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We've shown you all around the newly opened New York Edition hotel, as well as upstairs and downstairs. Now it's time to look at the guest rooms. (And look you should since the Edition's website is still waiting on room photos.)
True to the Edition design formula, the rooms feature neutral-colored furniture and fabrics, save for the dark oak wood paneled foyers and the towering dark walnut headboards. And yes, there is a fur blanket on the bed here.
All rooms also have white oak desks and giant windows to look out of. But not all rooms have scalloped ceilings and not all rooms have views of the Empire State Building. Allow us to tell you which ones do. After all, Edition is an expensive stay so let's be sure you get your money's worth.
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Are you ready to enter the Naughty Zone?
Revelers from the fashion, art, design, acting and even hospitality world were some of the first to experience the social scene at the New York Edition during the hotel's opening party on Tuesday night. While earlier in the evening W Magazine took over the three dining rooms that comprise the Clocktower Restaurant from chef Jason Atherton, by the time the clock struck 10pm, invited partygoers were free to roam between the restaurant, the billiards room, the upstairs bar and the lobby and lobby bar downstairs.
Despite the crowds (the upstairs bar was a shoulder to shoulder situation) and the celebrities (Rosario Dawson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Chrissy Teigen, Alexa Chung and Q-Tip as the DJ, to name a few), the party was simple, good-old fashioned fun. There were even reports of people were dancing on the purple-felted billiards table. #NotUs #Promise
The day after the party, which wrapped up sometime around 4am, Edition hotelier Ian Schrager arrived to "inspect the damage" which to a guest's eyes seemed nonexistent, but Schrager had some concerns about the lobby furniture. He also turned a lobby lamp around to face in his preferred direction.
Yet overall, Schrager was extremely happy with the turnout calling it a quintessential New York party, with a type of party electricity he hasn't felt with other Edition hotels. "I can't define it. I just know when it's there," Schrager said. "There was excitement and that's the part I enjoy." From the man who created Studio 54, one of the most iconic nightclubs in history, we'd take his word for it.
So now, let's take a look at what had people so excited about the Edition the other night.
The New York Edition has opened its doors today inside the iconic Clocktower Building at Madison Square Park. We're still turning the pages of this newest Edition but our initial thoughts are good.
As we expected, the newest Ian Schrager hotel feels more like the London Edition, very intimate and clubby, rather than the Miami Edition which is more akin to hotel carnival with different amenities at every turn (and an ice skating rink and bowling alley in the basement.)
This Edition has a similar look to the other Editions of the world with neutral colors, exquisite lighting, and fur blankets on the beds and chairs, but as promised there is much New York drama, largely due to the incredible views out the giant windows and the original scalloped ceilings in the guest rooms.
Not much of the landmarked building interior layout was changed yet while the inside has been thoroughly Schragerized to resemble a high-end residential property rather than a hotel, the Edition still has a bit of that "old New York" feeling. And since "old New York" is quickly disappearing, this makes the Edition a very special hotel.
That said, there are some deviations from the Edition formula.
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We've only just recovered from the opening excitement of the Miami Beach Edition last November but now we're gearing up to do it all over again.
Ian Schrager and Marriott Hotels will open their fourth Edition Hotel--the New York Edition-- inside the iconic 1909 Clocktower Building on Madison Avenue on May 12. As Schrager himself told HotelChatter in February, the New York Edition plans on celebrating its opening with not just one day or night of festivities but rather, with a series of special events spread out over the next three months.
What those special events will be, we don't know yet, but we do know a little bit more about what will be inside this edition of Edition.
The modern luxury hotel will have 273 guest rooms that more closely resemble the cozy feel of the London Edition rather than the open plan of Miami Beach Edition. But since each Edition hotel is meant to be its own "custom-made-one-off", the New York Edition will certainly have its own defining look--one that blends the old and the new. And of course, the Schrager.
When Gramercy Park Hotel first opened in 2006, the hotel prided itself on its hodgepodge of bath toiletries which were hand-picked by the editors at Allure magazine. Fast forward eight years, and the Gramercy Park Hotel has gone a different but still luxe route with Aesop skincare products.
The Melbourne-based line (also found at some Park Hyatt hotels) uses plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients of the highest quality, which sound like they will actually help out your skin and hair during your stay. Here's what can now be found in the bathrooms at GPH:
· Rind Concentrate Body Balm - An intensive hydrating body balm with orange peel, pink grapefruit and lemon rind to hydrate, soothe and cool.
· Body Cleansing Soap Slab - A soap slab rich with steam-distilled extracts of bergamot rind, ylang ylang and wild lime. Combined in a gentle soap, the trio effectively cleans and hydrates the skin.
· Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser - An exhilarating, low-foaming shower gel with geranium leaf to cleanse without drying. It's an ideal alternative to conventional soap that leaves skin clean and refreshed.
