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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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  Site Where: Lots
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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The Waldorf Astoria To Be Sold But Will, Of Course, Remain a Hilton Hotel

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  Site Where: 301 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
October 6, 2014 at 2:50 PM | by | Comments (3)

The legendary Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue, the hotel that spawned an entire collection of luxury hotels, is about to be sold to a Chinese insurance company for a whopping $1.95 billion.

But don't worry. It will remain a Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Hilton Worldwide, who unloaded the property, will remain in charge of the hotel's operations for the next 100 years.

Despite the property leaving Hilton's hands, the best news to come out of this sale is that THE HOTEL WILL FINALLY, AT LAST, GET RENOVATED. We've long known that the regular rooms at the hotel are total dogs. The Waldorf Tower rooms are more luxurious but still look a little stale and stuffy. No word on when the renovations will begin but we hope it's ASAP.

[Photo: HotelChatter Flickr Pool]

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Meet The New Girl at The Gansevoort: Alice

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  Site Where: 18 9th Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10014
October 2, 2014 at 7:51 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC has a new, permanent hotel guest but this gal is unlikely to cause a scene or skip out on her hotel bill. Meet ALICE, the Gansevoort's new app.

ALICE stands for A Life Improving Customer Experience and when you stay at The Gansevoort, ALICE should bring you everything you want at the touch of a button. Such as: ordering room service from the airport, requesting turndown service, making on or off-site dinner reservations, booking a spa treatment, scheduling an in-room blowout, and reserving bottle service at the hotel's top-level Plunge Bar + Lounge. You can even have your pet's wishes granted by Alice too, including a personalized pet bed and name tag. Cute and convenient.

The ALICE hotel app is available in the iTunes App Store but it's also accessible on your phone, table and desktop right here. Sorry, it cannot call up models to your room.

Rates at The Gansevoort start at around $325 a night but ALICE is free!

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The InterContinental Barclay Hotel in New York Has Closed, But...

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  Site Where: 111 East 48th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
October 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

But only for renovations!

The InterContinental Barclay Hotel on 48th and Park Avenue, and a favorite spot for U.S. Open tennis players, will be closed for the next 18 months for some pretty extensive renovations--about $175 million worth of renos.

The building that currently houses the InterCon first opened in 1926 yet much of the interior decor of the hotel was very stuck in late 1990s and early 2000s. See a shot of the ho-hum guest rooms here on TripAdvisor. Yet in its new reincarnation, the Barclay will be thoroughly modern and updated.

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Yoo Hoo, Sultan! Did You Know How Fabulous The Plaza Once Was?

September 8, 2014 at 6:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've been longtime lovers of The Plaza Hotel in New York, even after the hotel was renovated and turned into a branded Fairmont Hotel with residences. But we had no idea The Plaza had such a racy side.

A reader, Tommy, wrote into us with this fabulous memory of The Plaza and one that's particularly poignant considering that the homophobic Sultan of Brunei is interested in buying the hotel:

When Donald Trump owned The Plaza Hotel from 1988 to 1995, the Polynesian restaurant in their basement briefly ran a weekly Sunday night GAY PARTY called "GAUGUIN"! I know, because I used to attend it.

I unfortunately cannot remember the exact year it operated this party but I do remember the exotic Polynesian decor & the fruit-infused tropical drinks served. This short-lived party ended after some fights broke out at closing time & the restaurant's liquor license was threatened with being revoked.

That's a fascinating description (oh, how we wish we could have been there if not for our geometry homework!) but it's not quite accurate.

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The Out NYC Wants You In The Dog House

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  Site Where: 510 W 42nd St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
August 29, 2014 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hospitality for pets is apparently “the fastest growing sector in the travel market”, which makes all the cute hotel doggies we’ve seen recently seem slightly less cute and slightly more cynical. Joking! Obviously nothing could make those dogs any less cute.

The latest hotel to jump on the furry bandwagon is The Out NYC, which has just opened some Dog House Suites – dog-friendly rooms attached to private courtyards – particularly handy for offleash activities or, we guess, doing their business. Even better, access to the courtyard is via a pet door, so they can come and go while you’re taking care of your own business. They’re not just any old courtyard, either – each has a dog house, fake grass, “faux fire hydrant” (not sure of the appeal of this one) and seats for you humans.

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