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Life is a cabaret, old chum. You know it, we know it. And now the Ritz – as in the Ritz in London – has confirmed it.
For some time now the hotel has been running a “Live at The Ritz” dinner dance on Saturday nights in the famous Ritz Restaurant, and it’s proved so popular that it’s now been extended to Fridays too. Double the dinners, and double the dancing – this can only be a win.
What to expect? A live band, professional dancers tangoing and salsaing the night away and, most importantly(?) dinner. A four course dinner, that is, while the music plays. Then you get to work that dessert right off with a turn on the dancefloor yourself. Like this.
Few things get us out of bed early on the weekend. Save for a delicious brunch outing, or perhaps an early morning flight, we generally like to lounge around in our sweats and slowly wake up. Which is exactly what we got to do after a heavy night of partying down at The Water Club At The Borgata.
Rising at 6am on Sunday morning, we hopped up to the hotel's rooftop pool, and—minus the old guy doing laps by himself—had the entire 80 foot pool and side jacuzzi to ourselves for a solid two hours.
New York's hotel nightlife is in the midst of a transformation. On the one hand, you have indie artists like Emily Wells and Atlas Sound coming to play lobby shows at the Ace; or the all-night ragers happening over at The Standard's Le Bain every Tuesday—one of the hottest weeknight parties in town.
Still other places go for a more traditional lounge-y vibe, part of which we covered in our list of un-missable lounge acts. But for the jazz enthusiasts out there, here is a list for you. Order a
glass bottle of red, dim the lights, and tap your toes along to the syncopated rhythm of these three NYC hotel jazz nights.
As promised, the Oak Room finally shut down for good last night. But that didn't stop patrons from squeezing into the Plaza Hotel's iconic bar for one last hurrah. Champagne flowed at a standing room-only bar, and the regularly-scheduled Wednesday night jazz band kept its slot one last time.
"Last call is usually around midnight. But tonight, we think it's going to go a little later," promised the hostess. "Basically, until people stop buying drinks." Sure enough, the room was so crowded, and the atmosphere so jolly, it was difficult to remember why exactly the hotel had chosen to pull the plug in the first place.
Good live music in New York City has never been hard to find. Nor has there ever been a shortage of cool, off-beat venues for artists and bands to play. But now it seems hotels want a little piece of the action. The Royalton is just one of several NYC hotels taking a stab at hosting contemporary indie artists—who bring with them a substantial following—in the kinds of spaces usually reserved for jazz trios and Muzak.
We had a chat with James Kinney, who's running the musical programming for Morgans Hotel Group, about the phenomenon who told us that, though "There's nothing wrong with the guy in the cummerbund playing piano," they're going for something else:
What we're trying to do is bring up-and-coming talent right into lobbies, restaurants and bars.
In case you haven't noticed, Morgans Hotel Group have been busy giving cool kids what they want: from Tumblr to custom playlists and a team of sexy cocktail gurus at the Royalton. Now they're adding a web series to that list.
The Spanky's Night Out webisode series stars "nightlife enthusiast" Spanky Van Dyke and will follow him behind the scenes at some of Morgans' hottest hotels. The first video, which is live now on YouTube is an introduction to the Cocktail Collective team at the Royalton, and includes a mini-bar cocktail challenge in one of the hotel rooms, and Spanky sitting in a hot tub with bartender Misty Kalkofen.
Now, we're not sure if the Airstream is still on the way or not (perhaps Courtney is shackin' up in it?), but even with its presence, we can't believe that this is poised to be New York's hottest new outdoor drinking scene.
The bar is still in soft-opening mode this week, and will become huge, no doubt— but should it? Doesn't this look a little tacky? Is it really up to the, uh, standard set by the hotel beneath it?
If you're still trying to figure out how to get into the
Boom Boom Room Top Of The Standard with your dignity in tact, here's an idea: ditch that, and start scheming for a visit to The Standard NYC's new hotspot, which will apparently be housed inside an Airstream trailer.
The Hudson Hotel's 'Private Park'.
It may not feel like it this week, but Hotel Rooftop season is almost upon us here in NYC. In addition to the usual heavy-hitters in the rooftop bar game (A60, Mad46, and Salon de Ning at the Peninsula), there are plenty of new spots getting outdoor drinkers excited, including Press, Upstairs, and the Sky Room at the Fairfield Inn and Suites—Times Square.
But our recent cocktail at the Hudson Hotel's Private Park got us thinking about the humble ground-level garden. Sure, rooftops are splashy and sceney, but for a more intimate, exclusive experience, could the hotel courtyard be the hot new hotel trend?
The Hotel Rooftop season is almost here, and while there are plenty of newcomers to the game this year (what's up, Press and Upstairs?), the established players are still in the business of keeping things exclusive. To wit, emails have gone out inviting people to register for members-only access cards at 60 Thompson's A60 and Thompson LES's Above Allen.
Putting the drama behind them for now, The Hard Rock San Diego has announced that it will reopen its bars (formerly known as the Sweetwater Saloon and the Moonstone Lounge) on April 3rd and 4th. The new names are now 207 and Float, the latter being the rooftop pool lounge.
According to the website, big music names like Scott Weiland, Lil Jon, Ludacris and DJ Am will be performing.
This ain't no surprise considering that for the hotel's opening weekend, The Black-Eyed Peas put on an exclusive show, complete with songs from Fergie's solo album. (We were there. It was awesome.)
But we want to know, how will the new clubs be different from the old Rande Gerber clubs?
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This is part three of a three-part series.
Today we are rounding up everything else left in the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills for you to check-out.
Altitude: Continuing the guests-only service is the rooftop pool area called Altitude on the 6th floor. This was specially created for the hotel as the old Le Meridien pool was located at ground level. The roofdeck area is a seriously serene oasis for guests. There's a reflection pool only about six inches deep as well as a regular-depth, infinity pool. Cabanas surround both pools and the entire roofdeck gives you great views of the city.
Starck-inspired design is here too. Most striking is the giant frames and mirrors that line the edges, thus in effect serving as a stylish fence.
While the area is hotel guests and VVIPs-only, there is a rental cost for the cabanas--about $250 for half a day. Food service from The Bazaar kitchen is available up here and there are plans for a small bar.
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