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New rooms at The Evelyn
New York, New York, the city so good its hotels charge at least double what they should be charging. Not, luckily, at Triumph Hotels – at least, not if you book in their 24-hour flash sale coming up next week.
From midnight Sunday night to midnight Monday (the longest day of the year, as it happens), you’ll be able to book any of their seven hotels at a hefty discount.
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The lobby in happier times
It’s not the normal behavior you see in Old Lady Waldorf, the Waldorf Astoria; on Saturday, during a high falutin wedding reception, a guest’s gun went off, injuring five fellow partiers – luckily, not seriously.
The reception was due to take place in the Ballroom but the guests were actually posing for photos in the lobby when Vladimir Gotlibovsky’s 9mm Ruger went off in his pocket, hitting the floor. One woman suffered a headwound, a graze from the bullet; others were wounded in the leg after debris – glass, marble and tile – went flying.
Sister hotel The Gregory surprised us by opening so soon after we learned more about him, but The Renwick is still being a bit shy. We had seen one photo from inside the Midtown hotel (that’s the one above), and now we have a little bit more information on the 173-room property, which should also arrive this summer.
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When last season's "The Bachelor" ended with Prince Farming picking suspiciously perky fertility nurse Whitney to be his wife, we were outraged since we thought laid-back Becca was a much better choice. (We've since been vindicated somewhat.) We were then further outraged to see that the upcoming season of "The Bachelorette" would kick off with not one, but two bachelorettes, with the mantestants voting to decide who should be the woman of their affection.
Yup, that already sounds way confusing so we won't write any further except to say that crazysexycool Kanadian Kaitlyn beat out weepy waitress Britt (thank God) to be this season's Bachelorette. As is the norm for the "Bachelor/Bachelorette" dating shows, this season promises to be the most shocking season ever. And since the previews showed Kaitlyn admitting to having sex with one of the mantestants, we kind of believe them this time.
But it has been hard for us to get into the season. Most of the men are incredibly cheesy. Which is always to be expected but somehow this bunch hasn't been that entertaining. We even skipped this week's episode entirely (choosing instead to read the excellent Lost Angeles Blog recap) but we'll be tuning in next week now that we know the recently opened Knickerbocker Hotel makes an appearance.
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Meet Rebecca Robbins, The Benjamin NYC's Sleep Expert
Last year this time, we wondered whether the new trend of sleep ambassador programs was a valuable hotel amenity or just another useless marketing gimmick. During an interview with one such ambassador, we learned about the steps travelers should take to get a better night's sleep at a hotel. Basically, it was a "do this, don't do that" sort of conversation.
But one thing we failed to discuss was whether a sleep ambassador had any impact on a hotel beyond guest suggestions. Is there any concrete impact, or just a list of dos and don'ts? On a recent stay at the Benjamin NYC, we discovered that a sleep ambassador's job is not all about pleading to guests to make good bedtime decisions. During its renovation, The Benjamin actually called upon sleep expert Rebecca Robbins to help design the room.
Turns out, she helped the hotel make decisions surrounding the room's design that are aimed at getting a better night's sleep. Some, like eliminating noise, are obvious. Others, like using analog clocks, go a little under the radar. And chocolate on the pillow? To that, Dr. Robbins says no. Read on to see the complete list.
And what kind of man is that? Perhaps reserved, slow to warm up, are things that come to mind when describing our first impression of The Gregory. We have had a placeholder website with little information for a while now, our date in May has been pushed back to “summer”, and a first few photos of Greg reveal him to dress understated, relatively conservatively.
Parallels to the world of dating aside, this is the first look inside the former Hotel 35 / Gregorian on West 35th Street: lots of whites, creams, a hint of dark wood, and a few tasteful frames on the wall. The Gregory will have a total of 132 rooms that “channel the elegance of 1940s New York City street style to instantly transport guests back in time.”
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We've shown you all around the newly opened New York Edition hotel, as well as upstairs and downstairs. Now it's time to look at the guest rooms. (And look you should since the Edition's website is still waiting on room photos.)
True to the Edition design formula, the rooms feature neutral-colored furniture and fabrics, save for the dark oak wood paneled foyers and the towering dark walnut headboards. And yes, there is a fur blanket on the bed here.
All rooms also have white oak desks and giant windows to look out of. But not all rooms have scalloped ceilings and not all rooms have views of the Empire State Building. Allow us to tell you which ones do. After all, Edition is an expensive stay so let's be sure you get your money's worth.
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Have you ever been at a nightclub and thought, "Man, I wish this place had a hotel room for me to sleep in. " No, of course not. No one wants to sleep in a nightclub. Not intentionally anyways. But the folks behind the Tao Group nightlife company, which runs the massively popular Tao nightclubs in NYC and Las Vegas, are giving the nightclub/hotel concept a try.
The NY Post reports that Tao Group partners Marc Packer, Richard Wolf, Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss will open the first-ever Tao-branded hotel at 414 W. 15th Street in a new 23-story building. The hotel is expected to be completed in Summer 2016. Details uncovered by the Post show there will be a rooftop lounge that can accommodate 240 people, a 23rd floor lounge for the same amount of people, along with another lounge and terrace on the second floor.
No word yet on how many rooms this hotel will have but you can probably expect Tao's pan-Asian cuisine to be served in the rooms, similar to the Tao-run room service we experienced last month at The Maritime Hotel. Tao also runs the Tao Ink bar at the Maritime, so we would expect a similar concept for the Tao Hotel. And we're assuming bottle service can also be delivered via room service.
But hopefully Tao will ditch this "Always a Happy Ending" tagline in their hotel marketing campaign.
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Sleep here for the Unconference
We’ve been talking for a while, now, about how sexy rooms don’t maketh the hotel anymore; it’s all about experiences. And not just ones that cost a wad of money; things that make you culturally richer, instead.
Morgans is the latest to jump on the bandwagon, partnering with
computer programming school technology, business and design educational institution General Assembly. Shrug your shoulders as well you might, but this partnership will provide “groundbreaking programming and educational content to Morgans guests and employees”.
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On Manhattan, Mandarin Oriental New York will be launching 42 refreshed one- and two-bedroom suites inside its Columbus Circle hotel this summer. The inspiration behind the design? Three “unique themes and color palettes – New York Sunrise, New York Dusk and New York Nights”. Each of those aligns to a particular type of suite, with views of the Hudson River or Central Park. Above is the Premier Central Park View Suite, which has killer twilight views.
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Our comparison between hotel opening dates and blind dates turned out to be pretty prophetic in the case of SLS New York: the hotel would have stood us up big time had we counted on that February 2015 opening – and that’s after both 2013 and 2014 didn’t happen.
As much as scaffolding has been looking serious at the Park Avenue hotel, we can add another year’s wait to try the 190 rooms, rooftop with “killer views of the city”, and “unrivaled restaurant and nightlife concepts”: the hotel won’t open before early 2016. Bummer.
Ink48 Hotel claims "unobstructed, panoramic views" of the City and the Hudson River and you know what, they may be right – especially if you’re sitting on this amazing penthouse terrace.
Take for example, Ink48 Hotel, a former printing house with a front-page position to take in the Midtown urban scenery and the Hudson River. With spring in full swing, and Cinco de Mayo around the corner, Ink48 has just the spot, so to speak, for your special whatever whenever – the “Heaven Over Hell” Penthouse Suite.