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All That Glitters is Not Gold, But Crystal at Baccarat New York

July 17, 2015 at 5:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Things we were expecting to see when we attended The Baccarat Hotel New York's opening party the other night (on Bastille Day, no less)--opulence, thousands of Baccarat crystal pieces, oversized bouquets of red roses, smartly-dressed staffers and Barry Sternlicht, the man who envisioned a hotel experience based on a 251-year-old French crystal brand and subsequently brought it to life.

Things we were not expecting to see--Martha Stewart and Rosario Dawson amidst nearly 500 party-goers, an endless parade of colored Baccarat glasses filled with Ruinart champagne, the most stunning front desk ever, the sky high vaulted ceiling of Le Bar, and this gorgeous indoor pool adjacent to the hotel's Spa de La Mer (the first of its kind for the French skincare brand.)

All of it incredibly gorgeous, if a bit over the top. But unnecessary opulence aside, this editor joined fellow HotelChatter contributor DesignMinder in being completely under the Baccarat spell for a few hours. That may have been a side effect of all the bubbles, yet even looking at these pictures a few days later, I'm still mesmerized.

And it's all because of the crystal.

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The Baccarat Hotel Uniforms are Not Just Uniforms, They’re Art Forms

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  Site Where: 28 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
July 14, 2015 at 11:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Front office host Margarita takes to the runway in the Grand Salon, displaying art in motion in this light catching, heavily pleated skirt inspired by facets of Baccarat crystal

Fresh off a Hospitality Design Award, The Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York, might just win a fashion award next.

We've toured the opulent guest rooms of the hotel and now we're taking a focused look at the Baccarat uniforms. Or rather, the art of the uniforms.

One might assume that a high-profile luxury hotel would select a household (er, palace) name of French haute couture to design custom apparel for the staff. Oh, that would be too predictable, not to mention a tough choice.

Under the acutely watchful eye of Kemper Hyers, Senior Vice President of Design at Starwood Capital Group, along with Baccarat’s “all things visual” team, freelance pattern maker Venucia de Russi was commissioned in lieu of going with a single design studio.

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How Much Would You Pay for a Drink at a Hotel?

Where: 20 W. 53rd Street [map], New Yor, NY, United States, 10019
June 2, 2015 at 7:06 PM | by | Comments (4)

The other week we were outraged to see that the not-yet-open 1 Hotel Central Park was (mistakenly) advertising a $70 breakfast. The price was actually an error as breakfast is only $35 (phew!) but it did get us wondering how much we, and you, would be willing to spend on breakfast just so you wouldn't have to leave the hotel in search of food.

Now today, we have a different question--how much would you be willing to spend to go inside a hotel and have a drink?

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Inside The World's First Baccarat Hotel

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  Site Where: 20 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
April 14, 2015 at 3:37 PM | by | Comment (1)

The recent opening of the Baccarat Hotel & Residences drew much press and many a design nerd looky-loo, this contributor included. And, after spending time inside the world's first Baccarat Hotel, we, quite simply, loved it.

In a city like New York (well, there is no city like New York), space is always a premium, even in the most over-the-top of luxury hotels. The Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York does not have palatial-sized rooms, but it does have spectacular public spaces with great ceiling heights, creating the perfect setting for art and, what else, the Baccarat chandelier.

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Break Out The Bling: The First-Ever Baccarat Hotel Has Opened in New York

Where: 20 W. 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States
March 20, 2015 at 5:28 PM | by | Comment (1)

Are you a billionaire searching for an elegant stay in New York? Well, you're in luck. The first-ever Baccarat Hotel has officially opened in New York.

The hotel’s Grand Salon, Petit Salon, Bar and guest rooms opened on Wednesday (about two weeks behind schedule) while the Chevalier Restaurant and the Spa de La Mer, the first of its kind in North America (and as in the Creme de la Mer moisturizer celebrities swear by) set to open in the near future.

Classic king rooms are still open this weekend and are going for $729 a night, with Grand king rooms for $844 a night while the 850-sq.ft. Prestige Suite is about $2,379 a night.

You can read more about what's inside these luxe hotel rooms here but if you have to ask what $729 a night will get you, then obviously you don't belong here. #kidding #kinda

[Photo: Baccarat Hotels]

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The Baccarat New York to Open on March 2 at $729 a Night

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  Site Where: 20 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
February 10, 2015 at 3:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we last glimpsed the glitz behind the forthcoming Baccarat Hotel in New York, rooms were going for around $800 a night on the suspected opening date of March 23.

But now, in checking the hotel's website, we see that the hotel will actually be open on March 2. And the price has dropped down a bit to $729 for a classic king. Here's what you'll get for that rate, aside from the glittery Baccarat decor:

The Classic King’s refined palette of champagne, ivory, platinum, stainless steel and chocolate brown feels both classic and contemporary, setting off such considered accents as cashmere throws, marble-topped nightstands and hand-painted panels, plus Baccarat crystal sconces and tabletop pieces. Crisp white custom-made Mascioni jacquard linens cover the beds, and delicacies from Parisian gourmet shop Fauchon fill Baccarat-red enamel minibars. In the white-marble bathrooms, meanwhile, Italian robes await and amenities created exclusively for the hotel by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris abound.

