Underneath the hotel will be a newly-renovated four-story Donnell Library Center, the facade of which is shown in the photo above. In the inset, you can see the updated rendering of the entire library/hotel/condo complex.
Perhaps the most disappointing part of the whole thing is that the 140-room hotel, which will occupy floors four through twelve, will sit at the bottom half of the 45-story building, below a set of 64 luxury condos. So for the best Central Park views, you're better off riding the elevator up the building and knocking on a resident's door (or maybe just hightailing it to the nearby Mandarin Oriental).
As we reported before, the hotel, when it opens in 2014, will be super feng shui, and, as Starwood Capital's CEO describes it, "sensuous, luxurious and discreet."
Just like a library.
[Photo: Michael Minn; inset, Baccarat Hotels]