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It has Fabergé eggs. It has King Henry VIII. And it has Tudor-inspired cocktails. That’s quite something for a hotel venue.
Welcome to New York, and to BonBonnière, the new nightclub in the basement of the Hotel Chantelle. A London import – the first one opened in Soho last year – it’s “inspired by the Fabergé egg” and all the European opulence that goes with it.
What does that mean in the 21st century? Mirrored walls, LED-lit ceilings, and a giant Fabergé egg as the DJ booth. Now that is something.
Here's a snapshot CitizenM posted on Facebook last week. Um, yeah. Not much to look at except the funny tag lines ("New York luxury, New Jersey prices") but the good news is, the hotel is in very much works and should open in 2016. And then after that, CitizenM is hoping for four more hotels in NYC. We say, let's focus on the Bowery first.
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We see rates starting at a reasonable "Soft Opening" rate of $159 for a Studio Full; $289 for a Skybox Loft, and $329 for a Loft King with Terrace. The hotel's 184 guestrooms (including 20 suites) will be available in nine configurations, all with city views and many with a private terrace. Rooms will feature hardwood floors, handmade silk rugs, artisan-crafted Moroccan pendant lamps and Indo-Portuguese style beds.
Amenities include Bellino sheets from Italy and new, exclusive bath products from Red Flower, while bathrobes and “Persian rug” trompe-l’oeil bathmats come from French label Maison Martin Margiela. Let's just hope for more space than at MacPherson's last hotel, The Marlton.
You can also look forward to a lobby bar, covered garden and restaurant from Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi. And free WiFi.
[Photo: The Ludlow]
At close to six years of delays and drama, we've not been quite sure whether or not to get our hopes up for The Ludlow Hotel on Manhattan's Lower East Side ever actually opening.
However, it does look like an opening date is imminent. We recently stumbled across a real, live website for the hotel, which states" "Bookings from Spring 2014.
A new boutique hotel quietly opened up in Chinatown last week and, with rates for the cheapest rooms (Parlor King) starting at $109, it presents a pretty good deal at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge.
The BeHotel NYC located in the old Grand Sichuan restaurant space, describes itself as a "stylishly appointed boutique hotel ... conceived for the world traveler who looks for comfort with modern sensibilities."
Now that we've finally seen the inside of The Marlton, we're ready to turn our attention to Sean MacPherson's next new hotel. After years of delays, things are finally moving along at 180 Ludlow Street in the Lower East Side, and while we are still waiting for The Marlton's Café Marlton to open up, the hotelier has released details of what will be The Ludlow's restaurant.
Last month we had some insider information on The Ludlow's 162 guest rooms and now Sean MacPherson has spoken to Eater and told them that he is teaming up with Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi (of Torrisi and Carbone restaurants) and their parent company, Major Food Group, to develop the new hotel's restaurant. Interesting news, given that MacPherson majorly dissed Carbone in the New York Times' Style section just a week ago:
We'd all but given up on the construction site at 138 Allen Street/139 Orchard Street ever morphing into an actual hotel. The saga of what will most likely be called the Allen Street Hotel is a long one, so here goes:
Development began all the way back in 2008 and quickly rose to 16 stories. But then, in late 2011, the still-unfinished hotel went into foreclosure when developers defaulted on their loan, and then went back on the market for $28 million.
Things went quiet for a while, but when we checked in the other day, we saw a sign with a completion date posted (January 1. 2014). As well as information that the project will be led by Richter + Ratner
Mad hotel construction on the Lower East Side is not looking like slowing down any time soon: projects currently in the works include the promised-to-finally-open-soon 180 Ludlow, Peter Poon Architects' skyscraping Hotel Bowery, and what will be the city's second CitizenM at 185 Bowery. While most offerings down on the LES skew hip, it is somewhat comforting to hear that good old Holiday Inn's newish property, the Holiday Inn NYC - Lower East Side has been consistently selling out since opening earlier this year.
It's been quite some time since we last checked in on 180 Ludlow. After more than five years of stops and starts, we weren't even sure that this Lower East Side hotel was ever going to see the light of day.
Since it was taken over by BD Hotels (the secretive team behind the Bowery Hotel, The Maritime Hotel, and Pod Hotels) in 2010, the site, where work on a new hotel began way way back in 2008, has been shaping up slowly. One insider we chatted with the other day was very optimistic that the hotel would open before the end of this year. They also gave us an idea of what to expect when it does.
A tipster emailed us to say that Rodman was also asked to leave Thompson LES Hotel on Sunday morning after being on the property for less than 24 hours. A guest of the hotel during that time had this to say about their up close encounter with the former NBA bad boy (who, btw, has a new children's book out):
We came down to the bar after putting our luggage away, and arrived at the bar on the second floor. We were greeted by the obnoxious Dennis Rodman who was inappropriately speaking to my wife and making us feel so uncomfortable that we left. We went out to dinner and arrived back to the hotel and tried to have drinks again.
Once again Mr. Rodman was being inappropriate trying to sit on my lap and screaming and clapping while gesturing to my wife. Mr. Rodman was with a group of people who did nothing but stand there and make sure we did not say anything to him. He was rude VULGAR and extremely inappropriate telling my wife unacceptable things that we proceeded to leave the second floor bar and go to bed..."
It's that time of year again: tbd Art! Last year, Andaz 5th Ave launched this celebration of art and culture, where guests were encouraged to engage in the creative process.
Due to popular demand, artist-in residence Daniel St. George and celebrity tattooist Mister Cartoon returned to give more illustration love, this time a huge mural with his perspective of New York City, and it's just been finished--a Sandy tribute: the resilience of NYC after the storm. We heart.
Hotel Chatter caught up with Mister C and found a soft side. Here are his thoughts on Andaz, art, Sandy and, weirdly, Eminem.
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For all you NYC hotel-lovers who have always dreamed of visiting Lords South Beach but haven't actually made it down, here's your chance. In two weeks, Miami's gayest hotel is temporarily migrating north to the Big Apple. Why? To set up a pop-up hotel for Pride 2012, of course!
The entire Lords South Beach entourage—including, yes, the trademark nine-foot polar bear in the lobby, but oh so much more—will be transplanted into the Hotel On Rivington from June 18-24 (yes, we know, a hotel within a hotel) to create the ultimate Pride hotel party.
And when they say party, we do tend to believe them. This is coming from one "ultra-gay" hotel who likes to entertain guests by hosting rounds of Twister and spin the bottle, and another hotel with its own tequila bar and who once hosted Michael Cera and the cast of Jersey Shore in a hot tub. All together.