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For a while now, there's been rumors swirling of a possible Viceroy New York. You know, a proper Viceroy. Nothing against Cassa Hotel: yes, technically it became Viceroy's first NYC hotel last January. But since it falls under the "Urban Retreat" heading, it's technically in a different category than the other Viceroy-branded hotels.
However, things seem to be moving forward, ever so slightly. Viceroy CEO Bill Walshe played coy with a group of reporters yesterday when the topic of a Viceroy New York came up, saying that a Manhattan property "very well may be" opening within a year, and furthermore that, if such a property were to open, it would likely sit within a 15 block radius of Times Square. Of course, nothing could be confirmed.
The site of a Mondrian...maybe
The hotel hype actually comes from a Crain's real estate article on the neighborhood saying that Mark Hunt and his M Development company might try again to turn the Cedar Hotel, a defunct hotel, into a Mondrian. M Development enlisted architectural firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz to draw up some renderings back several years ago for the possible Mondrian but the dreams of acquiring and adding several floors to the building were effectively killed by the economic crisis of 2008.
Now that those dark days are behind the hospitality industry, especially in Chicago where the boutique scene is burgeoning, the plans to rework the property into something hip and cool have returned.
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Update: We just want to reiterate that the Dream Downtown's possible sale to the Sahara Group is just speculation at this point. Now get back to your regularly scheduled Dreaming.
Everyone's going down, down, down downtown, including some deep-pocketed Indian investors who recently fronted $570 million for a controlling stake in the Plaza.
The Sahara Group, who also picked up the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in late 2010, is reportedly on a spending spree, and New York hotels are hot, so hot right now. The NY Times reports that Sahara Group may be about to acquire Chatwal's Dream Downtown.
There's never any shortage of gossip in the hotel world and we do our best to keep up with all of it. Here's the latest odds and ends we've heard recently, all concerning NYC-area hotels. Got your own to add? Send it our way!
· Hotel Indigo Takes Over Hotel 718: It looks like the Hotel 718 in Brooklyn will never open as an independent hotel. According to the Brownstoner, the property has been sold to the Lam Group, which plans on installing the Hotel Indigo brand. Admittedly, this is one of our fave brands out there thanks to hardwood floors, spa-style showers, in-room haikus and of course, free WiFi. But still sad to see an indie not make it, especially in BK of all places. The Hotel Indigo Brooklyn (we're just guessing on that name) is expected to open on August 1.
· Will The Essex House Become the Marriott House?: A tipster wrote in last week to tell us the Essex House on Central Park, currently a Jumeirah Hotel but which has been up for sale since March, will become a Marriott. We're not sure if Marriott themselves will be fronting the asking price of $300-400 million (we doubt it) but this does have us wondering if the hotel will become part of their Autograph Collection or could it become--dare we say--an Edition? Either way, we'll be curious to see how the rebranding goes down. UPDATE 8.17.12 USA Today reports it will become a JW Marriott.
The one, and only, Ace Hotel New York
We've long suspected that Ace Hotels had another hotel up their sleeve, maybe for Miami or even the hot market of Chicago.
We know they are working on an LA property but we still can't shake the feeling that their aiming for a second hotel in NYC. Which is why this latest bit of news from the Bowery Boogie gave us quite a start--Ace Hotels is headed to the Lower East Side!
Alas, it's not true. When we checked in with an Ace Hotels rep we found out that Ace Hotels has no plans to open in the former Jarmulowsky Bank Building at the corner of Orchard and Canal Streets. However, it is very likely that a hotel will open in the Beaux Arts building and Bowery Boogie reports that an LES-based architectural firm, Studio Castellano, is in charge of the conversion.
Whoever comes in here, we ain't complaining. The more options in NYC the better. We just have one teensy request--free WiFi please!
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A food-lover's paradise...too bad they'll have to walk allll the way from their hotel to get here
Someone please tell us how we missed this bit of Manhattan hotel madness news: Chelsea Market, which houses over a dozen of Manhattan's most beloved food vendors (Amy's Bread, Fat Witch Bakery, Jacques Torres Chocolates, Ronnybrook Dairy, The Lobster Place, among others) was for a while being considered as the site of a new hotel. However, it now looks like those plans may take a while to come to fruition, if ever.
