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While we had hoped that the new boutique hotel, The Godfrey, would open in Chicago's River North nabe this year, it looks like we won't have to wait much longer in 2014. The Godfrey plans to open the doors to its crazysexycool cubist-influenced building on February 1st. (Fun fact: it's adjacent to Hotel Felix on West Huron Street.)
The hotel will have 221 guestrooms spread out over 16 floors with 27 of those rooms as one-bedroom Godfrey Suites. All rooms, designed by Gettys Design Group Chicago, will feature " calming tones and textiles juxtaposition with impactful uses of color and contemporary built-in furnishings." In other words, the rooms look rather modern but thankfully not scary futuristic or uncomfortable.
Amenities include a 46-inch HD LED television, complimentary Wi-Fi, plush bathrobes, L'OCCITANE bath products, a large work station, wet bar, iHome docking station and RFID key cards. Guests will be able to control the TV via their smartphone and access flight info from the TV too.
Oh and there will be complimentary WiFi in all guestrooms and public spaces. YES.
Well lookie here, another secret stealth hotel is set to open in New York City, bringing holiday and hospitality cheer to the E. 39th Street Murray Hill nabe this December.
The Williams Club, a 20th century mansion once a private clubhouse for Williams College alumni, was bought by Shlomo Bakhash of The Kash Group who tapped Warner Hospitality to manage it (they're behind the Hard Rock Hotels.) Now the building is being converted into an extended stay hotel. And they've decided to give it the most original name ever--The William! Well, why not? In fact, why start yet another NYC hotel project?
It's quite simple, really. The investors wanted to spread their wings and the climate seems to be the right time.
“Being the curious individuals we are, we walked up the stairs and knocked on the door,” Mr. Najbicz, executive vice president of hotel operations, told The Commercial Observer.
The 1920's property is being brought to 2013 standards thanks to an $11 million investment by Shlomo Bakhash of the Kash Group, who's had a hand in smartening up residential and commercial properties, but this is his first foray into the hospitality biz. The plan? Use design company Edwin Zawadzki and Mason Wickham of In Situ Design, Lilian Bakhash of Lilian B Interiors, and artist William Engel to put in 33 rooms across five floors. Meanwhile, two restaurants and a pub named Peacock and the Shakespeare that will be under the tutelage of English chef Robert Aikens and owner Jason Hicks of the Jones Wood Foundry. Their agenda is to have at least one be a British-style resto replicating the Jones Wood Foundry fashion.
We've not said much about the new hotel currently underway at 414 West 15th Street, across the street from the Chelsea Market, because the project itself has been fairly hush-hush -- and seems to be taking a while to get moving.
Architecture and design firm Stonehill & Taylor, at their website, are calling it only the Greenwich Village Hotel and state that the project was "created in partnership with one of the world’s most renowned hotel operators, (and) the details of the project are confidential". Oooh.
Even so, it's been a while since anyone has mentioned the project, so we went down to the West Village to take a peek. What we found (basically a big hole in the ground) didn't look too encouraging for a hotel that's been in development for a couple of years.
While wandering through Midtown the other day, we noticed that construction is currently underway at 38 West 36th Street and a rendering posted at the worksite reveals that it will be a property from Vancouver-based hotel group Executive Hotel Le Soleil.
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We did say we knew better when we had a first look at the new The 1 Hotel Central Park on 58th and Sixth Avenue last month: that projected fall construction finishing date was just a wee bit optimistic.
We stopped by the other day to check on progress and the site has a new rendering up and an updated estimated completion date of spring 2014.
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While anxiously awaiting the opening of Sam Nazarian's new SLS New York (coming
mid-2013 2014) we decided to take a quick peek at the site at 444 Park Avenue South.
The Philippe Starck-designed 190-room hotel claims to be "bringing new restaurant and nightlife concepts and an exclusive rooftop experience to bring something truly dynamic, vibrant and timeless to the community." Of course, it's difficult to discern much under all that scaffolding, but it does look like something interesting is going on up on the roof.
