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Brooklyn's boutique hotel, The Wythe, home to lovely terrace bar, The Ides, industrial-chic bedroom window views, and, er, Hackathons, has just opened up a new rotating popup boutique -- and it's starting out close to home.
The store will change hands every 4-6 months,and is currently being curated by Brooklyn-based designer Caron Callahan, who happens to be married to Chef Sean Rembold of the Wythe's Reynard, and Marlow & Sons.
We are pretty enamored of Pod Hotels. It's true that at first we were skeptical of the capsule concept and bunks beds, and shuddered at the idea of sharing a bathroom with some stranger; but by the time the second New York location opened up in Murray Hill last summer, we were won over, not least by its colorful taqueria, fabulous rooftop bar, and fun Play Room -- oh, and we were mighty happy that all rooms had their own bathrooms.
Given that the majority of the Pods' clientele are usually on the younger side, it was perhaps inevitable that Pod would soon be compelled to set up shop in hipster haven Williamsburg.
Depending on who you talk to, the sale of the trendy Hotel Le Bleu couldn't have come at a better time.
For some, the 48-room Park Slope property, which came on the scene in 2007, has steadily gone down hill despite being located in Brooklyn's up-and-coming Fourth Avenue neighborhood. Not only is it close to the Barclay's Center, home to the Brooklyn Nets, but also to the restaurants and bars in the increasingly popular Gowanus neighborhood.
So, why is Hotel Le Bleu on the market for $12 million?
To be clear, the eight-story property, owned and managed by family-owned, California-based Globiwest Hospitality Group, is not shutting down completely. No, GHG is merely seeking to transfer their 99-year lease, and set sights on other endeavors. Sean Kelly, a managing director for CPEX Real Estate, which is handling the sale told The Brooklyn Paper, owners "would like to roll that cash flow into some other real estate ventures.” This is a good thing, as it appears they aren't putting money into Le Bleu.
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The other week, we were reading an article in New York mag about Brooklyn's Northside Festival, a neighborhood-wide music, movie, and tech festival that gets underway tomorrow. We mainly glossed over the parts about sponsorships and tickets sales and how it will be "unlike a traditional music festival," but one line in particular caught our eye, about a "hacker challenge" set to take place at the Wythe Hotel.
Not being hackers ourselves, but endlessly amused by the concept of them, we asked the hotel to elaborate a bit.
It turns out the Wythe will indeed be hosting a two-day technology conference (this Friday and Saturday), including an event called the "Hackathon," which is every bit as awesome as it sounds. According to the hotel:
"Essentially, Northside Next Festival hosting a panel/team building session at Wythe (in the screening room) on Friday night about the future of healthcare. Then, over the next 24 hours, members of the NYC hacking community will move to Third Ward [a nearby arts community center] and work to build apps to help people to engage with their healthcare in a more meaningful & regulated way."
Sound geeky enough for you? If hacking—or watching people hack—is your thing, then plan on moseying down to the Brooklyn hotel this weekend for a eyeful of keyboard-tapping and code-writing. We also recommend breaking up the day with a nice cold drink on the Wythe's sixth-floor rooftop bar. We have a feeling the crowds will be right up your alley.
Summer is almost here, and as many folks start planning their annual pilgrimage to the Big Apple, we thought we'd offer some tips on where to book a hotel—and save ton$$ of money—in NYC's hottest borough du jour, Brooklyn! Jay-Z and Beyonce sightings not guaranteed.
Hotel BPM: Modern, clean, and super affordable, the Hotel BPM is Brooklyn's first music-themed hotel, owned by an internationally-known DJ. It opened last summer with starting rates of $139/night, and luckily, prices haven't gone up too much since then. Right now, with their 21-day Advance Purchase special, you can find rooms this summer starting as low as $171.75/night—even better, the hotel just launched its in-room dining menu, available 24/7.
Two more cheap Brooklyn hotels after the jump!
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It was announced two weeks ago that the MTV Video Music Awards will be heading to Barclays Center on August 25, making it the first major annual awards show to ever pick Brooklyn over Manhattan. And if you plan on doing the same with your hotel room, you better act fast. The following Brooklyn hotels still have availability on the big night, but time's running out!
Opened last September, Hotel BPM would be an obvious choice, as it's Brooklyn's (and, as far as we know, Manhattan's) only music-themed hotel, with a DJ-curated playlist that pulses all day long through Bose speakers installed around the hotel (of course, if you don't feel like jammin' out to Beyonce, you can always turn the volume control knob to 'off.' Rates from $309.
The Wythe Hotel is a 20-minute train ride from the venue where the VMAs will take place, but it's by far Brooklyn's coolest hotel at the moment. Though we've had some issues with ill-tempered waitresses, we mostly love the place for its gritty industrial vibe and glorious sixth-floor rooftop bar. Rates from $305.
