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It's Time to Riff on the 1980s in Chelsea's Newest Hotel

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  Site Where: 300 West 30th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
December 18, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last time we met Riff Hotel Chelsea, the 80s-themed hotel in Chelsea (NY not LON), it was getting ready to break open the bright colors and go all "retro-contemporary".

And now it’s here! The Chelsea Star is no more; the hotel silently riffed into its new incarnation earlier this month (no big statement opening? Not very 80s). All rooms are now renovated, and they’ve even installed a (temporary) 12ft high Santa in the courtyard. The verdict?

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Smyth Tribeca Launches New Public Spaces, Fresh Rooms Will Come Soon

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  Site Where: 85 West Broadway & Chambers [map], New York, NY, United States, 10007
December 17, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Thompson Hotels may be planning to head west (Seattle) and south (Nashville), but they’re not forgetting their NYC properties: Smyth Tribeca, which arrived after a much-delayed start just shy of six years ago, finished the first phase of its complete redesign last month.

That includes the entire ground floor, which has been divided in a series of smaller spaces, filled with a mixture of Scandinavian and American mid-century furniture. Above is the Den, with a fireplace that uses Guastavino tile – and if you wonder why that’s significant, it is the same that is used for the ceilings of city landmarks like Grand Central Terminal and Carnegie Hall.

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Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week 2014: The New York Palace

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  Site Where: 455 Madison Avenue [map], New York, New York, United States, 10022
December 15, 2014 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

‘Tis the season to celebrate and there’s no better way than with a holiday-inspired beverage. And, as we all know, a holiday cocktail a day keeps the Grinch away. For Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week, we’ve scanned the globe for some delectably delicious cocktails that will leave you humming a merry tune that doesn’t include, “You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch.”

The New York Palace has gotten into the holiday spirit with its sparkly 12 Christmas trees adorned with 68,000 lights and 32,000 ornaments. The lobby also houses a 6’ x 8’ gingerbread house that is a replica of the hotel’s iconic Villard Mansion, which surrounds the hotel’s courtyard.

If you want to get into the holiday spirit too try concocting the Cranberry Garland cocktail or the Holiday Manhattan while you're trimming your own tree.

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Kate Middleton Chooses The Carlyle for Her New York Debut

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  Site Where: 35 East 76th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
December 8, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Made in Manhattan Kate in Manhattan Middleton in Manhattan! If you’ve read any serious newspaper today, you’ll know that Kate and Wills, occasionally known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, touched down in New York yesterday for a two-night stay - the first time either of them have been to the Big Apple. A historic occasion, then. Which lucky hotel did they pick to bestow their charms and future booking increase on?

The Carlyle.

The royals – or this couple, anyway – have history with the Carlyle. Princess Diana stayed there twice – first in 1995, and then in 1997, just two months before she died. This time around, a 200-strong crowd was waiting for five-months-pregnant Kate and William.

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The Gansevoort Park Avenue Has Reinvented Its Rooftop Lounge

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  Site Where: 420 Park Avenue South, New York, NY, 10016
December 1, 2014 at 6:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.

Almost immediately since it opened in 2010, the Gansevoort Park Avenue attracted the glam crowd of both film and fashion. The Gansevoort has had it all from the get go--seductive interiors, a close-to-everything Midtown location with killer city views, and a nightlife that starts and ends on the rooftop. But maybe the rooftop was getting a little too much play as the hotel has now totally revamped their top floor space.

Here's how the rooftop looked before the renovation. Keep reading to see what it looks like now!

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St Regis Hotels Bottle Their Bloody Marvelous Bloody Mary Cocktail

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  Site Where: 5th Ave at 55th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
November 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Bloody Mary is looking pretty spry at 80 years old. The cocktail was born when a St. Regis New York Hotel bartender named Fernand “Pete” Petiot spiced up a tomato juice and vodka libation with celery salt, pepper, cayenne, lemon and Worcestershire sauce – reinventing his simple cocktail formerly enjoyed at Harry’s Bar in Paris. The name “Bloody Mary,” though, was deemed too vulgar for the hotel’s elegant King Cole Bar patrons in 1934 and it was re-named the “Red Snapper.”

To celebrate the 80th birthday of this most-ordered cocktail at The St Regis New York (it’s so popular, in fact, that as Starwood opens new St Regis properties around the world, they introduce a local version of the cocktail in each destination), they’ve bottled the bevvie so that you can take it home with you and wake up to it the next morning (there are worse things you could do).

The Red Snapper Bloody Mary mix is bottled in a limited-edition bottle designed by renowned fashion illustrator, Bil Donovan, and produced by Arrowhead Farms, celeb event designer Bronson van Wyck’s cocktail line. You can get it at the Arrowhead Farms online boutique for $28 starting Nov 26.

Now if you prefer to stay over at The St Regis New York and just enjoy a morning-after Bloody Mary cocktail on the premises (no judgment) a room will set you back $665 per night in January.

[Photos: St Regis Hotels & Resorts]

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The Best Western President in Times Square Will Turn into a Tryp by Wyndham Hotel

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  Site Where: 234 West 48th St [map], New York, NY, United States
November 25, 2014 at 10:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Best Western President Hotel in Times Square used to be one of our favorite Best Western hotels ever with its purple hued decor, high design and free WiFi. We say "used to be" because the Wall Street Journal has reported that the hotel will soon change into a Tryp by Wyndham Hotel.

