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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.
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
Less than a month since we heard news of a new boutique hotel opening in Bushwick, we hear that another new hotel is in the works for the Bushwick/Williamsburg border. We get the feeling there's lots more to come.
The latest development is a 100-room hotel at 280 Meeker Avenue and 646 Lorimer Street, which will also feature an indoor/outdoor food and beverage space, ground floor retail, and a 10-unit residential building.
The site is three blocks from the Lorimer stop on the L train, and less than a mile from other hotel developments at 175 Broadway (next to the historic Williamsburgh Savings Bank) and 93 Wythe Avenue, which we think might be a Hoxton Hotel. Our friends at Curbed also recently reported news of a 14-stroy hotel hybrid coming to 500 Metropolitan Avenue, which is just a five-minute walk, or 2-minute fixie bike ride, away.
[Photo: Google Street View]
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OK, so it's hard to get too excited about a new Howard Johnson hotel, but as all-too frequent riders of the AirTrain, we can appreciate this new one's location.
A tipster pointed out that a new HoJo opened last week on Archer Avenue in Jamaica, Queens, which is actually just a few minutes' walk to the AirTrain's Jamaica Station -- putting you within a 30-minute commute of JFK. Not a bad idea for those early morning flights.
Rates start at $110 and that includes breakfast, WiFi and access to a fitness center. You'll earn Wyndham Reward points, too, so you can save up for something with a bit more pizzazz: like the Dream Dubai
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.
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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!
Not too long ago it was slim pickings on the (good) hotel front for those wanting to lay their head somewhere close to the Lincoln Center, Columbia University and Central Park. That's somewhat changing nowadays, though; here's a pick of the best of the (Upper) West (Side).
1. Empire Hotel
The Empire's iconic glowing neon sign beckons from the rooftops of the Upper West Side and the 12th-floor rooftop from which it balances is the scene of many a swanky party -- especially around the time of Fashion Week. The hotel's 420 guestrooms are small, though, with doorless showers -- just try to not make a mess.
November rates start at $309.
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Judging by the number of costumes we saw on the streets on New York last weekend, many of you were celebrating Halloween early. If you're holding out for the day itself, here's a few hotels that will be throwing spooky parties this Thursday. For more check our previous list of hotel Halloween parties.
The Lost Icons Halloween costume party at Hôtel Americano will honor the "most cherished yet dearly departed" cultural icons. The hotel will be offering a special three course prix fixe menu at the rooftop restaurant Artico for $75 per person followed by a costume party with music by DJ Angola. Reservations are available from 7pm by contacting rsvp @ hotel-americano.com.