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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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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?
The The Gregory.
There will be another man to sleep with in Manhattan this Spring. No, sorry, it's not a real man but rather a manly hotel.
The practice of giving a hotel a man's name has been all the rage for the past few years and NYC seems to be leading the pack with The Paul, Archer, The William, The Roger Smith and The Marlton. Now comes, The Gregory NYC, opening in May.
The 132-room hotel was previously known as Hotel 35 at 42 West 35th Street. But way before that, in 1903 when it first opened, the hotel was known as The Gregorian. Its sole purpose back then was to house the overflow of its sister hotel, The Waldorf-Astoria. (The Waldorf was previously located on the spot of where the Empire State Building now stands.) Interestingly, The Gregory's sister hotel today is The Renwick, which will open near Grand Central Terminal this summer.
Nevertheless, its this turn of the century history that is influencing the hotel's renovation today:
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Ever felt like taking a swim in the East River? Us neither, but that could change if the designers of the world’s first filtering floating pool can raise $15 million to build it. The latest exhibit at Ace Hotel New York has all the details - from design drawings to helping you contribute yourself.
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And now it’s here! The Chelsea Star is no more; the hotel silently riffed into its new incarnation earlier this month (no big statement opening? Not very 80s). All rooms are now renovated, and they’ve even installed a (temporary) 12ft high Santa in the courtyard. The verdict?
There's one hotel we missed on our recent openings list--The Hyatt Herald Square New York, which is now officially open. Perfect timing, ahead of the holiday season, even Halloween, which to many of us is a bone fide holiday in itself.
Here's what to like about Hyatt Herald Square, so far:
· Close to Shopping. Herald Square has always been a
clusterF high-energy Manhattan neighborhood, with a history of both the fashion and publishing worlds to keep things current and looking good. While the publishing sector has mostly moved on, on-line that is, Herald Square is still home to big-brand fashion, including those celeb lines at Macy's.
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The rooftop lounge of the Hyatt Herald Square New York offers a memorable historical perspective of Manhattan, worth the price of admission - or your cocktail
Hot on the heels of the newly opened Park Hyatt New York, work is well under way on another Hyatt branded hotel, due to open this October--the Hyatt Herald Square New York .
The Hyatt Herald Square New York has moved into the former Holiday Inn on West 31st Street, a tall, slender, 20-story building completed in 2011. Other than changing the sign on the door, the reported $6 million renovation is concentrated on the interiors and upgrades to Hyatt Hotels corporate standards. The hot new look that we're seeing so far is credited to local firm VLDG, with Paul Vega leading the process. VLDG is no stranger to Hyatt, having also designed the Hyatt Union Square. Vega's concept for this new Hyatt draws inspiration from the surrounding fashion industry and Herald Square’s publishing heritage. These are great subjects for hotel designs, especially when combined under one roof.
The interiors are looking good, featuring the warmth of natural woods, select implosions of color, and another great hotel wingback chair we haven't seen before and must add to our special photo gallery
Hyatt wants you to feel at home, and the Den really does have a comfortable vibe to it - not to mention a nicely stocked bar
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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.
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The New Yorker Hotel has seen some ups and downs in its 84 year history: from fashionable hotspot that drew the likes of Joan Crawford and Muhammad Ali; to scene of Nikola Tesla's death and, in recent years, status as a lowly Ramada.
But the iconic Art Deco-style hotel entered a new era last week when it joined the Wyndham Hotel brand, which, with a 1,083 room count, makes it the biggest hotel in the Wyndham portfolio.
Confirmed: Hyatt is taking over NYC.
Chesapeake Lodging Trust appointed the brand to take over an existing Holiday Inn on W. 31st Street and rename/rebrand it to the Hyatt Herald Square. Not to be confused with Hyatt Times Square or Hyatt Union Square. And for those keeping count, this will be the 8th Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan.
The hotel will actually close down in August and undergo a multimillion dollar renovation, reopening by the end of September. Everything will be upgraded from the 122 guest rooms to the lobby/social spaces. Paul Vega, founder of VLDG designs of New York, will be leading the redesign and is expected to borrow from the hotel's surrounding Herald Square nabe and the nearby Fashion District. In other words: rinse, lather, repeat.
Right now, rates at the Holiday Inn are just $133 a night this weekend. No doubt that will increase a lot when it reopens as a Hyatt.
[Photo: Holiday Inn NYC Midtown ]
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When we recently attended the grand opening of Hotel Indigo Brooklyn we nodded our heads when someone made the cheeky comment that Duffield Street (home also to the Sheraton Brooklyn and the Aloft Brooklyn) should be renamed Lam Street. They had a point, but the Lam Group's development vision can not be confined to one Brooklyn street. Oh no, they are all over the city, with two Aloft hotels under construction (in the Financial District and in Long Island City); a Four Points in the Financial District, and a five-block patch of Midtown Manhattan that will soon see a Virgin Hotel , the next door Le Meridien Midtown Manhattan and something only known as the Chelsea Full Service Hotel Project at 112 West 25th Street.
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Marriott has certainly taken a liking to New York City as of late. First it unveiled the JW Marriott Essex House this past Spring, though recruiting NJ-native Jon Bon Jovi was an odd (but welcome!) choice. In May they debuted the Residence Inn Midtown East and had Iron Chef Cat Cora bless the place with an entertaining culinary demo. Next came a quiet opening two month ago of the Springhill Suites in midtown.
You’d think they’d stop there, and breathe, but nope. Just four weeks ago was yet another hush-hush debut, the Courtyard Marriott Herald Square. Yep, smack dab in the heart of tourist central is a 167-room hotel that commands views of Macy’s and the contained chaos on the streets below. The formerly Atlantic Bank of New York building, constructed in 1928, has been transformed into a rather upscale property—in other words, not your average roadside Courtyard.
But, we’re still hesitant about the location, and we will be stay there at some point to find out if the 34th Street noise level will permeate the Courtyard’s walls in the late hours. However for now, during the afternoon, the place, especially the modern lobby, is pretty tranquil.
Unlike other properties in the Marriott brand like Residence Inn and Springhill Suites, this hotel doesn’t offer free breakfast. Instead they offer a la carte and grab-and-go food service. Oh, and they serve Starbucks coffee, so no need to run outside for a java fix. The small Table 71 Dining Room has a light bar serving wine, beer, some spirits as well as easily prepared snacks (think quesadillas, paninis).