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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.
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The Chatwal Hotel in New York has only been open for a few years but already it's important and chic enough to have its own line of luggage.
A limited-edition collection of seriously sexy red luggage from T. Anthony has just been unveiled.
The line, conceptualized by The Chatwal's general manager, Joel Freyberg, features five pieces of "classic" luggage all made with deep red canvas hardcover cases that are trimmed in brown leather and sport polished nickel hardware. There are two suitcases for clothing and shoes, a hatbox, an adorable jewelry case and a make-up case. (No duffel bags or backpacks here!)
This luggage not only looks heartbreakingly good, it will leave you heartbroken when you hear how much it costs-the pieces range from $1,000 to $1,525.
While similar pieces can be found online at T. Anthony, The Chatwal line is only availble in store. (A fab window display is launching this week.) However, if you book this luggage through The Chatwal, they are planning to offer you a stay at another Luxury Collection hotel. Once you've completed your stay at The Chatwal, the butler will pack up your pretty new luggage, ship it ahead of you and it will be unpacked when you arrive.
More photos of the luxe luggage after the jump!
The Refinery Rooftop is partitioned into three sections: indoor, outdoor and indoor/outdoor. We can't wait to watch the snow falling against the retractable glass roof over the indoor-outdoor section while sipping a new fall cocktails by resident spirit sorcerer, Alex Ott -- we like the Fall Spice Margarita.
The Gansevoort Park Rooftop features a 40-ft indoor/outdoor heated rooftop swimming pool with wrap-around terraces, indoor/outdoor fireplaces and striking city views of the Empire State Building. For the truly winter-averse, the Park Lounge offers an indoor retreat floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Park Avenue.
The partying at the Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge at Gansevoort Meatpacking never stops -- not even in the freezing winter thanks to its indoor/outdoor terrace with retractable glass roof.
A truly year-round destination, Jimmy at the James has cozy fireplaces to keep you warm -- before or after making use of the private rooftop pool and outdoor showers.
As much as we tried to take a peek into those lit up windows, the new signage was the only discernible progress we could spy. The SLS website is still assuring us that the hotel will open in 2014, but, after seeing that banner, we are wondering if we should start calling it SLS PArk Avenue instead.
UPDATE: A rep reached out to us to say this: "we are still projecting a Q1 opening, although a firm date has not been announced. Our current booking date is conservative by design and will most certainly be moved up as the hotel’s completion date is finalized."
It's been a while since we last checked in on Archer Hotel, one of the many upcoming Garment District hotels, so, when we walked by the other evening, we were pleased to see it had emerged from underneath the scaffolding that had been up all summer.
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While checking on the opening date for the upcoming New York Edition at the website, we were pretty floored to read that there will, in fact, be two Editions coming to New York.
Paramount Hotel's hip lobby store,Free & The Brave, is showing off a new concept for the next few days. Until Sunday, they will be hosting a pop-up store by mobile photo app Trendabl. Kind of like an Instagram for fashionistas, Trendabl allows users to take photos of their outfits, then add individual information about each item including store, brand and price. Other users can then purchase said item with a click of a button. Shopping is so easy nowadays!
The Viceroy: Would you "slog it for days/weeks eating Takeout Chicken in front of the TV in your unders" in this room?
We love design and architecture superteam Roman and Williams for their work at Ace Hotel New York, Standard NYC and Viceroy New York. But we are also rather taken with their excellent, often unhinged and grammatically erratic, Facebook page (category: counselling and mental health) where they give their uncensored take on everything from architectural news to hairdos and, now, hotel reviews -- of hotels they designed!
Honestly, life in the Big Apple is stressful enough without having to worry about the shopping, cooking and cleaning up of Thanksgiving -- isn't it supposed to be a relaxing holiday? Give yourself a break by making a reservation at one of these five hotels, which are generously offering to stuff the turkey and carve the ham for you.
1. The Eventi Hotel
For the first time since 1888, Thanksgiving and the first night of Hanukkah are on the same night, giving rise to the rather excellent neologism: Thanksgivukkah! At Eventi's Humphrey restaurant, you won't be forced to choose between latkes and turkey, because they will be serving both.
The restaurant, where tables will be decorated with both a Menoraj and Cornucopia, is offering a menu of both traditional Thanksgiving and Hanukkah favorites – available at the restaurant and in-room. Turkey will be served with a side of latkes and applesauce; pumpkin pie with a side of gelt, and cranberry sauce will be molded in the shape of a Dreidel. If the whole Thanskgivukkah concept is blowing your mind a touch too much, never fear: the restaurant will happily honor requests for a more traditional dinner, too. Dishes are priced between $12 and $23.
Just in time for the holidays (and its December 3rd opening date) the Hyatt Times Square is flaunting some new multi-colored twinkling lights.
The scaffolding that has covered the site for the past couple of years is gone too, and the lobby is positively glowing. Bar the stray construction barriers and workmen out front, the hotel has tidied up considerably since our last visit just two months ago. We are near-heartbroken, however, to read that the restaurant, spa and lounge won't be opening until January -- what a missed opportunity for a bird's eye view of the Times Square ball drop from the 54th-floor lounge. Maybe next year, then.
Update 11.13.13: The digital art wall is now live!
As is often the case, not quite everything is up and running yet. There are a few rooms still being worked on, the 15-foot digital art wall is not yet live (though looks pretty cool as is, IOO), and the Wayfarer restaurant is not open (but will be, hopefully in about two weeks -- room service, thankfully, is available).
Nevertheless, we stopped by for a peek on opening afternoon and watched as the lobby steadily filled up with arriving guests -- we were told occupancy rates for opening week were high. And indeed, for a random Tuesday in November (today), rates are $499 a night. Normally, they will be even higher at $599 a night. Fortunately, that includes WiFi and a bunch of other goodies. Keep reading to find out what those are.
Here’s what you get in exchange for what amounts to a year’s salary for many:
Three nights in the 3,546 square-foot, 45th floor, two bedroom, three bathroom bi-level Penthouse Suite with views of Central Park and Times Square from every room.The master bedroom has a king-size Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed; the second bedroom has two doubles.
Bottomless wine tasting with in-house wine expert David Ocampo, featuring wines rated 90+ by Wine Spectator. from wineries such as Chateau Ste. Michelle, Seghesio, Villa Antinori, Peter Lehmann, M. Chapoutier, Paul Cluver and Domaine Lafond.
A two-hour cooking session with Executive Chef Joe Fontanals in the suite’s full kitchen and dining room
Access to the 44th floor Club Lounge with 24/7 complimentary beverages and snacks
Upon booking the Penthouse Escape package, guests have an initial consultation with a member of the hotel’s culinary team to discuss their food interests and any special requests. Guests then receive copies of recipes created during the experience.