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HotelChatter's Must-Stay Hotels for Summer 2014: Downtown New York

June 26, 2014 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

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 amongst the nooks and crannies of Downtown aka Lower Manhattan. 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.

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5 Beekman Street Will Turn Into The Beekman Hotel Next Summer

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  Site Where: 5 Beekman Street [map], New York, NY, United States
May 1, 2014 at 11:20 AM | by | Comment (1)

It's been two years since we last checked in on the progress at 5 Beekman Street, an old, historic office building downtown that was revealed to have incredible glass roof over its atrium, but according to the NY Times article, the hotel will now open in summer 2015.

Everything else at the hotel is coming along as scheduled. The owners snapped up an adjacent parcel next door to 5 Beekman to build more hotel rooms as well as condos. The whole shebang will have 287 hotel rooms spread out over the two buildings, and 68 residences in the new building which will also house two restaurants and a lounge on its ground floor. The hotel will be called The Beekman Hotel and it will be operated by Commune Hotels under the Thompson Hotels brand.

Some cool design features of the historic building that The Beekman will keep include "gold brackets shaped like dragons, metal grilles patterned with leaves, and even some walls with peeling paint...."

We know what you're thinking, how very "Ace" of them. So it's no surprise that one of the companies developing the Beekman also helped developed the Ace and The Noman.

There's no early word on pricing but given that everything is a little cheaper downtown we're keeping our fingers crossed for no more than $350 a night.

[Photo: ScoutingNY]

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The Soho Grand Co-Stars with Christina Ricci in a Donna Karan Fashion Film

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  Site Where: 310 W. Broadway [map], New York, ny, United States, 10013
December 22, 2009 at 8:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

Christina Ricci may be the star in Donna Karan's newest fashion film, Four Play, but the Soho Grand Hotel got just as much camera time.

The almost two-minute short focuses on Ricci as four different women—a dreamer, an expressionist, a paramour and a voyeur—who are all hanging out in the Soho Grand's penthouse. The flick aims to showcase Karan's new Eldridge boho bag, which sports convertible straps and snap buttons so it can be carried four different ways.

While we drooled over the black pleated calfskin bag, we were just as interested in checking out the suite featured in the film.

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The Soho Grand May Have Put Us In An Ambien Haze

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  Site Where: 310 West Broadway [map], New York, ny, United States, 10013
December 8, 2009 at 3:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

As we checked out of the SoHo Grand Hotel late last week the incredibly affable doorman hailed us a cab and asked, with what appeared to be genuine interest "Did you enjoy your stay?" We replied with a quick, "Sure, but you guys have to renovate those rooms." Without missing a beat the doorman said, "We did, two or three years ago."

Oops. Turns out we stayed at the hotel shortly after the renovations were completed back in 2006. What the? Worse, we can't even blame an actual Ambien haze for our forgetfulness.

Suddenly we were hit with Soho Grand flashbacks like this, this and this. Furthermore, we realized while we totally blanked on the renovations -- the '06 renovations have not aged well. As a matter of fact our stay left us thinking the rooms needed a major overhaul if Soho Grand Hotel was going to compete with the new crop of Downtown NYC hotels which we profiled in our September issue. Actually, scratch that -- renovations are needed to compete with the old group of Downtown NYC hotels.

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Downtown Manhattan Hotels Are All About the Nightlife

October 19, 2007 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

The NY Sun has an article today about the ever-growing (already established?) trend of hotels serving as more of a nightlife outlet than an actual place to rest your heads.

"Before, it was basically an amenity," nightlife impresario Steven Kamali said. "Now it's becoming like London. The social scene is gravitating toward hotel restaurants, bars, and lounges."

Aside from creating a vibrant social life within the hotel, having nightlife options like restaurants, bars and lounges also help the hotel pay their hefty rents. So expect the 33 upcoming hotels for NYC to have some kind of nightclub/bar/lounge/restaurant or all of the above.

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Best Hotels for Fireworks in Manhattan

June 18, 2007 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (2)

Fourth of July is just two weeks away so in case you are headed to a big city for some fireworks fun, we'll be taking a look at hotels with prime fireworks views. Have a favorite hotel for gawking at bombs bursting in air? Send it our way.

Fun Fact: New York City is loaded with rooftop bars offering fabulous views of the Manhattan skyline-- perfect for watching Independence Day fireworks. Less-Fun Fact: Around July 4th, the city is also teeming with fanny-pack sportin' tourists eager to catch those fireworks, crowding the various rooftop bars so badly that you can barely get through the door, much less get your hot little hands on a drink.

Your best bet? Book a Fourth of July package at a hotel that guarantees you access to some of the best patches of sky in Manhattan. We recommend lower Manhattan because, well, did you really plan to spend July Fourth at the Peninsula's rooftop bar? Boring much? Really though, their Fourth of July package involves a VIP escort to a seating area by the East River to view the fireworks. We prefer to chill on the roof of the hotel we're paying big bucks for, thank you.

