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It's on. It's (maybe) off. It's back on again! The long saga of the hotel development project in the Meatpacking District, opposite the Chelsea Market, has taken some twists and turns, and, when renderings disappeared from Stonehill and Taylor's website disappeared recently, we wondered if developers had called it a day. The good news (from New York YIMBY) is that new plans have been filed and the project is apparently moving ahead.
If Crosby, Stills and Nash taught us anything, it's that the only thing better than a super group is a supergroup made up of our favorite artists: more talent; less records/tickets to buy. It's much the same way in the hotel world, when a bunch of our favorite hotels club together to form a new brand: wider choice of properties; one loyalty program.
The newest hotel brand on our radar is a collection of six New York City hotels doing business under the umbrella of Triumph Hotels. The properties in question are The Iroquois, The Gershwin, Hotel Belleclaire, Hotel Chandler, The Cosmopolitan and The Washington Jefferson. While the brand has only just launched, the family-owned hospitality group, Triumph has owned these hotels for some time, as our Real Housewives-related investigation revealed a few years back.
New York got snowed in again last night (and so did 48 other states) but this morning the doorman at The Algonquin in NYC was hard at work, squeegee-ing the street in front of the entrance. (Now that's a squeegee Giuliani would approve of!) Here's a description from the hotel's Facebook page about how the hotel dealt with the storm:
Well the most recent snow storm was a combination of heavy snow, rain and wind. The Algonquin engineering team stayed atop the mess through the course of the storm to be sure that passage on West 44th Street was safe. Doorman Jermaine Clark wanted to make certain that the entire area was safe for guests and is seen using the squeegee on the street to clear any remaining slush and debris. You really have to appreciate that sort of dedication, so typical of the spirit found at The Algonquin.
Meanwhile, downtown at The Ace Hotel, the doorman put their new parkas to work:
Ay, yi, yi. We hope warmer weather comes in soon!
Whether you forgot the gift and need to make it up to your beau, or you scored an unexpected date tonight and are feel ballsy enough to think you'll be needing a room later, these last-minute NYC hotel booking sites have got your back.
HotelTonight Hotel Tonight have gone the extra mile this Valentine's, offering not just last-minute hotel rooms, but full V-Day packages, too. Packages might include suite upgrades, couples massages, flowers in the room, bottles of champagne or wine, dinner reservations on-property, and late checkout on Saturday.
Tonight's High-Roller Suite comes from the Smyth Hotel where $599 will score you a Penthouse Suite with two bathrooms, a dining room with full kitchen, a lounge area and a 800-square-foot terrace overlooking Tribeca.
We say you should hurry, these room probably won't stay empty long tonight.
[Photo: Flickr/Ken Colwell]
It's often said that one of the best things about staying in a hotel is having someone else make your bed for you, but when the hotel is your home, it seems, you can forget about such perks -- even if you're a dog.
Here's Henry, pup-in-residence at The Roger Smith in Manhattan. The hotel tells us that Henry comes to work every day from Monday through Friday, and that "the guests love him". After a long day spent keeping things running smoothly at the Roger Smith, Henry makes his own bed and settles in for a well-deserved sleep.
He does a pretty good job, we think. His exact duties at the Roger Smith are unknown, but we reckon he's in the running for head of the housekeeping department.
[Video: The Roger Smith Hotel]
If you managed to snag yourself a date for Valentine's evening, here's a brand new bar to take (and impress) them. Opening on February 14th, Bar 54 at the newly opened Hyatt Times Square is Manhattan's highest rooftop lounge, rising 54 floors above street level and offering spectacular views of Lower Manhattan, from the Chrysler Building to the World Trade Center, and even the Times Square ball. We're already thinking New Year's Eve reservations.
Designed by SPAN Architecture, Bar 54 is a 122-seat indoor/outdoor lounge serving specialty cocktails, fine wines and a selection of small plates. Outside, colorful lounge seating is warmed by cozy outdoor fireplaces while the inside section features a variegated wood ‘trunk' and laser cut ceiling panels.
They've been at it for a while, but The New York Palace is finally finishing up its $140 million renovation project that began last spring.
As one might expect of such a storied venue, the menu at Rarities is upscale, featuring Champagnes, Prohibition-style bottled spirits, modern classics and a connoisseur’s wine cellar that includes such "rarities" as the $485 a glass Fladgate Scion 1855 Vintage Port; the $27,000 a bottle 1985 Romanee-Conti Grand Cru. A collection of rare scotches are displayed in a dramatic, illuminated glass vitrine.
