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Let The Rooftopping Begin: The Roof Opens at The Viceroy New York

Where: 120 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
March 12, 2014 at 8:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

We sprung forward over the weekend, so you know what that means: rooftop season is here!

Granted the weather is not exactly rooftop bar ready yet, but the Viceroy New York is doing their bit to will it so by opening up the final, and possibly most anticipated, part of the hotel: The Roof.

The 29th-floor bar will supplement Kingside, the Viceroy's street-level bar and restaurant, which opened late last year, and is, like the rest of the hotel, designed by the inimitable Roman and Williams. Here's how the design firm described the new al fresco spot:

“With walnut ceilings, custom leather sofas accented with caramel-colored woods, and brass details, The Roof is the clubhouse of the spaces, all clad in iroko. Top it off with the most inspiring, not to mention romantic, view of the city you can imagine! This is the perfect spot to take in New York’s energy from a luxurious perch.”

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It’s 9,633 Kilometres to San Francisco from this Ritz-Carlton Rooftop

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  Site Where: Schubertring 5-7, Vienna, Austria, 1010
January 21, 2014 at 4:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

That would be the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton Vienna, more specifically Atmosphere Rooftop Bar & Lounge, where it was frightfully cold when we took advantage of being in the Austrian capital to peruse the most recent European addition to the group.

We were outside just long enough to see how during the summer it must be a lovely spot, with views over the city’s rooftops, and as the plaques on the edge indicate, various Ritz-Carlton hotels far off in the distance. Downstairs, we toured the public spaces inside the combined four historic palaces and a few of the 202 rooms & suites – read on for more.

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Cozy Up On The Berkeley’s Rooftop With Hot Cocoa and a Flick

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  Site Where: Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, United Kingdom, SW1X 7RL
December 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

The world is officially in "Countdown to Christmas" mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we'll be featuring a hotel that's in a holiday mood--whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake tree, put on some lights and declare themselves "festive." Which is why we're looking at hotels that are really going ALL OUT. Know of a hotel that's super excited for Christmas? Let us know!

Let’s face it: At the beginning of the Christmas season, we have warm, fuzzy thoughts of snuggling in front of the fire with a hot toddy in hand and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on the telly. Next thing you know, we’re fighting with crowds in malls, dragging the Christmas tree through the damn door, and making grocery lists for the three full days it’ll take to make all those holiday family feasts. Where did that warm, all-over glow go?

The Berkeley Hotel in London’s Knightsbridge is doing all they can to bring that fleeting festive feeling back with their rooftop Winter Cinema.

Known as a happening rooftop terrace overlooking Hyde Park in the summer, the hotel’s Health Club & Spa has transformed the space into a pine-filled forest with twinkly lights, rustic-chic wooden chalets built for two and a cinema screen more than large enough to accommodate Jimmy Stewart’s face.

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These Hotel Rooftop Bars Don't Stop for Winter

November 19, 2013 at 12:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

Refinery Hotel
The Refinery Rooftop is partitioned into three sections: indoor, outdoor and indoor/outdoor. We can't wait to watch the snow falling against the retractable glass roof over the indoor-outdoor section while sipping a new fall cocktails by resident spirit sorcerer, Alex Ott -- we like the Fall Spice Margarita.

Gansevoort Park
The Gansevoort Park Rooftop features a 40-ft indoor/outdoor heated rooftop swimming pool with wrap-around terraces, indoor/outdoor fireplaces and striking city views of the Empire State Building. For the truly winter-averse, the Park Lounge offers an indoor retreat floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Park Avenue.

Gansevoort Meatpacking
The partying at the Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge at Gansevoort Meatpacking never stops -- not even in the freezing winter thanks to its indoor/outdoor terrace with retractable glass roof.

The James
A truly year-round destination, Jimmy at the James has cozy fireplaces to keep you warm -- before or after making use of the private rooftop pool and outdoor showers.

