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The Loews Regency Makeover 'Kept Nothing At All', Except the Breakfast

Where: 540 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
December 19, 2013 at 9:32 AM | by | Comment (1)

Manhattan power breakfasters and NYC-visitors alike won't have to wait much longer for the Loews Regency Hotel in New York to reopen: reservations are currently accepted for stays beginning on January 16, 2014. The highly-anticipated reopening of the Park Avenue property follows a comprehensive $100 million renovation, and includes a new restaurant, salon, spa and four new private meeting spaces.

The new restaurant will be managed by famed New York restaurateurs Gherardo Guarducci and Dimitri Pauli of the Sant Ambroeus Hospitality Group. Together with Executive Chef Dan Silverman, they will oversee a menu with an emphasis on market-fresh ingredients and modern interpretations of classic dishes, but most importantly for the investment bankers doubtless breathing a sigh of relief, the restaurant will once again reclaim its place as the pinnacle for the New York 'Power Breakfast,' having introduced the concept in 1975.

The extensive overhaul will raise the room count from 354 to 379, including 58 suites. The makeover also includes replacing the windows and rebuilding the lobby.

"We kept nothing at all." said Jonathan Tisch, chairman of Loews Hotels and Resorts in this interview with Bloomberg. "I've grown up in this hotel. It needed an update." The hotel opened in 1963.

And, speaking of makeovers, celebrity hairstylist Julien Farel will debut a 10,000-square-foot beauty salon, spa and fitness center. The Julien Farel Salon will feature 30 custom-designed stations and private rooms for VIP clients. The Julien Farel Anti-Aging Spa will feature derm-focused, anti-aging science with traditional French techniques for a transformative spa experience. Adjacent to the legendary Regency Power Breakfast, Julien Farel will launch JF Men, focussed on "every man's grooming needs and more".

Rates for opening night start at $479 for a King Room, which have interior or 61st Street views (some have a balcony)and are located on floors 3 through 20 -- and you can probably book it through Twitter.

[Photo: Loews Regency Hotel]

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This hotel was overdue for a makeover. I am glad they did an extensive renovation instead of rebranding to a Ramada or Clarion.

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