We had a chance to do a serious hard-hat tour of the new Hyatt Times Square, the company's first new build in New York City in more than 30 years.
Officially taking reservations for December 10th, the powers-that-be hope for a soft opening November 10th by having at least 300 rooms ready. We looked around and the Hyatt is one big huge construction site right now. It's exciting to see how a hotel starts from the ground up, and we initially had our doubts the hotel would be prepared to welcome guests in two months--but miracles have happened as we've seen first hand.
A few rooms, designed by the talented George Wong, have already come together and the decor brings city life indoors thanks to his vision to add New York-themed pop art to what could have been just another bland corporate hotel. Plus, the floor-to-ceiling windows open up the rooms even more, giving guests super impressive views of Times Square's hustle and bustle below.
It's been quite some time since we last checked in on 180 Ludlow. After more than five years of stops and starts, we weren't even sure that this Lower East Side hotel was ever going to see the light of day.
Since it was taken over by BD Hotels (the secretive team behind the Bowery Hotel, The Maritime Hotel, and Pod Hotels) in 2010, the site, where work on a new hotel began way way back in 2008, has been shaping up slowly. One insider we chatted with the other day was very optimistic that the hotel would open before the end of this year. They also gave us an idea of what to expect when it does.
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Construction began on the hybrid Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott Hotel across from the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott at LA Live just last March but the hotel looks nearly finished, at least on the outside.
We snapped this pic from the 10 Freeway the other day (Shh! Don't tell the CHP) and the hotel looks nearly identical to the rendering put out last year. And no, it's not your eyes or your computer screen, we think those rooms windows are supposed to have that haphazard look. (Or maybe that was just because we were in motion when we took this pic. Oops.)
When it's completely finished, the 24-story building will house a 174-room Courtyard by Marriott (hopefully with these new "Gen Next" rooms) and a 218-room Residence Inn. Word is the hotel should be done by Summer 2014.
Meanwhile Marriott isn't done with Downtown LA. They are still building a Renaissance Hotel across from the JW Marriott on the northeast corner of Olympic Boulevard and Georgia Street. The hotel will have 450 rooms when it opens in 2016. Construction is expected to start next year. Perhaps Downtown LA should automatically sign you up for Marriott Rewards when you visit.
[Photo: HotelChatter, while driving. Don't do this at home, kids.]
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Upper Manhattan's Washington Heights neighborhood has been gentrifying long enough now that news of new boutique hotel construction is unsurprising yet somewhat curious. We love Washington Heights but do question how many NYC visitors are going to choose to stay a hotel that far from the action.
Well, in fact, the Heights is going to be getting not one, but two brand new hotels at the end of this year/early next year, and both are going to be largely aimed at accommodating the staff, patients, and visitors of the hospitals in the area.
The 52-room Audubon Hotel on West 181st Street and Audubon Avenue is nearing completion and, as well as offering reasonable hotels rates of $99 to $199, will also rent space to medical offices. Offering low room rates will be its best chance of attracting tourists as, when we visited the site, we found little in the way of attractions, besides many bodegas and a few cheap fashion stores -- and it's a good 40 minutes on the 1 Train from there to Midtown. Picture of the site below:
Yet even though we thought the work would be done by now a tipster who rolled by the hotel last week said a lot of the lobby area was under construction. However, there is a brand-new and very lovely garden open by the side entrance, complete with Standard cruiser bikes and the upside down Standard sign.
We drove by the hotel at 933 S. Broadway yesterday and saw most of the old United Artists building under construction, leading us to wonder if a fall opening will really happen. The Ace is currently working to transform the historic 1927 theater and office building into a 180-room hotel with a pool, restaurant and bar onsite. They also plan to restore the original United Artists theater to its former glory. And this being Ace, we suspect a coffee shop will open inside as well.
Check out some more snapshots of the construction below.