Archer's website is still saying it will be open in "early 2014," but, when we tried to make a reservation, it was showing no availability until June 3 when the best available rate is $464.22 -- a very loose interpretation of "early." That price will get you a king size platform bed, floor-to-ceiling windows, wood floors, exposed brick and custom furnishings, Frette towels and bathrobe plus NY apothecary Malin + Goetz bath amenities. Complimentary WiFi, 42" HDTV with150 TV channels, Nespresso machine, and Burke in the Box room service. A Double-Double Empire View room on the same night will cost you $518.73.
We already told you about the different bedroom design palettes and David Burke-helmed restaurant, but we are now intrigued to learn that the hotel will be featuring specially commissioned art and a 21st-floor rooftop bar with "all-season spaces." We're looking forward to meeting this mysterious Mr. Archer.