07030 Travel Guide
My, my, my, how things have changed over the past two years. Back in December of 2009, The W Hoboken's Chandelier Room turned down the cast of the Jersey Shore from making a paid appearance at the club. But just last month, the hotel was the scene of a very important Jersey Shore event--Snooki's engagement.
Yes, Snooki (real name: Nicole Polizzi) and Jionni are engaged. And expecting! And they tell all in this week's Us Magazine. The entire Q&A is pretty much off the charts on the unintentional comedy scale but we had to share with you the bit about their engagement. It goes something like this:
Us Weekly: You're also celebrating your engagement? How did you propose, Jionni?
JL: On Valentine's Day
NP: It was at the W Hotel in Hoboken--a room with a view of New York City. It was so beautiful.
JL: I wanted to do it on the balcony. That's why I got a room with one.
Football fans are rejoicing now that the NFL lockout has ended but the other kind of football fans are getting boisterous now that the Major League Soccer All-Stars games are on this week. And in Manhattan this week to take on this side of the ponds' biggest footies stars are Manchester United, led by their star player and recent hair transplant recipient, Wayne Rooney.
The Manchester United team bus was spotted on Tuesday morning outside of the W Hotel in Hoboken, and reports say some former players will be at Mulliganís bar on Tuesday afternoon at noon. Many visiting teams in Major League Soccer that play against the New York Red Bulls (based in Harrison, N.J.) stay at the W Hotel.
We usually wouldn't think of Hoboken, N.J., as a hot spot. But the W Hoboken celebrated the second anniversary this week of its Chandelier Room bar, and a number of celebs came out for it. And we don't just mean the Real Housewives of New Jersey, though they were in attendance, too.
In fact, the lineup was pretty impressive, with reality-TV stars, hip-hop impresarios and sports figures making an appearance. Plus, Diddy and Swizz Beats got everyone bumping by providing the entertainment.
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It looks like the W Hoboken is trying to clean up New Jersey's rep. Instead of being known as the place that spawned Jersey Shore and the most scandalous Real Housewives ever, the hotel will promote it as an eco-friendly state.
The hotel will celebrate Earth Day all month long with its Green Getaway with the W Hoboken package. When you book a Green Getaway room, it'll include two eco-tinis, complimentary Hybrid valet parking and free local and toll-free phone calls when you donate an old cell phone.
Not because it was reviewed by the New York Times this weekend. Oh, no. Forget highbrow journalism. Itís the pole that will reel them in.
This month, the W Hoboken is offering S-Factor workout classes as part of a Girlsí Night Out promotion. S-Factor, in case you donít know, is a blend of striptease, ballet, and yoga, and all the rage with celebs like Kate Hudson.
Sorry, we just can't get enough of New Jersey today!
Considering shacking up at the W Hoboken soon on a trip to the NYC-area? While we have no issues with the hotel itself (it's a new W on the waterfront), we feel you should be aware about what's going on there on January 29--The 'Find Your Luvah' speed dating event which aims to be the largest speed dating event in Guinness World Records history.
But not only that, girls at the event will be given free samples of a new lip plumping lip gloss called, Luvah, that's plumped with aphrodisiacs. Oh boy. From Hoboken411:
The ultra chic W Hoboken Hotel, located on the Hudson Riverfront facing midtown Manhattan, is gearing up for the event by preparing its Great Room to accommodate hundreds of speed daters looking for love in all the right places.
For added convenience to those traveling from New York City and from throughout New Jersey, W Hoboken has commissioned Acura to chauffeur participants back and forth to the Hoboken PATH Station throughout the evening.
And, as a congratulatory tribute to any matches made that evening, W Hoboken will invite the lucky-in-love pairs back for a round of complimentary cocktails.
Hotels have gone crazy for Halloween, putting together special packages, monster bashes and even Halloween cocktails. The latest to join the freaky festivities is The W Hoboken who sent along recipes for their Pumpkin Smash and Apple Pie Martinis, both of which are served in The Chandelier Room at the hotel. Even better, the prices aren't scary at all with both drinks priced at only $10.
Here are the drink recipes for you to make at your own home if you can't quite swing a trip to the W Hoboken.
· 1.5 oz Captain Morgan Rum
· .5 oz Bols Pumpkin Spice
· .75 oz Fresh Lime juice
· .75 oz Agave Nectar
· .5 oz orange juice
· 6 mint leaves
· Shake and serve on the rocks with a mint sprig candy
By the end of this month, the W Hoboken will have been open for two months already; quite a feat considering how many delays we've fretted over and how many times we've personally staked the place out. With all components of the property functioning properly as far as we know, it's time to take a look at what real guests are saying about the place, and if the commute into Manhattan is really all that bad for tourists.
Of course we're turning to TripAdvisor for the first-hand lowdown, since other sites (even Yelp) so far have nothing on the two reviews we found here.
As we mentioned this morning, we hit up last night's grand opening bash of the W Hoboken, the newest property (and, fun fact, the smallest-city location) from hip Starwood chain W Hotels. And, like, yeah: it was Hoboken. What we want to know is this: how the F (or how the W, teehee) did they get so many people to come? The place was absolutely packed.
Oh yeah, it was a big night for Jerz: music was pumping, the gorgeous people were out in droves. DJ Cassidy played all evening long while gorgeous waitstaff strutted their stuff on the floor wielding finger foods like sliders and pork potstickers and cocktails that were, erm, fairly strong (notice the shakey camera work in the video above).
Oh, this? Yeah, no big thang. Just a chickie chillin' in a giant W-branded martini glass while it's still daylight outside. No biggie.
We hit up the W Hoboken's grand opening bash last night and saw...well, we saw a lot of things. And here is one of those things, and it is somehow oh-so-W and oh-so...we were going to say "Jersey," but it's actually kind of Vegas, no?
We'll bring you the full party report (and a video!) later today, but we just wanted to give a lil' taste of what went down across the river. And yes, if you're wondering: the place was packed.
In a matter of mere hours, the partying population of Hoboken, New Jersey will finally be able to settle their tipsy tushies into an oversize chandelier while gazing out across the Hudson River at the skyline of Manhattan. Yes, it is true: the Chandelier Room club at the W Hoboken debuts tonight at 5:30pm. No doubt the most coveted chairs in the room will be the drops of the "inhabitable" chandelier, and we can already imagine girls in short skirts sitting on each other's laps in an ongoing battle for them.
If our recent visit to the W's Living Room bar is anything to go by, then the Chandelier Room will be serving some pricey cocktails befitting their scenic location. Cheers to them, however, 'cause if we're thinking straight, the opening of this last piece of the puzzle means that the W Hoboken is complete. It's Good Friday all right, a good Friday for getting drunk.
[Image: W Hotels/EMM Group]
With its wheatgrass centerpieces, its views from New Jersey into New York City, and the gentle scent of "new hotel," the W Hoboken finally welcomes guests and locals to take advantage of its many new features. Stopping by their Living Room lobby bar yesterday, we indulged in a cocktail, logged onto the 'net for an hour gratis, and proceeded to relish being warm and inside of this property, which we had previously only covered from the outside on freezing, windy days throughout the winter.
Although the Chandelier Room has faced a delay in opening, the rest of the W looks in order with their Zylo Steakhouse, a W Hotels retail store, Bliss Spa, and the Living Room in which we sat and surveyed the surroundings.