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The Plaza Hotel Has Its Own Monopoly Game, Plaza-Opoly

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  Site Where: Fifth Avenue at Central Park [map], New York, NY, United States
July 18, 2014 at 4:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Looking for a new board game to play during rainy days this summer? If you're a hotel nerd like us, then look no further than the Plaza-opoly from The Plaza Hotel in New York.

The iconic hotel has created its own version of the famous Monopoly game using Plaza-inspired instructions, themed board spaces, and game tokens inspired by residents and amenities of the hotel (Eloise's dog Weenie, a champagne bottle and a tea cup). Here's how the game kicks off:

After checking in at the Front Desk, players roll the dice to move around the entire board and begin their journey through the wondrous world of The Plaza via The Rose Club, The Eloise Suite, The Plaza Food Hall and even Home Alone 2-- a pop culture favorite filmed at the hotel.

Players can take their winnings straight to the bank and purchase their favorite Plaza destinations such The Champagne Bar, explore The Great Gatsby in The Fitzgerald Suite, The Grand Ballroom and The Shinn Murals. Each space has a corresponding Title Deed Card that provides a value and details of each of the location.

Gamers are further drawn into the world of The Plaza with cards such as “Order Room Service,” “Carriage Ride in Central Park,” The Grand Army Plaza and more. However, gamers have to play their cards right to avoid being sent to Hotel Security.

And whoever picks up the most expensive suites and other themed spaces, wins.

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This New Manhattan Hotel Is Getting Ready To Riff On 1980s Nostalgia

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  Site Where: 300 West 30th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
July 9, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Shhh. There’s a new hotel – or hotel chain – gearing up to hit Manhattan, but it’s preparing under the radar. Why? Our best guess is that they don’t want any riff raff hearing about it.

Or any raff, at least. Riff is just fine – fitting, in fact. Because the chain will be called Riff Hotels, and the first property – opening next month – will be Riff Chelsea, a “musically-inspired” 44-room hotel at W30th St and 8th Avenue.

The creative theme is in its genes – formerly the Chelsea Star (indeed still the Chelsea Star for now – it’s remaining open, while being converted room by room, and will be officially rebranded in August), it was a pulling point for artists in the 1980s. Madonna stayed here, and the hotel rumor has it that Lucky Star was inspired by the hotel.

The Chelsea Star looks pretty non-descript right now, but as the Riff, the hotel will be channeling the 80s: the lobby will house pictures of early New York Madonna by Richard Corman, there’ll be a performance space curated by artist collective Chashama, and rooms will be “retro-contemporary”, designed by Steed Hale, who worked on Studio 54. We don’t have pictures or even renderings yet, but you’ll need sunglasses at the ready if they’re anything like the hotel is promising:

Bold colors and eye-catching graphics will make every guest room different, with pop-art photography, edgy graphics, and bold, buzzy Jonathan Adler wallpaper.

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Boom, Boom, Pow and Room Service: 8 Hotels for The 4th of July

July 2, 2014 at 3:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

America the beautiful, we're ready to celebrate you on the 4th of July. (Shout-out to our new national treasure, Tim Howard.)

Still not sure what to do for the Fourth? Here are 8 hotels who want to BBQ and drink beer with you before cuddling up to watch the fireworks. Boom, boom, pow and room service!

W WASHINGTON DC: The restaurant at the W is currently closed but the P.O.V. rooftop bar and its incredible views of the Washington Monument is still open. Tickets to the Boom with a View party are sold-out BUT if you book a room package, you'll get two tickets to the shindig. Rates start at $345 a night. You can book your reservation here.

CONRAD NEW YORK: The hotel's rooftop Loopy Droopy bar has killer views of the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River, as well as adult ice pops to cool off with during the holiday festivities. Room rates start at $259 a night tomorrow for a king deluxe suite.

