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Last fall, we let you know that NYC would soon be getting its first Homewood Suites Hotel and now today, we've got pictures from inside the spot, opening on June 1.
Located in Times Square South at 37th Street and 8th Avenue, this Homewood has two big amenities that we love--full kitchens (with a full-sized fridge, microwave and oven) and free WiFi. It's also got all-suite accommodations, free hot breakfast every day and complimentary dinner and drinks Monday-Thursday.
We especially dig the "homey" part of this Homewood suites. The rooms look quite...well...pretty to be honest. We like the hardwood floors, the color scheme and even the wall paper that looks like flecks of light behind the bed. Much better-looking than this Homewood Suite.
Rates for opening night start at $279 for a king studio suite, which is a nonrefundable rate. A more flexible rate of $301 is also available. A one bedroom suite starts at $379 a night.
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As long as it's still operating under this name, The Hotel Carter in Times Square will never be able to shake its reputation as The Dirtiest Hotel in The World, a dishonor bestowed on the hotel in 2008 by TripAdvisor. Yet we had heard horror stories from the Hotel Carter for a few years before that.
Put it this way, a "good" review from 2005 went like this: "Didn't Get Killed Mugged or Infected."
But now, The Carter might get a new life. The WSJ says the building is on the market and several buyers have been interested. As soon as next week a new owner could be announced. Which has us wondering, what hotel brand could be put in? Well, the way the hospitality market has been going in NYC and especially near Times Square, the possibilities are probably endless.
That said, the Carter is going to need to be closed and renovated. An analyst told the WSJ that at least $125 million was needed to bring it up to a 3-star level. Yowza.
If you want to stay at one of the last
shitholes semi-affordable hotels in Times Square, the Carter is currently going for $209 (#thatsnotok) for a double room on Sunday night.
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We've been eagerly anticipating the stateside debut of the CitizenM hotels so we're extremely pumped to see the hotel is accepting reservations for March 25th.
We found a room for $199 a night on opening night which, to be honest, is a little bit of a buzzkill. It's March and still pretty cold in NYC. We sort of hoped this would be the starting rate in warmer times like May-ish, especially given how small these rooms are.
But no matter, that rate includes free wifi andmovies in all rooms, XL kingsize beds, a power rain shower, Skype phone rates, wall to wall windows and an "ambient room experience with touch screen control for colour, temperature, blinds, television and more."
We've been anxiously awaiting the opening of the citizenm Times Square for a while now. But while the "affordable luxury" hotel with capsule-sized rooms is closer than ever before to opening, there's still no firm opening date.
We've put down mid-2014 on our master openings list and we think that still holds true. If the spot opens before May, we'll be pleasantly surprised.
That said, citizenM has promised to announce its date on its Facebook page soon, saying as much on a recent FB comment:
In the meantime, here's what we do know about the hotel:
The Yotel in Times Square has always been a fun hotel (remember their opening party? And don't forget about the Yobot) but we're especially digging their new Interactive Lego Wall which allows guests to get crafty with the bricks, and maybe even win a free stay.
Located on "Four", the 30-foot long installation encourages guests and visitors to make their own Lego sculpture and then spread the word via the hashtag: #mylegomasterpiece. Yotel is collecting snapshots of the block creations here. The Cunard ship might be our favorite.
Aside from showing off your Lego skills, hashtagging your photo will also enter you into the Yotel's contest to will a three-night stay in a cabin room with an outdoor terrace and hot tub. Full details can be found here.
The Lego Wall at Yotel will be up until March. It's actually doing double-duty as both a fun, interactive installation and a temporary construction wall. Behind the wall, the hotel is working on a new Club Lounge and a new dining area, to be unveiled March 2nd.
Head over to Conde Nast Traveler for a whole slideshow of photos.
In November, we were hot to the news that Edition Hotels was not only opening a hotel on Madison Avenue in the Clock Tower but that they were planning another Edition for Times Square. And now, here are all the details fit to print about the new hotel, opening in 2017:
Located at 701 Seventh Avenue, this will be the first hotel of this scale to be built in Times Square in over two decades. The world-class hotel design will feature floor to ceiling windows with unobstructed views of Manhattan in seventy percent of the property's 452 guest rooms.
The Times Square EDITION will be one component of a mixed use development which will feature 100,000 square feet of flagship retail, dining, entertainment and event space, as well an 18,000 square foot HD LED sign – one of the largest in the world. In keeping with the identity of EDITION, Mr. Schrager will lead all creative design and positioning for the hotel, as well as the entertainment programming offered within the property.
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It's crazy to think that a hotel that can offer a view like this would keep it covered up, but, until this summer, that's exactly what the Novotel New York Times Square was doing.
Luckily Stonehill + Taylor, the design firm behind the NoMad, Refinery, and Ace Hotels, got hold of the Novotel Time Square (the European brand's only U.S. property) and, as well as giving the rooms a characteristically hip new look, also opened up the 5,700-square foot seventh-floor wraparound terrace into the beauty you see now. Behold the new Supernova bar.
We don't think we are asking too much when we say that we expect hotels to be able to pay someone to clean up after us. We mean, that's kinda 50 percent of the reason we're there, right?