· Classic Shampoo/Classic Conditioner - Lather with rosemary leaf, cedarwood bark and juniper berryent then condition with bergamot mint, cedarwood bark and lavender stem. Aesop's hair care products are inspired by new ingredients that cleanse without stripping the hair of its natural protective oils and condition to improve appearance and make hair more manageable. Both guard against breakage while working to soften, add shine and hydrate the hair.
Rates at GPH start around $450 a night.
[Photo: Gramercy Park Hotel]
When we visited the Flatiron Hotel last year, we told you about the presence of owner Robert "Toshi" Chan's adorable dog, Ponzu who stands guard at the entrance to the hotel's event space Toshi's Living Room, greeting guests with an adorable bark. Toshi clearly has soft spot for pooches, so it's not surprising to hear that he has teamed up with Sleepypod, a Californian pet product company, and other pet brands, including the Honest Kitchen, SimplyFido, and Little Eatz, in an effort to make travel as enjoyable for our furry friends as it is for owners.
It's time for a walk down memory lane with a HotelChatter flashback!
On this day way back in 2010, we read the news that hotelier Ian Schrager and his commercial landlords had defaulted on a $140 million loan for the Gramercy Park Hotel. This was kind of a common occurrence back then as hotels were still trying to recover from the economic collapse of 2008 and 2009.
Yet with GPH in 2010, one investor was not interested in assuming the loan for the hotel because it was hard to get Schrager to agree to stay. And we couldn't have imagined GPH without Schrager...back then.
Today, we're totally ok with the fact that GPH no longer has Ian Schrager roaming the lobby. (He left less than six months after this.) No doubt that's because his Public Chicago, which opened in 2012, has kept us very entertained. Now, we're just wondering when he will open more of them. Oh and we can't forget about his hand in Marriott's Edition Hotels. We'll see the fruits of his labor again with the London Edition, opening this October.
As for the Gramercy Park Hotel, it's still a great spot and nearly all of Ian's handiwork remains. The hotel also has new restaurants from hotshot restauranteur Danny Meyer. Plus, you can probably even get into the Rose Bar these days! Rates start at $395 a night at the end of July.
Whoever came up with that little motto “It’s the thought that counts” for special-occasion gifting is a more spiritually evolved creature than we (or Kristen Stewart …or Johnny Depp’s new piece) will ever be. Loving thoughts are appreciated, but if you really want to make our next birthday memorable, please book us the VIP birthday package at the Flatiron Hotel.
Specifically, the one that comes with a private sushi chef, a classic Cadillac Deville ’65 with chauffeur, four tickets to the New York Giants, and all-day spa treatments for all the friends who are staying with us in the 4000-square-foot Toshi’s Penthouse. Plus a few more little things we haven’t detailed (full package details after the jump). It’s $8000 per person, plus tax and tip, but if you love someone, money’s a small price to pay, right?
Changes are slowly coming to the Flatiron Hotel Toshi, which opened in August after an exceptionally drawn-out (and slightly confusing) limbo period. When we last stopped in, the lobby furniture had us scratching our head, and there was a lot of empty space.
Thankfully, the furniture has been replaced, and the lobby has been filled out with a stage in one corner, a full bar in the other, and some snazzy red velvet curtains that give the place a kind of cabaret vibe. As for the scene? We're not entirely sure.
Yesterday, we saw that it's possible for guests at the Gramercy Park Hotel to take home their favorite parts of the hotel when they check out. But there's something weird and creepy about taking home the cocktail dress of the waitress who just served you drinks at the bar.
Thankfully, that's not one of the options on the Amenities menu. But after you see the new dresses (worn by waitresses at Rose Bar or Gramercy Terrace), which were created by French-born designer Sophie Theallet, you might well be wishing for one of your own!
Designed out of stretch silk crepe, the garments have been made in two colors—"Gramercy red" and "midnight blue"—and are supposed to mimic the rich textures of the room interiors. Luckily, Theallet didn't get too literal and deck the waitresses out in velvet curtains and tassels in their hair.
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The plush, dark rooms feel more like your rich, moody uncle's place than your typical hotel room and they are full of lovely little details, including the Allure magazine-editor-curated toiletries--a mix of best-of-the-best products rather than all items from the one brand.
And now, you can take a whole lot of the hotel home with you. For a price. You see, the rooms at GPH are designed for you to shop til you drop. Everything in the collage above—from the pretty tassels right down to the tray that the bathroom toiletries are sitting on—is for sale.
Woah, we thought one New Year's Eve hotel lockout was bad enough, but this second one is making us super glad we stayed home on Saturday night. And really, the timing couldn't be worse for Gramercy Park Hotel, who narrowly avoided a complete catastrophe in October with the whole plummeting elevator business. Just as they were starting to win back our confidence, their key card system goes and crashes. At midnight. Leaving guests stranded in the hallways for seven hours.
The NY Post reports that 200 guests were shut out on New Year's Eve right after midnight when all of their key cards stopped working. And though the Marriott Denver Tech Center managed to address a similar issue (in that instance, with over 3,000 guests) in under four hours, GPH apparently struggled from around midnight until 7am, having to individually reset each guest's key for the room they'd already checked into.