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Because technically...it shouldn't
Though no changes took place immediately after London-based St. Giles Hotel Group took over the properties, it seems the company is finally ready to mold The Tuscany to its liking. Starting in February next year, the hotel will close down for a complete renovation of the rooms, suites and lobby—though hopefully nothing will happen to the awesome Lexington Avenue-facing patios. Not much needs changing there!
From a design standpoint, the move was practically turn-key--St. Giles essentially set up in W's old digs without making any changes. Add 10 points. From a price point, we were also happy to see that things hadn't changed very much, averaging about $300 a night at each hotel. Add 5 more points.
But as far as service goes, it looks like St. Giles has some catching up to do. A HotelChatter member recently wrote in this dismal review. Subtract however many points you think an iPhone is worth.
U.K. budget hotel brand St. Giles only added former W Hotels The Tuscany and The Court to its collection last month, but it wants to celebrate its new properties by giving you a free night in one of them.
If you book a four-night stay at either hotel from June 6 to September 6, you'll get the fourth night for free. So you'll have three full months to take advantage of the buy-four-get-one-free deal—we'll definitely celebrate that. A room at The Court costs around $259, while The Tuscany charges about $269 for a room, so the free night would be a nice savings.
Now that a bunch of Londoners are ruling the roost at the Hotels Formerly Known as the Ws of East 39th Street—that would be the St. Giles, The Court and St. Giles, The Tuscany—there are new rates to go with the new name. And if you were a fan of these quiet East Side W's then you'll be pleased to know that they're not too different from the old rates—in the $275–$300 a night range.
Both hotels got their new St. Giles identities last Wednesday, and since it sounds like the new owners weren't going to change much, there was no need to close the properties and spiff them up. They look pretty much like the old Ws, only without the words "Whatever Whenever" all around the place.
UPDATE: Official statement from W is now below, including info on room rates.
On the cusp of opening their sixth hotel in New York City, W Hotels is actually dropping two hotels from their NYC collection.
A tipster told us that both The W Court and the W Tuscany which are both located on 39th between Park and Lex, will no longer be a part of W Hotels as of Wednesday, April 14 Indeed the website confirms this for both properties. The W Court notification is here; the W Tuscany notification is here.)
We're wondering if the W Downtown, expected to open May 4, and which has been considerably delayed due to construction and financing woes, had anything to do with this.
Nevertheless, this is a done deal. So what hotel brands are taking its place? The St. Giles, a budget hotel in London.