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We've written about the Generator hybrid hostel/hotel brand before, particularly when looking for affordable places to stay in big European cities. But now we might get our very own Generator here in the states in New York City.
A while ago we heard whispers of a Generator for Manhattan and when we reached out to the hotel's PR reps they told us that yes, an NYC property is very much in the works. Elaborating, the rep said, "The team is exploring a few different options around the city."
That is good news for anyone who's trying to find a decent night's stay for around $100 in the Big Apple (and not just when it's freezing cold out.) And the Generator NYC will probably go under $50 or less than that for a shared room. But aside from being a doable price point, Generator puts a lot of emphasis on design, technology and socializing, a combination you don't always get when you're looking for an affordable stay.
Most Generators, like the recently opened Generator Berlin Mitte, features a bar that's open nightly, a library & cafe where breakfast and snacks are served, thoughtful room design and decor touches, free WiFi and lots of colorful in-house local art. Yes, it's the perfect spot for Millennials but we'd totally crash here for a night or two. In a private room, of course.
Have you stayed at a Generator hostel before? Let us know what you thought in comments below!
[Photo: Generator Hostels]
Know of a hotel room open for Super Bowl? Tell us where right here.
Usually, when the Super Bowl comes to town it's a slam dunk, er, immediate first down for hotels in that city and its surrounding areas. The NFL needs at least two hotels for the championship teams while corporate sponsors gobble up hotel rooms elsewhere. But according to the Real Deal Blog, NYC hotels aren't getting quite the business boom they were hoping for.
Occupancy rates for the city in the days leading up to the Super Bowl on February 2nd is only at 20 percent. Hotels were hoping it would be about 50 percent. There was no reason or explanation given for the sluggish room sales but we have a few, off the top of our heads:
Perhaps it's because folks are still waiting to see if their team has a likely shot of getting into the Super Bowl. After all, the regular season just ended this week. Or maybe folks aren't as interested this year as the game will be held in New Jersey in February, one of the coldest months of the year. Lastly, maybe occupancy isn't skyrocketing because there are SO MANY HOTELS to choose from in the NJ/NYC area.
As for room rates, they are staying humble..for now which is a good thing if you are interested in going to the Super Bowl this year.
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As we mentioned last week, the groundbreaking ceremony for the 82-story Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown took place this Tuesday at 11am. That’s exciting news, as it marks the end of that rather long wait, but also because we now have a first indication of what the Yabu Pushelberg interiors will look like. Behold, three renderings of the hotel’s public spaces.
Just as we suspected back in March, Paris' iconic Hotel Crillon will become a part of Rosewood Hotels and Resorts when it reopens in 2015. Here's a statement from the hotel's owners on why they chose this luxury brand for their precious hotel:
“It was essential for us to find an operator who was able to grasp the uniqueness of this iconic property,” says Ramzi Wakim and Laurent Dusonchet, managing partners of Avangard Advisory, the owner’s representatives. “We were seduced by Rosewood’s tailor-made approach, its A Sense of Place® philosophy and its understanding of true luxury.”
Currently, the Crillon is undergoing a major restoration project that will preserve its late 18th century history but add some much-needed new interiors. Perhaps they will be more lax about letting folks into their lobby when they reopen.
Meanwhile, Rosewood continues to expand its luxury brand. They just opened in London and have plans to open hotels in Beijing, Riyadh and Baha Mar in 2014. More hotels are also planned for Phuket, Bali and Bangkok. Everything is coming up Rosewods it seems!
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We've all had horror stories when it comes to staying in a hotel, especially if we just happened to forget something in the room. While some might think that their article is lost forever, that's not always the case. Here's a story in great customer service by a hotel, restoring our faith in not only hotel staff far and wide, but humankind on a whole. Prepare to have your heart warmed.
The whole situation went down when the Hurn family decided to spend their vacation at Florida's Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. Upon returning home after a few days soaking up the sun, living in luxury and scoring some rest and relaxation, their 8-year old son realized he had left his stuffed toy giraffe, Joshie, back at the resort.
Like any good father would do to buy some time, Chris Hurn told his son that the toy needed some "extra vacation time and would be home soon". He then called the hotel with the hopes that Joshie was sitting in a lost-and-found box somewhere in the backroom. To much surprise, Ritz-Carlton's staff informed him that Joshie was safe and sound and offered to send the plush animal home free of charge.
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Hyatt Hotels are going big in the big city this week. Not content with opening up the brand's largest NYC build in the past 30 years, today the Grand Hyatt New York is launching its first-ever artisanal chocolate line.
Available at the hotel's Market cafe, located in the lobby, the line features milk, dark, and white chocolate bars, and truffles in five flavors, each with a signature color and design: passion fruit, citrus, gianduja & white truffles, coffee, and dulce de leche (given that the chef is Argentinian, you've got to try that last flavor).
We're still anxiously awaiting the opening of the very first Even Hotel from IHG, which is supposed to be a health-conscious and wellness hotel brand, but while we sit here jittering, Even has announced plans for yet another new hotel in NYC--Brooklyn, actually.
