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Whether you're driving into Miami or sailing out of it on a cruise ship, keep your eye to the skyline at night as the InterContinental Miami just celebrated the completion of a $30 million dollar renovation (remember those Venus Williams-designed suites?) by introducing a new light show on its two main facades.
The 19-story LED show has several scenes; it varies from spelling out "WELCOME TO MIAMI" letter-by-letter to a lava flow to a dancing girl (video below). No music will accompany the dancing girl, but playing songs like "Lights" by Ellie Goulding and "Miami" by Will Smith sync extremely well.
Entourage star Jeremy Piven did the honors of turning the lights on, but it was really a night to celebrate Warhol contemporaries Ultra Violet (a painter/sculptor) and Patrick McMullan (the famed photographer), both of whom contributed their creative juice to the lobby of the hotel.
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Instead of boring old Christmas trees, the Nolitan is making use of a different kind of greenery for the holiday season: computer-generated images of flowers and hanging vines. As part of a local art gallery partnership, a very beautiful, soothing ambient video is currently being looped and projected onto a wall adjacent to the Front Desk.
Produced by artist Jennifer Steinkamp, the video is entitled Rapunzel, and in many ways, it's the perfect complement to the Nolitan's quiet, intimate lobby, which essentially doubles as a waiting area for Ellabess, the hotel's restaurant. Lush, gently-swaying tendrils move almost as if blown by an invisible breeze, and have a kind of hypnotizing effect. To see what we mean, scroll down and watch a clip from the video!
We recently got to check out a suite at 60 Thompson, a hotel known for its sex appeal as much as for its spicy Thai food. But what struck us during the visit wasn't the designer condoms, or the use of curry paste (though the restaurant's tangy Pad Thai was awesome). It was the near-psychedelic effect produced by all the dark red marble lining the bathroom walls.
The patterned walls are such a sensory overload that they gave our camera's auto-focus a run for its money. Zooming in and out to get a clear shot, we felt ourselves getting a little woozy. It was all we could do to stop ourselves from grabbing the door, lowering ourselves to the floor, and blurting out a: "Woah, man."
Beverages seem to be a theme over at the newly-opened Hyatt 48Lex. If guests aren't downstairs slurping freshly brewed coffee (or tea!) at Lexicon Lounge, they can raid the wine minibar (stocked with ten mini bottles), which conveniently folds into the rest of the cabinet. Out of sight, out of mind!
Take a look at our video tour of a Lexington Studio, located on the ninth floor. The kitchenette/minibar area is located right by the door as you walk inside, which leaves the rest of the room relatively un-cluttered. West-facing windows deliver plenty of light and offer some great unobstructed views down Lexington Avenue. We dug the stylish lounge area outside the bedroom, which, rather cozily manages to pack in a couch, chair and desk. Rates for the Lexington Studio start at around $500.
It isn't every day we get to peek inside the Presidential Suite of a major Times Square hotel. But when the opportunity to tour the one inside the Westin Times Square presented itself to us yesterday—at the tail end of a hot, sticky, generally unpleasant weekend—we jumped at it.