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When the Gansevoort Park Avenue hotel first opened back in 2010, we were pumped about their rooftop pool scene, Plunge, which is spread out over three levels and includes a 40-ft heated indoor-outdoor glass-enclosed, swimming pool.
Yet some neighbors who live near the Gansevoort are less than thrilled about the hotel's Sunday pool parties which only run from 3:30 to 8:30pm, but thanks to loud music and drunk partygoers, effectively kill any plans for a quiet, relaxing, Sunday at home. One neighbor told the NY Post:
"I try to not be home on Sundays. The last thing you want are a bunch of crazy people with loud techno music until 8 or 9 p.m.,” said frustrated local Greg Housset, 24, looking down from his apartment Sunday at the mob of hard-partying revelers packed like sardines on the hotel’s pool deck as turntable star DJ Chuckie spun booming dance tunes.
“Even when the windows are closed, you feel like there’s a sub-woofer in your apartment."
Eeee. We can't even imagine what that noise must be like if you're trying to rest up in your hotel room at the Gansevoort.
We thought we'd be done, for a while, at least, announcing new hotel restaurants in New York City. But of course, we're not, as New York never slows down for a second, and keeping up with the hotel scene is like trying to start a conversation with a squirrel: the darn things just move too fast!
Anyway, this week saw the opening of two new hotel kitchens, and one of them is actually called Ktchn, though spelled without the "i" for extra cool points. That's the New American eatery adjacent to the lobby at The Out NYC, and, thankfully, Ktchn will be bean bag-free.
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This photograph was shot two feet from where it sits now on the wall in Suite 1108
Another month, another NYC hotel unveiling a full-property renovation. This time, we were checking out the new look of The Gansevoort, its re-designed penthouse, and, more importantly, some cool new artwork in the rooms.
Photographer Deborah Anderson (if you haven't heard of her, you've certainly heard of her clients—George Clooney, Pink, Elton John, to name a few) was given the task of creating new artwork for the hotel, and she took her job title of "artist-in-residence" quite literally.
Over the course of two days in October, Anderson set up a photo shoot in two eleventh-floor suites, subtly weaving in elements from those rooms into the photographs themselves. As a result, certain pieces of furniture (curtains, couches, and—yes—toilets) have now been immortalized in the glamorous images guests find as they wander through the hotel.
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It's lights out for The Gansevoort in Miami Beach
Nearly two years after the Gansevoort South/Miami Beach actually ceased to be a Gansevoort Hotel, we've now got word that the hotel has changed its name and will also get started on some much-needed renovations.
Miami-based tipster @DeeTCL tells us the hotel is no longer bank-owned, that Starwood Capital (not Starwood of the W Hotels) has moved in and that the hotel is going by the name, The Perry. Renovations will start soon and will be done in two years. However, despite Starwood's involvement, Coral Hospitality will remain on board as the management company. Already, the Gansevoort's website seems to be defunct while the perrysouthbeachhotel.com is up and running.
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We don't know about you, but the post-holiday void has left us in need of a little diversion, so we're just going to play along with all this Hotel Week business—however much it feels like a bootleg version of New York's more established Restaurant Week. Here to bolster a select batch of NYC hotels through the dreaded January slow season, the nine-day promotion starts today.
And to help you get excited, here are a few tips on ways to get the best bang for your buck.
#1. By saving money on the room, you can relax (read: spend) a little more at the hotel restaurant. For example, Lexington Brass, the glazed brick-lined brasserie on the ground floor of Hyatt 48Lex, has made a point of luring guests with delicious comfort food items like buttermilk fried chicken, deviled eggs with caviar, and, of course, our favorite, the jelly-filled doughnut pancakes.
That's right. Most of you have probably heard of Restuarant Week, a promotional period that falls twice a year (winter and summer) in New York City, giving restaurants a chance to make up prix-fixe menus and welcome in a whole new set of customers. Well, now hotels are starting to get in on the action.
