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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, an entertainment event company that 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.
The Carlton on Madison Avenue is partnering with Caravan Stylist Studio, the one-stop wardrobe and beauty shop, to present a collection of one-of-a-kind tree decorations designed by over 30 fashion designers from NYC.
Baubles designed by the likes of Nanette Lepore, Anna Sui, Nicole Miller and Malia Mills are all on display on a mini tree in the lobby, next to the check-in desk -- the Carlton's traditional fir tree is at the entrance, decorated in its own bling. These designer ornaments are all for sale for a very reasonable $30 each, and all proceeds will benefit Save the Garment Center, a non-profit organization that aims to preserve NYC’s Garment District.
[All photos: Karen Gardiner for HotelChatter]
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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.
Today is the 80th anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition and, to commemorate, the newly-opened Viceroy New York is launching a Cartender program so that you might party like it's 1933 .
From 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. every day the Cartender will kick-off happy hour in the hotel's Library. The vintage bar cart will be filled with a rotating selection of complimentary petite-cocktails from the hotel's ground-floor Kingside restaurant by Gerber Group. You don't have to be a guest to grab a cocktail but there is a limit of two per person; better that way, the Viceroy's far too pretty to get sloppy in.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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]
The big Turkey Day is tomorrow and maybe your house is so full of guests you need a bed for the night -- or, maybe, it's all too much and you need to escape the madness. Whatever the reason, here are some last-minute Thanksgiving-eve hotel deals for around New York City. (Standard rooms unless otherwise noted).
Quikbook's offerings skew hip tonight. The Ace Hotel New York is going for $179 for a Mini; a Single Pod at Pod 39 will only cost you $95, and you can get a Regular King at the The Hotel on Rivington for $189.
Keep reading to see more last-minute hotel deals
Chilled-out is perhaps not a state of being one would most commonly associate with NYC hotel Dream Downtown, but even hard-partiers need a break some time.
The hotel is now running a series of Sunday Sessions that are free and open to anyone who wants to join. Yoga classes are held in The Gallery every other Sunday, and taught by Lululemon ambassadors. Also, in-between Yoga Sundays they are offering other fun classes, such as a Wool & The Gang knitting circle. In the new year they plan to add to the program with juicing classes, cinema classes, and more. It's not all kumbaya, by the way, when we attended a yoga session the other week, we found it pretty darn competitive.