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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!
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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!
It's only been a few hours since we saw Rihanna perform at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ, but we miss her already. So here we are, dutifully browsing various tabloid stories and YouTube videos of hers, and what do we find? Photos of the red-haired star leaving her Manhattan hotel yesterday morning en route to the venue.
Many celebrities are often photographed coming and going from their hotels, but unless the caption makes it clear, the paparazzi (whether deliberately or unconsciously, we're not entirely sure) often omit all indicators of the hotel itself. Except in this case. Though there is a hint on the awning of a nearby building, we found a much more obvious clue on the carpet under Rihanna's feet.
UPDATE, 2:07pm: Gansevoort Hotel Group has released a new statement on the incident saying that the information gathered by the Post is "categorically misleading." See the new statement below.
In general, we enjoy our NYC hotel pools like we enjoy an NYC hot dog—don't look too close or you'll lose your appetite. Well. The cover's blown this week, after the New York Post did just that. A water cleanliness test is showing that the rooftop pool at the Hotel Gansevoort is actually dirtier than its New York City public pool counterparts.
Thankfully, this comes just a little over a week after the official opening of the city's 54 public pools, so there are plenty of alternatives. Spots like the Dry Dock Playground in the East Village scored much higher than the Gansevoort, and the nearby Chelsea Rec Center is one of the largest in the city. Not to mention cleaner. We found the Post's Gansevoort findings to be a little stomach-turning, so if you have a weak constitution, now might be a good time to look away....
The debut of Amanda Lepore's Tuesday night penthouse party at the Gansevoort Park Hotel also turned out to be her last. The Red Room scene, which was planned as a weekly thing, took a sour turn when guests were barred from going out onto the roof, and the event's main promoter, Kenny Kenny, stormed out in a huff.
We get the whole fire safety thing. But it seems a little odd that the Vitamin Water Summer Series manages to pack in the merrymakers every Sunday, yet somehow this soiree gets the shaft. Was it the obscene costumes? Or was it a curfew thing? To figure out what actually went down last Tuesday night, we spoke to the star herself. Read on below!
The burger grab that launched a thousand water gun squirts.
At the launch of Gansevoort Park's Rooftop's Summer Series yesterday, the music was loud, clothes were coming off, and the threat of rain was making people get drunk in a hurry. As it turns out, a lot of people did get pretty wet —but not from any rain!
The three-level midtown pool deck, which we decided to like for our annual rooftop bars list, hopes to become a bass-thumping party destination this summer, and will do anything—including distributing neon plastic water guns—to make sure the party goes off as planned. As crowds continued to cram onto "Manhattan's largest rooftop pool," we started to worry the front row of people would fall in to the pool. But the water fight that ensued made sure that, in or out of the pool, no shoes were left un-splashed.
Big name DJs like Paul Oakenfold (last night), Sharam (next week), and Chris Lake are all scheduled for appearances, though hopefully they won't be too turned off by the early bedtime. The event only runs until 9pm, so while owners are likely to avoid potential police run-ins from noise complaints (W Fort Lauderdale, are you listening?), we were initially unsure whether the so-called "music event" would really be able to get off the ground, so to speak. But those doubts were soon squelched.