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The much-anticipated and slightly secretive Archer Hotel in NYC is getting very close to opening day.
Although we are still waiting on an exact date, we are told that the hotel will now be opening in May -- that's quite an improvement on the July date we were expecting, although, currently July 1st remains the first date open for booking through the website (starting at $229 a night).
At the construction site on West 38th Street, scaffolding is down and signs are being pasted up as we speak.
We also hear that there will be an eight-item rotation for turndown that will offer complimentary treats including Baked by Melissa cupcakes, Fatty Sunday Pretzels, Dylan’s 100 Calorie Bars, Kanpekies Shortbread Cookies, Chocolate Dipped Fancy Fortune Cookies with Archer messages, and, from David Burke (who will be running the hotel's restaurant), black and white Cookies, fruit pops and truffles. Oh dear, we're already sweet on The Archer.
We're hoping to get an exact May opening date for you soon. Stay tuned!
The upcoming Archer Hotel in Manhattan has been cultivating an air of mystery about its concept, being careful not to reveal much before its spring 2014 opening. But the hotel has parted with information on one amenity that will be available to guests -- a house deck of playing cards featuring etiquette tips.
But that's not all. The cards will also give guests the chance to interact with each other and the staff as well as serve as a mini-loyalty program. In short, staying at The Archer will be like playing a card game. Here are the "rules:"
When guests check-in to The Archer, they will be handed a "Destination Joker" card which are meant to be collected on subsequent stays. Two or more of these cards will earn guests upgrades and other perks. Collecting six Jokers will get them "even more benefits" (so says the hotel). If a hotel employee observes a guest displaying an act of kindness, courtesy or etiquette from the deck of cards, the guest might receive a Class Act card, which is worth $10 and can be collected and combined to use at the hotel for drinks and for food.
If a hotel employee observes a guest displaying an act of kindness, courtesy or etiquette from the deck of cards, the guest might receive a Class Act card, which is worth $10 and can be collected and combined to use at the hotel for drinks and for food.
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We've already had a busy morning as far as new hotels news goes. But there's even more. Here's a short list of new hotels coming to a city near you:
· Hotel Van Zandt, Austin: Kimpton Hotels will open a new hotel in Austin in 2015 in the city's historic Rainey Street District. The 16-story hotel will feature 322 guest rooms, over 12,000 square feet total event and meeting space, achef-driven restaurant, lobby cafe and pool deck and bar. Interior designer Mark Zeff will oversee the interior design of the Hotel Van Zandt and its restaurant. Kimpton has also made announcements for new properties in Savannah, San Antonio, Milwaukee, Palm Springs, Sedona and Grand Cayman so there will be lots more Kimptons to choose from in the coming years.
· Fairmont Austin: Speaking of Austin, construction should begin on the new Fairmont Hotel at 101.Red River Street later this fall, according to this report. The 1,000-room hotel will cost nearly half a billion to build and should open sometime in 2016.
· The Archer Napa: The Archer in New York City hasn't opened yet (that's happening early next year) but already they've announced a second Archer Hotel for Napa Valley. The Archer Napa will be a new-build luxury hotel at the First Street site of the former Merrill’s building, adjacent to The Shops at Napa Center. LogdeWorks and Zapolski Real Estate have partnered up on the seven-story property which will reflect "a casual elegance, organic to the Napa aesthetic. " No opening date has been set yet.