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We can already hear one HCer now, cuz he's said it before. "This dog sh*t is getting out of hand." Obviously we're going to need to have another battle of the editors, because some of us have cherished pets and others, well, we couldn't keep a Chia pet alive.
So, it was with that in mind that we pondered this news: The Affinia Manhattan will be the official hotel of the 137th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and will be hosting special four-legged guests in their “Happy Tails Suite”.
Ah. That's when things got tight. The snorts happened as well as the "ooh's how cutes!".
There was an exclamation of the "GTFOH" variety.
We proceeded to read on, anyway. Ignoring the distractions and detractors.
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It's that time of year again: the 2012 HotelChatter Awards! Today and Monday, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...
We (and the rest of the world) quickly fell in love with the NoMad's rich, black-and-gold-accented lobby, its skylit restaurant with old-fashioned dessert trolleys, and its wood-paneled library. And let's not forget about those rooms, which we reviewed not once but twice, and which had us swooning over the claw-foot tubs, wooden floorboards, and minibars hidden inside vintage trunks.
We don't usually read about basement parties happening at the Ace Hotel in the NY Times. Yet that's exactly how we found out about a recent fundraiser that took place in the hotel's subterranean Liberty Hall.
With several hundred protestors lined up around the block, the hotel hosted an impromptu "solidarity event" in support of Russian punk rock trio Pussy Riot, who have made headlines around the world after their controversial arrest—and subsequent conviction—by the Russian government for what they deemed “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” Now they're facing two years in prison.
When it came time to pick a venue to allow folks to gather and vent their anger, the Ace seemed an obvious choice. After all, if the hotel is hip enough to turn an obscure brand of Swiss toothpaste into a hot commodity, no reason why a crowd of balaclava-wearing, feminist, anti-patriarch arts activists can't feel right at home, right?
As many know, the Ace New York does more than just put people up for the night. A Michelin-starred restaurant, action-packed lobby, oyster bar, frequent art exhibits all play into the hotel's hip, bustling atmosphere.
Opening Ceremony, the Ace's hipster Stop & Shop located off the lobby, is perhaps one of our favorite places in the hotel. We've found wallets, vintage magazines, sunglasses, travel-sized Scrabble boards—you name it, the store has it. Trouble is, the selection is often too overwhelming, and with all the cool stuff, we never know what to pick.
To save us from our debilitating dillydallying, it's Afar magazine to the rescue! The travel mag recently published an interview with OC's founders, who revealed the one item in the store they're currently most proud of: Elmex toothpaste.
Plenty of news sites were abuzz yesterday with Obama's five-hour fundraising stopover in Manhattan—though most of the information was posted as traffic warnings about the multiple streets and avenues that would be closed off by the President's motorcade.
But one detail about the event caught our eye: the venue chosen for the fundraising event (tickets for which went for a reported $40,000 a head) was none other than Manhattan's newest 'in' hotel, The NoMad.
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But the Tryp lobby is limited (this is New York after all), and the bar area can fill up quickly during the after-work scene. So it's lucky they have designated a separate—but equally fun—room for spillover, where customers can take their drinks and chill out away from the hubbub. It's called the Library and it happens to be one of our favorite spaces in the hotel.
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Hotels can get so focused on sexing up the bathrooms sometimes that they forget to give a little thought to practical, useful little features that make bathrooms an easy, pleasurable experience. And we're not talking about friendly toilet seats that rise to "greet" you or TVs in the mirrors.
We're talking about circles cut out of the shower door that make it so that you can turn on the water without getting yourself all wet. Genius! That's what the bathrooms at Tryp Times Square offer, and we thought it was so original we had to take a quick little snapshot of the appliance in use.*
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Guess the hotel revealed!
Alright, then. For anybody who guessed Tryp Times Square after seeing Friday's mystery QR-coded mirror, you are correct! The two-month-old hotel is keeping right on top of its tech amenities with free WiFi in all the rooms, a pioneering hotel meetup app known as LobbyFriend, and of course those smartphone-friendly mirrors...
Now, we're taking a look inside one of the brand's signature Family Rooms, of which there are 23 in the hotel. While other signature suites like the Fitness Room and the Media Room might appeal to gym freaks and video gamers, these oversized loft-style suites are perfect for families traveling together, or a group of friends who just all want to hang out and scan mirrors together at the same time.
Scroll down for our photo gallery!
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We checked in over the weekend, taking advantage of the NoMad's introductory rate of $295 for a Classic Room. (We made the reservation about a month ago.) But did the hotel live up to our admittedly high expectations? Was it as pretty in real life as it appears in photos on the NoMad website?
Take a look at our video tour and photo gallery to find out...
The men at the doors wear Bespoken suits and thin, rust-color ties. Pass them and you're inside Manhattan's newest hotel: The NoMad. Keep going. Through the lobby and off to the left, pass the maître d' stand for the restaurant and keep going. Through the bar at the very back and to another left, there's a host. This is the man or woman you want to see about getting a seat in The Library, a lounge that's less a library and more a bar.
Last night was as good an evening as ever for sinking back into a tufted silk sofa, and so we found ourselves there...and learned a few things about the space.
For one, the menu is quite extensive (and you can see it in our photo gallery below). For another, the menu directs you to ask questions to "the librarian" (ah hem the servers) and, if you're feeling adventurous, to go with the $15 Bartender's Choice. Our friend did so and what came out was a pleasant variation on the first cocktail on the list: The Gilsey.
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Call us old-fashioned, but when it comes to movie set hotels, we're used to film crews who show up and incorporate the hotel into scenes for their movie. But in Manhattan, it's the NoMad Hotel who's decided to incorporate scenes from a movie into their hotel.
How does that work? Well, the hotel has released a three-minute promotional clip, which shows executive chef Daniel Humm and General Manager from Eleven Madison Park recreating a famous scene—almost shot for shot—from Goodfellas, where Ray Liotta leads Lorraine Bracco through the back kitchen and into the dining room of the Copacabana. Just like in the movie, the entire shot is unbroken and quite fun to watch.
To see what we're talking about, click through for a look at the clip!
It was out of sheer curiosity that we dragged ourselves over to the brand new NoMad Hotel in Manhattan, which, despite not officially opening for another five days, had plenty of people bustling in and out of the lobby and the restaurant.
Yet despite all the action, a strict no-photography policy was being enforced, so we didn't get many shots of the lobby itself (except the above). However, we did manage to sneak back, through the skylit dining room, past the dark and moody bar, and into the wood-paneled library in the back of the hotel.
Click below to see photos!