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Chilled-out is perhaps not a state of being one would most commonly associate with NYC hotel Dream Downtown, but even hard-partiers need a break some time.
The hotel is now running a series of Sunday Sessions that are free and open to anyone who wants to join. Yoga classes are held in The Gallery every other Sunday, and taught by Lululemon ambassadors. Also, in-between Yoga Sundays they are offering other fun classes, such as a Wool & The Gang knitting circle. In the new year they plan to add to the program with juicing classes, cinema classes, and more. It's not all kumbaya, by the way, when we attended a yoga session the other week, we found it pretty darn competitive.
One of New York's finest, Lou Reed passed away last weekend at the age of 71. Since his passing the Hotel Chelsea -- immortalized in Chelsea Girls, which Reed co-wrote and Nico performed -- has been the site of pilgrimage for fans wishing to pay their respects. Little bouquets of flowers, hand-written notes, and photographs have all sprung up at the entrance to the hotel, which is currently closed to guests while it undergoes renovations led by King & Grove... and nothing will ever be the same again ...
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How does Jack Kerouac's old pad hold up under the Sean MacPherson treatment? A HotelChatter Review
We've been patiently awaiting Sean MacPherson's new The Marlton Hotel (built out of a former SRO where some long-standing tenants have been in residence since the 1960s) for a while now. With still no confirmed official opening date on the horizon, we gave up waiting and went in to check out its soft opening.
We walked to the hotel from West 4th Street station, which was just about a five minute walk. We had to do a double take to make sure we were at the right place as there is no sign outside yet. With just a couple of guests milling around the book-lined and eclectic furniture-filled lobby, our front desk person wasn't rushed so check in was quick and easy. We were given a small black key fob emblazoned with the same lightning strike graphic you'll see on The Marlton's website and a business card scribbled with our room number on, then we were into the single elevator and up to our fifth-floor room.
We've not said much about the new hotel currently underway at 414 West 15th Street, across the street from the Chelsea Market, because the project itself has been fairly hush-hush -- and seems to be taking a while to get moving.
Architecture and design firm Stonehill & Taylor, at their website, are calling it only the Greenwich Village Hotel and state that the project was "created in partnership with one of the world’s most renowned hotel operators, (and) the details of the project are confidential". Oooh.
Even so, it's been a while since anyone has mentioned the project, so we went down to the West Village to take a peek. What we found (basically a big hole in the ground) didn't look too encouraging for a hotel that's been in development for a couple of years.
Our favorite West Village 1920s-style hotel, The Jade is taking a cue from our favorite 1920s-set television show, Boardwalk Empire to bring its guests a Prohibition Package. No bootlegging required.
The fourth season of Boardwalk Empire begins on Sunday, and to get you in the mood, The Jade is offering accommodation in a Standard Room, two tickets to the Blue Note Jazz Club, an in-room cupcake treat from boozy bakery Prohibition Cupcakes, two specialty prohibition-era cocktails and a cocktail demonstration at their restaurant with a speakeasy vibe, Grape & Vine. Note: we recommend the Grape & Vine's "Bee's Knees" (gin, honey, and fresh lemon).
First the hotel was set to open September 1st; then we heard that opening day would not be happening until some time in October ... but, wait, what's this? The website is already taking bookings and they are throwing a Fashion Week party next Tuesday.
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It's been a long time since we've heard of hotelier Sean MacPherson working on a new hotel in NYC. But it's true. The man behind The Bowery Hotel and The Jane is working on a new hotel in Greenwich Village to be called The Marlton Hotel. No, not the Carlton. The Marlton which we told you about back in September 2011.
Even though MTV insists on keeping on with its Video Music Awards, despite not ever playing music videos on the channel, the truth is no one is watching music videos on TV anymore.
It's all done online (or on mobile devices) and leading the way is VEVO TV, an internet music and video channel that plays video premieres from today's big artists (Bieber, Rihanna, etc.) as well as live concerts and interviews. For example, when you wanna see what that scandalous Miley Cyrus video is all about, you'll be watching it through VEVO. And now you can watch it from your room at the Dream Downtown in New York.
The hotel has announced a new partnership with VEVO, the first of its kind for a hotel brand, to bring VEVO's content to the 315 guestrooms. Guests can watch music video 24-7 from their hotel rooms on a dedicated TV channel, no internet connection required. Here's what Dream Hotels' Brendan McNamara, senior vice president of brand development, had to say about the new partnership:
We at Dream Downtown miss the days when music television channels actually played music videos! So this is the first time Vevo is broadcasting on TV. There are really no music channels anymore so this is both retro and futuristic.
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Is The Jade Worth Your Green? A HotelChatter Review
The other week, after a budget hotel gone wrong in Hell's Kitchen, we fled downtown to the Jade Hotel on W. 13th and Sixth Avenue. And thanks to HotelTonight, we paid just $260 for the night. But if we had to, we would pay more and here's why.
For starters, the Jade has an incredible location. It's close to all things in the West Village and it's just a few blocks away from the happenings of Union Square. But it's also one block away from a subway stop that will quickly take you out to the LES or Brooklyn. You can even go to Jersey on the PATH train. Second, the rooms are petite but heavenly with thoughtful touches like an intricate cabinet that hides the TV, a mirrored armoire instead of a closet and a working rotary phone. Most importantly, they are quiet, which was our number one request.
If only the internet had worked in the morning, we may never have left the spot.
Read on for the full review!
Here are some snapshots from inside a High Line Suite which is meant to evoke a "a romantic and eclectic 19th century guest house with a separate tranquil sitting area." These rooms also have a king bed, one-of-kind furniture from throughout the U.S. large windows (with black-out shades), bathrobes and slippers and our fave, free WiFi. These rooms also overlook the Close, a private garden open only to hotel guests.
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Here's something you're not likely to find at too many other hotels in New York City (or anywhere, for that matter): an old-fashioned embosser, bolted to a desk at the brand new High Line Hotel.
We think the embosser perfectly sums up the historic, literary vibe of the guest rooms, which all have custom-built furniture, classic novels, and hand-picked antique rugs. As writers, we could happily see ourselves holing up in here, typing away at our antique wooden desk as the light streams in from the east-facing window.
Despite the plethora of old-school amenities here, the embosser is hands-down our favorite feature of the hotel, and one can be found in every single guest room.
If you're wondering just what you'll be embossing, each device contains a brass plate imprinted with one of the hotel's five logos. Yes, that's right—five logos. Overkill? Maybe. But then again, when you can boast about having a custom desk embosser in every room, why not five? Heck, why not twenty?
We've mentioned before how The Jade is done up in "1920s French Deco" style, and what that basically means is: rich dark wood and brick everywhere, geometric motif headboards and rotary telephones in the rooms, and, best, of all, a royal purple velvet-accented lobby (those drapes! that couch!). The vibe is kind of Gramercy Park Hotel meets Holiday Inn, since it's got the great location and the luxury, medieval castle vibe, but it's a new build and its price point is (thankfully) a little lower than GPH.
And speaking of which, the hotel is offering a pretty sweet rate of $180/night during the soft opening phase. Which is now. And we get that it's the slow season and all, but you generally don't find prices like that in the Greenwich Village area, like, ever.