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The Tri-Pack's Holiday Inn is the 1000th 'Relaunched' Property

Where: 343 West 39th Street [map], New York, ny, United States
July 24, 2009 at 9:20 AM | by | ()

As you know (er, if nothing else, then from the commercials), Holiday Inn has been going through a major relaunch. The logo is different, the linens are different — and, quite frankly, the whole concept of the new Holiday Inns is a pretty far cry from the crappy-bedspreads and ugly-carpets of the past.

And today the budget brand announced that the makeover spree has officially hit 1000: the media is all a-twitter today because HI sent around a press release to announce the opening of the 39th Street Holiday Inn in NYC (they're calling it the Holiday Inn Times Square — which, like, not quite), part of the Times Square Tri-Pack and a significant milestone for the chain.

The makeovers are spread across 3,200 currently-open hotels, and another 1,050 are in the development pipeline — the global relaunch should be 100% done by the end of 2010.

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It's Official: The Tri-Pack is Open

July 20, 2009 at 10:13 AM | by | ()

Ohhh wow. The Tri-Pack is open. Hooray!

We got The Real Deal in our inbox yesterday with some wonderful news: Sam Chang, the Manhattan budget-hotel guru himself, has finally lined up a buyer for the Tri-Pack — something he'd been having a hard time doing, which (we assume) was partly to blame for the opening delay here.

Recall that the Tri-Pack (or so we've dubbed it) is a Hampton Inn, Candlewood Suites and a Holiday Inn Express on West 39th Street, near Times Square. The Hampton Inn actually opened on Tuesday of last week, followed by the Candlewood Suites on Friday. The Holiday Inn is opening its doors today.

Unfortunately, TRD says the Hampton Inn was at a 20% occupancy rate the day after it opened. A couple things are probably to blame for this, though: rates are around $179 (kinda meh since you can get the Thompsons and whatnot for around that price these days) and, um, nobody really knew the place was open.

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Another Tri-Pack Hotel is Now Two-Thirds Open in Times Square

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  Site Where: 326 West 40th Street [map], New York, ny, United States, 10018
June 25, 2009 at 1:37 PM | by | ()

How could we forget that the Tri-Pack hotel in Times Square would have some competition. We got a press release today saying that the Four Points Times Square has opened. When we checked our archives to see what else we have written about this hotel, we found this story which focused largely on Gene Kauffman's Tri-Pack Hotel.

However, we also wrote that he was working on a similar packaged hotel at 40th street that would include "a Four Points by Sheraton, Fairfield Inn and Staybridge Suites, each more than 30 stories tall." For clarity's sake we'll call this new one Tri-Pack BT (Business Travelers.) The other Tri-Pack will have the more budget-y brands of Holiday Inn, a Candlewood Suites and a Hampton Inn.

Now the Four Points is open at Tri-Pack BT but Staybridge Suites won't take guests until January 16, 2010. On the other hand the Fairfield Inn is already open with rooms at $199, making this Tri-Pack hotel two-thirds open.

And yes, that's a Starwood property, an ICH hotel and a Marriott brand all sharing the same space. (Btw for giggles, check out the Staybridge Suites rendering on their site which shows the building as a standalone.)

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We Can Stop Stalking the Tri-Pack For a While

Where: 39th St. [map], New York, ny, United States
April 28, 2009 at 2:48 PM | by | ()

We've had our eye on the Manhattan Tri-Pack hotel for a while now, waiting rather impatiently for the budget hotel threesome — a Hampton Inn, a Candlewood Suites and a Holiday Express in a single structure — to open. Yes, we know it's just three budget hotel brands we've been to before — but the building is so cool! And it's another hotel in New York — no, three other hotels in New York.

But it's delayed. And an anonymous tipster answered our call for hot gossip yesterday and sent us this:

The real story is that [the developer] has a buyer trying to close who is unable to secure the necessary financing. He has financial pressures and can't put any more money into the project right now - especially as opening the hotel will require working capital to carry for several months. In this market he can't expect to be profitable right away as if it were 2007. He is working to help the buyer get the financing but it is very difficult in this market, especially for such a large transaction (same buyer is buying all three hotels).

Another victim of the economy. Sigh. Our advice: don't make a rezzie at these hotels just yet — heck, right now you can score a room at the Cooper Square or the SoHo Grand for under $200 on Quikbook right now. And those? Yeah, those are open.

