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New York Fashion Week brings all sorts of interesting people into town and the city takes on a frenetic, well-dressed energy. If you think you may need a little help getting your glam on, the Trump SoHo is setting up a free pop-up beauty bar open to the public on September 6th the day of Fashion's Night Out.
From 5-8 pm, The Spa at Trump SoHo will host a makeshift beauty section on the 7th floor next to its chic poolside Bar d’Eau. Gals (and guys, too!) can prep for a night on the town with complimentary makeover treatments . As they get pampered while sipping on free prosecco and nibbling on small bites, they can also do a bit of shopping and purchase the makeup and skincare products on hand by Kate Somerville, SpaRitual and more, as well as items sold at the Trump’s spa.
Here’s what’s for free on the Beauty Bar menu:
*Hair touch ups: blow dry, flat iron, curling iron, up-do (no wash)
*Makeup touch ups
*Nail polish change
We say if you’re in the area, this is something to jump on! It certainly beats trying to do a frantic, free makeup application at Sephora, right? What, you’ve never done that?
Summer's here and school's out which means your summer travel plans may involve schlepping the little ones along with you. Same goes for new parents who aren't quite ready to compromise their jetsetting lifestyles. While it definitely requires more planning and more organization, a dream vacation can still be had. All this week, we'll be looking at a few hotels that are making it not just fun but easier for families to have a summer trip to remember.
One of the greatest things about New York City is that you can find pretty much anything you want at any time of the day from vintage clothing and rare books to exotic cuisine, late-night party spots, outdoor recreation, entertainment for all tastes and something as random as a nail salon open past 9pm. And everyone delivers, even the grocery store.
So when it comes to families staying at The Soho Grand, it shouldn't be a surprise that the hotel has equipped the guestrooms with all the necessary basics for babies including a crib, a diaper pail and a Maclaran Volo stroller. Yet this is the first time we've seen a hotel go all out for babies, beyond plush crib bedding and a stuffed animal (the Soho Grand has one of those too, a soft cuddly teddy bear.)
We always love a good turndown here at HotelChatter, particularly the over the top ones found at luxury hotels where they turn down the lights, close the blinds, fold back the sheets, lay out a soft linen on the floor next to the bed, place mints and bottled water on the nightstand and position slippers properly so that upon waking you can swing your legs over the side of the bed and slip your feet into them with no fuss.
But at 60 Thompson the other night we were pleasantly surprised not so much by the skill of the turndown but simply by the two small brownies from local shop, Fat Witch Bakery, placed on the bed, next to a breakfast room service menu. Yum yum.
The turndown did include softened lights, two bottled waters on the nightstand and folded back sheets but we had to hunt for the slippers in the closet. Still, there's something so forgiving about a brownie before bedtime.
We snagged a room at 60 Thompson, thanks to HotelTonight for about $363. Yup, you read that right. We told you rates in NYC have been crazy recently. However, rates do fluctuate so if you're flex with your dates you too can enjoy Fat Witch brownies in bed at 60T for well under $300 a night.
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It may be a week yet until we can spend the night at the Mondrian Soho, but the place is already hosting thanks to Fashion Week parties at the appropriately buzzy Mr. H, Armin Armiri's "Chinatown-themed" nightspot that's soft opening the hotel with a hefty dose of fashion celeb cachet.
Saturday night's Prabal Gurung after-party saw Mondrian's chef Sam Talbot in the crowd, as well as Barbara Bush and J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons. (The neon "no prostitutes" sign is probably the most-Twitpic'd and Tumbl'd design feature of the still-to-open-to-plebes bar.)
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We're not saying it's easy to open a hotel in New York City, but, damn, The Nolitan just can't seem to open a hotel in New York City. The hotly anticipated Kenmare Street boutique was most recently meant to open in March—but now it won't open until at least April 4.
Indeed. A late-last-night check of opening rates revealed that there's no availability until that date, and we don't suspect that's because the hotel has miraculously sold out all of March since last we checked (a few days ago). But wait, it gets worse.
The rate for that so-called first night? A cool $425 minus five percent if you're willing to pre-pay. That's a far cry from the $289 introductory rate promo'd on the Nolitan's home page. And here we thought economics dictated a discount when dealing with an uncertain future.
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Today Soho's James Hotel finally gets a restaurant, a little over five months since opening on Grand Street. It's David Burke Kitchen, a 95-seat basement space that compliments the rooftop bar, Jimmy. The menu, embedded below, presents "wholesome and hearty modern American food," including Burke's signature potted meats and vegetables as well as Soho rarities like bison tartare and Vermont rabbit.
What's worse than the two-week delay, just two weeks before the opening? A little bait-and-rate-switch on The Nolitan's website, where prices are promised "from $289." Sounds good, seeing as the last times we checked, the best deals we could find were $314 and $337.50, respectively.
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Like we get with so many new hotels, we're extremely antsy about the new Mondrian Soho Hotel. We know we can sleep there as soon as February 22nd (for just $229 a night) and we know that the hotel's restaurant, Imperial No. 9 from chef Sam Talbott will open on March 1. But we wanted to know more.
So we chatted up the hotel's general manager, Gary Thomas, and asked him point-blank, "What are the best rooms to book?"
His answer? Rooms 2004 or 2003 which are deluxe queen corner rooms facing uptown. There's floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides of the room and Thomas said the views are simply "phenomenal."
He also told us that the showers will have a big cut-out window and then joked, "you can't be modest showering here." But he assured us that no one can see into the shower simply because there are no other buildings nearby that are taller than the 26-story Mondrian. And it's technically not a peekaboo bathroom because it's properly separated from the rest of the guestroom.
The risk of flying Peeping Toms aside, we found these rooms going for $309 on opening night using the introductory rate code, SPINTR.
There's yet another reason to request a higher floor at The James New York--the views. Once you get past looking at the worker bees going in and out of Holland Tunnel below and once you get past staring at the gargantuan Trump Soho, you can take in the rest of the western Manhattan.
You can even see all the way across the Hudson River into Hoboken where the W Hoboken is beckoning you to visit with it's giant red W.
This view was snapped from room 1405 which has a king bed inside (about 315-sq.ft.) We found rates for this weekend going at $314 a night for this room but if you opt for a room with a queen bed, that drops the rate to $284 a night (as well as the square footage to 280 sq.ft.)
Interestingly, the James has no rooms with two beds. So...you know...love the one you're with.
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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.