THE JAMES NEW YORK: JIMMY, the rooftop bar at the hotel, will have killer views of the fireworks on the East River, along with special July 4th cocktails, live DJ, and gourmet twists on BBQ food like Kobe Franks in a blanket, mini grilled cheese with cheddar and apple and the signature JIMMY burger. Room rates this weekend start at $313 a night.

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Why You Should Be Avoiding The Standard And The Bowery Right Now

June 30, 2014 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

MiC at the Standard. Broing.

Don’t know what Made in Chelsea is? Good. Look away now. Click onto another page. Save yourself.

If it’s too late, here’s a story for you poor lost souls. The entirely unlovable cast of Great Britain’s poshest reality TV show has left the country.

Before you start planning your street party, know that it’s not forever. They’ve gone to New York for the summer, for a spin-off six-parter series to be shown in August. We can hardly wait…

But if you can’t, and want to stalk them, Hello! has them pinned as staying at the Bowery Hotel and hanging out at Soho House.

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Tuna Melts Our Hearts At WestHouse New York

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  Site Where: 201 W 55th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
June 27, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Does this sound mean? We don't mean it to. In honor of the World’s Ugliest Dog competition last week, we’ve got a very special Cute Hotel Doggy today.

Tuna Melts My Heart is a Chiweenie who was born with jaw problems, including an overbite, hence his, err, spectacular appearance. Having said that, what are we talking about? Quirks are what make real beauty. Tuna is gorgeous by any standard.

Anyways, he is something of an internet celebrity, and was guest of honor recently at WestHouse New York. Or, special resident, as they say there.

WestHouse is a pet friendly hotel and gives dogs a special VIP cushion and a doggy bowl on arrival. Check out their other special resident, and join our sweepstake: is s/he is a real dog or a plush toy?

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HotelChatter's Must-Stay Hotels for Summer 2014: Downtown New York

June 26, 2014 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Introducing our newest hotel guide--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city, starting with New York. This is also a seasonal guide so the options may change depending on when you're going. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.

Looking for a hotel in New York City? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless “Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?

Here are four different hotels to try amongst the nooks and crannies of Downtown aka Lower Manhattan. So whether you’re going for pleasure or work and whether you’ve got cash to throw around or have pennies to count, these hotels will fulfill your needs. One common thread running through these hotel picks? They have all free WiFi. So during your stay, you can write us a thank you email for the recommendation.

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HotelChatter's Must-Stay Hotels for Summer 2014: Times Square, New York

June 25, 2014 at 10:58 AM | by | Comment (1)

The view from the Novotel's Supernova bar.

Introducing our newest hotel guide--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city, starting with New York. This is also a seasonal guide so the options may change depending on when you're going. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.

Looking for a hotel in New York City? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless “Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?

Here are four different hotels to try amongst the bright lights of Times Square. So whether you’re going for pleasure or work and whether you’ve got cash to throw around or have pennies to count, these hotels will fulfill your needs. One common thread running through these hotel picks? They have all free WiFi. So during your stay, you can write us a thank you email for the recommendation.

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HotelChatter's Must-Stay Hotels for Summer 2014: Central Park, New York

June 24, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

The View from The Trump

Introducing our newest hotel guide--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city, starting with New York. This is also a seasonal guide so the options may change depending on when you're going. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.

Looking for a hotel in New York City? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless “Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?

Here are four different hotels to try near Central Park. So whether you’re going for pleasure or work and whether you’ve got cash to throw around or have pennies to count, these hotels will fulfill your needs. One common thread running through these hotel picks? They have all free WiFi. So during your stay, you can write us a thank you email for the recommendation.

BOUTIQUE


THE QUIN: This new hotel has filled their rooms with "quintessential" amenities like Duxiana beds, Sferra linens, Fresh toiletries, in-room Nespresso machines and Evolve technology panels. Downstairs is the stylish, two-story Wayfarer restaurant, a chic place to see and be seen.
Room Rate:$349 a night.
Address: The corner of 57th and 6th.

