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Yesterday we asked which butch hotel had a surprisingly feminine wallpaper game with these trompe l’oeil post-it notes. Nobody took a guess! Way to make us feel popular… But instead let’s feel superior – because it was (of course) The Paul which just opened in Midtown and is part of the boutique Ascend Collection from Choice Hotels. So without further ado, let’s go inside.
The Paul is in the NoMad area, with the Ace on the next block of 29th Street and the Nomad a block away on Broadway. Other than that, there isn’t a huge amount to do in the immediate area but it’s handily right around the corner (literally) from the 28th St subway and an easy walk from Penn Station where we dropped off the rental car.
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It’s a class or a convention of some kind, right?
This was the scene that greeted us when we went into the Ace New York last Saturday and took this (really crappy, sorry) photo. Not a seat to be had in the lobby, whether at the official computer tables or in the chairs. Surely, we thought, there had to be some kind of event going on?
No, they said in the Breslin as we shamefully had lunch, mortified that we only had a smartphone. No, they confirmed today when we called to make entirely sure. There are events going on all the time at the Ace (many of which are open to the public) but that’s normal. “We have free WiFi and we’re open to the public,” we were told. Come in this afternoon and it’ll be even busier.
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The lobby in happier times
It’s not the normal behavior you see in Old Lady Waldorf, the Waldorf Astoria; on Saturday, during a high falutin wedding reception, a guest’s gun went off, injuring five fellow partiers – luckily, not seriously.
The reception was due to take place in the Ballroom but the guests were actually posing for photos in the lobby when Vladimir Gotlibovsky’s 9mm Ruger went off in his pocket, hitting the floor. One woman suffered a headwound, a graze from the bullet; others were wounded in the leg after debris – glass, marble and tile – went flying.
Sister hotel The Gregory surprised us by opening so soon after we learned more about him, but The Renwick is still being a bit shy. We had seen one photo from inside the Midtown hotel (that’s the one above), and now we have a little bit more information on the 173-room property, which should also arrive this summer.
This might sound like an oxymoron but tomorrow is the United States' own National French Bread Day, which will celebrate all French bread, from baguettes to croissants, viennoiseries and more (Cronuts probably not included.)
One of the Frenchest hotels in the U.S., The Sofitel New York at 45 West 44th Street, is celebrating the day (which is also the first day of spring, although the weather in NYC looks otherwise) by turning their private dining room at their brasserie, Gaby, into a pop-up boulangerie serving 15 different kinds of French bread and French pastries.
Even better than the fresh bread smells that are sure to waft through the hotel, the cost of the bread will be just $1, with all of the proceeds going to City Harvest, a food rescue organization that helps feed more than 1.4 million in-need New Yorkers. Donations beyond $1 are also accepted.
In case you want to wake up with the fresh bread tomorrow morning, rates at the Sofitel tonight start at $241. while rates for tomorrow night, when the bread might not be as fresh, start at $267.
[Photo: Sofitel New York]
The 220-room Dream Midtown recently completed the first phase of a $20 million renovation that included a floor-to-ceiling redesign of the lobby, guest rooms, and suites. The property also changed its name from the Dream New York to the Dream Midtown.
As you can see above, the new rooms look pretty spiffy with their canopy-style headboards. But the most interesting thing about this renovation is the second phase that will be unveiled this spring: Nightlife offerings by TAO Strategic Group, they who run the massive nightclubs Tao in NYC and Las Vegas, will include the introduction of 4,000 square-foot bi-level rooftop lounge. According to the hotel, the atmosphere and vibe will mirror the current experience one can have at Dream Meatpacking, which is already big party spot. Dream Midtown will also turn its cellar into a nightlife zone, but no timetable for that has been released.
So, we don't really even have to read between the lines to get the drift of this announcement: Dream Midtown is turning itself into a party zone. Whether it's a good idea or a bad idea will simply depend on how the plan is executed, and we look forward to seeing how it turns out. Either way, we hope the new renovations include soundproofing the rooms.
[Photo: Dream Hotels]
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Last week, when we updated our list of major new hotels coming to NYC (mostly in midtown), we really thought we had all our bases covered. Tryp on 35th St; Hyatt Place on 36th St; Hyatt Union Square and a few others.
Then we learned on Monday that Marriott is bringing a new Courtyard to Herald Square. But that's not all that Marriott has up its sleeves. Two and a half blocks up, a new building that's going up at 25 W 37th St will supply Manhattan with its first-ever SpringHill Suites hotel. A rendering of the new property shows off a rooftop bar and some funky dot-and-dash patterns for the windows on the building's exterior. Almost like morse code. What is Marriott trying to tell us?
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If Thanksgiving is the one time of year when NYC's Herald Square can actually become relevant again (Macy's parade, hello?), then it was with good foresight that Marriott waited until this week to announce their new midtown Courtyard property. The worldwide hotel brand will plant a new Courtyard by Marriott Herald Square inside the former Atlantic Bank of New York Building, on the corner of 35th Street and Sixth Avenue.
This news also coincides (then again, in this business, coincidences don't really exist) with Macy's announcement last Tuesday that the flagship Herald Square store will be receiving a $400 million makeover.
With rooms hovering well above $500 a night--$895 a night next Friday night!--the Setai Fifth Ave has been out of our price range. So last night we did the next best thing to checking in and dropped by the hotel's Bar on Fifth to check it out instead.
We were meeting friends who work nearby, and the location on 36th Street and Fifth Ave clearly plays a huge part in the mix. We arrived at 5 p.m. when the slick looking bar was still fairly quiet. Not 15 minutes later, however, a group of men in suits arrived, and then more arrived, and soon the corner of the bar right next to us was filled with a bunch of obnoxious dudes complaining about their beer and asking the bartender for more samples of red wine.