So, we can only imagine our reaction if we had been staying at the Sheraton Times Square a few days ago when room service was reportedly being delivered on plastic plates, and dining tables set with plastic utensils. We're pretty sure it would had been a tad stronger than that of the Wisconsin party planner who the New York Post describes as being "miffed" when her guests were served on plastic plates. Especially if we were paying something like $700 a night for the room.
The stylish yet affordable CitizenM Hotels is getting closer and closer to opening their first hotel in the U.S.
Last we heard, the Times Square hotel at 218 W. 50th Street would open sometime in Summer 2013. While there's no website up and running for reservation yet, there is a Facebook page but more tellingly, CitizenM recently applied for a liquor license which could mean an opening is coming soon.
According to the hotel's developer, Brack Capital, the 22-story hotel will have 230 rooms, a living room-like lobby, pantry area, fitness center and most importantly, bars (plural) and a rooftop lounge. You can also expect free WiFi and stylish albeit small rooms (see photo above.) The liquor license application goes in front of the community board this Wednesday. Fingers crossed!
More on what's in store for CitizenM after the jump!
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Summer has barely just begun, but we find ourselves looking forward to fall already. That's because the Novotel Times Square, the only Novotel in the U.S., is expected to unveil a new futuristic look by October.
The renovation is currently underway for the lobby spaces and the public areas on the 7th floor with all the work being implemented by Stonehill + Taylor, the interior design and architecture firm behind the new NYLO NYC. (The John Hardy Group is also the project manager onboard.) And it is going to be out of this world, almost literally.
From the moment you walk into the hotel, you will be taken through a "passage of time", a reference to Times Square's place in pop culture history, especially all those New Year's Eve celebrations. Stonehill + Taylor also added a sensory component to the lobby with ambient sounds, video art, purposeful materials and lighting. More specifically, there will be hexagonal LED ceiling panels that will light up different colors in response to changing music and sounds throughout the day.
Up on the 7th floor, the hotel's expansive wrap-around terrace will be updated with 5,700-sq.ft of space, along with bar service. The restaurant and the bar will also go back to the future, with pretty much every seat offering a great view out onto Times Square.
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Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)
DEALS, DEALS, DEALS*
Spring Skiing Hotel Deal in Mammoth: Most of you might be getting ready to some surfboading instead of snowboarding but at Mammoth Mountain in California, the snow is just getting good. Ok, well, not really but spring skiing is apparently really fun there with both the US ski and snowboard teams visiting and with the Annual Pondskim on April 21. Plus, hotel guests at any of the mountain's hotels get a nightly discount based on the temperature from April 14-May 23. For example, if it's 45 degrees both days, then you will get a $90 refund on your hotel room at checkout. The daily high temp is based on the high temperature at Main Lodge recorded on the Ski Patrol website and you must stay two or more nights to get he refund. Go here to book.
Pay Your Respects to Lilly Pulitzer at Sea Island: The Cloister at Sea Island Resort, off the coast of Georgia, put together this Lilly Pulitzer Mother Daughter Getaway for Mother's Day weekend before the colorful designer passed away but now it seems the best way to pay your respects to the woman who made wearing crazy pink and green outfits acceptable. The deal includes a complimentary upgrade if available; a welcome bottle of pink champagne and green macaroons; a special Lilly Pulitzer gift; one massage for each guest at The Spa at Sea Island; one mani/pedi for each guest; one dinner at Tavola, the resort's new Italian trattoria; one dinner at The Georgian rom, a Forbes five-star resto and one pink rose petal bath for each guests. Rates start at $510 per person per night. So $2,040 for both of you for two nights. The deal also includes access to several Lilly-themed events over Mother's Day Weekend like a tennis clinic with Murphy and Luke Jensen, a Lilly Pulitzer runway show, and brunch on Sunday, although those are separate costs.
The Omni Wants You to Visit Sun Diego: The Omni San Diego is luring travelers to their hotel with promises of sun, sun and more sun. Oh and some sunscreen. Their new Sun Diego package includes room accommodations, complimentary valet parking for one car, two complimentary Seabreezes at McCormick's and Schmick's at the hotel, a bottle of sunscreen and a guide to the best outdoor activities and events in town. Rates start at $281 a night which is a little steep but if there's a ball game going on, it's totally worth it as the hotel is adjacent to the park. Go here to book and use code PKGSUN. No word if you get a refund if it rains but you could ask?
Have a Culinary Liason in DC: The Liaison Capitol Hill has redesigned its new restaurant, Art and Soul, as well as its lobby and guestrooms and is enticing guests to check out the changes with their Artisanal Fare Escape. Starting at $179 a night, the deal includes a stay in a recently renovated guestroom, plus a $100 dining credit for Art ad Soul. Go here to book and use promo code NEWART. The deal is good through September 2nd.
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We don't have to tell you that we're pretty crazy for the social photo sharing app Instagram and its potential for peeking into the hotel rooms of other travelers. This week saw the launch of Instagram for Android and now, more good news:
The W Hotel Times Square will open New York City's first Instagram photography exhibit on May 1. On display in the hotel's Living Room lobby area through June, the photos consist of works from five of the most popular Instagrammers in the Instagram NYC community. BUT! There's still a opening for one more, thanks to a contest of course. The details: