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It's been close to a year since hot hotelier Ian Schrager lay down $50 million to purchase a community garden at 215 Chrystie Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side. To the casual observer, not much has happened since then, but the Bowery Boogie last week reported that the Schrager had some unpleasant business with the neighbors to tie up first.
Sperone Westwater Gallery, which, as the Bowery boogie cheekily points out, is itself a relative newcomer to the area and "contributor to expedited change in the vicinity", opposed the development on the grounds that the development would negatively affect the character of the neighborhood. The gallery, in a complaint filed in January, said that the Board of Standards and Appeals failed to properly assess the environmental impact of such a large construction, and that the height of the building would hurt the gallery's property by blocking out sunlight.
It used to be that ice skating rinks at hotels were a holiday novelty. When we made this list back in 2009, those five hotels were rather, for lack of a better phrase, cutting edge. Fast forward to 2013 and it seems like everyone has an ice skating rink in their hotel backyard, even hotels in the desert. Especially hotels in the desert.
So, in case you feel the need for speed...on skates, here are 13 hotel ice skating rinks to glide on this winter season.
1. THE STANDARD HIGH LINE
The Standard Plaza's Ice Rink is now open from 12pm to 12am during the week and 9am to 1am during the weekends. The cost is $12 to skate plus a $3 skate rental. Kids can skate for $6 and a Standard Skater will be available to help you get your footing. Hot ciders, hot toddys, hot chocolate, donuts and waffles will all be served rinkside.
2. CHARLES HOTEL IN BOSTON
The 2,900 square foot ice Rink at The Charles Hotel will open this Sunday, December 15th at 12pm. The rink will be open to hotel guests and the public and the opening event this weekend is free.. Skate rentals, season passes, and lessons will also be available this season.
3. BOSTON HARBOR HOTEL
The new 2,500-sq.ft Rotunda Rink will open on December 14 and will be open until February 28th. While opening day is complimentary, rates will be $10 for adults and $5 for kiddos going forward.
4. FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO, Connecticut
The Foxwoods Resort Casino just opened its Rink & Winter Patio last week with Nancy Kerrigan christening it with a special performance. The rink will stay open from now through the end of February. The cost is $10 for adults aged 13 and up and $6 for kids 12 and younger. Skate rentals are $ but Rewards Card Holders and a guests can skate for $8 a person and for free on Tuesdays.
The Paramount Hotel, near Times Square, is capping off a rather good year for the hotel--multimillion dollar renovation and a new management company--by opening the Diamond Horseshoe nightclub on New Year's Eve.
Located in the basement, the Horseshoe originally opened at the hotel in 1938 by eccentric theater impresario, Billy Rose, as a supper club that featured dinner theaters, vaudeville-style revues and a chorus of showgirls called, "Billy Rose's long-stemmed beauties." Seventy-five years later, the Diamond Horseshoe will now feature a show called, Queen of the Night, from Randy Weiner of Variety Worldwide, and who also produced "Sleep No More." Here's how a release describes the new show:
Queen of The Night is a unique theatrical experience that integrates food, music, dance, fashion, theater and circus performances, as well as an impressive creative team that includes Giovanna Battaglia for the creative vision, fashion designer Thom Browne for the costumes, and Jennifer Rubell for a curated food experience, to name a few.
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Not long ago, just back in October, we told you about The William Hotel; the Williams College alumni clubhouse being converted into an extended-stay hotel by Warner Hospitality of Hard Rock fame. It seems things have been moving swiftly for the project as the hotel is already taking bookings -- for stays beginning January 6.
As we said before, this isn't an extended stay hotel of the Residence Inn-type caliber. No, the mere 33-suite William Hotel features interior spaces created in a collaboration between designers Mason Wickham, Edwin Zawadzki, and Lilian Bakhash and artist William Engel, who transformed each individually decorated suite into a "livable three-dimensional painting".
Suites are colored in bright blues, teals, reds, greens or oranges, and floating walls separate living and sleeping quarters. Some suites also have their own terrace, and all feature linens by Mascioni, Frette bath towels, L’Occitane bath products, Nespresso machines, and Miya Japanese tableware.
London’s Southbank is so hot right now, to use a phrase that generally makes us recoil a bit when we read it. That there is a lot of activity – hotel and otherwise – can’t be denied: Tate Modern is busy building its extension, the Mondrian is busy transforming Sea Containers House, and for those in the market for a million-dollar plus studio apartment, well, you’re in luck.
One question mark has been the giant hole in the ground on Great Suffolk Street, less than a block away from that Tate Modern extension and the frightfully expensive Neo Bankside residential complex. Planned to have a 288-room Hilton Bankside fill up the space by 2012, the site was dormant for the longest time. But wait! Things finally seem to be moving along, with what we expect to be an underground parking garage now nearly bringing the site to street level, and some early signs of rising from there. And there is more.
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Over the summer we told you about this high-tech service and how it works (through the Marriott Mobile App) but back then, only about 30 properties were using it. By the end of the summer, about 325 hotels in the U.S and Canada were using it. Now, it's gone worldwide from the U.K. to Mexico, the UAE and India.
But Marriott isn't stopping there. By 2014, all 500 hotels should have the mobile check-in function.
So in case you've got a Marriott hotel stay coming up soon, this is how it works:
1. Join Marriott Rewards
2. Check-in to your hotel at 4pm the day before your arrival, then the app will send you an automatic notification when the room is ready.
3. Arrive at the hotel and bypass the front desk by hitting up the "expedited mobile check-in desk" to pick up your room key.
4. Head up to your room and immediately start doing these things.
Have you tried Marriott's Mobile Check-in App yet? Tell us what you think in comments below!
Back in June we talked about the return of Ritz-Carlton Hotels to Bali, with a new 288-room resort scheduled to open next year. Apparently the thinking over at RC is that two resorts is much better than one, as the group is adding another resort – this time an even fancier Ritz-Carlton Reserve – the year after.
Opening in the summer of 2015, the Reserve is set along the Ayung River in Ubud. It will be much smaller than its “regular” Ritzy sibling, with just 60 suites and villas. Read on for an aerial view and another shot of a suite.
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.