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The Great Tri-Pack Push-Back of 2009

Where: 39th St. [map], New York, ny, United States
April 27, 2009 at 4:06 PM | by | ()

The Times Square Tri-Pack hotel's opening has been pushed back. Insert sad trumpet sound effect here.

The lofty Gene Kaufman project on 39th Street in Manhattan — a Holiday Inn Express, a Candlewood Suites and a Hampton Inn that share a single structure with separate lobbies and entrances — was originally supposed to be opening, well, right around now.

Last we stalked, the Holiday Inn Express was taking bookings starting June 1st, but now the site is not accepting rezzies until August 2nd. Meanwhile, the Candlewood Suites site allows us to make rezzies for August 2nd and beyond — pushed back from the July opening date we saw last. And finally, the Hampton Inn's website lists September 1, 2009 as the date they'll start taking bookings.

This is all pretty shady, considering we stopped by the hotel a couple of months ago and the place looked like it was just about finished — but as we've learned from countless hotel delays past, you never know what could be causing the push-back or what's going on behind the scenes.

Got any dirt on the official opening date of these three hotels? What the heck is going on? Let us know.

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Manhattan Tri-Pack Update: Shady Opening Dates, Steep Rates

Where: W. 39th St. [map], New York, ny, United States
March 30, 2009 at 12:43 PM | by | ()

Well, then. Last we checked, things seemed to be coming along nicely for two of the three hotels in Manhattan's 39th Street Times Square Tri-Pack development (the Candlewood Suites, Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express going up in a single structure in Manhattan). But maybe we spoke too soon.

The Holiday Inn Express — whose progress was far behind the other two hotels in the building when we stalked the place a couple weeks ago — is taking bookings online before the other two. Its website says it will be taking reservations starting June 1st, but we were unable to book online — and the direct line to the hotel has been "temporarily disconnected."

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Will the Times Square Tri-Pack Open as a Two-Pack?

Where: W 39th St. [map], New York, ny, United States
March 12, 2009 at 9:26 AM | by | ()

Yesterday, we swung by 39th Street in Manhattan to check on progress of the Times Square Tri-Pack hotel — that is, the Candlewood Suites, Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotel trio opening up inside a single structure near Times Square — and things are progressing. Well, mostly progressing.

The Hampton Inn and Candlewood Suites are both looking good from what we could see: the lobbies seemed to be nearing completion, signage was up, and the Hampton Inn even had some flowers on the still-under-construction front desk. Also, curtains were up on all the guest room windows! Good sign!

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When is the Times Square Tri-Pack Hotel Going to Open?

Where: 39th St. [map], New York, ny, United States
February 25, 2009 at 11:01 AM | by | ()

Last year, we briefly mentioned architect Gene Kaufman's tri-pack hotel coming to 39th Street in Times Square: the plan wasn't exactly like one of those Yum Brands Taco Bell/Pizza Hut hybrid restaurant concepts where the brands share staff and public space (though it would be kinda fun to stay in a Ritz-Carlton while the kiddies stayed down the hall in a Courtyard by Marriott, no?) Rather, the idea of the Times Square tri-pack is just three hotel brands — a Holiday Inn Express, a Candlewood Suites and a Hampton Inn — sharing a single, 36-story building.

The Hampton Inn is moving in at 337 West 39th Street, the Candlewood at 339 and the Holiday Inn Express at 343 — and we'd heard some faint whispers on the tipline that the doors on all three would be open by the end of March.

But we checked the websites of all three hotels and none are accepting reservations anytime soon. The Hampton Inn will accept bookings for May 15th forward, the Holiday Inn Express will accept June 1st rezzies and the Candlewood lists June 9th.

Anyone got any dirt on the official opening date of the 39th Street tri-pack? Send 'em over.

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The Man Behind Manhattan's Newest Hotels

February 18, 2008 at 1:35 PM | by | ()

If you haven't already heard, Manhattan is going hotel crazy. The Big Apple is going to add a much-needed 20,000 rooms by 2010 but those rooms aren't going to be found in the next Andre Balazs or Ian Schrager hotel.

Nope the big box chains are doing most of the adding here and they all have the same man doing their designs: architect Gene Kaufman.

In a profile with the NY Times, Kaufman points out his renderings for Sheraton, DoubleTree and a Marriott. In all, he is designing 36 new hotels in Manhattan.. To put in perspective:

On one block near Times Square -- 39th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues -- Mr. Kaufman, 50, has five hotels under construction.

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