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New York most definitely was getting too cold for us yesterday, when we found ourselves strolling through lower Manhattan, near the 9/11 memorial. So cold, in fact, that we made an impulse decision to go hide out in the W Downtown for a few minutes, seeing as the crowds on a Wednesday afternoon were minimal.
The hotel's relative emptiness also worked in our favor when we got up to the fifth-floor Living Room bar and noticed, to our sheer delight, the bar was offering free cups of hot chocolate. And not, like, a one-cup-per-person deal. It was self-serve. And it was gooood!
Tucked in a corner at one end of the bar was a small thermal dispenser, surrounded by candles, as well as a small placard that read: "Yummy hot chocolate! Enjoy!" So we did.
When we last spoke to Andaz Wall Street's GM Toni Hinterschloisser, all seemed quiet on the Wall Street hotel front. But there is another FiDi spot that has become entangled in the Occu-Phenomenon: namely, the W New York Downtown. The NY Post has learned that several key OWS protesters decided to go occupy $500-a-night hotel rooms—rather than church basements like the rest of the 99%—after Zuccotti Park was cleared out two weeks ago.
The paper identified two protesters, 24-year-old Brad Spitzer, an analyst at Deloitte, and Brooklynite Peter Dutro, who co-manages the movement's $500,000 in funds, as having booked rooms at the Freedom Tower-facing hotel. Apparently, the appeal of W's Whatever/Whenever service was just too hard to resist (or maybe it was the sexy cocktail waitresses they were after.)
Then again, considering the rooms don't even offer free WiFi, that's a high price to pay. How else are they supposed to keep up with their fellow comrades down on the ground?
When one W closes, another one opens?
Last time we did some online
stalkingresearch on the W New York Downtown we almost had an anxiety attack because the reservation system wouldn't let us book a room for the opening night mentioned on the website, June 6. Things didn't get any better when we noticed the note saying the hotel was "taking reservations from July 5." Those dates didn't work in the online system either. So, what gives?
Last night we met some folks from W, who told us that the latest ETA on the hotel was "late June." They admitted that there have been delays with the property but it may actually be a blessing in disguise, now that the Deutsche Bank building next door has come down. (We won't have this view when sipping our martinis at the W bar, in other words.)
We have to wait until February to see the W New York Downtown Hotel, but thanks to the marketing of the W New York Residences in the same building, we get to have a peek at some of the property’s public spaces.
The new structure just south of the new Freedom Tower site was designed by Gwathmey Siegel Architects, with interiors by Graft. It will house 255 hotel rooms and 233 condo units, some furnished. In addition to the obligatory restaurants, bars, and gyms, both hotel guests and residents will be treated to that most coveted of New York amenities: the outdoor space.