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Sunset Views From Lisbon's Bairro Alto Hotel Rooftop

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  Site Where: PRAÇA LUIS DE CAMÕES, 2, Lisbon, Portugal, 1200-243
October 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Did you know that Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, predates London, Paris, and Rome by hundreds of years? It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that there is a lot of history to explore here, from wandering the streets of Alfama, the city’s oldest district that tumbles down the hillside from the Castle of Săo Jorge, to gorging on traditional pasteis de Belém.

Another advantage of Lisbon? A balmy 78F (26C) in October, which opens up opportunities to hotel rooftop at a time when more northern climates have gone well into fall/winter mode. We did just that at the Bairro Alto Hotel, in the heart of the nightlife quarter of the same name.

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The Gansevoort Invites Fashion Writers to Take Advantage of its Roof

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  Site Where: 18 9th Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10014
September 6, 2013 at 8:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Besides the designers, the models, the buyers, and the various hangers-on, Fashion Week draws another key tribe to its host city: the fashion bloggers.

In the whirl of excitement of this very special time of year, it is often tough for writers to find a good spot to focus and compose those important blog posts. Not this year; because the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, where the neighbors include the stores of Diane von Furstenberg, Stella McCartney, and Tory Burch, is offering a Writer’s Block Rooftop Retreat.

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A Stitch-By-Stitch Look at The Refinery

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  Site Where: 63 W 38th St. [map], New York , NY, United States, 10018
August 30, 2013 at 10:42 AM | by | Comments (3)

We've spent a good deal of time stalking tracking news about New York's new Refinery Hotel. It's piqued our interest for so very long, and at long last we've been able to take a long look at the midtown hotel which was once a hat-making factory.

Though May 14 was when The Refinery welcomed its first guest, it was pretty bare bones--the restaurant wasn't even open. In June, the Parker & Quinn restaurant invited patrons to nosh, and then July 1st, the hotel's much anticipated rooftop space was unveiled to great fanfare.

Now, at three months old, The Refinery, with interiors done by Stonehill + Taylor, is getting a cool rep as more people discover its existence. In fact, the execs (and Tim Gunn) behind Bravo's fashion reality show Project Runway were so impressed with the property, they decided to house their contestants there this season, instead of their mainstay The Atlas, just across the street. Perhaps the staff's chic uniforms, vintage hats and antique millinery tools from the owners' millinery background had a hand in the decision.

Take a look at our photo gallery and read more about The Refinery's stylish features after the jump.

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Killer View: Courtyard Marriott Herald Square's New Monarch Rooftop Bar

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  Site Where: 71 West 35th St. [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
August 2, 2013 at 11:11 AM | by | Comment (1)

We told you about the recent opening of the Courtyard By Marriott Herald Square. It's in a choice location for tourists who plan on embracing Macy's just across the street, and the plethora of shopping options lining the sidewalks.

But what about those who aren't retail obsessed and just want a non-chain bar to hang? Well, we have a good idea that they're going to spend a TON of time at the hotel's new 18th-floor rooftop bar, Monarch.

Built by the Addison Group, the nightlife gurus behind the Ava Lounge at the Dream Hotel, Inc Lounge and more, the Scandanavian-style space will turn the Midtown lounge scene on its side if all goes well. The first thing to notice is the Empire State Building towering in front of you and it just gets better from there. The landmark is already stunning during the day and breathtaking at night when lit up.

This could easily become one of those super secret spots, but it won't be thanks to a special guest who came to the Courtyard's grand opening party...who was it?

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Happiness Is an Empty Pool Cabana At Parkroyal On Pickering

June 18, 2013 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you had to pick your favorite hotel poolside cabana anywhere in the world, where would it be?

To be honest, it's not something we've ever given much thought to (seen one cabana, seen 'em all)—until, that is, we visited the fifth floor garden terrace of Singapore's Parkroyal on Pickering the other week.

We mentioned last year, before it opened, that the hotel would drip with tropical gardens, and indeed, it is certainly one of the lushest hotels we've seen in a while. Wild flora grow up and down the building's exterior, creating a sort of "secret garden" 120 feet above ground.

