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Mario Batali to Bring His Italian Dishes (and Orange Crocs) Into NYC's Maritime Hotel

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  Site Where: 363 West 16th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
August 28, 2014 at 7:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

La Bottega at Manhattan's Maritime Hotel has long been a HotelChatter favorite spot, thanks in part to their killer outdoor dining spot. But now, La Bottega is on the way out and coming in is chef Mario Batali and his partner, Joe Bastianich.

The duo and their B&B Hospitality Group will take over the entire food and beverage program at the hotel, featuring "cooking of the Italian coast and islands." Here's what Batali said in a statement:

“The Maritime has just as much, if not more, outdoor space than any other hotel in Manhattan. It’s the sort of place I like to spend time. We’ll bring our perspective on Italian food and a little old-school New York to this Chelsea landmark,” Batali says. “The neighborhood is ready for a new hangout. I look forward to working with Richard Born and Sean MacPherson and their expert team.”

(FYI: Richard Born and Sean MacPherson are the hoteliers behind The Maritime.)

This is not the first time Batali and Bastianich have opened a restaurant within a hotel. The two run Carnevino, B&B and the Otto Enoteca & Pizzeria at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

According to Eater, La Bottega has not announced an exact closing date but it's probably pretty soon. The new B&B resto should open at The Maritme sometime next year.

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New Permits Say Hotel Across from Chelsea Market WILL Happen

Where: 414 West 15th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
February 19, 2014 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's on. It's (maybe) off. It's back on again! The long saga of the hotel development project in the Meatpacking District, opposite the Chelsea Market, has taken some twists and turns, and, when renderings disappeared from Stonehill and Taylor's website disappeared recently, we wondered if developers had called it a day. The good news (from New York YIMBY) is that new plans have been filed and the project is apparently moving ahead.

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Stretch, Knit and Chill Out at Dream Downtown's New Sunday Sessions

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  Site Where: 346 West 17th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
November 22, 2013 at 3:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Hotel Chelsea Says Goodnight to Lou

Where: 222 West 23rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
November 1, 2013 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

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 ...

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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The Marlton is Still in a Soft Opening Phase, But We Stayed There Anyway

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  Site Where: 5 West 8th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
October 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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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.

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Is the Hotel Across from the Chelsea Market Ever Going to Happen?

Where: 414 West 15th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
October 1, 2013 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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The Jade Wants to Give You the Speakeasy Experience, Legally

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  Site Where: 52 West 13th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
September 6, 2013 at 9:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

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).

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The Marlton is Kind Of, Sort Of, Open

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  Site Where: 5 West 8th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
September 5, 2013 at 9:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've been getting excited about the new Marlton Hotel ever since we heard that The Bowery hotelier Sean MacPherson was getting involved; but, darn it, they just keep playing with our emotions.

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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Guess Who's Back? Hotelier Sean Mac with The Marlton Hotel

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  Site Where: 3 West 8th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
July 30, 2013 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Dream Downtown Will Now Be Streaming Music Videos In the Guestrooms, Thanks to VEVO TV

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  Site Where: 346 W. 17th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
July 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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One Night at The Jade Hotel in the West Village

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  Site Where: 52 W 13th St. [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
June 20, 2013 at 12:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

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!

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A Sneak Peek at The High Line Hotel in NYC

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  Site Where: 180 Tenth Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
June 17, 2013 at 10:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

The other month we teased you with a snapshot of the antique custom embossers found on the desk at the new 60-room High Line Hotel in Manhattan. Today, we've got the full monty and it's a beauty.

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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