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It's US Open time again and that means lots of strapping young tennis players are soon to arrive in New York looking for a place to stay. Reigning champion, and hotelier, Andy Murray has got his sorted -- he says he's staying in the same place as last year, which, we seem to recall him saying, is someplace "quiet."
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Andy Murray is only 25, but his resume is already pretty full: third ranked tennis champion in the world; first British male to win the US Open since 1936; gold medal winner at the recent 2012 Olympics; sexy Scotsman. But you know what was missing? Hotelier. He hadn't quite crossed that one off the list yet.
Murray announced yesterday that he has taken over the Cromlix House, a 139-year-old Victorian mansion in central Scotland (about 45 miles northeast of Edinburgh), and plans to turn it into a 15-room luxury hotel. Though, don't expect him to be answering telephones or delivering room service trolleys, though. Having purchasing the 50-acre estate for £1.8 million, Murray will contract the services of Inverlochy Castle Management International to actually run the place.
CNN reports that Murray in fact has a bit of history with the Cromlix House, since not only did Murray grow up a few miles from the property, but his brother Jamie (also a tennis player) was married there in 2010. As of now, Murray hasn't commented too much on his specific vision for the hotel, which is set to open in 2014. Though, if he's seeking a creditable interior designer, we hear Venus Williams is looking for new projects to work on…
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Just the other day, we were reading a story about British Olympic tennis champion Andy Murray, who bragged about getting to stay in "a lot of different hotels" during his seven-year career. Lucky him. Now Murray's in New York City for this year's US Open tournament (which got underway yesterday), and he's saying he's after a quieter hotel, to help him focus when he's not on the courts.
Which got us thinking: where do people go in New York when they need extra quiet? Well, the first answer might be, "not New York." But we know there's more to it than that. Indeed, plenty of Manhattan hotels are in the business of making you completely forget you're in Manhattan at all.
The trick is where to find 'em...
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In just eighteen days, the 2011 US Open Tournament barrels into Flushing, NY. Here's a look at which NYC hotels are serving up the best rates, tennis packages, and, of course, tennis swag.
Make it a double-night stay over in midtown's new-ish Sanctuary Hotel, whose US Open Tennis package includes an unlimited weekly Metrocard—not quite a free limo ride (see below), but convenient enough! Also lumped in with the $499 rate (or $249 per night) are a Serena Williams skin care bundle kit, a Rafael Nadal "Rafa" crew shirt, and a free room upgrade. Hopefully, Hank Freid's S.T.A.R. staff is up to par!
The new Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel
UPDATE: Gansevoort Park is having some opening issues. Book the original Gansevoort instead.
Hotels are booking up fast for US Open tennis tournament and some might even be sold-out. In fact, The Westin Times Square, whose US Open package we wrote about last week, is already booked up from August 31-September 2 and again on September 4. If you want a room there, you better secure it now.
Both hotels are offering a "Gans, Set, Match" package from August 30 to September 12 starting at $462 a night and which includes overnight accommodations, two Gansevoort caps, complimentary champagne and sliders at the rooftop pool, two seat cushions for the matches, two Lacoste polo shirts and unlimited Weekly Metro Cards to get you to and from the courts. You can also purchase tennis tickets through the Gansevoorts for an additional cost.
The US Open is just a week away and hotels are prepping for the onslaught of tennis fans. Many hotels are putting together US Open packages but wherever you stay (even if it's with a friend), you can always pick up some cute picnic baskets to take with you to the matches from The Grand Hyatt's new Market cafe at Grand Central Staion.
There are three options for the "Tennis Take-Out" packs starting with the Match Point Picnic at $20 which includes seasonal fruits, a choice of hot or cold sandwiches, mustard potato salad or southwestern bean salad, Cape Cod potato chips and either a Pepsi or Aquafina.
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The Starwood brand is the official sponsor of both the men's and women's tournament and where there is a sponsorship, there is a hotel package. However, the Westin only has two major properties in the NYC Metro area--Westin Times Square and Westin Jersey City. So your choices are a bit limited if you want your US Open experience to be Westinized.