Hats off to the owners of a much-delayed hotel project who will be leaving their hat on their historic building located at the corner of Orchard and Canal Street.
Back in 2012 we reported about a new hotel planned in the former Jarmulowksy Bank, a City Landmark in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Anyone that restores a protected historic building--and we thank you for that--knows that delays happen. In the case of 9 Orchard Street, this time it is for a really good reason--the building’s original cupola. This one is a 50-foot-high domed structure that graces the rooftop and the local skyline. It was removed in the early 1990s for restoration and omitted from the hotel project.
Now the cupola is back on, thanks to DLJ Real Estate Capital, the property’s owner. DLJ will be restoring and re-installing the building’s distinctive top hat as it was originally intended. This is good news all around even if it delays the hotel opening.
Confirmed: Hyatt is taking over NYC.
Chesapeake Lodging Trust appointed the brand to take over an existing Holiday Inn on W. 31st Street and rename/rebrand it to the Hyatt Herald Square. Not to be confused with Hyatt Times Square or Hyatt Union Square. And for those keeping count, this will be the 8th Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan.
The hotel will actually close down in August and undergo a multimillion dollar renovation, reopening by the end of September. Everything will be upgraded from the 122 guest rooms to the lobby/social spaces. Paul Vega, founder of VLDG designs of New York, will be leading the redesign and is expected to borrow from the hotel's surrounding Herald Square nabe and the nearby Fashion District. In other words: rinse, lather, repeat.
Right now, rates at the Holiday Inn are just $133 a night this weekend. No doubt that will increase a lot when it reopens as a Hyatt.
[Photo: Holiday Inn NYC Midtown ]
Andaz Wall Street and Andaz 5th Avenue partnered with upstate New York’s Beekman1802 farm to introduce a new in-room amenity line featuring a custom "Fresh Air" fragrance. The line includes a shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion, as well as a goat milk facial bar and body bar, made exclusively for Andaz and available in all rooms and suites.
Beekman 1802 was founded in 2007 and is owned and operated by Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, businessmen turned “accidental goat farmers” who in 2012 won the CBS reality show, The Amazing Race. The soap and skin care line is made from only natural ingredients, which means no use of parabens, banned phthalates, petroleum, paraffin, diethanolamine or mineral oil.
We are even more pleased to hear that the products are cruelty-free and made with purified water. Sleek product packaging, too, is 100 % recycled material, so it's safe to say we will feel pretty good about slipping these into our bags next time we stay at a New York Andaz.
[Photo: Andaz Fifth Avenue/Facebook]
A hotel/condo mixed use building that was originally planned for a former parking lot opposite Bryant Park back in pre-recession 2008 is back on the scene.
According to New York Yimby, new building permits have been filed for 12-20 West 40th Street, indicating a 32-story building with a planned 274 residences and a 213-room hotel spanning the first fourteen floors.
We're pretty sure the folks at the Bryant Park Hotel can't be too happy about that. If it helps, at least they were first?
When Gramercy Park Hotel first opened in 2006, the hotel prided itself on its hodgepodge of bath toiletries which were hand-picked by the editors at Allure magazine. Fast forward eight years, and the Gramercy Park Hotel has gone a different but still luxe route with Aesop skincare products.
The Melbourne-based line (also found at some Park Hyatt hotels) uses plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients of the highest quality, which sound like they will actually help out your skin and hair during your stay. Here's what can now be found in the bathrooms at GPH:
· Rind Concentrate Body Balm - An intensive hydrating body balm with orange peel, pink grapefruit and lemon rind to hydrate, soothe and cool.
· Body Cleansing Soap Slab - A soap slab rich with steam-distilled extracts of bergamot rind, ylang ylang and wild lime. Combined in a gentle soap, the trio effectively cleans and hydrates the skin.
· Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser - An exhilarating, low-foaming shower gel with geranium leaf to cleanse without drying. It's an ideal alternative to conventional soap that leaves skin clean and refreshed.
· Classic Shampoo/Classic Conditioner - Lather with rosemary leaf, cedarwood bark and juniper berryent then condition with bergamot mint, cedarwood bark and lavender stem. Aesop's hair care products are inspired by new ingredients that cleanse without stripping the hair of its natural protective oils and condition to improve appearance and make hair more manageable. Both guard against breakage while working to soften, add shine and hydrate the hair.
Rates at GPH start around $450 a night.
[Photo: Gramercy Park Hotel]