Jamestown Properties, the building developer, wanted to celebrate the former Nabisco factory's history as the birthplace of the Oreo 100 years ago by adding two new towers onto the complex, one of which was slated to be a hotel. And while that expansion might still totally happen, it might be offices, rather than a cookie-themed hotel, that go up. Boo!
UPDATE: SIKE! It's not going to be an Ace Hotel but rather A Thompson Hotel, the sixth Thompson for Manhattan!
Now, we can add another entry to the "maybe" column on our list of upcoming Ace Hotels. While nothing has been confirmed, The Real Deal reports that an abandoned nine-story office building from the 1880s has been purchased by a joint venture partnership, one of whom is an owner of the Ace New York.
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After playing coy with us the other week, Mandarin Oriental Hotels has now officially confirmed that they will be taking over management of the Mansion On Peachtree in Atlanta's posh Buckhead neighborhood.
Starting May 2012, the 127-room hotel will be rebranded as The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. The 25 luxury residences attached to the hotel will also undergo a name change to the Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Previously, the hotel was managed by Rosewood Resorts.
So far it doesn't look like much will be changed inside the hotel, although the Atlanta SkyRise Blog did report that Del Frisco's will take over the restaurant spot in the hotel which once belonged to Craft from Top Chef's Tom Colicchio.
We'll keep you posted on anything more we hear with the MO ATL but as always, if you've got some scoop, send it to us!
As you can see from our snapshot above, the work on The SLS Hotel at South Beach is in full gear. That's the building at the rear of the hotel that will house the poolside bungalows (including one by Lenny Kravitz Design) looking very close to what the rendering promised. But: will the hotel still open in April?
We checked in with the hotel's rep but they still don't have a hard opening date to announce. Yet according to local industry tipster Dee Theconciergeliaison, the scheduled opening date is now May 8.
The good news is, we can't see this hotel joining the hotel delay merry-go-round--not with the amount of buzz it has in Miami and with the amount of work we see going on at the site on a daily basis.
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Way back when in 2007, we reported that luxury hotel brand, Mandarin Oriental, was thinking about opening a hotel in Atlanta. The place would be a new build, featuring 200 hotel rooms, 70 high-rise condos and 11,500 square feet of retail space. Ah...the pipe dreams of good old 2007!
Then the economy collapsed and whatever plans the MO had for ATL were promptly shelved. But now, nearly five years later, MO might be trying again, albeit a little more cautiously.
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Wow, King & Grove sure is growing fast. The still-new hospitality company with two properties in Montauk and one in Miami has hotels in the works in L.A. and New York City. But what's this? It looks like there could be a second Miami hotel coming to their portfolio, too.
We heard a rumor that King and Grove was working on renovating Miami's Versailles Hotel (formerly a condo-hotel), which is located on Collins Avenue in the 30s. Positioned to become the hot new spot on Miami Beach, the stretch is already home to The Palms and The Edition South Beach, with Faena Saxony (the hotel formerly known as Cipriani Miami) on the way. Adding a King and Grove property to the mix would cement this as the most exciting couple of blocks in Miami Hotel Land.
UPDATE 3.19.12: This property will definitely NOT be an Ace Hotel.
A recent blog post on design site, PSFK had our hearts aflutter with this headline, "Ace Hotel Miami Tests Whether Or Not Room Color Effects Your Mood" but when we clicked to read the story, it was actually about a color project at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs. Not sure why PSFK messed up the headline but we started to wonder if an Ace Hotel really was coming to Miami.
That curiosity lead us to this post from Miami Rankings which had some good scoop:
We aren’t getting an Ace Hotel here in Miami but the Indian Creek Hotel on South Beach is going to be renovated and reopening as an upscale hostel (note the errant ‘s’ in that word) that is owned by the same folks who own the Ace Hotel in NYC and Palm Springs. But here’s the fun part–the Sydell Group’s properties include the following restaurants: The Breslin Bar and Dining Room, The John Dory Oyster Bar, No. 7 Sub, and others. Anticipated opening date: Fall 2012.