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Jammin' with Bon Jovi at JW Marriott Essex House

Where: 160 Central Park South [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
May 1, 2013 at 5:29 PM | by | ()

Last night guests who came to celebrate the official re-opening of Manhattan's legendary Essex House into the JW Marriott Essex House, was treated to another classic treat--the musical stylings of Jon Bon Jovi!

The rock legend told the crowd he'd stayed at the hotel "many, many times" (though we couldn't get anyone to confirm if he was staying that night in the occupied Presidential Suite!). He serenaded the crowd with favorite hits like "Dead or Alive" and "Living on a Prayer", who got a kick out of singing the words back to him.

The 40-story Essex House, which overlooks Central Park and has been open since 1931, officially resumed its JW name in September 2012 after operating under the Jumeirah brand. When Strategic Hotels & Resorts acquired the hotel in 2012 from the Dubai Investment Group, they invested several million dollars for a modest make over that you can see in the 509 rooms, spa, and restaurant.

Aromatherapy Associates amenities have been added to each ample sized bathroom, and every which one, no matter that category a tub. Working desks are quite large and have plenty of outlets, and there's even an outlet on the lamp by the bed--so no recon missions needed to plug in multi-gadgets. A mini-fridge is included, but noticeably missing however, is an in-room coffee maker.We were told the plan is to ultimately install them, but for now, complimentary coffee is available in the hotel's restaurant. What isn't free, unfortunately is the WiFi. We were told they're running on a tiered system.

Another way the Essex House is showcasing is debut is by partnering with Christie’s to feature an exhibition inspired by the Essex House's unique red neon, rooftop sign that lights up the New York City skyline. Also, four original works by budding artists will be on display in the lobby through October. 

Rates at the JW Marriott Essex House begin at $350 and climb as high as $749 in May.

[Photos:MetroUK/ Chanize for HotelChatter]

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