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Yesterday we showed you inside the Showtime House exhibition at Cassa Hotel & Residences, but since you probably don't want to sleep in a hospital bed or Dexter's lair, today we've got a tour of the hotel's suites for you.
While you may not be able to spring for the Cassa Suite and Mia Cassa Suite--rates are around $1,500 a night for these rooms in September--these photos will still give you an idea of what the decor is like in the regular rooms. (Studios around 250 sq ft are running at a sky-high $599 a night this month, but it is high season, with Fashion Week and the US Open in town.)
Midtown's new Cassa Hotel & Residences has been open for almost two weeks now, but where are the reviews? The Cassa grapevine has been so quiet it's non-existent and we're dying to know what it's like inside that Tetris-white exterior.
As with any hotel reviews, scoop, or questions, you can always email us—with anonymity assured!
In the meantime, if you've got a case of the Cassa curiosity, we've found the cheapest way to get your foot in the door is via Quikbook.
While browsing the hotel's new and improved website we noticed the words 'photo gallery' and immediately took a little click through to suss out the guest room decor. In a word? Surprising.
We last strolled by Cassa in early May and found there was not much opening action going on, despite having promised an April opening date. But this time, we think the Desires Hotels property in Midtown-- the one with the interesting windows designed by architect Enrique Norten--could really truly open on August 1.
When it does, here's what to expect: Both the hotel-room renderings and the showroom for the residences in the building show that the rooms will have a European feel—simple, clean lines and luxurious details—such as cream ottomons and black leather studded headboards.
The Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach
As a collection of boutique properties, Desires Hotels likes to promote what makes one property distinctive from any other. They also think their guests are all special, unique snowflakes, and want to reward them with a discount and the chance to win 12 nights in their hotels—a three-night stay (with airfare) in a Desires property in Miami, Milwaukee, St. Louis and New York City.
That's the grand prize in the live.stay.be.unique contest, but there's also a prize for second and third place (two three-night stays and one three-night stay, respectively) and a 20% discount on your next Desires Hotel stay just for entering.
The good news is that the exterior of the building does look finished, except for this messy entrance construction. And we quite like the look of the building.
The bad news is we can't discern any opening date. Over on the Desires Hotels website, this property is still listed as opening in 2010 and hitting up the hotel's individual website yields no clues either. So we'll put this one down for "Summer" for now.
Another shot of Cassa is after the jump.
The last we had heard about the rumors that the Sagamore might become a Playboy Hotel was back in February, when the magazine threw its big Super Bowl party at the South Beach hotel. That bit of synergy fueled the fire that a branding deal could be in the works. But today, the Miami Herald reports that the lenders behind the hotel don't seem interested in the Playboy Bunnies at all. But they are trying to sell the property—and the Sagamore has asked a judge to halt the auction.
According to the Herald, the hotel's owners accused lender LNR Property of "duping it into halting loan payments in hopes of restructuring its debt." Now, the stage seems set for foreclosure, with bids for the hotel due today.
If we didn't know better, from all the hotel
stalking tracking we do, we'd think we got punked. A couple of weeks ago, we mean. On April 1st—the day that the Cassa Hotel and Residences was aiming to open. Now, that didn't happen, of course, but somehow we don't think it's a joke.
Cassa H.Q. is being pretty quiet about what's going on with the Midtown property, so we assume we can file this under the catchall "construction delays" and hope for the best. The Scene Advisor website has April 26 down as the opening date for Cassa but we don't know where this intel came from, and were told by the PR reps only that there is no news at this time.
Got tickets to the Tribeca Film Festival? Or planning on skulking around downtown in the hopes of meeting a producer who'll snap up your screenplay ... but can't afford the cool, downtown hotels where most of the festvial-goers will shack up? Not to worry—hotels in other parts of town want in on the Tribeca Film Fest action, too, and one of the first out of the ranks with a discount is Desires Hotels. Both The MAve and Hotel Mela are offering up to 15% off their best available rates during the festival, April 21–May 2.
We aren't the biggest fans of renderings. We much prefer real photos of hotel rooms and buildings. So we were intrigued by this Real Deal article about the renderings vs. reality of the Cassa Hotel in New York. It brings up a point that applies to all hotels: what's real and what's not?
The picture above is of a model of the Cassa building, with a glamorous rendering behind it. The photo below is of the top part of the building as it appears in real life, albeit in the daytime, and still under construction so there are no lights on to create that pretty pattern the architects are going for.
You've seen our Master List of Worldwide Hotel Openings in 2010 so you know that there a ton of new hotels on the cards for NYC. We expect delays with some of these, but today we're going to go along with the optimism of the folks behind the Cassa Hotel and Residences, who are racing to get the hotel portion of the building open by April 1st. (And they assure us this not an April Fool's prank.)
What’s this? A New York hotel opening on or close to schedule? We don’t want to count our chickens before they’ve hatched but we’ve learned that the Cassa Hotel & Residences in New York is set to open in April. Last we heard it might be this summer, so this is welcome news indeed.
The futuristic-looking building on West 45th Street is designed by Enrique Norten of Ten Arquitectos and is part condo, part hotel—57 apartments and 166 hotel rooms. Cassa joins fellow Desires Hotels in New York, The MAve and Hotel Mela.