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Shhh. There’s a new hotel – or hotel chain – gearing up to hit Manhattan, but it’s preparing under the radar. Why? Our best guess is that they don’t want any riff raff hearing about it.
Or any raff, at least. Riff is just fine – fitting, in fact. Because the chain will be called Riff Hotels, and the first property – opening next month – will be Riff Chelsea, a “musically-inspired” 44-room hotel at W30th St and 8th Avenue.
The creative theme is in its genes – formerly the Chelsea Star (indeed still the Chelsea Star for now – it’s remaining open, while being converted room by room, and will be officially rebranded in August), it was a pulling point for artists in the 1980s. Madonna stayed here, and
the hotel rumor has it that Lucky Star was inspired by the hotel.
The Chelsea Star looks pretty non-descript right now, but as the Riff, the hotel will be channeling the 80s: the lobby will house pictures of early New York Madonna by Richard Corman, there’ll be a performance space curated by artist collective Chashama, and rooms will be “retro-contemporary”, designed by Steed Hale, who worked on Studio 54. We don’t have pictures or even renderings yet, but you’ll need sunglasses at the ready if they’re anything like the hotel is promising:
Bold colors and eye-catching graphics will make every guest room different, with pop-art photography, edgy graphics, and bold, buzzy Jonathan Adler wallpaper.
MiC at the Standard. Broing.
Don’t know what Made in Chelsea is? Good. Look away now. Click onto another page. Save yourself.
If it’s too late, here’s a story for you poor lost souls. The entirely unlovable cast of Great Britain’s poshest reality TV show has left the country.
Before you start planning your street party, know that it’s not forever. They’ve gone to New York for the summer, for a spin-off six-parter series to be shown in August. We can
Tuna Melts My Heart is a Chiweenie who was born with jaw problems, including an overbite, hence his, err, spectacular appearance. Having said that, what are we talking about? Quirks are what make real beauty. Tuna is gorgeous by any standard.
Anyways, he is something of an internet celebrity, and was guest of honor recently at WestHouse New York. Or, special resident, as they say there.
WestHouse is a pet friendly hotel and gives dogs a special VIP cushion and a doggy bowl on arrival. Check out their other special resident, and join our sweepstake: is s/he is a real dog or a plush toy?
They paved a parking lot and put up paradise?
The developers behind The Beekman Hotel in lower Manhattan are now looking across the Brooklyn Bridge for their newest hotel project.
GFI Development Company and GB Lodging have partnered up with Spruce Capital Partners and Alex Rovt to create a lifestyle hotel at 252 Schermerhorn Street in downtown Brooklyn. The hotel will rise out of an 18,000-sq.ft. corner parcel which is currently home to an open-air parking lot.
There's not much else to go on here except that the hotel's central location between the Boerum Hill, Carol Gardens and Fort Greene neighborhoods will make it easy for future guests to get around the BK.
But we hope the developers don't take the same naming tactic as they did with The Beekman as this Brooklyn address doesn't quite roll off the tongue. Picture it: "Hey man, where you staying tonight?" "Um, the Shermanator, Sherman-horn, Shamer horn? Here, let me pull it up on my phone."
[Photo via ParkMe]
British-born, NYC-based artist Shantell Martin has designed a stream-of-consciousness-type summer tote exclusively for W New York. As an added bonus it's filled with sweet treats and summer essentials for a weekend getaway:
- Sugarfina Candy Cubes (Champagne Bubbles, Martini Olive Almonds, Peach Bellinis, Sugar Lips, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, and Robin’s Egg Caramels)
- Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen
- Never Hungover hangover prevention
So how do you get ‘em? It’s remarkably simple: stop in at the W New York’s newly reno’ed Living Room on Fridays between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., order a cocktail, and presto! A tote bag arrives. This will only last until supplies run out, but we’ve been promised that they have a goodly sum available.
[Photo: W New York]
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You know when you’re on the couch watching
the Kardashians your favorite TV show, and you want to get up to get drinks/food/an empty bladder, but you don’t want any of that quite enough to get up and move?
You do? Good. The W New York Union Square has just the package for you.
