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Last week, we brought you a sneak peek of the Sixty SoHo’s new look and mentioned the recent opening of its new bar, The Gordon Bar. Here, now, are the details on Manhattan’s newest watering hole.
The Gordon Bar is just off the second-floor lobby and reception area of the hotel. Like the lobby, the feel here is cozy but swank. The focal point on one end of the room is a fireplace bookended by glass shelves with knickknacks and potted plants. In front of that is a small glass coffee table with art books, around which are clustered armchairs and a plush loveseat in nice communal seating area.
Now we've gone inside the hotel to get a first-hand look at some of the renovated rooms, the redone second-floor lobby and reception area, and new The Gordon Bar, which opened at the end of November.
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Way, way, way back before Kanye West turned into one-half of Kimye, he once semi-permanently lived at Soho's ultra cool Mercer Hotel. He then later hooked up The Mercer star with tickets to his concert. An employee even wrote in to tell HotelChatter just how nice Kanye was to them.
We wonder if Uncle Karl will be just as nice.
Page Six reports that fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has taken over three floors of the hotel while he's in town to celebrate his item for Louis Vuitton--a $175,00 punching bag emblazoned with LVs. Hmmm...we also can't help but wonder if he's looking to The Mercer for ideas for his next hotel project?
While regular guests were apparently turned away because of Lagerfeld's presence, the good news is he won't be in town forever. Rooms are still sold-out at the hotel but they will open back up on Thursday...for $750 a night, before tax.
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Back in September, we heard that Ace Hotels was considering opening their second NYC hotel in the old Salvation Army building at 225 Bowery. Today, the sale of the building has been completed and it was announced, officially, that Ace Hotels would be taking it over.
Here are the deal basics: Eastern Consolidatd arranged the $30 million+ sale of 223-225 Bowery, which was also owned by the Salvation Army, to Omnia Group Ltd and North Wind Group. The 55,00-square foot building's first two floors have been occupied by the SA's Chinatown Corps Community Center while the other eight floors have been vacant for more than 13 years. The shelter and community center will now be moving out to a new spot in Brooklyn.
Ace Hotels has plans to "re-imagine" the building but will probably salvage whatever original or historical bits they can. And since the original Ace Hotel in Seattle was created out of an old Salvation Army building, we trust that Ace will handle this properly.
But as we learned back in September, this Ace will be even
grungier more rugged than the other Ace Hotels with smaller rooms and less frills (not like Ace is a frilly brand to begin with.) The hotel will still have a happening lobby and bar scene. No word on when it will open but possibly late 2015.
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Last time we visited the Bowery House—Manhattan's hip hostel-boutique-hotel hybrid where rooms go for just $89/night—we dug the whole look of the place, which had Chesterfield leather couches in the lobby, medieval chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, and tiny little 1940s SRO-style "cabins."
The one thing missing? Food. Yes, the hotel had set up a Bowery Bodega in one corner of the lobby, vending treats like Altoids, Oreos, M&Ms and Kit Kat bars. But it wasn't exactly food that would stick to your ribs.
That's all changed now with the opening of The Bowery Kitchen, located downstairs from the lobby on the street level, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and thankfully, plays along with the hotel's general theme of casual chic on a budget. We like!
Back in 2010, before it actually opened, we speculated, along with the rest of the neighborhood blogs, on The Nolitan's odd "tetris-inspired" exterior. Adding insult to injury, not only was the design critiqued, Curbed also revealed that the hotel was having issues with zoning laws, which in that neighborhood only permit eight floors, despite the fact that the finished structure ended up having nine.
Fast forward two years, and the hotel is still not quite done fighting that battle. Bowery Boogie reports that on Thursday, the Nolitan headed into a meeting with Community Board 2 to seek "approval" on the extra ninth story.
Um, everyone knows this hotel's already been open for over a year now, right? OK, just wanted to make sure.
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It's no secret that the handsome doormen of New York's coolest boutique hotels could (and do) work part-time as male models (we still wish we had gotten a close-up of this guy) but today, we've got an actual modeling shoot from the male employees at 60 Thompson.
Here they are posing in their new uniforms designed by fashion label, Theory, with some style input from Thompson's own Jason Pomeranc. A hotel rep tells us originally the unis were done by Tophat but then were mixed and matched with various retail items until the new Theory threads arrived. Overall, it's a stylin' yet still casual look. We like.
We've got a couple of more photos after the jump. And yes, you're welcome!
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It's been a gradual process getting to know all the little quirks and idiosyncrasies of Manhattan's many, many, many hotels. But now that we've seen a bit of what we like and don't like, here's a snapshot from one room we recently stayed in at The Nolitan, the glass-wrapped boutique hotel that opened in Soho last July.
Ours was a Cityscape room, a category that's found only on the top two floors of the hotel. And needless to say, the views were awesome.
But another aspect that made us close our eyes and go 'Aah' was the variety of unusual surfaces: a lot of thought has been put into the textures of these rooms. Like the walls, for instance, which on one side of the room are covered in glossy black Venetian plaster (above). To the touch, it's smooth and slippery, and from a distance, it manages to reflect everything in the room with a slight ripple, almost like water.
The Nolitan General Manager, Patrik Horstmann
Have you ever flirted with a hotel concierge? In our series, Concierge Interviews, HotelChatter goes behind the Front Desk and gets chummy with the men—and women—whose job it is to never say no. Filmed inside various lobbies, courtyards, and bar lounges, each video will offer a glimpse into the world of hotels from the people who know them best. Got a burning question you'd like us to ask? Or have someone in mind for us to interview? Email us your requests!
Despite a last ditch attempt last month to re-invigorate the space with some leather banquettes and a large communal table, Ellabess, The Nolitan's restaurant, has closed until further notice. A post on Eater confirms that the owners hope to come up with something new by this spring, though for now the plan seems unclear.
Bizarrely, this news comes just three weeks after the abrupt closing of Pillar & Plough over at Hotel Williamsburg. Granted, those guys are in the process of transitioning to new ownership, so they're (kind of) off the hook. But what's the Nolitan's excuse? As far as we know, nothing about the hotel itself has changed. And after all that build-up, too...
Instead of boring old Christmas trees, the Nolitan is making use of a different kind of greenery for the holiday season: computer-generated images of flowers and hanging vines. As part of a local art gallery partnership, a very beautiful, soothing ambient video is currently being looped and projected onto a wall adjacent to the Front Desk.
Produced by artist Jennifer Steinkamp, the video is entitled Rapunzel, and in many ways, it's the perfect complement to the Nolitan's quiet, intimate lobby, which essentially doubles as a waiting area for Ellabess, the hotel's restaurant. Lush, gently-swaying tendrils move almost as if blown by an invisible breeze, and have a kind of hypnotizing effect. To see what we mean, scroll down and watch a clip from the video!
We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This? is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.
Take a close look at this bizarre assortment we found at the Bowery House in Manhattan. It seemed pointless to use any snapshots from the rooms themselves—since, frankly, there's not much in those little cubbyholes to photograph! But this fixture in the lobby caught our eye, and if you give yourselves a little bit of reference to put things into context, we're pretty sure you can guess how these play into the story of the hotel.
Hint: the original building was used as a flophouse for soldiers returned from the war.