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The Plaza Hotel Has Its Own Monopoly Game, Plaza-Opoly

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  Site Where: Fifth Avenue at Central Park [map], New York, NY, United States
July 18, 2014 at 4:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Looking for a new board game to play during rainy days this summer? If you're a hotel nerd like us, then look no further than the Plaza-opoly from The Plaza Hotel in New York.

The iconic hotel has created its own version of the famous Monopoly game using Plaza-inspired instructions, themed board spaces, and game tokens inspired by residents and amenities of the hotel (Eloise's dog Weenie, a champagne bottle and a tea cup). Here's how the game kicks off:

After checking in at the Front Desk, players roll the dice to move around the entire board and begin their journey through the wondrous world of The Plaza via The Rose Club, The Eloise Suite, The Plaza Food Hall and even Home Alone 2-- a pop culture favorite filmed at the hotel.

Players can take their winnings straight to the bank and purchase their favorite Plaza destinations such The Champagne Bar, explore The Great Gatsby in The Fitzgerald Suite, The Grand Ballroom and The Shinn Murals. Each space has a corresponding Title Deed Card that provides a value and details of each of the location.

Gamers are further drawn into the world of The Plaza with cards such as “Order Room Service,” “Carriage Ride in Central Park,” The Grand Army Plaza and more. However, gamers have to play their cards right to avoid being sent to Hotel Security.

And whoever picks up the most expensive suites and other themed spaces, wins.

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HotelChatter's Must-Stay Hotels for Summer 2014: Central Park, New York

June 24, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

The View from The Trump

Introducing our newest hotel guide--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city, starting with New York. This is also a seasonal guide so the options may change depending on when you're going. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.

Looking for a hotel in New York City? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless “Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?

Here are four different hotels to try near Central Park. So whether you’re going for pleasure or work and whether you’ve got cash to throw around or have pennies to count, these hotels will fulfill your needs. One common thread running through these hotel picks? They have all free WiFi. So during your stay, you can write us a thank you email for the recommendation.


THE QUIN: This new hotel has filled their rooms with "quintessential" amenities like Duxiana beds, Sferra linens, Fresh toiletries, in-room Nespresso machines and Evolve technology panels. Downstairs is the stylish, two-story Wayfarer restaurant, a chic place to see and be seen.
Room Rate:$349 a night.
Address: The corner of 57th and 6th.

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Now Here's Hoping The Park Hyatt New York Gets a Liquor License

Where: 153 W. 57th St. [map], New York, NY, United States
March 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM | by | Comments (3)

Just last week, we got overly excited about the opening date for the Park Hyatt New York (according to the website it's August 28th; according to hotel insiders, it's sometime earlier in the summer.) But then a reader tipped us off to this report from DNAInfo.com which said the hotel had been denied a liquor license from the community board. Oh sh*t.

Neighbors who live behind the building sent their recommendation to the State Liquor Authority to not approve a liquor license for their hotel because they are worried a second-floor terrace will host loud outdoor parties "that would echo through their rear courtyard." They're also pretty fed up with all the 24-hour construction drama that One57 has caused in the past few years and so this might be a little way to exact some revenge for all the nuisance the building has already caused.

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The Hilton Garden Inn Will Open Near Central Park on January 5th

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  Site Where: 237 West 54th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
December 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Lately, there's been a bit of hotel resurgence in the Central Park area. There's the Quin, the Viceroy, the Westhouse and a 1 Hotel is expected to next year too. But those are all luxury hotels with rates starting around $400 a night. Which is why the news of a Hilton Garden Inn in the area has us, and our wallets, feeling relieved.

The 401-room hotel will open at 237 W. 54th Street, about six blocks south of the park between 8th and 7th Avenues. It will also be the largest Hilton Garden Inn in North America.

Right now the opening date is set at January 5th but we couldn't find a room open online until February 4th for $152 a night. That's for a room with one king Serta bed, a large work desk, a 40-inch HDTV and a "hospitality" center with a microwave, refrigerator and coffee/tea maker. Oh and the WiFi is freeeeeeee. There's also a king deluxe room with a private walk-out terrace that's just $239 a night ($203 if you pay in advance.)

Of course, these rates are for February in NYC, typically a low season. We fully expect these to go way up once summer comes around.

[Photo: Hilton Garden Inn]

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The Viceroy New York Will Open on Oct 9th at $599 a Night

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  Site Where: 120 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
August 21, 2013 at 10:19 AM | by | Comment (1)

It's happening. After the rumours, the leak, and the long-anticipated confirmation that, yes, a brand new Viceroy would be coming to New York City, we have got ahold of some images and insight into what form this hotly anticipated new hotel is going to take.

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'Duck Dynasty' Star Gets Kicked Out of The Trump Hotel For Looking Like a Homeless Person

August 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you have long grizzly hair and a long grizzly beard to match, then you should carry your room key in one of those clear pouches around your neck when staying at The Trump Hotel in New York.

Jase Robertson, one of the stars of "Duck Dynasty", a reality TV show about the family who manufacture duck calls, revealed on Live! With Kelly and Michael that he had been kicked out of the Trump hotel near Central Park for looking like a homeless person. Here's what Robertson said went down

"I asked where the bathroom was and [the hotel employee] said, 'Right this way, sir.' He was very nice, he walked me outside, pointed down the road and said, 'Good luck.'"

Robertson later joked that the hotel had been "facial-profiling" him. It probably didn't help that he was also wearing camo pants. But he was a good sport about it and continued to stay at the hotel. (He just put 'em on blast on national TV.)

