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La Bottega at Manhattan's Maritime Hotel has long been a HotelChatter favorite spot, thanks in part to their killer outdoor dining spot. But now, La Bottega is on the way out and coming in is chef Mario Batali and his partner, Joe Bastianich.
The duo and their B&B Hospitality Group will take over the entire food and beverage program at the hotel, featuring "cooking of the Italian coast and islands." Here's what Batali said in a statement:
“The Maritime has just as much, if not more, outdoor space than any other hotel in Manhattan. It’s the sort of place I like to spend time. We’ll bring our perspective on Italian food and a little old-school New York to this Chelsea landmark,” Batali says. “The neighborhood is ready for a new hangout. I look forward to working with Richard Born and Sean MacPherson and their expert team.”
(FYI: Richard Born and Sean MacPherson are the hoteliers behind The Maritime.)
This is not the first time Batali and Bastianich have opened a restaurant within a hotel. The two run Carnevino, B&B and the Otto Enoteca & Pizzeria at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
According to Eater, La Bottega has not announced an exact closing date but it's probably pretty soon. The new B&B resto should open at The Maritme sometime next year.
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We see rates starting at a reasonable "Soft Opening" rate of $159 for a Studio Full; $289 for a Skybox Loft, and $329 for a Loft King with Terrace. The hotel's 184 guestrooms (including 20 suites) will be available in nine configurations, all with city views and many with a private terrace. Rooms will feature hardwood floors, handmade silk rugs, artisan-crafted Moroccan pendant lamps and Indo-Portuguese style beds.
Amenities include Bellino sheets from Italy and new, exclusive bath products from Red Flower, while bathrobes and “Persian rug” trompe-l’oeil bathmats come from French label Maison Martin Margiela. Let's just hope for more space than at MacPherson's last hotel, The Marlton.
You can also look forward to a lobby bar, covered garden and restaurant from Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi. And free WiFi.
[Photo: The Ludlow]
At close to six years of delays and drama, we've not been quite sure whether or not to get our hopes up for The Ludlow Hotel on Manhattan's Lower East Side ever actually opening.
However, it does look like an opening date is imminent. We recently stumbled across a real, live website for the hotel, which states" "Bookings from Spring 2014.
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It's the moment we've been waiting for forever. Well, actually only since last October but still, we're crazy excited to see Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel", which hits theaters in the states tomorrow.
The inspiration for the film has not been revealed, yet there's only one hotel in Budapest that could be a real contender--The Corinthia Hotel Budapest which was formerly known as the Grand Hotel Royal when it opened in 1896 and actually sports a similar facade to the fictional Grand Budapest Hotel. And naturally, the Corinthia is capitalizing on the similarities with a "Behind the Scenes' package.
The three-night stay includes a tour at the hotel, learning about the role it played in Hungarian film industry (it used to house a cinema), a walking tour of the city's most famous movie set locations, a day cruise on the Danube along with a VIP Grand Budapest movie screening from March 20 to April 9. Breakfast for two is also included. The package stars at a total of $1,150 for two people including buffet breakfast and is valid from March 20 to December 25th.
Remember Cafe Marlton, which was due to open at The Marlton last fall? Well, it finally opened last week and it's now going by the fancier sounding name, Margaux.
Tucked into the rear of the hotel, occupying a light-filled space behind the lobby bar, the 98-seat Parisian-inspired cafe will be keeping long hours, opening from 7 a.m - midnight, and serving a daily changing menu of Californian, French and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. The kitchen is overseen by chefs Michael Reardon (formerly of Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica, and Tra Vigne in Napa) and Jeremy Blutstein of Tremont, Eataly, and The Crow’s Nest in Montauk and dinner selections include the Farmer's Board of red-quinoa tabouli, beets and avocado hummus ($19) and the Dayboat Cod with sea bean ($24).
Now that we've finally seen the inside of The Marlton, we're ready to turn our attention to Sean MacPherson's next new hotel. After years of delays, things are finally moving along at 180 Ludlow Street in the Lower East Side, and while we are still waiting for The Marlton's Café Marlton to open up, the hotelier has released details of what will be The Ludlow's restaurant.
Last month we had some insider information on The Ludlow's 162 guest rooms and now Sean MacPherson has spoken to Eater and told them that he is teaming up with Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi (of Torrisi and Carbone restaurants) and their parent company, Major Food Group, to develop the new hotel's restaurant. Interesting news, given that MacPherson majorly dissed Carbone in the New York Times' Style section just a week ago:
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How does Jack Kerouac's old pad hold up under the Sean MacPherson treatment? A HotelChatter Review
We've been patiently awaiting Sean MacPherson's new The Marlton Hotel (built out of a former SRO where some long-standing tenants have been in residence since the 1960s) for a while now. With still no confirmed official opening date on the horizon, we gave up waiting and went in to check out its soft opening.
