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Despite the whispers of a possible sale, the Dream Downtown remains a hot place to be. Why just the other night, Kanye West was at the hotel's PH-D nightclub where he unleashed some previously unreleased tunes (so says Page Six.)
Now comes word that the hotel's shuttered Romera restaurant downstairs will be replaced with a BondSt sushi spot. Word is BondSt partner Jonathan Morr is teaming up with Republic and Studio Gaia to redesign the spot.
Well, we guess that answers our question about the sayings from neuroscientist-turned-chef Miguel Romera that were etched into the bathrooms and staircases, like "I am a doctor who cooks, and not a cook who doctors food."
Once the redesign's complete, the restaurant will then serve up its signature tasty version of Japanese fare which includes not only sushi and sashimi but also entrees such as the kabocha "gnocchi", squid ink pasta and a New York strip steak.
When we got a sneak peek at the new look of The Roger Hotel in Manhattan we were a little giddy over the logo which is a simple black bow tie. Even though the logo is plastered everywhere and on everything, we still liked it.
And it got us thinking of two other hotels that sport the bow tie look. Over at The Plaza in New York, the toiletries are outfitted with black bow ties around the tops while at Mr. C. Beverly Hills, Mr. C himself sports a ginormous bow tie for the hotel's logo which is found throughout the hotel including the bath towels and the toiletries. And down in New Orleans at the W French Quarter a recent room renovation included the addition of bowtie pillows.
Steven Kamali, who was behind the Roger's reinvention, tells us why they decided to cap off the new look with a bow tie:
The bowtie symbolized a level of sophistication and class. It added a personal touch and figurative personality to the brand. It also symbolized a transcendence of style from one generation to the next - something classic, is now, hip and modern.
Now four hotels with bow ties is still a pretty slim argument for this being the hot new trend but well, we can hope can't we?
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Well, what do you all think? After a mysterious closing down of the lobby in late March, and some smart alec signs in the windows that had us all wondering what the hotel was up to, The Roger (formerly The Roger Williams) has now officially joined the ranks of other mononymous hotels (The James, The Gansevoort) and has a whole new identity to boot.
We poked around the new white-brick-walled lobby, sat in the blue suede sofas, and even got to check out a few of the guest rooms. The new look is the brainchild of Steven Kamali, who wanted to find a way to "balance the historical nature of the property" while keeping things "relaxed," "chic," and "new." And that, of course, involved a lot of bow-ties.
Go on, take a look through our photo galleries and decide for yourself if Roger is a hottie or a nottie!
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Back in November, we learned that Hyatt Hotels and Hersha Hospitality were teaming up to build a new Hyatt in Union Square in NYC at 13th Street and 4th Avenue. And while we still don't know what Hyatt brand will go in here, we do know that this is what the hotel is going to look like.
We found this shot on Kamali Wire, from hospitality consultant Steven Kamali. Kamali didn't disclose that this hotel would be a Hyatt but we put two and two together. Unless, there is another hotel opening up on the corner somewhere at 13th and 4th? We think not. But will it be called Union like the signage says or will it be called a Hyatt? That remains to be seen.
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The most common gripe about boutique and design hotels is often their "cooler than thou" mentality that seems to waft throughout the hotel--starting with the part-time model/doorman and ending with a denied request for late check-out, along with an $8 charge for that minibar soda.
So it was not surprising when hotel guests, HotelChatter included, started to prefer friendlier options like Kimpton Hotels, JDV Hotels and boutique brands from bigger chains like Andaz, Hotel Indigo, Hyatt Place and Aloft and Element. After all, these places were giving us free WiFi, complimentary wine-tasting hours, free breakfast, fun games in the lobby like Wii and Xbox, fun treats for our pets and endless fun packages to choose from.
Ah, fun. That's what been missing from the boutique hotel scene for a long time. Instead, we've been forced to endure a seemingly endless stream of "hot" clubs that only accept models, modelizers and A-listers (and their wannabes), celeb-chef restaurants with no open reservations for the foreseeable future, private parties that take up the coveted public spaces at the hotel and the dreaded words, "bottle service only."
But if SPiN Ping Pong at The Mondrian LA is any indication, it looks like boutique hotels may soon be adding a rec room off their lobbies.
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Welcome to the corner of 48th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan—and our latest burning question. What is this hotel? And when will it open? When little is released about a new property, especially one in New York City, our interest is piqued. And so it is with this glass-fronted number to be run by Hersha Hospitality.
Here’s what we’ve learned about the mysterious hotel:
The great thing about being a guest in hotels these days is that hotels are constantly trying to win your business. And in going after your business, they are trying to beat out their competitors in terms of services, amenities, and exciting restaurant and nightlife options.
Which means for us hotel guests that more and more hotels are going to be offering exciting goodies. Thus, the days of staying in a boring hotel with floral room decor, no-name toiletries, and a lobby consisting of two chairs and a front desk are fading into the past.
Today, we're asking a man who's very involved in the boutique hotel world what we can expect. His name is Steven Kamali and he's a very young, but successful hospitality consultant who has worked with some of the hippest boutique hotels on the block. He lets us know what's hot, what's not and what's here to stay in the hotel world today. And we thought we knew that already!
Keep reading for more of our conversation with Steven Kamali
But it looks so peaceful on the inside...
There's so much drama at the SLM--Surf Lodge in Montauk and it's kinda hard being a hotel owner managing all of the tension. But the Surf Lodge's co-owner/partner Steven Kamali is trying to bring some peace to the table. He tells us exclusively:
The Surf Lodge has successfully been attracting an incredible number of families within the local Montauk community....
Unfortunately as with any new business in a small town, there will always be a small minority of people that are not comfortable with the increased attention being brought to the area.
But we are confident that with time they will come realize the benefits of our presence.
According to a report in the NY Post yesterday, the Surf Lodge has come under the ire of locals who are annoyed by the illegal parking and New York City attitude. But guests are still flocking there. The hotel, which only has 32 rooms and features a restaurant helmed by Top Chef hotness Sam Talbot, is fully booked for the month of August.
Have you stayed at the Surf Lodge? Let us know how it went.