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Weekend Hotel Happenings: Yoko Ono Learns Kung Faux

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  Site Where: 2 Avenue of the Americas [map], New York, ny, United States, 10013
February 23, 2007 at 11:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel: Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York

When: Saturday, February 24th: 9pm-late

Where: The Sanctum @ Tribeca Grand

What: A party in honor of NY Comic Con featuring the musical stylings of Shitake Monkey, a guest DJ set by Yoko Ono spinning, and Kung Faux episodes in the screening room from 9pm - 11pm. New episodes starting every half hour.

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NYC Downtown Hotel Map :: Soho House

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  Site Where: 29-35 9th Avenue [map], New York, ny, United States, 10014
October 3, 2006 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

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New Yorkers love exclusivity and the Soho House is no exception. The UK version of the members-only clubhouse opened in the Meatpacking district in 2003 with the offering of 24 hotel rooms for outsiders to book. However, exclusivity often comes at a high price so this isn't quite the hotel of the people.

Room Rules
Each room is named with play like the Playpen, Playroom, Playhouse and Playground and feature exposed beams and brick walls of the former warehouse. But this isn't some hard-edge meatpacking district place. The rooms get swank with some crystal chandeliers, antique furniture and oriental rugs, along with hi-tech amenities.

The Playpen bedrooms give you more room than the Soho hotels at 325 sq ft while the Playground gives you 950 sq ft to accommodate your anglo-phile obsesssion.

In the larger rooms (the Playroom and Playground) there are freestanding baths while the Playpen has a spacious walk-in shower. Cowshed hair and body products are the toiletries provided for guests, hand-made and shipped straight from England. Or so they say...

Three Day Average
The Playroom was available on Oct. 29 and 30 for $595 a night. But always check their last minute New York deals for cheaper rates, although it's not always guaranteed.

Only in NYC Amenity or Service
A possible sighting of Gwenyth Paltrow, Madonna or Stella McCartney and their spawn at the teeny tiny rooftop pool. Or maybe a dead baby doll.

Map-Making Moment
Of course, it's the Sex and the City episode when Samantha crashed the pool area.

Hotel Bar vs. Hotel Restaurant
You have to be a member of the Soho House or a guest to use the hotel restaurant and bar and this in itself is pretty pricey (Memberships costs $1400 a year, if you can get in). Then once you can actually use the restaurant or bar, you have to fork over a lot for the bill. So in this case, neither place wins.

Who you are most likely to see in the lobby:
High brow members only, thank you. Well, members and their chosen guests. Make that, members, their chosen guests, and Luscious--an attractive, well spoken prostitute.

Subway Stop:
If you can afford to stay at the Soho House then you wouldn't be caught dead riding the subway.

Quickest route uptown
Your Town Car or chauffered Rolls.

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NYC Downtown Hotel Map :: Maritime Hotel

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  Site Where: 363 West 16th Street [map], New York, ny, United States, 10011
October 3, 2006 at 11:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

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The Maritime Hotel is on the border of the Meatpacking District and Chelsea on 16th street and Ninth Ave. Once the headquarters of the National Maritime Union in 1966, the hotel keeps the nautical theme intact from the porthole windows to the "marine blue" lobby carpet and the teak wood paneling.

Room Rules
There's not a whole lot of room options here. You got either the standard room which averages about 300 sq ft and comes with a faux Murphy bed or the penthouse with its terrace suites. On the bright side each room has complimentary WiFi, flat screen LCD television and DVD player, and bathroom amenities by C.O. Bigelow.

Three Day Average
For our selected dates, a standard room was going for $395 a night.

Only in NYC Amenity or Service
The porthole windows.

Map-Making Moment
Definitely the hotel's Model Night during Fashion Week.

Hotel Bar vs. Hotel Restaurant
Fortunately, the Maritime Hotel has not done kitchy nautical-themed restaurants or bars here. They have two restaurants--La Bottega and Matsuri--both of which take advantage of the huge outdoor patio aka the Cabanas Rooftop bars. In case that isn't enough, there's also a regular old Lobby Bar. But the piece de resistance here is probably the Hiro Ballroom which can be rented out for special events. On side of the wall is a 20 foot bar; on the other side is banquette seating.

Who you are most likely to see in the lobby:
Models. Male models, female models. Lots of models, oh, and John Stamos.

Subway Stop:
The A,C,E or L at 8th Ave.

Quickest route uptown
A,C,E.