Lindsay Lohan at the former Beatrice Inn
We cover plenty of Manhattan news here on HotelChatter, but we just can't deny the hotel invasion that's been happening in the city's outer boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island) lately, and which continues to gain momentum.
Just the other week, we reported on an 89-year-old mansion in the Bronx being converted into a 10-room boutique hotel. Now, we learn that a new 82-room boutique hotel is taking shape in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn.
Though it's still in the planning stages right now, the Gowanus Inn & Yard is set to make a splash in the local nightlife scene when it opens in 2015. It turns out the project is being led by Matt Abramcyk, a well-known restauranteur who was behind Manhattan's wildly popular Beatrice Inn.
And even though no one's touting this place as "Beatrice Inn Part 2," Capital New York leaked a memo from the developers, which announces Abramcyk as the "principal of the food & beverage entity which will operate all the hotel's public spaces." As in, get ready, because the party's coming to Gowanus.
King & Grove Williamsburg, or, as it was formerly known, Hotel Williamsburg, made a pretty big splash when it first opened in 2011 as Williamsburg's first proper boutique hotel. With a nice big flashy outdoor pool deck, a rooftop, and even a trendy restaurant with locally-sourced ingredients, all the elements seemed in place.
Then things started to go wrong. First, the restaurant got shut down after being open for just one month. Shortly after, the hotel announced it had been taken over by King & Grove, with "exciting changes" on the way (that we've yet to see).
Then, last May, The Wythe Hotel opened two blocks away, trumping K&G Williamsburg in almost every way (original design, hip crowd, view-tastic rooftop bar, and a restaurant that actually stayed open).
Now, a year later, we're wondering what's up with King & Grove Williamsburg?
The NY Post announced this morning that a brand new 39-story, 200-room hotel will go up at 95 Rockwell Place, which is just three blocks north of where the Barclays Center sits, and just one block from Brooklyn Academy of Music, another of the borough's major cultural institutions.
This is great news for Barclays Center fans, but hardly surprising.
The 18,000-seat arena co-owned by Jay-Z was a huuuge deal for the entire borough when it opened last summer, and it always struck us as odd that no plans were ever announced for accompanying hotels. Sure, there are a few nearby—Marriott Brooklyn Bridge, Indigo Brooklyn, Nu Hotel, Aloft Brooklyn and Sheraton Brooklyn—but not nearly enough to accommodate the number of visitors that Barclays Center is supposed to be bringing.
However, this is definitely a step in the right direction. The full-service hotel will be designed by Thomas Leeser, who masterminded the London 2012 Olympic Park, and will include a basement performance space, rooftop bar, banquet hall and ground-floor restaurant. No word on the brand yet, but we wouldn't be surprised if this turns out to be an independent project.
Project manager (and former Brooklyn Borough Chief of Staff) Gregory Atkins told the Post: "the district was long overdue to get a hotel." Well, we're glad somebody's agreeing with us!
See a rendering of the hotel, which will open in 2015, after the jump!
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In case our round-up of Valentine's Day couples' packages didn't inspire any last-minute getaways (budgets are tight, we know), here's another tack for amorous couples planning a visit to one of the world's most gourmet-obsessed cities, New York.
Four Seasons New York: The hotel's prix fixe Valentine's Day menu ($105 per person) will include, among other things, a Chocolate and Passion Tart, specially concocted by Executive Pastry Chef Salvatore Martone for the holiday. The dish incorporates all the V-Day staple ingredients (champagne, strawberries, chocolate and passion fruit), and is the most adorable thing we've seen on a plate ever.
(It's also a lot more affordable than the hotel's diamond-studded dessert we featured back in December.)
For four more decadent dishes, read on!
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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.
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.
It's that time of year again: the 2012 HotelChatter Awards! Today and Monday, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...
Are you really that surprised to learn we've selected New York as the best hotel scene of 2012? Allow us to present our case:
In the past year, the Big Apple witnessed quite a few major openings—The NoMad, The Wythe, Conrad New York, The Out NYC, Pod 39—and 2013 promises to be just as fulfilling, with at least another four on the way.
Yup, this city is definitely on a roll, hotel-wise. Just take a look at our recent "11 Best NYC Hotels" guide to take stock of the goods. Or ask the New York Times, who ran a piece in October titled "A Hotel Building Boom in New York."
In addition to expanding, the city's hotel scene is also undergoing a bit of an exodus, with new hotels now popping up in the outer boroughs (Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and, yes, even Staten Island).
If you ask us, it's all good news. New York may seem jam-packed full of hotels, but in reality it could always use a few more. In 2012 alone, a record 52 million people visited the city. And during busy holidays (or, for that matter, hurricanes), rates become so astronomical, you're better off staying with a friend, hitting up Airbnb, or just absconding to New Jersey.