We walked to the hotel from West 4th Street station, which was just about a five minute walk. We had to do a double take to make sure we were at the right place as there is no sign outside yet. With just a couple of guests milling around the book-lined and eclectic furniture-filled lobby, our front desk person wasn't rushed so check in was quick and easy. We were given a small black key fob emblazoned with the same lightning strike graphic you'll see on The Marlton's website and a business card scribbled with our room number on, then we were into the single elevator and up to our fifth-floor room.
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It's hard to believe that broke artists once flocked to Manhattan's Lower East Side for the cheap rent; nowadays even a Holiday Inn will set you back over three hundred bucks for one night.
The last couple of decades of gentrification in the LES is now manifesting itself as a bundle of new hotel construction projects in the area. Hotels definitely in the works include the long-delayed 180 Ludlow, a third Hotel Indigo, Peter Poon Architects' skyscraping Hotel Bowery, and what will be New York City's second CitizenM. Just last week, too, we heard rumour of two new Ace Hotels also coming to the area. So we decided it was time for a round-up of what's on offer in the LES right now.
That Sean MacPherson is a busy man. On top of getting his new hotel, The Marlton ready for its projected grand opening next month, look what else he's been getting up to: shooting ads for Apple's new iPhone.
(He's at the 17-second mark. But if you can't watch it, here's a screen grab)
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It's been a long time since we've heard of hotelier Sean MacPherson working on a new hotel in NYC. But it's true. The man behind The Bowery Hotel and The Jane is working on a new hotel in Greenwich Village to be called The Marlton Hotel. No, not the Carlton. The Marlton which we told you about back in September 2011.
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While the extremely well-off have their own mansions in The Hamptons to
motor helicopter out to every weekend this summer, the rest of us will have to make do with some temporary lodgings.
If you don't feel like sharing a house with eight randoms or if you think you will only make it out for a couple of weekends, then hotels are the way to go. And fortunately, the Hamptons have been making some headway in the hotel scene, mainly in Montauk.
Here are 6 hotels you may want to check into to check out the Hamptons scene. Warning: They are expensive, even during the week.
1. Surf Lodge: The Surf Lodge in Montauk is known more for its nightlife, which includes stellar concert performances every weekend (Willie Nelson!), and its restaurant, Byron, rather than its hotel rooms but should you lay your weary but well-coiffed head here you won't be disappointed by the breezy light colors and the beachy, if minimalist, decor.
Rates start at $495 a night for a room with a queen bed in mid-June. But rooms seem to be going fast.
2. The Crow's Nest Inn and Restaurant, Lake Montauk: Run by hotelier Sean MacPherson, the Crow's Nest is a very intimate hotel about a mile and a half miles east of Montauk with just 14 rooms, each with a king bed and a private deck. If you love the Bowery and the Maritime Hotels, then Crow's Nest is right up your Hamptons getaway alley. The property also has a two bedroom cottage available for rent and Guest of a Guest reports that two more cottages named The David Pharaoh Cottages (named after the last Native American king of Montauk), will be available for rent soon as well. These will have access to a private beach, along with kitchenettes and a private lakefront patio.
Rooms start at $500 a night for a weekend in mid-June. The cottages will, of course, be much higher.
3. Montauk Yacht Club Resort and Marina : This is a full-service resort with four restaurants and bars, a spa, two outdoor pools, family and kids programs and as promised, boats. Lots of boats. Real Housewives love this place too since Kelly Bensimon will be hosting a book signing party there on Saturday, June 1 from 3 to 5pm. Her book? "In the Spirit of The Hamptons." Fitting!
Rates start at $499 a night for an Admiral room with two double beds or a Villa room with a king bed.
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What is hot NYC hotelier Sean MacPherson up to these days, aside from wearing army surplus khakis and grilling fish over an open fire? Not too much else, actually.
A NY TImes "What I Wore" column over the weekend profiled MacPherson, focusing specifically on his Hamptons chic attire—yet we managed to scrounge up a few hotel-related tidbits along the way.
MacPherson mentions how he normally spends "all day every Wednesday at my two current hotel construction sites," which immediately brought up two questions in our mind: first, are these places in Manhattan, or Long Island? The article seems to imply that MacPherson is speaking about New York City, but it's never explicitly stated. And second, are these two brand new projects? Or continuations of properties we already knew about?
Time to put our thinking caps on.