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The last time we heard about the Greenwich in TriBeCa, it was offering to bring you a Christmas tree direct to your suite. Now, more
suite sweet news: the hotel has opened a new, top suite: the TriBeCa Penthouse.
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It's official--Nobu Hotels will install itself inside the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach, which was previously a Marriott before the brand fell out of favor with the hotel owners.
But let's be clear-- The Nobu Hotel will be a hotel within a hotel, not entirely a Nobu Hotel. The arrangement will actually be very similar to what the original Nobu Hotel has done inside Caesars Palace in Vegas. Word is it's the Eden Roc's South Tower which will get the Nobu upgrade.
Here's what else is in store, straight from the press release:
The strategy with the Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc is centered upon underscoring and showcasing the Eden Roc name with the Nobu Hotel as an additional offering within the Eden Roc property. The Nobu Restaurant at the Eden Roc and other core food and beverage facilities are in the process of being planned and shall involve all stakeholders. David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group has been selected as the designer to ensure the proposed design shall be respectful to our stakeholders, the Morris Lapidus design and the renowned name of the Eden Roc Miami Beach.
Looks like Nobu is keen not to mistake the same mistake as the previous brand, with the multiple
bow-downs references to the "stakeholders."
DeNiro, with his other partner in Nobu Hotels, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa.
Robert De Niro must have been pretty happy about his experience working with BD Hotels on The Greenwich Hotel because he's partnering with them again to develop a new five-star boutique hotel...in Shanghai.
The hotel will be part of what is being called Project 179 a 850,000-square-foot complex on the Bund that will also feature retail space, restaurants "led by accomplished restaurateurs currently operating distinguished establishments in the United States," a performance center and multi-screen cinema. Let's hope the first screening at this new cinema is a Taxi Driver/Raging Bull double-bill.
The other day we skulked around Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, checking out the casino scene, the pool scene, a new room in the Augustus Tower, the restaurant options and even the Pussycat Dolls blackjack tables (yes, they exist near the sportsbook) before we stumbled on the entrance to the Nobu Hotel.
Of course, the hotel isn't open yet but construction is happening inside Caesars' old Centurion Tower. Even Robert De Niro and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa were on the property the other month to check on the hotel's progress and sign the Nobu construction wall.
While the regular rooms are spacious enough at Robert DeNiro's Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca, if you'd rather stay in the penthouse suite, you're gonna have to wait a little bit longer.
New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission has ordered the hotel to make their penthouse roof smaller. Apparently, the initial building plans for the hotel were approved without the inclusion of a penthouse. The penthouse was built anyways, much to the landmarks commission's dismay. The hotel's architect then had to come up with a new plan for the roof which was approved today.
Curbed has the architectural detes on the new designs:
In case you didn't already think that New York University students were the luckiest kids around, with their campus and dorms located in and around Greenwich Village, now comes news that some NYU kids may move into the Greenwich Hotel. After all, can you think of a better resident assistant than Bobby DeNiro?
Overcrowding in the regular NYU dorms is the cause of the potential move to the hotel, with as many as 250 students who were guaranteed housing for the upcoming fall semester still without a room assignment.
It only took about a year and a half but HotelChatter has finally seen the inside of the Greenwich Hotel in TriBeCa. Yes, the very same Greenwich Hotel that infamously blacklisted us on its opening day in March 2008.
We knew before we booked our room on that black day that the hotel had a media exclusive. We promised not to run our photos until the exclusive was published but the hotel didn't want to take any chances. And today, a year after officially opening, they still aren't taking any chances.
During our tour, we were not allowed to photograph any of the public spaces in order to respect the privacy of the guests who may be passing through. So we kept our shots to the standard guest room that we saw and all its amenities. We were, however, allowed to snap the quiet sanctum that is the indoor pool.
Keep reading for our thoughts and photos of The Greenwich Hotel!
Andrew Carmellini is executive chef and co-owner; Karen Demasco is pastry chef. The interior is getting a speedy makeover by Ken Friedman and Meyer Davis, the firm that designed Boqueria and Mas Farmhouse. In an interview in February, Mr. Carmellini set out his goals for the restaurant. ”I want this to be a neighborhood restaurant,” he said. ”I want it to be laid back and casual. I want to have a good time.”
And good food right? The restaurant will open next Tuesday. Hopefully, the Greenwich hotel's website will have removed all their copy about Ago by then.
Is the world still game for a Nobu Hotel from Robert DeNiro and star chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa? Ever since plans for the first Nobu Hotel in New York's Financial District were announced last May, we've kept our ears wide open for any other tidbits on the topic only to see it disappear quietly into the history of funky hotel rumors.
Now nearly a year later, The Telegraph UK has resurrected the concept of a Nobu Hotel by explaining the delay (issues with a 50 percent sale of the company) and assuring the world that "plans are currently being drawn up." We're assuming then that their plans to commandeer the building at 50 Broad Street are off, since still being "in the planning stages" can't possibly mean there will be any actual Nobu-branded places to lay our heads until at least 2013.
Considering that Greenwich Hotel owner Bobby DeNiro is also the man behind the Tribeca Film Festival, we expected his hotel to be either sold-out or ridonkulously expensive, like the Kentucky Derby hotels.
To our genuine surprise, we found rooms on April 22nd, the start of the film festival for a mere $475 a night via the hotel's website. That was for a 325-sq.ft. courtyard room, one of the starting room categories. The Greenwich Room (395-sq.ft.) was going for $525. Sure, these aren't recession-friendly prices but they aren't as jacked up as they could be.
Looking for an even cheaper stay at the start of the festival? Over on Quikbook.com, Smyth was just a mere $177 a night from April 22-25. The festival runs through May 3 so you have plenty of dates to consider. Of course, that all depends on which film you want to see.
There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
· The Top 21 Examples of Stylish Hotel Design: Men.Style.com is just as fond of lists as we are, and their latest is pretty slick; they've compiled their favorite design touches in hotels, which oddly includes "the silence in the lobby at The Bowery Hotel." [Men.Style]
· De Niro's Greenwich Hotel Half-Empty?: A Curbed operative overheard at a community board meeting that The Greenwich Hotel is struggling with a 50% occupancy rate. Trouble in taxi driver paradise! [Curbed]
· A Fourth in Florida for Hotel Indigo: It's not just London they're conquering, but also Florida as the "unpretentious" Hotel Indigo is scheduled to open this year in Miami Lakes, Miami Beach, St. Petersburg, and Ft. Myers. [HNR]
· Dubai's Palazzo Versace Hires a Decorator: You'd think that a design company would be able to outfit their own hotel, but no, as they've hired interior decorators. [Arabian Biz]
Since we've never seen the place, we can't say whether we agree that the hotel offers a "mix of Mediterranean touches with Asian inspiration" in its public spaces, or that rooms' "French doors, Oriental rugs and fragrant reclaimed wood floors lend a homey feel, while the elaborately tiled bathrooms add an exotic Moroccan aesthetic."
However, the lone review over at TripAdvisor backs up those points, singling out the "beautifully appointed" room and "stunning and luxurious" bathroom as highlights of the visit.
The only place the reviews differ is with the restaurant Ago, which Newsweek says offers an "innovative take on Italian country cuisine," but came across as "barely adequate" to the guest, a stance previously proclaimed by The New York Times food critic Frank Bruni.
That's gotta hurt DeNiro--an Italian restaurant in his hotel in Tribeca is "barely adequate." This might be the only instance where we would ever suggest focusing on the restaurant a little more than the rooms.