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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.
A new year, a new hotel for NYC!
Despite initially saying they would be open for NYC's Hotel Week, The Jade Hotel will now FINALLY open on February 1st and the opening room rates are pretty fantastic for a new hotel in Manhattan. Granted, it's the dead of winter but we'd be ok with spending $199 a night for a Grove Queen which includes free WiFi, Bigelow toiletries and a dandy retro-rotary phone to order room service on. Plus, that rate is a lot less than the $400 price tag mentioned back in October.
But if you're feeling flush, you could splurge on the Greenwich Penthouse suite on the top floor which has a walk-out balcony and a spa tub and a separate shower. (Sadly, it still only offers a queen-sized bed.)
Like all good new hotels about the open, the Jade has its Facebook page up and running with a bunch of photos of its Parisian-inspired decor. Have a look-see now at those snaps now and maybe we'll have some new ones for you shortly!
[Photo: The Jade Hotel/Facebook]
By showcasing exhibitions in untraditional spaces, Indiewalls transforms walls into galleries and redefines the white cube.
The current display features works by Allan Hasty & Joseph Grazi, Alicia Debrincat, AVone, and LJ Lindhurst, and is on view throughout different areas of Dream, from the Presidential Suite to the staircase and the ever popular PH-D nightclub. Here's a taste of what graces the walls.
The NY Times is reporting that Manhattan's The Jade Hotel is finally set to open at the end of the month, with rooms starting at around $400/night. Which is a little higher than our budget allows (good thing we have an actual apartment in the city), but understandable given that the hotel is marketing itself as a "high-end boutique."
For NYC travelers who've been patiently waiting for a new downtown hotel to try out, this is great news. Given that Hyatt Union Square is taking its sweet, sweet time, it looks like The Jade will be the one to watch for at least the next month or two, getting the spotlight all to itself.
Read on for more details about the new hotel!
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Last month, we told you about an incident that happened outside of The Mercer, involving a red Ferrari supposedly running over the foot of an NYPD officer. The whole bizarre episode was caught on video and made the rounds on YouTube, and then we thought we were done. But no!
For the latest installment of over-dramatized, minor car accidents causing scenes outside of trendy Manhattan hotels, we turn to Lindsay Lohan, who got arrested last night after hitting a guy with her Porsche in front of the Dream Downtown.
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Despite the whispers of a possible sale, the Dream Downtown remains a hot place to be. Why just the other night, Kanye West was at the hotel's PH-D nightclub where he unleashed some previously unreleased tunes (so says Page Six.)
Now comes word that the hotel's shuttered Romera restaurant downstairs will be replaced with a BondSt sushi spot. Word is BondSt partner Jonathan Morr is teaming up with Republic and Studio Gaia to redesign the spot.
Well, we guess that answers our question about the sayings from neuroscientist-turned-chef Miguel Romera that were etched into the bathrooms and staircases, like "I am a doctor who cooks, and not a cook who doctors food."
Once the redesign's complete, the restaurant will then serve up its signature tasty version of Japanese fare which includes not only sushi and sashimi but also entrees such as the kabocha "gnocchi", squid ink pasta and a New York strip steak.
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Update: We just want to reiterate that the Dream Downtown's possible sale to the Sahara Group is just speculation at this point. Now get back to your regularly scheduled Dreaming.
Everyone's going down, down, down downtown, including some deep-pocketed Indian investors who recently fronted $570 million for a controlling stake in the Plaza.
The Sahara Group, who also picked up the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in late 2010, is reportedly on a spending spree, and New York hotels are hot, so hot right now. The NY Times reports that Sahara Group may be about to acquire Chatwal's Dream Downtown.
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The time has come for the Maritime Hotel's Hiro Ballroom and Matsuri restaurant to close. After many years, many celebrity performances, and many penis festivals, the party has finally come to an end.
But that doesn't mean you can't still experience all the cool, Asian-inspired decor of the space long after it's gone. Eater reports that everything inside the ballroom and restaurant will be auctioned off starting next week. You like paper lanterns? You got 'em. You need a new Japanese bathroom sign? Now you know where to go. For all we know, they might even have some extra hot pots and sake barrels kicking around somewhere too.
The aftershocks of today's news that King & Grove Hotels will be managing the chaotic Hotel Chelsea continue with this bit of info we received from a Hotel Chelsea insider. The source spoke about Patti Smith's private concert at the hotel on Wednesday for the building's new owner and the King & Grove management team (The Thursday night concert for the building's residents was cancelled after they protested.) The source says:
Patti's performance on Wednesday was the inauguration of a series of events related to music, the visual arts, literature and poetry, and film that will be curated by the ownership, management and creative teams of the Chelsea. The Chelsea will have new and established artists of all types performing, showing, creating and living there.
That's the future. What's there today is a decayed building in disrepair with a small minority of tenants who are so adverse to change that they'd prefer to live in squalor and pretend to care about the legacy than risk being a part of a successful restoration and return to relevancy that the Chelsea deserves.