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New York's Knickerbocker Hotel is set to open/reopen on February 12 and while we're excited to see the end result of the transformation of a hotel that closed in the 1920s and languished as an office building for decades back into a modern day Times Square hotel, we are momentarily distracted by their fitness offerings.
That's because The Knickerbocker has hired former Knicks basketball player, Larry Johnson, as their new "Fitness Curator." So apropos. #alsoclevermarketingtheweekbeforeopening
Johnson who was a power forward for the Knicks, hand-picked the equipment placed in The Knickerbocker's fitness center, which includes such advanced machines like MyRide V3 spinner bikes by MATRIX and technology like the NIKE + iPod connectivity and FitTouch Technology.
Nearly ten years ago, the existence of The Knickerbocker Hotel in Times Square, a Beaux-Arts building that closed down to hotel guests in 1921 and operated as an office building ever since, was wiped away, with the exception of a sealed-off entrance to the subway. But come February 12, the property will once again open as a hotel.
We showed you a glimpse of the public spaces at the Knickerbocker back in April, but here's a look at one of the 330 rooms at the hotel. Very simple, rather understated and almost a little bland. But the amenities do sound good with SFERRA linens, 55" flat-screen TV, complimentary bottled water and soft drinks, Ted Gibson toiletries and free WiFi.
Elsewhere at the hotel, Chef Charlie Palmer, whose Aureole is across the street, will oversee Charlie Palmer at The Nick, a full service restaurant and bar; Jakes @ The Knick, a coffee shop; and St. Cloud, the outdoor rooftop bar overlooking Times Square which will feature a cigar lounge from tobacconist, Nat Sherman.
The hotel, which is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, has rooms available on February 12 for $495 a night for a superior room with a king bed.
[Photo: Knickerbocker Hotel]
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The Best Western President Hotel in Times Square used to be one of our favorite Best Western hotels ever with its purple hued decor, high design and free WiFi. We say "used to be" because the Wall Street Journal has reported that the hotel will soon change into a Tryp by Wyndham Hotel.
The owners of the hotel, Hampshire Hotels & Resort (who also own the Dream and Night brands, which are licensed by Wyndham), have modified their mortgage due to the increased competition in NYC which has seen the hotel occupancy rates rise but not the actually price of the rooms. (Sidenote: how is this possible? It seems like all NYC hotels are charging insanely higher prices these days.)
Anyways, Tryp is planning a renovation of the property that will make it more millennial-friendly.
It’s planning a “multimillion-dollar” upgrade at the Times Square property which will include adding “lobbyfriend,” a social networking system for hotel guests, and making the hotel’s public spaces more inviting places to hang out, says Bill Hall, a senior vice president (of Wyndham.)
The rebranding should happen early next year. In the meantime, you can check out the Tryp Times Square South at 345 W. 35th St. where rates start around $400 a night on the weekends in December. Rates at the Best Western are about $430.
[Photo: Best Western President/Facebook]
The ALS ice bucket challenge has gone viral. What started on Facebook as an awareness movement/double dare (#ALSIcebucketchallenge) amongst friends, then friends of friends has moved onto athletes, celebrities and even billionaires like Bill Gates. And now, it's reached the hotel world.
Using hotel room ice buckets, the staff at the Novotel Times Square dumped ice on themselves last Friday to support ALS research. And so did a couple of guests. Check out the video of the dumping, done on their rooftop terrace, here:
Of course, the hotel passed on the challenge--to their general manager Marc, and to another hotel--The Sofitel New York (that's the Novotel's sister property, FYI.)
So far the FB page for the Sofitel New York has not addressed the ALS challenge. But we hope they do--either with ice buckets or money (preferably the latter.)
[Photos and Video via Novotel Times Square]
Introducing our newest hotel guide--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city, starting with New York. This is also a seasonal guide so the options may change depending on when you're going. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.
Looking for a hotel in New York City? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless “Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?
Here are four different hotels to try amongst the bright lights of Times Square. So whether you’re going for pleasure or work and whether you’ve got cash to throw around or have pennies to count, these hotels will fulfill your needs. One common thread running through these hotel picks? They have all free WiFi. So during your stay, you can write us a thank you email for the recommendation.
Alec Baldwin should probably steer clear of this new hotel suite in Manhattan but Lindsay Lohan will absolutely love it.
Row Hotel in Times Square (formerly the Milford Plaza) has unveiled a new 1,000-sq.ft. two-bedroom, penthouse suite that's done up in contemporary decor (hello, gorgeous Missoni pillows!) and filled with extremely modern furnishings that seem to re-invent geometric shapes as we know them.
But the suite also has some throwbacks to old Hollywood with vintage photographs of actors and rock stars from Ron Galella on the walls. The suite even has a copy of one of those old Hollywood movie lights. And now, you can put yourself in the pictures.
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.