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Conferences Are So Over, Says Morgans. Now It's All About the Unconference

May 13, 2015 at 10:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Mandarin Oriental Also Renovates New York and Prague, Will Expand Munich

May 7, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s not just in Bangkok that Mandarin Oriental is busy with renovations and residences, the group is doing a variation on that theme in New York, Prague, and Munich as well.

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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SLS New York Won’t Happen Until 2016, But SLS LUX Is Coming to Miami

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  Site Where: Park Avenue & E. 30th [map], New York, NY, United States
May 4, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Ink48's 'Heaven Over Hell' Penthouse Combines Cool Design, a Hot Location, and Killer Views

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  Site Where: 653 11th Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
May 1, 2015 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

Kimpton Hotels are nothing if not unique, colorful, and full of life, not the least of which is a new life with InterContinental Hotel Group.

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.

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The New York Edition is Prepping for Guests and a Grand Opening 'Festival'

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  Site Where: 5 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10010
April 30, 2015 at 1:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've only just recovered from the opening excitement of the Miami Beach Edition last November but now we're gearing up to do it all over again.

Ian Schrager and Marriott Hotels will open their fourth Edition Hotel--the New York Edition-- inside the iconic 1909 Clocktower Building on Madison Avenue on May 12. As Schrager himself told HotelChatter in February, the New York Edition plans on celebrating its opening with not just one day or night of festivities but rather, with a series of special events spread out over the next three months.

What those special events will be, we don't know yet, but we do know a little bit more about what will be inside this edition of Edition.

The modern luxury hotel will have 273 guest rooms that more closely resemble the cozy feel of the London Edition rather than the open plan of Miami Beach Edition. But since each Edition hotel is meant to be its own "custom-made-one-off", the New York Edition will certainly have its own defining look--one that blends the old and the new. And of course, the Schrager.

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Inside The World's First Baccarat Hotel

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  Site Where: 20 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
April 14, 2015 at 3:37 PM | by | Comment (1)

The recent opening of the Baccarat Hotel & Residences drew much press and many a design nerd looky-loo, this contributor included. And, after spending time inside the world's first Baccarat Hotel, we, quite simply, loved it.

In a city like New York (well, there is no city like New York), space is always a premium, even in the most over-the-top of luxury hotels. The Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York does not have palatial-sized rooms, but it does have spectacular public spaces with great ceiling heights, creating the perfect setting for art and, what else, the Baccarat chandelier.

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New York City's Best New Hotel Amenity Has To Be 'Putt Putt Park'

April 9, 2015 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

New York is always at the front of the line get all kinds of stuff, but their latest first might just be the best yet. It’s a pop up mini golf course at The Hudson Hotel, and we want to go to there right now.

They’re calling it Putt Putt Park, and it opened up for the season just last week. Visitors—and golfers—can expect a nine-hole course in partnership with the folks over at Recess New York, and it’s all outside within the hotel’s courtyard. From what we’ve seen they’ve gone all in with this creation, so of course there’s a windmill and a loop-de-loop to ensure golfers are up for the challenge.

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An Icy 'Iron Throne' Is Now a Real Thing In Midtown Manhattan

April 7, 2015 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

We do not have to tell fans of Game of Thrones that season five is hitting HBO this weekend, but we did figure it was worth mentioning that the Iron Throne is now a real thing ready for your visit.

It’s the latest addition inside Minus5 Ice Bar located at the Hilton Midtown New York, and it just might make a great stop before or after your season premiere viewing party.

The throne is made of around 1,000 pounds of ice, and apparently it’s even better than the ice we get here in the nifty fifty—this stuff is 100% pure Canadian ice. Of course photo opportunities are available, and visitors can even choose from white or black fur jackets that fit right in with those who would be considered royal citizens of the Seven Kingdoms.

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The Paul NYC Is Open, The Gregory Is Falling Behind

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  Site Where: 32 West 29th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
April 6, 2015 at 8:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

2015 is the year of more manly hotel names in Manhattan. Tommie will hopefully arrive by the summer (reservations are open from October 1 for now) and The Paul NYC, which we first looked at late last year, is now open.

Paul is a NoMad, a millennial, and new to us, part of Choice Hotels’ Ascend Collection. There are 117 rooms inside, ranging from Bunk Mods (yes, with bunk beds) to Terrace Kings. We had seen some renderings, with hardwood floors and pops of red and blue, but above a real-life photo from inside a double room. We don’t see this way of lining up pillows very often anymore, but it’s always struck us as unbalanced somehow. You can’t sit against them or sleep on them like this, and it’s not visually better than in line with the bed, so what’s the point? Is that just us?

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The Maritime Has Turned Into a Foodie with Room Service from Tao and Mario Batali on Deck

April 3, 2015 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

The North Cabanas at The Maritime Hotel is the spot where guests can kick off or wind down their day. Or both. We can't help but notice the gigantic spots on the ground, a clever nod to the nautical.

In August we shared the news that mega chef Mario Batali, along with partner Joe Bastianich, will take over all food and beverage operations at the The Maritime Hotel, located in Manhattan's hip Chelsea neighborhood. The yet-to-be-named restaurant is expected to open this summer and will be the first Batali-Bastianich collaboration in New York in almost 10 years.

In the meantime, The Maritime is making sure no one goes hungry, with complimentary day and evening receptions and a special in-room dining experience created for hotel guests only.

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The Standard Comes Through To Help Those Displaced In NYC's East Village

March 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

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New York City was jolted yesterday when a gas line exploded in the East Village, causing a massive fire and a building collapse, and leaving 19 people seriously injured and many others displaced.

But unlike Hurricane Sandy when hotels were price gouging citizens and visitors stuck in the city or displaced by the storm, at least one hotel is helping its neighbors out. The Standard East Village NYC are offering a free stay to those affected by the disaster.

Released simply with an Instagram post they are offering those displaced by the situation between 119-125 2nd Avenue a complimentary three-night stay. It doesn’t look there’s any strings attached or any other hoops to jump through, as they just ask that your swing by with a proof of address.

Neighbors helping neighbors gives us some pretty good warm and fuzzies on this Fridays, and maybe even more so with those Italian sheets and down pillows over at The Standard.

[Photo: The Standard / Instagram]

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Starwood Says the 'Suite Life' Can Be Yours and at a Discount

March 26, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

For those looking to kickoff the spring season in style look no further than Starwood, as once again it’s time for their annual Suite Week promotion over in New York City. The fun started earlier this week and runs through April 7, as room packages, discounts, and other goodies call all be yours—and at a discount.

Offers include a 30% discount on rates, complimentary WiFi, early check-in and late check-out, and plenty of other goodies depending on the property. Of course getting away now would be great, but even if you book now during the promotion you can enjoy the fun later—through March 24, 2016.

Many of the Starwood properties in New York City are getting in on the fun, so think of spots like W New York locations from Union Square to Downtown, plenty of Westin prosperities, and even The St. Regis New York—complete with that new Bentley fleet. Even properties in Hoboken and Jersey City are getting in on the fun as well.

In addition to the discount on rates those visiting the W New York can score a 30% discount on all Bliss Spa services, a Bliss welcome gift, two complimentary signature cocktails, complimentary breakfast for two, and even free parking. Other properties are offering up things like welcome drinks, discounted tickets, and free breakfasts for two.

So there you go—looking for a suite and some savings in NYC? Give a click over to your favorite Starwood property, and enter those credit card digits.

[Photo: W New York | Facebook]