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Opera house, movie theater, nightclub; the building at 436 East 149th Street in the Bronx (which turns 100 years old on August 30th) has lived through many incarnations. It can now add boutique hotel to that list.
Earlier this month the 60-room Opera House Hotel, run by the Empire Hotel Group,opened in the South Bronx and, for budget-minder visitors to the city, it's a pretty good deal.
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There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
· The Next Radisson Blu Will Be In Philly: In other Radisson news today, the Radisson Plaza Warwick in Philadelphia is undergoing a $17 million renovation that will see the hotel converted into a Radisson Blu property by this summer. This will be the fourth Radisson Blu to open in America, after this month's Mall of America opening. The Warwick, which originally opened in 1926, contains 297 rooms, 4 suites, a fitness center, 3 dining venues, and is even listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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With so much news about Manhattan and Brooklyn hotel openings all the time, it's easy to forget the city of New York actually has five boroughs, not just two. And while the city's northernmost borough, the Bronx, wouldn't (and couldn't) ever try to compete with the others in terms of hotel rooms, we're glad to see Residence Inn By Marriott is showing the area a little love.
Crain's reported yesterday that a new Residence Inn will open in 2014, housed inside a 370,00 sq ft mixed-use building known as Metro Center Atrium, which will contain offices, medical spaces, retail outlets and restaurants.
Misleadingly, Crain's reports that it will be a "luxury" hotel checking into the borough, which, as most of us know, is a bit of an exaggeration. Residence Inn is about as close to luxury as a yellow taxi is to a stretch limo—but it'll get the job done.
Since the beginning, we've been keeping track of the vibrant hotel scene in New York—where to get killer views of Central Park, where the best rooftop bars are, and how to save money by staying in outer borough places like Brooklyn and Queens.
But until now, we've heard very little from that other NYC borough: the Bronx. A real estate developer has been busy working on a new 61-room hotel with kind of a cool historical background: the building originally opened as the Bronx Opera House in 1913, and hosted acts like Harry Houdini, George Burns and the Marx Brothers over the years.
The NY Daily News reports that now, the 1,920-seat auditorium, which has alternately been re-incarnated as a movie theater and then a Latin nightclub in the 60s and 70s, will find new life hosting visitors to Yankee Stadium and European travelers looking to save a buck (or a few hundred) on a hotel.
Orchestra seats in ye olden days used to go for just $1.50 (you can't even get WiFi for that little!). And though this place will be way more affordable than other similar places in Manhattan, you can bet rates have gone up since the 1910s.