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The last time we heard about the Greenwich in TriBeCa, it was offering to bring you a Christmas tree direct to your suite. Now, more
suite sweet news: the hotel has opened a new, top suite: the TriBeCa Penthouse.
Last week, news about new hotel brands for Millennials came fast and furious. While the momentum has died down a little bit, there's still news percolating out there. Like this bit about a Tommie Hotel from Thompson Hotels opening in Tribeca on Hudson Street next summer. [Insert clapping hands emoji right here.]
Yes, we've known about this property since Tommie Hotels were first announced in May 2013. But it's always been the other Tommie Hotel on E. 31st Street that we've been checking up on, each time getting slightly depressed that Spring 2016 seems like forever away.
Just the other week, we called out Tribeca Blu in
Chinatown uh, Tribeca as an affordable option in downtown at a time when NYC hotels are regularly asking, and receiving, $300 a night for an average-looking room.
We did forewarn any interested guests by saying that the spot is more like an "upmarket hostel" with no restaurant, no bar, no business center, no refrigerators and no fitness center. However, WiFi is included. And the recent reviews on TripAdvisor were pretty decent.
But a FOH (Friend of HotelChatter) who checked into the Tribeca Blu promptly checked out after getting up to his room. (And it wasn't just because of the cramped space. That photo above is pretty much the entire hotel room, minus the bathroom.) The bad experience actually started from the moment he walked into the hotel.
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There's even more hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
· Is the Hotel Costes Coming to Tribeca?: The Tribeca Citizen has discovered that a building at 443 Greenwich Street is turning into a hotel and that it may possibly become the New York outpost of the hip Parisian Hotel Costes hotel. A Sotheby's agent tweeted the Hotel Costes news but Tribeca Citizen hasn't been able to confirm anything just yet. What is for sure is that Tribeca is definitely getting a hotel at 443 Greenwich Street (pictured above.) And we're totally down with that!
· Sean Mac's Hotel Plans Materializing on W. 8th Street: When we last checked in with hotelier Sean MacPherson we could only guess if his plans to turn the Marlton House, an SRO building in Greenwich Village, would actually come to fruition. Well, according to this piece in the NY Post on the revitalized W. 8th Street neighborhood, his dreams are coming true. The building will be transformed into a Parisian-style 120-room boutique hotel. Even better, it will open by the end of the year.
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Movie buffs are getting ready to hit up the 12-day Tribeca Film Festival from April 20 to May 1. If you plan on visiting New York City to join other movie-goers at the fest, book your hotel now—last year, the event drew 410,000 cinephiles, filmmakers and actors.
Of course, you'll want to stick close to the trendy Tribeca 'hood to be in the middle of all the action. Here are some hotels that are still open for next week's 10th annual festival.
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New York budget hotel mastermind Sam Chang is back to work on his stalled Tribeca property at 99 Washington Street, the last rumors of which we heard in 2007. Seems work on the 44-story project will finally recommence, at least according to a tipster who sent us a report in The Tribeca Trib, which says that Chang and his partners will present the latest plans at a March 2 community board meeting. The report also says it's slated to become a Holiday Inn.
According to previously disclosed details, the hotel is meant to have 350 rooms. Gene Kaufman Architects, of the Tri-Pack Hotel and Hotel 373 among others, will handle the design. (They're aiming for 400 rooms in the $50 million project.) Along with ground-floor retail, there will be an eight-floor "street wall" before the tower footprint shrinks as it rises, which would open up a potential outdoor terrace. This would all compliment Chang's development nearby at 50 Trinity Place, slated to be a 35-story hotel—but also currently stalled.
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We've been so focused on the big New York openings this year that the Canal Park Inn, a country cottage-style bed and breakfast right by the Holland Tunnel, that opened in October, would have slipped under our radar if it weren't for the eagle eyes of the Tribeca Citizen. What's happening at the four-room hideaway in the northwest corner of the nabe, that's attached to the Canal Park Playhouse (hence they market it as "bed, breakfast and theater")?
The four rooms are quite large by New York–hotel standards, and several have alcoves with sofas that fold out into secondary beds. The place is full of historical character—all rooms have claw-foot tubs, and the stairs and door frames are far from new-build. (Modernity isn’t entirely forsaken: Several rooms have either a kitchen or kitchenette; Batby has a washer/dryer; and the rooms facing Canal are incredibly quiet, thanks to triple-glazed windows.)
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Last week, we were called out on our Master hotel Openings List for 2011 because we forgot the luxury brand of Hilton Hotels like the Waldorf-Astoria Collection and Conrad Hotels. Even worse, we totally forgot that Conrad was opening a hotel in New York in 2011 in the Financial District.
Officially called the Conrad new York, the hotel will be located at 102 North End and Vesey Street and will have 463 guestrooms starting at a seriously spacious 550-sq.ft., a 15-story atrium lobby with a dramatic Sol LeWitt art piece rising 13 floors behind the check-in desk, and three restaurants from NYC restauranteur Danny Meyer, including a second Blue Smoke restaurant, an unnamed upscale dining spot and another Shake Shack.
And the Tribeca Citizen points out that the hotel (on the old site of an Embassy Suites) will also have a:
green roof (with an herb garden for Danny Meyer), as well as a roof lounge that will be operated by the hotel but open to non-guests. The lounge will be small—1,300 square feet, with an occupancy of around 65 people.
While the regular rooms are spacious enough at Robert DeNiro's Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca, if you'd rather stay in the penthouse suite, you're gonna have to wait a little bit longer.
New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission has ordered the hotel to make their penthouse roof smaller. Apparently, the initial building plans for the hotel were approved without the inclusion of a penthouse. The penthouse was built anyways, much to the landmarks commission's dismay. The hotel's architect then had to come up with a new plan for the roof which was approved today.
Curbed has the architectural detes on the new designs:
Now, some folks might be turned off by the amount of paparazzi hanging around the joint but from the picture, it looks like this hotel doorman is loving his new guests. We just hope Kimmy and co. are tipping him for his efforts!
Planning on getting close to the Kardashians on your next trip to NYC? Let's take a glance at the room rates. This weekend, a queen superior room was found on the hotel's website for $419 a night. The following weekend that rate jumps to $429 a night.
On Quikbook.com, the rates weren't that much different--about 5 percent off. (But the brand-new James Hotel was available for $387 a night.) The Smyth hotel wasn't listed on Expedia at all but TabletHotels.com had a room for $395 a night.
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Whenever there's another Kardashian TV show spin-off, you can be assured that another hotel will get caught in the Kardashian girls web of drama. This time it's the Smyth Hotel in TriBeCa.
Kourtney and her baby daddy will shack up here while Kourt and sister Kim will launch their Dash boutique somewhere in the city. (Khloe will presumably be orking on making a baby with hubby Lamar Odom back in LA.) NY Post reports:
They'll be using a penthouse at the Smyth Hotel for three months while they expand the family business and find Kim a man. A source said Scott Disick and baby Mason will live in the penthouse with Kourtney for the shoot, with the intention of relocating the family to New York permanently.
There's no word on when the family will move in (it could be happening right now!Toro Bar will be such a good idea, although we're personally excited about the space.
You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.
Sure, this is New York and we could be staring at a brick wall or a dirty air shaft. We're probably lucky that we have a view at all, especially for the rate we paid of $159 a night. But still, the odd assortment of shops on Church Street (wide feet shoes and Domino's anyone?), which looked closed most of the time, had us a bit depressed. Maybe our next series should be Hotels Under $200 with Killer Views of Manhattan. Any suggestions?