The downtown Brooklyn Even Hotels property will be located at the intersection of Nevins and Schermerhorn Streets, just four blocks from the Barclays Center. Word is construction has already begun on the hotel and when it opens in mid-2015 it will feature 204 guest rooms on 13 floors and all the hallmarks of an Even Hotel, which include adaptable public workspaces; an open-style Market and Bar; an Even Hotels Athletic Studio; flex space for small group fitness classes; guest rooms featuring the Even Hotels In-Room Training Zone and more.
Remember, this brand is all about helping travelers stay in the health and fitness zone while they are traveling, so if you're looking for greasy burgers topped with chili cheese fries to be washed down with soda, you'll have to set out from the hotel to find it.
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Today is opening day for the Hyatt Times Square and we are fresh from a opening-eve visit to bring you a first look.
The 54-floor, 487-room property is Hyatt's largest new build in the city in more than 30 years and sports a striking, shimmering glass exterior by SLCE Architects and a bright LED sign that changes colors. Stepping into the almost entirely white George Wong-designed lobby, you will first come across a line-up of iPad check-in stations, with a human check-in counter to the right and the (also Wong-designed) T45 Diner to the left. The diner is not quite ready to go yet -- they are hoping to open in a couple of weeks -- but it will feature a menu of classic diner dishes given a modern twist, retro decor, a milkshake bar, back wall of moving lights and a photo booth off to the side.
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Back in September when we first heard that Rodrigo Nino of New York real-estate company, Prodigy Network was planning to crowdfund a hotel, we knew very little of what to expect beyond its description on the company's website as "an innovative micro-living glass tower, one block away from the World Trade Center."
Late last week Curbed tipped us off to some new renderings that bring the project out of the extended-stay hotel category mehs and into the fancy design hotel category yays.
It's the most special time of year: the unveiling of Claridge's Christmas tree!
Celebrated fashion designers, (and longtime Claridge’s guests), Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, revealed their stylish tree at the luxury London hotel on November 20. The tree features classic elements of a traditional Christmas tree, reinterpreted with a glamorous Sicilian twist -- hand-crafted Sicilian puppets, known as ‘pupi,’ hand-painted Italian glass baubles, and multi-colored "luminarie" framework created in Southern Italy.
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The ground-breaking will happen on Tuesday, December 3 at 11am. But the 82-story tower which will be the tallest residential towers in downtown Manhattan, won't open until 2016. When it does, it will have a 175 hotel rooms, a restaurant and 143 residences. The tower will obviously have some killer views of downtown, as well as midtown and the New York Harbor, but it will also have a public plaza.
Robert A.M. Stern Architects is designing the tower along with the private residence floor plans and interiors. Yabu Pushelberg will design the interiors of the Four Seasons hotel. Coincidentally, project is owned by Metro Fund, LLC, a joint venture of Silverstein Properties, who are also building the world's largest Four Seasons Resort in Orlando, which will open next year. Also, a partner in the project is the California State Teachers’ Retirement System. Unfortunately, it will probably cost a big portion of your retirement savings to buy a place here or even just spend the night.
[Rendering: Robert A.M. Stern Architects]
When we stumbled across the trademark for Hyde Hotels earlier this month, we had no idea if this would actually happen. Or maybe we were just trying not to get our hopes up. But this morning, we've learned that Hyde Hotels, Resorts & Residences are real and they are really happening--in Midtown Miami and Hollywood Beach, Florida. sbe has partnered up with developer Jorge Perez and his company, The Related Group, a prolific builder of luxury condominiums and multi-family residences, to get the brand going.
But the question on everyone's mind is now--how does one transform a nightclub brand into a hotel brand? By focusing on design, for starters. Hyde Hotels want to "strike a balance between innovation and functionality. Hyde will give guests everything they need, without the clutter of items they don’t." And as with all new hotels, technology will be a huge focus, allowing guest to customize everything from their interactions with hotel staff to personalized in-room and on-property amenities. Lastly, the hotel's nightclub roots will shine through with the brand's connections to the worlds of music, fashion, art and even, socializing.
Here's what Sam Nazarian, founder, chairman and CEO of sbe, has to say about his newest hotel brand:
“The Hyde brand has always been defined by its connectivity to music, fashion, art and socializing, where luxury is not about pretense or posturing, but rather authentic style with a commitment to facilitating distinct lifestyle experiences. Past collaborations with Related (ex. SLS Hotel & Residences Brickell) show that they understand how the Hyde Hotels, Resorts & Residences brand can fill a major void in the marketplace, and can adapt to an array of global communities.”
Hyde Hotel will also be given out special VIP perks to their hotel guests and residence owners such as exclusive access to the Hyde portfolio, including outposts at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center, the Bellagio in Las Vegas, SLS South Beach and the American Airlines Arena, as well as the entire sbe hospitality platform which has over 80 properties in the hotel, restaurant and nightlife properties realm.
Keep reading for more info on Hyde Hotel & Residences Midtown Miami and Hyde Resort & Residences Hollywood Beach