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HotelChatter's Must-Stay Hotels for Summer 2014: SoHo, New York

June 23, 2014 at 10:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

The view from The Soho Grand

Introducing our newest hotel guide--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city, starting with New York. This is also a seasonal guide so the options may change depending on when you're going. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.

Looking for a hotel in New York City? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless “Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?

Here are four different hotels to try in the Soho section of town. So whether you’re going for pleasure or work and whether you’ve got cash to throw around or have pennies to count, these hotels will fulfill your needs. One common thread running through these hotel picks? They have all free WiFi. So during your stay, you can write us a thank you email for the recommendation.

BOUTIQUE


THE MERCER HOTEL: The Christian Liaigre-designed rooms at Andre Balasz's most exclusive hotel have not changed much in ten years but it's the hotel's ultimate location in the heart of Soho, coupled with their extreme pride in privacy, that makes this place one of the best in the city.
Room Rate: $500 a night on weekends.
Address: Corner of Mercer and Prince

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The Mondrian Soho Will Be No Mo', Thanks to New Owners

Where: 9 Crosby Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
June 23, 2014 at 8:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

This has been a long time in the making. The Mondrian Soho will officially be no mo' now that the property has some new owners.

The NY Post reports that real estate bigwigs Rotem Rosen and Alex Sapir in a partnership with Buddha Bar founder/owner Gerard Guez, have bought the Mondrian Soho hotel for $205 million. The hotel was previously owned by a financial institution that took over the property when it was in foreclosure.

The hotel will remain a luxury boutique hotel but no name or brand has been designated. However, anybody can see that this will clearly become the Buddhar Bar and Hotel New York. After all, Guez, already operates three Buddhar Bar and Hotels in Paris, Prague and Budapest.

That excites us tremendously but we're also a little sad, since Mondrian just opened their breezy new rooftop soda shoppe called Sonny's. Hopefully, we'll have one last chance to try it this summer. Rates at the Mondrian this weekend start at $295 a night.

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/HotelChatter]

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Here's What The Public New York Hotel Will Look Like

Where: 215 Chrystie Street [map], New York, NY, United States
June 19, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, news came out that hotelier Ian Schrager was boasting about his new hotel and residences project at 215 Chrystie St. on New York's Lower East Side and today, it's been officially, officially confirmed that the project will be a Public Hotel. (We also heard that earlier this year.)

The building was designed by Pritzker Prize winning architects, Herzog & de Meuron, the team behind the Olympic Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing and the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, as well as Schrager's 40 Bond residential project. With such a stellar design team on the project, it's no surprise that much attention is being paid to the 11 full floor and half floor apartments with interiors by British designer John Pawson. (Those are likely the residences in the rendering above.)

Yet there is still lots to get excited about with the Public Hotel which will have 370 hotel rooms and be ruled by the popular Public ethos, which, given what we saw in Chicago, is to let people live the high life without high room rates.

No word on construction or completion but we sincerely hope it's soon.

[Rendering: Public Hotels]

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Baccarat Hotels to Open in New York in December (With More on The Way Soon)

June 16, 2014 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Did you catch that? "Every amenity is carefully chosen to please the most discerning guests."

We've been so busy counting all the new 1 Hotels that are opening, we've nearly forgotten to dust the latest wares, er, news from Baccarat Hotels, the super luxury sister brand to 1 Hotels from Starwood Capital Group (this is separate from Starwood Hotels.) Oh and yes, each hotel will be filled with crystal pieces from Baccarat. #sofancybutyoualreadyknow

Last year, Baccarat announced they would open five hotel by 2015 but according to their website now, Baccarat Hotel and Residences New York will open this year with Morocco happening in 2015 and a planned hotel for Dubai (of course) will open later in 2018.

But its New York that we're focusing on today, especially since the 114-room hotel will open on 53rd Street and 5th in December.

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