This effect is best seen from one of the poolside cabanas—large, sturdy structures that look like human-size birdcages—that are built right on the edge of the fifth floor terrace. Mini-worlds unto themselves, the cabanas are furnished with mountains of pillows and cushions so that once you've entered and plopped down on the floor (preferably with a cold Tiger beer in hand), you never want to leave. Ever.

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Get Thee To The Kimberly For NYC's Shakespeare In The Park This Summer

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  Site Where: 145 E 50th St [map], New York, NY, United States
June 14, 2013 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

To stay, or not to stay—that is the question. At a hotel, that is. And this summer, The Kimberly Hotel is making the decision a whole lot easier by offering guests exclusive access to performances of Shakespeare In the Park, a popular NYC summer tradition of high-quality, free theater in Central Park.

As the official hotel partner, the Kimberly has launched a Shakespeare In the Park travel package that makes a serious case for battling through the unpleasant summer crowds. Starting out with a two-night stay in a one-bedroom suite (it's worth noting that all suites come with marble bathtubs and balconies overlooking the Manhattan skyline), the deal also covers breakfast on the hotel's rooftop (another, lesser-known, but equally pleasant NYC summer tradition), and, finally, two tickets to a Shakespeare play of your choice.

And just so you know what you'd be getting yourself into, this summer's Shakespeare In The Park lineup includes two featured plays: 'The Comedy Of Errors' (May 28-June 30) and 'Love's Labour's Lost, a New Musical' (July 23- August 18).

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Hipsters and Nerds Are Battling It Out At The Wythe Hotel's First Ever 'Hackathon'

June 12, 2013 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

The other week, we were reading an article in New York mag about Brooklyn's Northside Festival, a neighborhood-wide music, movie, and tech festival that gets underway tomorrow. We mainly glossed over the parts about sponsorships and tickets sales and how it will be "unlike a traditional music festival," but one line in particular caught our eye, about a "hacker challenge" set to take place at the Wythe Hotel.

Not being hackers ourselves, but endlessly amused by the concept of them, we asked the hotel to elaborate a bit.

It turns out the Wythe will indeed be hosting a two-day technology conference (this Friday and Saturday), including an event called the "Hackathon," which is every bit as awesome as it sounds. According to the hotel:

"Essentially, Northside Next Festival hosting a panel/team building session at Wythe (in the screening room) on Friday night about the future of healthcare. Then, over the next 24 hours, members of the NYC hacking community will move to Third Ward [a nearby arts community center] and work to build apps to help people to engage with their healthcare in a more meaningful & regulated way."

Sound geeky enough for you? If hacking—or watching people hack—is your thing, then plan on moseying down to the Brooklyn hotel this weekend for a eyeful of keyboard-tapping and code-writing. We also recommend breaking up the day with a nice cold drink on the Wythe's sixth-floor rooftop bar. We have a feeling the crowds will be right up your alley.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Sweat It Out: 3 New Hotel Fitness Amenities Launching In NYC This Summer

June 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

NYC is like the Holy Grail for fitness hounds: jogging the Central Park reservoir, kayaking on the Huson, anti-gravity yoga classes. The list goes on. But for first-time visitors, the array of options can easily become overwhelming.

Luckily, this summer, hotels are going out of their way to offer unique work-outs, custom-tailored to individual guests' needs. So forget staring at a blank wall while pounding the treadmill, and consider these brand new hotel fitness amenities:

70 Park Avenue: Kimpton's swank Park Avenue abode just launched a new fitness center, and to promote it, the hotel is offering two new fitness amenities—first off, a "Power Bar" menu, which offers an a la carte list of different fitness options, from in-room personal training sessions ($100) to yoga ($65) to boot camp ($65).

Alternatively, guests can check-out a mini iPad pre-loaded with a Virtual Fitness Library of workout videos, tutorials and fitness tips.

Two more after the jump!

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