The first-ever NYC hotel week will run for nine days, from January 6-15, with rates starting at $100. Nevermind the fact that the whole thing was decided spur-of-the-moment by a hotel PR firm—we say, if the price is right, we'll jump on board. Because once the holidays have come and gone, and "searching for Christmas trees" is no longer a valid excuse for poking our heads inside random hotels, we're gonna need something to lift our spirits. And it might as well be $200/night rooms at Hyatt 48Lex.
For a complete listing of participating hotels and their rates, see below!
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This winter, both Gansevoort Meatpacking and Gansevoort Park Ave are battling Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) with a new promotional package that includes things like a duplex penthouse suite, a tropical cocktail, vitamin D-infused facial, and beach attire for hanging out in your room. For many people, this might just be enough to lift the heavy winter blues.
But Gansevoort's not stopping there. Taking all precautions, the hotel has also decided to photoshop pictures of you with Santa Claus. And provide you with a "friend for the day" (it's exactly how it sounds). Or, even, if that glum mood just won't pick up, to offer a Compliment Concierge that will shower you with praise throughout your entire stay—by the end of which, no doubt you'll be positively elated.
If not slightly stuck-up.
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In the ever-expanding universe of Twitter, there is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel room photos. These Twitpics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Starting this week, we will begin featuring one "Twitpic of the Week" to commemorate our favorite hotel-themed snapshot. Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!
Life can be tough when you're the world's most famous reality TV star. So when @KimKardashian just needed a nice, prolonged armchair lounging sesh, who was gonna stop her? And if her handsome houndstooth dress happened to perfectly match the fabric on the chair, who was gonna complain about that either?
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To start your week off right, here's a shot of one very pregnant pop star making her way out of a downtown NYC hotel that happens to be very popular with the celebrities. Beyonce, in town to promote her new fragrance, Beyonce Pulse, wore her golden hair back in a bun, along with some chunky gold hoop earrings and bright red lipstick. Not exactly another hotel fashion shoot, but she was certainly as ready for the cameras as they were for her.
They must be something doing something right at the Gansevoort Park to attract such a steady flow of high-profile guests. Just last month, it was Kim Kardashian who made headlines when she and hubby Kris Humphries moved into the hotel's $7000-a-night penthouse.
What happens when a flashy brand like Lacoste sets up shop inside a flashy hotel lobby like Gansevoort Park Avenue? Well, the staff uniforms get a whole lot, er, flashier.
Even though the hotel's already been open for a year, the infamous alligator brand is just now getting ready to deck out the entire hotel staff, according to the NY Times. Not limiting itself just to Park Avenue, however, the company will service both Gansevoort hotels, plus the Soho House, and Nobu out in the Hamptons.
It seems like just last year Kim Kardashian and her sister Kourtney were moving into the penthouse suite at the Smyth Tribeca for their new reality show, "Kourtney and Kim Take New York." Wait, it was just last year that they were doing that. Now, they are back in the Big Apple again but the hotel rooms have changed (not to mention Kim's marital status.)
Instead of staying at Smyth, the girls have moved onto the Gansevoort Park and the party spot hotel on Park Avenue is only too happy to welcome Kim and her new husband to their penthouse suite. Page Six reports:
Kim Kardashian will be in monogrammed marriage heaven once she and new hubby Kris Humphries settle into their home at the Gansevoort Hotel on Park Avenue South. Sources tell us the pair, soon moving into a $7,000-a-night penthouse, will be reminded of their lavish nuptials--and their matching initials-- with K&K monogrammed towels, sheets, pillow cases and even Champagne bottles.
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If you haven't already tried it, the East River Ferry is a great way to get around NYC—especially in the summer. For $4 a ride, you can zip between lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, and get to enjoy stunning views of the city while you're at it.
But for hotel geeks, this efficient cruise also poses another possibility: hotel hopping on the East River! Believe it or not, more than half of the eight ferry terminals are within walking distance of some of the neighborhood's essential hotels. And given NYC's blatant oversaturation these days, this is a great way to enjoy the city's diversity of hotels, without ever spending too much time in one particular neighborhood. Off to sea!