As the name suggests, the new Sunday Binge Watch package is especially designed for couch potatoes. You get your two welcome cocktails (or a basket of beer) in-room. You get a basket filled with movie theater-appropriate candy and snacks. And you get an Apple TV with access to up to three full seasons of the following TV shows: Orange is the New Black, Mad Men, Homeland, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Sex and the City.
While it is not the sexiest part of town, it makes sense that so many tourists decide to stay in Midtown, especially those visiting for the first time. Not only does it provide direct access to the major attractions of Times Square, the Empire State Building, and Madison Square Garden, but its central location makes it just as easy to go to Central Park as it does Brooklyn.
Last weekend, we swung through to check out what's happening at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel on 34th and 8th, which was rebranded as a Wyndham earlier this year and has since kicked off a 5-year renovation plan as it makes the change. (The hotel's iconic New Yorker Hotel sign will of course, remain.)
The outside is sporting the scaffolding as an exterior revamp is underway, yet most of the rejuvenation will be felt indoors. Fifty-seven guest rooms will be added by the end of the year to bring the total to 1,083, as well as a new wine bar (fall 2014), a spruced up lobby, and the introduction of the Wyndham personality.
As of last night, a a 1950's-inspired Italian beach club has taken over the penthouse rooftop at the Mondrian Soho. But there will be cocktails and gelato to go along with the party beats.
Sonny's Soda Shoppe is an homage to the Italian resort town,Forte Dei Marmi, and is decked out in classic Italian umbrella stripes with a 30-foot photo mural of the Tuscan coast from designer DeVinn Bruce that.
And what's a trip to Italy--either real or inspired--without ice cream? Indeed Sonny's Soda Shoppe will serve rotating flavors from delicious gelateria Laboratorio Gelato, signature pizzas and snacks by Isola executive chef Victor LaPlaca ($10 a slice; $18-20 a pizza); and market fresh Italian cocktails, "Gelato Floats", and frozen Limoncello by mixologist Julio Torres.
The soda shoppe will open from Wednesday to Friday from 6pm to 12am and from Friday to Sunday from 4pm to 12am.
[Photo: Mondrian Soho/Instagram]
With the weather (at last) warming up, New York City hotels are uncovering their rooftop bars and al fresco drinking spots. One of the newest on the scene is LOCL View, the 16th-floor terrace bar at NYLO Hotel NYC, which opens this evening.
In an area not greatly known for its rooftop bars, the new bar will offer views of the Natural History Museum, Central Park and Hudson River, and is open to the public daily from 5-9pm, serving wine, beer and a rotating weekly cocktail (starting with Sangria) -- accompanied by live acoustic guitar.
Meanwhile, the ground-level LOCL Bar are opening up their large glass garage door to offer outdoor seating at their sidewalk cafe. LOCL offers a seasonal cocktail menu and live music several nights a week.
[Photo: NYLO NYC]
Gurney's Inn Resort & Spa, the only ocean front hotel in the Hamptons, will reopen Memorial Day weekend and unveil a series of upgrades and renovations just in time for summer.
The main component of the revamp is the addition of 38 new rooms, shown in the photos of this post. As you can see, they look pretty sharp, very modern but maintaining that simple beachside vibe. The only thing missing (judging from the photos) is a little bit of color, which we hope the hotel will introduce with fresh flowers or perhaps some wall-hanging art.
Also included in the reopening is the addition of four new restaurant concepts that feature a seafood restaurant (Seawater Grill), sushi and raw bar (Ocean Cafe), on-beach full-service chaise lounge (The Beach Club), and a juice/smoothie/coffee bar (The Market). The spa has also been refreshed along with the addition of a seawater swimming pool.
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The hotel's Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar is reopening for the season on May and along with its signature Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktail – an alcohol-infused ice pop served in a glass of Prosecco from the bar’s very own tap, the bar is partnering with the NYC-based people’s pops brand, to serve seasonal boozy ice pops.
The historic Knickerbocker Hotel is gearing up for its summer opening with an announcement that it has partnered with leading design firm Gabellini Sheppard Associates to design all public spaces and guestrooms (we actually kinda told you that ourselves back in November, but OK).
The hotel, a Leading Hotels of the World, will have 330 guestrooms, including 40 suites, a signature restaurant by Charlie Palmer and a 7,500-square-foot rooftop bar and terrace offering panorama of the city's skyline.