The owners of the hotel, Hampshire Hotels & Resort (who also own the Dream and Night brands, which are licensed by Wyndham), have modified their mortgage due to the increased competition in NYC which has seen the hotel occupancy rates rise but not the actually price of the rooms. (Sidenote: how is this possible? It seems like all NYC hotels are charging insanely higher prices these days.)

Anyways, Tryp is planning a renovation of the property that will make it more millennial-friendly.

It’s planning a “multimillion-dollar” upgrade at the Times Square property which will include adding “lobbyfriend,” a social networking system for hotel guests, and making the hotel’s public spaces more inviting places to hang out, says Bill Hall, a senior vice president (of Wyndham.)

The rebranding should happen early next year. In the meantime, you can check out the Tryp Times Square South at 345 W. 35th St. where rates start around $400 a night on the weekends in December. Rates at the Best Western are about $430.

[Photo: Best Western President/Facebook]

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Work on The Virgin Hotel New York Should Begin Soon

Where: 1225 Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States
November 11, 2014 at 3:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

We are counting down the days until we can stay at the Virgin Hotel Chicago, (64 days to go!) but in the meantime, work is starting on the next big Virgin Hotel--Virgin New York.

The Real Deal Blog reports that developer, The LAM Group, filed permits yesterday for the Virgin Hotel in the hot-to-trot NoMad neighborhood at 1225 Broadway between 29th and 30th streets. That lot will be demolished and a 38-story hotel with 447 hotel rooms will be built with duplexes on the 34th and 35th floors.

Downstairs will have 100,000-sq.ft. of retail space. Upstairs it looks like there will be a rooftop lounge and possibly a pool. The architect for the project is listed as Brian McFarland of VOA Architecture, the company behind plenty of hospitality projects, including the remodel of The Tides in Miami Beach.

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Mama Shelter Has Found a New Mama--Accor Hotels

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November 3, 2014 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

While we wait for Mama Shelter to open in Los Angeles (more on that in a second), some major news came out about the future of the funky brand last week: Accor Hotels, the French mega hotel group, has acquired a roughly 35% stake and is planning on making Mama much bigger.

Mama’s current five locations (Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Istanbul, and Bordeaux) will be joined by another twenty over the next five years. That’s a lot of groovy and affordable hotels to welcome, and the destination list looks very good: New York, London, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Seoul, Mexico City, Zurich, Lille, Paris round two, and of course, Los Angeles.

Little word so far on specific locations in each of those cities, but we will keep our ear to the ground. First addition will likely be Los Angeles, which we’ll have to be patient for until February 2015 unfortunately. Go here for our snaps of the Wilcox Avenue building in Hollywood from back in August.

[Image: Accor]

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Meet Paul, The New Hotel Opening in NYC's NoMad Nabe

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  Site Where: 32 W. 29th Street [map], New York, NY, United States
October 29, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Another day, another mysterious hotel with a masculine name planning to open in New York City.

Meet The Paul NYC, a 117-room hotel planned for 32 W 29th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue in the heart of the happening NoMad nabe, where millennial hotel brands go to drink craft beer and have serious discussions about the ethics of Instagram filters.

There's not much to learn about Paul from his website. However, on his Facebook page, he's given a little peek into what he's all about.

Obviously, Paul is a millennial. But from his photos, we also learn that Paul's favorite colors are blue and red, he likes cake, magazines and Paul McCartney and he believes in "the more the merrier." Hence, the bunk beds.

There are other room options aside from the bunk beds, including king beds and double beds. But the bunk beds make us think Paul might be an affordable type of spot. And affordable in NYC these days is somewhere between $250 and $300. Ugh.

A lodging report has the 21-story hotel listed for a February opening (even though the website says "Fall 2014") but as this Google Street View from last month shows, there's still a hell of a lot of work to be done. Tsk, millennials.

Roger, Archer, William and even Tommie. So many hotels with man names, so little time.

[Screengrabs: HotelChatter; Room and exterior renderings: The Paul NYC/Facebook]

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We're Trying to Keep Cool But The SLS New York May Open in February

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  Site Where: 444 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States
October 27, 2014 at 10:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

For us, hotel opening dates are very much like blind dates--we have very low expectations of them turning out to be good and most times, we don't even expect them to show up. So we're taking the new opening date of the SLS New York very casually.

But there's a little part of us that is hopeful the hotel will be the man of our dreams, er, open in February as planned.

The website for the Park Avenue hotel in the NoMad nabe is still listing "2015" as the their opening date but a recent lodging report has it pegged for February. The hotel will have 190 rooms, designed by Philippe Starck, along with different restaurant and lounge concepts from other SLS hotels and a rooftop "experience." The timing could be great too, since the New York Edition will open in April.

We peeped at the hotel's exterior and signage last Fall and there wasn't much to report, but we're keeping the faith that the hotel is further along in the process a year later. After all, we've been waiting for this hotel since 2012 when they promised a 2013 opening date. So, you know, it's kinda like they owe us to open in February now.

[Rendering via SLS New York]

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Put On Your Snazziest Walking Shoes, Hyatt Herald Square Is Open

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  Site Where: 32 West 31st Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
October 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

There's one hotel we missed on our recent openings list--The Hyatt Herald Square New York, which is now officially open. Perfect timing, ahead of the holiday season, even Halloween, which to many of us is a bone fide holiday in itself.

Here's what to like about Hyatt Herald Square, so far:

· Close to Shopping. Herald Square has always been a clusterF high-energy Manhattan neighborhood, with a history of both the fashion and publishing worlds to keep things current and looking good. While the publishing sector has mostly moved on, on-line that is, Herald Square is still home to big-brand fashion, including those celeb lines at Macy's.

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