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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!
We told you a few weeks ago that the long-awaited NoMad Hotel would be opening at the end of March. And as it turns out, you will have to wait just a day longer as reservations are now live on the hotel's website for April 1.
We found "Classic" rooms on that night available for $295 a night. That's for a 340-sq.ft. king bedroom with interior views of the hotel's atrium. The next room category, "Atelier", has 370-sq.ft. and city views for a special opening rate of $335. "Grande" rooms at 400-sq.ft. were avail for $385. The suites at the hotel were not available yet but all rooms do include free WiFi.
While you have to wait a few more days to sleep with the NoMad, you can dine there as the hotel's restaurant, also called NoMad, is now open. As tempting as that write-up sounds, we'll wait until we can stay overnight instead.
But that opening never quite materialized and to be honest, we sort of forgot about the property after that. Yet last July, the hotel came to life once more when we got a peek at the glass pyramid rooftop which will hold the hotel's "urban playground" restaurant.
And now today, we learn that the NoMad Hotel will soft-open at the end of March.
We had the opportunity to pop our heads in the new lobby at Tryp Times Square South, and judging from the scene on a random Tuesday evening at 7pm, the rooms aren't the only thing people seem to like about this place.
We don't blame them.
The lobby is bright, warm, colorful and big—and manages to simultaneously function as check-in counter, breakfast nook, work area, tapas bar, and general lounge area. Wooden vaulted ceilings and tasteful cream-and-black mosaic floors offer a sense of grandeur, but playful touches like the patchwork furniture, chalkboard menus, and the fake crossroads signs by the Front Desk bring the whole place back down to earth. At the end of a long "tryp," worn-out travelers deserve to play around in a lobby like this.
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The new lobby at DoubleTree Times Square South
We told you last month that DoubleTree was planning on taking over the Wyndham Garden Times Square South—which, we can safely report, officially transpired. However, the rooms remain intact, as well as the ground-floor cafe, Greenhouse 36, so not much has really changed except for the name. And the added bonus of a welcome cookie.
But this neighborhood hasn't seen the last of Wyndham! Oh, no. Just one block south, this month the brand is launching Tryp by Wyndham Times Square South. So we thought we'd do a little compare/contrast to see which of these two (verrry similar) hotels is worthy of your dollar.
For starters? The price. For a random date (we picked a one-night stay on Feb 22nd), Tryp's lowest starting rate is $179, which offers a queen bed, iPod dock, and free WiFi. Meanwhile, DoubleTree will do you one better with starting rates of $152, and pretty much all the same amenities.
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Now that we've got this monster list off our backs, it's time to start breaking down some notable openings one-by-one. Today we're starting with the Tryp by Wyndham Times Square South which will finally open on February 1st.
We found a non-refundable rate of just $161.10 on opening night for a deluxe king bed. Regular rates for that same room category are only a bit more at $179 a night. If you want to try and squeeze in some of your friends, a guestroom with two queen beds, a sleeper sofa, a refrigerator, microwave and wet bar was going for $269 a night.
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Affinia lovers, get out your checkbooks. After debuting the new look last summer, Affinia Manhattan is now putting one of its pretty, flower-themed rooms up for auction. But rather than long weekend-ers or tourists, the deal is actually aimed at business travelers and commuters, who visit the city on a frequent basis.
Every Sunday night for a year, the auction winner can come home to a 1-bedroom suite inside the Affinia Manhattan. And every week, it will be exactly the same (you can even leave your stuff in the closets!).
Which is why, for a wide-eyed tourist hungry to see all the sights, this situation wouldn't be that ideal. But for tireless business travelers, who benefit from consistency and routine (and only really want a quiet place to play with their stuffed animals), this could be a match made in heaven. As long as you're willing to duke it out on the auction block, that is.
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It looks like things are coming along at the new Tryp By Wyndham near Times Square. Though the hotel has definitely breezed by its planned November opening, a near-finished lobby (see photos below) and newly-installed signage should mean we start to see some action here after the holidays.
This is of course just a fraction of the mega hotel explosion that New York City is about to endure over the next few years, as per Bloomberg's vision. But all 7,000 hotel rooms are not created equal—nor do they simply appear overnight. For instance, over the next few months, we should be looking at a new Conrad New York (fancy art), a Hyatt in Union Square (super awesome location), and the elusive NoMad (has a glass pyramid). Not to mention The Out NYC (NYC's first gay hotel).