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Back in December, Cambria Suites broke ground on its first two Manhattan hotels. A third was also begun in White Plains but frankly that interests us less for two reasons: one, it's in Westchester (yawn). Two, unlike the pair of upcoming Manhattan properties, the White Plains Cambria Suites isn't being designed by serial hotel architect Gene Kaufman.
Choice Hotels, the parent company of Cambria Suites, announced yesterday that Kaufman will take charge of the two new hotels in Chelsea and midtown, both opening in 2014.
Kaufman is keeping quite busy these days, as we happen to know he's also working on The Bossert Hotel in Brooklyn, as well as a Holiday Inn in lower Manhattan, set to be the world's tallest Holiday Inn. In all, Kaufman's design firm, GKA, has completed over two dozen new hotels in Manhattan in the last 10 years. Wonder what he's got up his sleeve this time!
See a rendering of both towers after the jump!
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New York being the way it is, sometimes hotels take on a life of their own, with no one really being quite sure what the hotel's identity is, even after it's opened (hello, Hotel Williamsburg! And, for that matter, Hotel Lola). That seems to be the case for GEM Union Square, which we last reported on in May.
According to the city's hotel development records, the hotel will be called the Jade Hotel Greenwich Village (even though it's in Union Square, not Greenwich Village) and it's already got a website up. The only confusing thing is: Atelier & Co (the folks who designed the property) have a page on their website that uses the 'GEM' and 'Jade' names interchangeably. So which is it gonna be?
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We learned in May that the historic Jehovah's Witness HQ would be converted back into a boutique hotel. And since then, it's also come out that some of the guys at King & Grove will be vaguely associated with the hotel, yet it definitely won't be tied to any national chain or brand. Hm.
Yet Kaufman, a designer mainly credited with big-brand projects in NYC like GEM Union Square, the world's tallest Holiday Inn, and the Holiday Inn Express-Candlewood Suites-Hampton Inn "tri-pack" on 39th St, is the one who's been chosen to tackle the Bossert. Will he be able to switch gears so easily?
From sometime in 2011
It's been a while since we heard of any activity from Gem Hotels but as we were scrolling through an NYC Hotel Development report, we noticed that there's plans for a new hotel in Greenwich Village from Gemini Real Estate Advisors, the same folks who run the three GEM Hotels in NYC.
Called The Jade Hotel Greenwich Village, the hotel will open on 54 W. 13th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues with 114 rooms. A projected opening date is listed for late 2012. As it turns out this is definitely the GEM Hotel Union Square, although the Greenwich Village nabe destination has us slightly perplexed.
Nobody does bigger and better like Manhattan, not even when it comes to Holiday Inns. The value brand is coming to Lower Manhattan in a major way.
Hotel architect about town, Gene Kaufman (who has built several projects for other large hotel brands in town) is working on a 50-story, 400-room full-service hotel at 99 Washington Street, just three blocks from the World Trade Center, that when completed will be the world's tallest Holiday Inn.
Here's a description of the building:
The exterior of this Holiday Inn will have a low-rise, contextual base, blending with the surrounding streetscape, topped with a dramatic tower featuring graduated setbacks and offering exceptional views of the city, the Hudson River and the Statue of the Liberty. The metal-paneled façade (designed by Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects, GSKA) will attract and reflect light, brightening the street-level pedestrian landscape.
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The Times Square Tri-Pack hotel's opening has been pushed back. Insert sad trumpet sound effect here.
The lofty Gene Kaufman project on 39th Street in Manhattan a Holiday Inn Express, a Candlewood Suites and a Hampton Inn that share a single structure with separate lobbies and entrances was originally supposed to be opening, well, right around now.
Last we stalked, the Holiday Inn Express was taking bookings starting June 1st, but now the site is not accepting rezzies until August 2nd. Meanwhile, the Candlewood Suites site allows us to make rezzies for August 2nd and beyond pushed back from the July opening date we saw last. And finally, the Hampton Inn's website lists September 1, 2009 as the date they'll start taking bookings.
This is all pretty shady, considering we stopped by the hotel a couple of months ago and the place looked like it was just about finished but as we've learned from countless hotel delays past, you never know what could be causing the push-back or what's going on behind the scenes.
Got any dirt on the official opening date of these three hotels? What the heck is going on? Let us know.
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Last year, we briefly mentioned architect Gene Kaufman's tri-pack hotel coming to 39th Street in Times Square: the plan wasn't exactly like one of those Yum Brands Taco Bell/Pizza Hut hybrid restaurant concepts where the brands share staff and public space (though it would be kinda fun to stay in a Ritz-Carlton while the kiddies stayed down the hall in a Courtyard by Marriott, no?) Rather, the idea of the Times Square tri-pack is just three hotel brands a Holiday Inn Express, a Candlewood Suites and a Hampton Inn sharing a single, 36-story building.
The Hampton Inn is moving in at 337 West 39th Street, the Candlewood at 339 and the Holiday Inn Express at 343 and we'd heard some faint whispers on the tipline that the doors on all three would be open by the end of March.
But we checked the websites of all three hotels and none are accepting reservations anytime soon. The Hampton Inn will accept bookings for May 15th forward, the Holiday Inn Express will accept June 1st rezzies and the Candlewood lists June 9th.
Anyone got any dirt on the official opening date of the 39th Street tri-pack? Send 'em over.
If you haven't already heard, Manhattan is going hotel crazy. The Big Apple is going to add a much-needed 20,000 rooms by 2010 but those rooms aren't going to be found in the next Andre Balazs or Ian Schrager hotel.
Nope the big box chains are doing most of the adding here and they all have the same man doing their designs: architect Gene Kaufman.
In a profile with the NY Times, Kaufman points out his renderings for Sheraton, DoubleTree and a Marriott. In all, he is designing 36 new hotels in Manhattan.. To put in perspective:
On one block near Times Square -- 39th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues -- Mr. Kaufman, 50, has five hotels under construction.