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Last night after a relaxing dinner with our mom (we know, "mom" and "relaxing" do not usually go together in the same sentence) we found ourselves returning to the The James New York in Soho with a little bit of dread. But it wasn't because of anything we encountered in the hotel. Rather, we had forgotten our iPhone charger and our phone had died on us.
So we hit up the concierge at the ground level to see if there was a spare iPhone charger hanging around the hotel. The concierge mused for a minute saying that she thought someone may have left one behind that we could borrow. Then suddenly, she perked up and said, "Oh wait! You can just plug your iPhone into the Dream Machine!"
That would be the Sony Dream Machine on the nightstand which the bellmen had explained to us mere hours before when we checked in.
In addition to checking out the Soho Grand Hotel's newly redone tech suites this week, we also picked up a curious little card in the lobby, alerting us to the fact that their GrandLife iPhone app is up and active. Even better, it's totally free over at iTunes.
To get the app, you can simply go here to download it, or, if you're on site at the hotel, just scan the code supplied on the card with your smartphone.
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We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
Yesterday, we dished on the new suites at the Soho Grand Hotel assaulting you (in a good way!) with photos, videos and extreme details. But today, we'd like to take a moment away from the Apple products that are stocked in the room, to just admire the view.
Yup, this is what about $1,350 will get you inside suite 1634. The bedroom view (above) looks out east over West Broadway, actually directly into the fancy new Soho Mews apartment building where hotelier Vikram Chatwal has just bought a place.
If you are a fan of downtown NYC hotels, these just might be the moving and still pixels you've been waiting for -- a look inside the Soho Grand Hotel's brand spanking new "Grand Suites".
In order to get to any of the ten suites you must nab an exclusive key card from the front desk that will get you up to the 16th floor, where all the suites are located. How do you get said key? Well, obviously you will have to book a Grand Suite. While July saw and incredibly justifiable intro rate of $700 for these suites, September is a different story, we were just quoted $1350.00 for a Thursday night this month. Ouch. Why so high? Two reasons: 1) NYC is back and so are the hotel rates. This August was at far higher occupancy rates than a year ago. 2) Fashion week is coming and Soho Grand can charge crazy rates for fashion week and still fill the rooms.
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With so many new hotels opening up in NYC these days, we wonder what the older, once hot hotels are doing to compete with this brash new generation of hotels who take rooftop parties, flat-screen TVs and wireless internet access for granted. Every so often we will be checking in on these old stalwarts to see what they're doing to stay relevant in a fiercely competitive market. For now, we're simply calling this feature Where Are They Now?
When the Soho Grand came on the scene in 1996, it marked the start of luxury boutique hotels in downtown New York. It's success, which included the opening of sister hotel, The Tribeca Grand, lasted for several very good years but inevitably, new hotels started to crowd downtown (i.e. 60 Thompson, Gansevoort, Thor, Maritime, Bowery, etc.) and give visitors tons of new options for their trips.
Now with proper hotel chains like Hyatt, Wyndham and InterContinental opening boutique brands all over lower Manhattan, coupled with a renewed interest in Midtown and Uptown, the Soho Grand is no longer the "only place to stay" in New York. But perhaps their new suites will reinvigorate visitors.
Our very own hotel Agent Zero returns with yet another review. Her not-real name is Myra Ellen and she's our version of Alex Goran who travels once a week for business, usually along the Eastern seaboard. Every so often, she'll be dropping in with her latest hotel and travel observations. In this episode, she loses her virginity to Donald Trump.
I was a Trump Hotel virgin. I admit that I’d always purposely stayed away, not interested in what the brand represents. So it’s a sort of long story about how I ended up there during a recent, one-night stay. But my experience is a shorter story: it was practically perfect.
There’s something wonderful about a new, luxurious, immaculate hotel. And Trump SoHo exemplifies this.
We recently saw this new Ascend Collection Hotel pop up in our hotel listing for New York and immediately we had two questions: One, what is it? and two, is Solita some sort of new NYC neighborhood?
As far as we can tell the Solita Soho Hotel is a cute little budget option downtown and that Solita is not a new nabe term in Manhattan. The hotel is sandwiched between Little Italy and Chinatown with Soho close by so it could be a Solita of sorts. Otherwise, you can just call the area by it's better-known name--Chinatown.
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Sexy things be happening in this tub.
When we got a sneak peek back in April of The Trump Soho, we were rather wowed by rooms, especially how much space there was. True, these big rooms don't come cheap but a sexed-up commenter on Curbed.com justifies the hefty room rate by saying this:
The hotel is pretty darn ridiculous and bathing with a naked girl in the tub in front of sheet of glass overlooking the city and the bay with the Statue of Liberty in the background is second to none.
Well, now that certainly has us looking at the Trump Soho in a whole new light!
Now that we've learned the The Mondrian New York will open on Nov. 15, it's time for details about the property to start trickling in. Unfortunately, the trickle is still not enough for us hotel fanatics.
Today's NYT Diner's Journal has the scoop on the Mondrian's forthcoming restaurant. It will be helmed by former "Top Chef" contestant Sam Talbot and the cuisine will mostly be East coast seafood. There's no name for the hotel either. Hurumph.
Talbot has had experience with seafood--although somewhat mixed--at the Hamptons hotel, The Surf Lodge. He's also had some experience with Morgans Hotel Group, having served temporarily at the Woodward restaurant inside The Ames Boston. So we hope both experiences--seafood and Morgans--prepare him for this new gig. We've been waiting so long for the hotel to open we don't even want the restaurant to disappoint!
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On the heels of yesterday’s news that The James Hotel is coming to SoHo, we wondered what was happening in another big project in the neighborhood, Trump SoHo. The February 1st opening date is fast approaching, and Curbed tells us that the trees are being planted in the hotel’s urban plaza.
What about the rooms? Hmm, last time we checked, you could book rooms for Feb. 1st from $389 a night plus tax. Now? The entire month of February is unavailable and rooms start at $599 a night from March 1st.
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Pack up the suitcases. The James is heading to New York!
UPDATE: We totally missed the fact that this hotel was previously known as the Grand Street Hotel. And now we know.
It's no secret that we're a bit in love with the James Hotel in Chicago. After all, just yesterday we got excited about their recent Insider Deal. But when it came to expansion plans, we were always a little frustrated with Jimmy.
In the past few years, we felt the expansion vibes from the James, including for midtownNew York, but nothing ever materialized. Perhaps that's because the James Hotel in Scottsdale didn't quite go well.
But today, we can tell you that a James Hotel is coming to New York and soon, as Summer 2010 is the planned opening date.
The James Hotel Soho will open on the corner of Grand and Thompson Streets. It will have 114 guestrooms and suites awash in natural light with "unobstructed views of Manhattan from every room." According to the NY Times, room rates will start at a reasonable $299 a night.
Christina Ricci may be the star in Donna Karan's newest fashion film, Four Play, but the Soho Grand Hotel got just as much camera time.
The almost two-minute short focuses on Ricci as four different women—a dreamer, an expressionist, a paramour and a voyeur—who are all hanging out in the Soho Grand's penthouse. The flick aims to showcase Karan's new Eldridge boho bag, which sports convertible straps and snap buttons so it can be carried four different ways.
While we drooled over the black pleated calfskin bag, we were just as interested in checking out the suite featured in the film.