heard recently, all concerning NYC-area hotels. Got your own to add? Send it our way!
· Hotel Indigo Takes Over Hotel 718: It looks like the Hotel 718 in Brooklyn will never open as an independent hotel. According to the Brownstoner, the property has been sold to the Lam Group, which plans on installing the Hotel Indigo brand. Admittedly, this is one of our fave brands out there thanks to hardwood floors, spa-style showers, in-room haikus and of course, free WiFi. But still sad to see an indie not make it, especially in BK of all places. The Hotel Indigo Brooklyn (we're just guessing on that name) is expected to open on August 1.
· Will The Essex House Become the Marriott House?: A tipster wrote in last week to tell us the Essex House on Central Park, currently a Jumeirah Hotel but which has been up for sale since March, will become a Marriott. We're not sure if Marriott themselves will be fronting the asking price of $300-400 million (we doubt it) but this does have us wondering if the hotel will become part of their Autograph Collection or could it become--dare we say--an Edition? Either way, we'll be curious to see how the rebranding goes down. UPDATE 8.17.12 USA Today reports it will become a JW Marriott.
· Tarrytown Castle is Turning Japanese: Another tipster tells us the 100-year-old Castle on The Hudson and its award-winning Equus restaurant, was sold the other week to a Japanese company. When we dug a little more, we found a review on TripAdvisor which mentioned a new management change happened last December.
Apparently, the staffers told this one guest that the hotel would be closing in 2013 for an entire renovation of the castle. The guest observed, "There seems to be a smooth transition taking place from European to more of a Japanese influence but there will be many changes in the future when it becomes more of a resort." Very interesting indeed.
As always, we'll keep you posted when we hear more but feel free to join the discussion in comments below!