Guests will also be able to control their lighting, climate, entertainment and more by a tablet, which will also be wired into housekeeping, valet, a 24-hour concierge and in-room dining. Another cool touch is that the oversized, flat-screen TVs are "concealed within smoked mirrors." Sounds very "Fifty Shades of Grey" and we like it.

The steep rate, fortunately, does include complimentary WiFi. #richpeoplelikefreeWiFitoo

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A Quick Peek at the Glitzy Baccarat Hotel New York, Opening in March

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  Site Where: 20 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
January 9, 2015 at 1:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Baby it’s cold outside, but the heat – and the crystal chandeliers – are on inside the Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York. It's been 250 years (make that 251) since the legendary glass maker Baccarat was founded, and after some delays (and possible sale) the first hotel to carry the luminous Baccarat name is finally going to open.

Right now, the opening date (as set by the website and the hotel's reps) is March 23 but there's always a chance the hotel could open earlier than that. We will keep your fingers crossed.

In the meantime, let's have a look around at the luxury property.

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The Baccarat Hotel in Rabat Should Dazzle, Inside And Out, When It Opens In 2015

Where: Rabat, Morocco
July 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anticipation continues to mount for the debut of Baccarat Hotels. We’ve been tracking the progress of Baccarat Hotel and Residences in New York which should open in December but today, we're checking in on the second Baccarat Hotel to open-- The Baccarat Hotel, Rabat in Morocco, whose completion is simply stated as “opening 2015.”

We’ve found a few renderings of this Baccarat Hotel yet it's hard to fully grasp what Baccarat’s second installation is going to look like. Nevertheless, here's our take and so far, we like what we see.

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Baccarat Hotels to Open in New York in December (With More on The Way Soon)

June 16, 2014 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Did you catch that? "Every amenity is carefully chosen to please the most discerning guests."

UPDATE 12.29.14: The Baccarat Hotel will open on February 18 with classic king rooms starting at $829 a night.

We've been so busy counting all the new 1 Hotels that are opening, we've nearly forgotten to dust the latest wares, er, news from Baccarat Hotels, the super luxury sister brand to 1 Hotels from Starwood Capital Group (this is separate from Starwood Hotels.) Oh and yes, each hotel will be filled with crystal pieces from Baccarat. #sofancybutyoualreadyknow

Last year, Baccarat announced they would open five hotel by 2015 but according to their website now, Baccarat Hotel and Residences New York will open this year with Morocco happening in 2015 and a planned hotel for Dubai (of course) will open later in 2018.

But its New York that we're focusing on today, especially since the 114-room hotel will open on 53rd Street and 5th in December.

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Back On Track: 1 Hotels and Baccarat Hotels Plan 5 New Properties by 2015

February 8, 2013 at 9:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

Quick history lesson: in 2006, we first learned about 1 Hotels, a newly conceived brand by Barry Sternlicht, head of Starwood Capital (which is different from Starwood Hotels, though Barry was a former exec at Starwood, and founded the W brand). Locations were planned for Seattle, New York, Washington DC, Scottsdale, Atlanta, Cleveland, and Fort Lauderdale. Lots of hype was made. The NY Times wrote about it.

On top of that, Sternlicht then went ahead and announced another brand, Baccarat Hotels, with a first location planned for Atlanta.

Then, bad things happened to the economy, Sternlicht's grand visions unravelled like a sweater caught on barbed wire, and pretty much all of the projects sadly collapsed.

Fast forward to last night, when we received an email from Starwood Capital officially announcing the revival of both brands (1 Hotels and Baccarat Hotels). And not just that: a new timeline has been put in place to open five properties over the next two years.

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Six Hotel Brands You Should Be Excited About Now

August 20, 2012 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (8)

All this talk about IKEA getting ready to sweep Europe with a new chain of budget hotels got us thinking about some of the other cool brands out there. And it's a good thing there's so many of them—because while certain brands have managed to deliver on their promises, others have yet to open a single property. And yet we still remain hopelessly glued to the screen...

Take a look at these six other hotel brands we're most excited about, and see which openings are coming to a theater near you.

The world finally exhaled when Virgin made the announcement that the location of its first-ever hotel would be in Chicago. It's going to have a modest 250 rooms, and it will open in the city's historic Dearborn Bank Building, which will hopefully make good on Richard Branson's promise that all Virgin properties will become "the hippest most comfortable in any city." Well, sir, we'll hold off on judgment until we see one actually open. Construction began in May, with a projected opening date of Fall 2013.

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More Details Emerge On New York's Upcoming Baccarat Hotel, Set To Open in 2014

August 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

It looks like things are finally moving along on one of Manhattan's next big hotel openings: Baccarat Hotel, the enigmatic hotel-atop-Donnell-Library that we've been hearing on and off about for literally five years.

Originally scheduled to become an Orient-Express, the property is now definitely going to be a Baccarat, and it's definitely going to be ritzy.

Per a recent write-up on The Real Deal, we're to expect garden terraces "blinged out with crystal," an on-site Baccarat crystal shop, and interiors designed by Gilles et Boissier, the guys responsible for Chelsea's opulent Buddakan restaurant.

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