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NYC Downtown Hotel Map :: THOR

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  Site Where: 107 Rivington St [map], New York, ny, United States, 10002
October 3, 2006 at 11:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

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The Hotel on Rivington or as the blogosphere likes to call it, Thor, is either the big eyesore in the Lower East Side or the first great sign of neighborhood gentrification, depending on how you feel about that stuff. The place is now about 2 years old but we still aren't sick of it.

Room Rules
Advertised as "larger-than-average" the Thor rooms have Tempurpedic mattresses from Sweden, flat screen TV, motorized curtains and heated tile floors in the bathroom. The Regular rooms are supposed to be 30 percent more than the average NYC hotel room at 300 sq ft, while the 3-story penthouse suite has a grand total of 2,500 sq. ft. for your pleasure.

Three Day Average
For our selected dates, the regular King rooms are going for $350 a night, plus $96.66 in taxes.

Only in NYC Amenity or Service
It's a toss-up between the eclectic Annie O boutique store and the voyeuristic see-through bathroom windows.

Map-Making Moment
Again another toss up between the moment real customers entered the place and Nemo Librizzi's hash hammock suggestion.

Hotel Bar vs. Hotel Restaurant
We haven't heard much about the THOR restaurant but the member (and guests) only lounge hasn't won rave reviews. Mainly it's too cramped for people to even stand around in.

Who you are most likely to see in the lobby:
The Midwestern parents of "gritty" LES Gen Xers, rock stars and i-bankers.

Subway Stop:
The F train at Delancey Street.

Quickest route uptown
The F to the 6 at Bleeeker which takes you up the East Side. Change at Grand Central for the shuttle over to Times Square.

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NYC Downtown Hotel Map :: The Mercer Hotel

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  Site Where: 147 Mercer Street at Prince Street [map], New York, ny, United States, 10012
October 3, 2006 at 11:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

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Before there was Hotel QT, The Standards and The Raleigh, Andre Balazs opened The Mercer Hotel way back in 1998. It took Balazs eight years to open the darn thing after investment hurdles and trying to accommodate historical landmarks (the building is over 100 years old and was originally an office site for John Jacob Astor II.) But those eight years paid off as the hotel is still a chic boutique hotel to visit today.

Room Rules
Props to the Mercer for including the exact square footage for each type of room on their web site, ranging from the 280-sq-ft Courtyard room to the gigantic, 1,375-sq-ft Penthouse and Courtyard Suites.

Three Day Average
There were no available rooms for our selected weekend but Oct. 22 to 24 showed a Mercer Room (300-sq-ft.) overlooking Mercer Street available for $495 a night. This may seem low for the hotel but remember, it's a weeknight.

Only in NYC Amenity or Service
Complimentary guest passes to the Crunch Gym or World Gym around the corner.

Map-Making Moment
The unforgettable Russelle Crowe Phone-Throwing Temper Tantrum.

Hotel Bar vs. Hotel Restaurant
Without a doubt, Mercer Kitchen.

Subway Stop:
The N,R at Prince St.

Who you are most likely to see in the lobby:
Youngish couples in love and a bit of the Hollywood crowd.

Quickest route uptown
The N,R train will take you into the heart of Times Square.

Related Stories:
· Loft Life at Soho's Mercer [IHT]

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NYC Downtown Hotel Map :: 60 Thompson

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  Site Where: 60 Thompson Street [map], New York, ny, United States, 10012
October 3, 2006 at 11:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

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Currently Jason Pomeranc's only completed hotel in New York right now, 60 Thompson has managed to stay afloat in the boutique hotel scene, largely with its prime Soho location and by providing a killer nightlife.

Room Rules
The rooms are filled with goodies like Dean & Deluca snacks, toiletries from Fresh, linens by Sferra and complimentary WiFi. However, the standard rooms are tiny. They range from the Queen Superior (probably because only a queen-sized bed can fit in the room) to the King Deluxe. Things get a little roomier when you book a King Suite which has a balcony or the 1,000-sq-ft Thompson Suite.

Three Day Average
For our dates selected the Queen Superior was available for $539 a night.

Only in NYC Amenity or Service
The members-and-guests-only rooftop bar, Above 60, offers kick-ass views of the city without a crush of Eurotrash and B&T-ers.

Map-Making Moment
60 Thompson became an "It" spot when it first opened in 2001 but we still like it that Charlie Sheen got kinky with some prostitutes there back in '04.

Hotel Bar vs. Hotel Restaurant
What the hotel lacks in room size, they make up for in the restaurant and bars. Kittichai serves contemporary Thai cuisine which is a fave among locals while the Thom bar and Above 60, provide exclusive places to sip your expensive but tasty Lychee martinis. So, we consider this restaurant-bar face-off a tie. (Note: Above 60 is closed in the winter.)

Who you are most likely to see in the lobby:
Nick Lachey sneaking a Christmas tree up to his suite.

Subway Stop:
The 1,9 at Houston.

Quickest route uptown
The 1,9.

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