Nevertheless, at the Westin Times Square they are offering a "Stay and Watch the Pros Play" package that includes a great rate at the hotel plus two metrocards so you can take the subway out to Arthur Ashe stadium in Queens. We couldn't get the package code SSPORT to work today but we noticed that room rates were about the same for the start of the tournament and for the finals--around $365 a night.
UPDATE: Looking to stay at Cassa on opening night? Travelzoo has rooms for just $229 a night. This includes breakfast and it's good for stays from Aug. 1-13. Stays from Aug. 14 to Sept. 10 are $20 more. Book by July 30.
It looks like all the new hotels in New York City are starting to fall in line and the Cassa Hotel and Residences is proving they are serious about their August 1 opening date by announcing a U.S. Open tennis package.
The "Take Me to the US Tennis Open" package is available from August 30-September 12 for $375 a night. It includes complimentary continental breakfast, Metrocards to use for your trip to Queens (the hotel is located right near the 7 subway line) and a copy of the US Open's official "Rules of Tennis" guide. Booking is easy--just visit cassahotelny.com and enter a two night minimum stay in the reservation column under the "Book Now." Then enter the promo code, USOPEN.
Earlier this morning, we learned that the U.S. Open's star player Melanie Oudin was supposedly unable to extend her reservation at a Marriott Hotel after she unexpectedly advanced to the quarter-finals in the tournament.
Well, the rumor mill was burning up this morning about whether or not she was booted from the Marriott Marquis, whether or not she was offered a room at the Marriott East Side or whether or not she was safely ensconced in the Barclay Intercontinental. Now, a Marriott spokeswoman has clarified that Oudin--to the best of their knowledge--was not a guest at the Marriott Marquis. The official statement is here:
The New York Marriott Marquis was surprised to receive a media inquiry on Tuesday, September 8, claiming that the hotel had asked tennis player Melanie Oudin to check out of the hotel earlier this week because her stay had run out.
The New York Marriott Marquis has no knowledge of Ms. Oudin's presence in the hotel, nor was there any guest registered at the hotel under her name. It was never made known to the hotel by Ms. Oudin or her representatives if indeed she was a hotel guest.
We would have gladly extended Ms. Oudin's stay, at the prevailing room rate, had it been requested. We have reached out to Ms. Oudin's agent and would of course welcome her to the New York Marriott Marquis at any time.
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Update: We're hearing that Melanie may be back inside a Marriott hotel on the East Side. Developing....
American tennis player Melanie Oudin has brought some much-need young blood to the U.S. Open this year (she's only 17), advancing to the quarter-finals and being heralded by much of the New York press for making tennis exciting again.
But this U.S Open savior apparently can't get any respect from the
Marriot Marquis Time Square Marriott East Side Hotel which booted her out of her room on Sunday because her reservation was up.
SportsBusiness Journal reports:
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We've kicked off our Summer Cocktails series where we profile fun new summer drinks that hotels are making. Got one we should know about? Send us the recipe with a photo of the drink. Otherwise, enjoy and @reply us when you're wasted!
With the U.S. Open coming up, the fine peeps at Jumeirah Essex House on Central Park have got a consolation prize for all of us who won't make it courtside: we can enjoy the official U.S. Open Cocktail instead (who knew a sporting event had an official cocktail? We hope the players get one after every match).
Anyway, this official cocktail is the Honey Deuce, featuring Grey Goose vodka and Chambord, and of course some melon balls which definitely get us thinking about tennis, at least if we use our imagination. Essex House will be offering this cocktail in its South Gate restaurant from today through to the end of the U.S. Open on September 13.
The US Open tees off on June 20, and Roosevelt's rooftop mad46 space is hosting a party to welcome all of the argyle socks-wearing, knickers-sporting golf fans out there. Along with specialty cocktails like "Dewar's 19th hole," they'll have Wii Golf set up and HD tvs for really getting into the game.
Dress your WASPiest, as prizes are at hand: two Trophy Club VIP passes for the US Open Golf on Sunday, June 21 and a $100 gift certificate courtesy of Pinks and Greens apparel. It's guaranteed to be the preppiest Saturday party off the greens and outside of the Hamptons, so shine up your Sperry Topsiders.
[Photo: Roosevelt Hotel; Golf bag image: BeSportier]