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At The DoubleTree Metropolitan In Manhattan, Things Are Looking Pretty Fresh

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August 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

We are glad to report that some much-needed renovations have befallen one of Manhattan's most iconic (though not iconic like Waldorf Astoria or The Plaza iconic) old-school hotels.

DoubleTree Metropolitan, located on E 51st and Lexington Ave, has always struck us as a whacky spaceship hotel from the 1960s—and indeed, its unique Art Deco exterior, designed by famed architect Morris Lapidus in 1961, continues to be part of the hotel's charm. But now with the added bonus of top-to-bottom renovated guest rooms, which in turn pay tribute to the building's retro curves.

The renovations covered all 739 guest rooms and 24 suites, plus 12,000 sq ft of meeting space. Though, we're far more interested in the funky things going on on the walls in the guest rooms.

Honoring the original Morris Lapidus design with little geometric shapes traced onto the wall above the bed, the new rooms are much more playful, a quality further set off by the reddish wood on the headboard, and the cute dome-shaped reading lamps.

As for the art, seems a little generic to us (we liked what we saw at the Algonquin much more), though since they've gone cuckoo over the whole modernist, Art Deco theme, we can forgive them a little. And really, when you take a look at what the rooms looked like before renovations (TripAdvisor offers a few snapshots), these new designs are seriously a blessing.

Fancy desk chairs, blind-free windows (curtains are just plain easier), and wall-mounted flat-screen TVs are all part of DoubleTree Metropolitan's new vibe, and we're digging it.

What's more, the hotel is offering folks a First Look Special, which throws in free WiFi and two free drinks at the new Lobby Bar, for just $179/night on weekends and $139/night on Sundays. Retro and economical—we like!

[Photo: DoubleTree]

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