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A View of Central Park Still 'Trumps' The Rest

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  Site Where: 1 Central Park West [map], New York, NY, United States, 10023
August 12, 2013 at 5:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Downtown Manhattan might be home to some of the chicest hotels in the world (The Standard High Line, Andaz Wall Street, Dream Downtown, The Bowery Hotel, we could go on and on) but there's still something so magical about Central Park, and even more so when your hotel suite overlooks both the park and Columbus Cirlce.

That's what you will find at the Trump International Hotel in this two-bedroom suite on the eighth floor. If you go higher up, you will have even better views into the park but we prefer this view better so we can see the action in Columbus Circle as well. Don't worry, the exterior of the building is mirrored so while you may be able to see the hot dog vendor scratch his nose, he can't see you do the same.

Rates for these suites, which we redesigned nearly three years ago by Ivanka Trump, start around $2,000 a night and feature the two bedrooms, a kitchen with Sub-Zero appliances, a dining area and a separate living room. And don't forget about the Travel Fit Kit!

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In Case You Didn't Know It, JW Marriott Took Over the Essex House in NYC

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  Site Where: 160 Central Park South [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
August 8, 2013 at 3:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

The JW Marriott folks reclaimed the legendary Essex House across from Central Park nearly a year ago but just in case you forgot that this was no longer a St. Regis or a Jumeriah or any other luxury hotel brand, JW Marriott has plastered the scaffolding out front with JW Marriott logos (They are doing some construction on the right side of the building.) They've also changed the golden marquee in front to say JW Marriott.

By the front of the door, JW Marriott added a small logo to the left of the door while the Art Deco-style logo for Essex House remains on the right side.

Yet despite all the poshness--CP location, JW Marriott name, golden marquees, etc--rates at the hotel start at just $389 a night and include free WiFi! Don't mind if we do.

Another shot of the entrance is after the jump.

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The Best Room to Book at The Quin Hotel in NYC

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  Site Where: 101 W. 57th Street [map], New York, NY , United States, 10019
August 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

We recently named The Quin Hotel near Central Park as one of the reasons why we are wishing October would hurry up and get here already. And after seeing it in person, that still holds true.

Located near Central Park on the corner of 57th and 6th Avenue, the old Buckingham Hotel is being transformed into a new luxury lifestyle hotel with plush amenities in each guestroom such as handcrafted Duxiana beds, Sferra linens, Fresh toiletries, in-room Nespresso machines and Evolve technology panels. The hotel won't officially open until October 15th but already we've got a tip on Best Room to Book and that would be the Premier Suite.

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Here's a First Look at The 1 Hotel Central Park

Where: 1414 Sixth Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
August 6, 2013 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

We already knew that 1 Hotels, the luxury but eco-friendly hotel brand created by former Starwooder, Barry Sternlicht, had been resurrected from the ashes of the 2008 economic collapse with plans to open 1 Hotels in Brooklyn and South Beach. But because we're so jaded about 1 Hotels actually coming to life (remember this hole in the ground in Seattle), we kinda skipped over the mention of another 1 Hotel ---The 1 Hotel Central Park on 58th and Sixth Avenue, just one block from the park.

Yet there it is and it is rising fast with plans to be finished in the fall of this year. Of course, we know better. This is New York and hotels are almost always delayed. However, it is rather exciting to see 1 Hotels making some real progress.

Detes are scant on the project (which is being built out of a former office building) but it will have the 1 Hotel brand signature amenities such as organic sheets, fresh ingredients, sounds and smells of nature and an overall "good" feeling about your hotel stay.

Another pic of construction is after the jump.

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A Sneak Peek at The Quin Hotel in NYC, Now Opening on October 15th

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  Site Where: 101 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
July 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM | by | Comment (1)

It seems like forever ago but it was only just in April 2012 when the Buckingham Hotel in NYC closed down for a major renovation to be reborne as The Quin, a luxury lifestyle hotel. We've been following the hotel's transformation very closely here on HotelChatter and while we had hoped for a June opening, we've now got word that The Quin will open instead on October 15th. Just a few months away!

We found rooms on opening night for $599 a night. (Luxe indeed!) That includes handcrafted Duxiana beds, Sferra linens, luscious Fresh toiletries, in-room Nespresso machines, bedside controllers from Evolve, Bowers & Wilkins sound systems, free internet and the new Quin Attaché program, which essentially gives guests their own personal assistant during their stay.

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Did You Know? AKA Has Their Own Brand of Vodka

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  Site Where: 42 W. 58th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
June 13, 2013 at 3:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

We know hotels go all out with their specialty cocktails but AKA, the luxury brand of serviced residences, has gone one step further--by creating their own branded vodka, called a.vod.

The spirit is actually a specially distilled Charbay vodka crafted exclusively for AKA by Marko Karakasevic, a 13th generation master distiller. But AKA doesn't just let the vodka hang out on a shelf above the bar. Instead, they keep a.vod stored inside a special "Vodka Vault" at the AKA Central Park. The doors to the Vodka Vault can only be opened with a special AKA a.key--a large, chrome-shaped key in the shape of the letter "a"--and there are only 12 keys in existence.

Sadly, you can't buy a.vod on your next trip to the liquor store. But you can sip on cocktails made with a.vod when you visit the a.lounge at AKA Central Park and other AKA spots with a.lounges such as AKA Sutton Place, AKA White House and AKA Beverly Hills. Wanna try out a.vod in a more romantic setting? Then consider the AKA Central Park's outdoor bedroom package on the 17th floor's 1,000-sq.ft. terrace.

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