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The last time we heard about the Greenwich in TriBeCa, it was offering to bring you a Christmas tree direct to your suite. Now, more
suite sweet news: the hotel has opened a new, top suite: the TriBeCa Penthouse.
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If you find yourself in New York over the holidays, The Greenwich Hotel (Robert de Niro’s TriBeCa hotel) doesn’t want you to be green with envy of those sitting around their fresh Christmas tree at home.
The 88-room hotel -- where no two rooms are alike -- will either set up a fully-decorated tree in your suite based on your ever-so-particular decorating style or, for some true down-home fun, will set up a tree-trimming party in your suite.
Once you’ve decorated the tree, head down to the cozy drawing room where the kids can have some hot chocolate from Locanda Verde and you can have a hot toddy – just to loosen up those vocal chords for carol-singing, of course.
Rates at the hotel this week start at $575 -- let's face it: this is the definition of last minute.
[Photos: The Greenwich Hotel]
Last week, news about new hotel brands for Millennials came fast and furious. While the momentum has died down a little bit, there's still news percolating out there. Like this bit about a Tommie Hotel from Thompson Hotels opening in Tribeca on Hudson Street next summer. [Insert clapping hands emoji right here.]
Yes, we've known about this property since Tommie Hotels were first announced in May 2013. But it's always been the other Tommie Hotel on E. 31st Street that we've been checking up on, each time getting slightly depressed that Spring 2016 seems like forever away.
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The NY Post reports that real estate bigwigs Rotem Rosen and Alex Sapir in a partnership with Buddha Bar founder/owner Gerard Guez, have bought the Mondrian Soho hotel for $205 million. The hotel was previously owned by a financial institution that took over the property when it was in foreclosure.
The hotel will remain a luxury boutique hotel but no name or brand has been designated. However, anybody can see that this will clearly become the Buddhar Bar and Hotel New York. After all, Guez, already operates three Buddhar Bar and Hotels in Paris, Prague and Budapest.
That excites us tremendously but we're also a little sad, since Mondrian just opened their breezy new rooftop soda shoppe called Sonny's. Hopefully, we'll have one last chance to try it this summer. Rates at the Mondrian this weekend start at $295 a night.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/HotelChatter]
As of last night, a a 1950's-inspired Italian beach club has taken over the penthouse rooftop at the Mondrian Soho. But there will be cocktails and gelato to go along with the party beats.
Sonny's Soda Shoppe is an homage to the Italian resort town,Forte Dei Marmi, and is decked out in classic Italian umbrella stripes with a 30-foot photo mural of the Tuscan coast from designer DeVinn Bruce that.
And what's a trip to Italy--either real or inspired--without ice cream? Indeed Sonny's Soda Shoppe will serve rotating flavors from delicious gelateria Laboratorio Gelato, signature pizzas and snacks by Isola executive chef Victor LaPlaca ($10 a slice; $18-20 a pizza); and market fresh Italian cocktails, "Gelato Floats", and frozen Limoncello by mixologist Julio Torres.
The soda shoppe will open from Wednesday to Friday from 6pm to 12am and from Friday to Sunday from 4pm to 12am.
[Photo: Mondrian Soho/Instagram]
After a long winter in NYC, it may seem like the warm weather will never come. But ladies visiting The Trump Soho can at least pretend it's summer vacation, by purchasing the hotel's new spa bag, filled with poolside accessories.
Called the ViX Valise, the canvas tote designed by the swimsuit brand, ViX Paula Hermanny, includes a caftan, flip-flops, a towel and a Bia bikini which is adorned 24k gold-plated hardware. The valise costs a pretty penny at $468 but it does save you from the hassle of hunting for a bathing suit during your stay. Most importantly, it has a cover-up too so you don't have to re-purpose your sweaty gym shirt and shorts when visiting the Trump's outdoor pool on the 7th floor.
Room rates at The Trump start around around $560 a night on the weekends. But can go much higher when the warm weather (hopefully) arrives.
[Photo via Trump Hotels]
Now, isn't this interesting? We learned from Lindsay Lohan's new reality show, "Lindsay" on the OWN Network, that the troubled star was actually living at the Soho Grand last fall for nearly two months before she was finally allowed to lease the apartment she wanted.
See, what makes this interesting is that we have Soho Grand at the very top of our list of hotels where Lohan isn't welcome. Back in 2007, Lohan had a drunken outburst that ended in her being carried back up to her room and then eventually escorted out of the hotel.
Granted, we published that story before Soho Grand took her in so somewhere over the course of the next few months, Soho Grand had a change of heart. (We suspect more likely the OWN production company convinced the hotel to take her in and showed them the green too.)
But throughout last night's episode, Lohan kept talking about how hotels remind her of her old lifestyle and bad habits and so she was desperate to get out of the hotel. (In a previous episode, before moving to a new room, her personal assistant had to make sure the minibar was empty.)
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We've looked at insane Valentine's Day packages, considered a few of the sensible ones and rolled our eyes at the predictable amenities hotels will roll out over the next few weeks. But we think we've finally found the one.
It has everything we love--a boutique sensibility and size, with new, never-been-touched beds and an ideal location in the heart of SoHo. It's called The Broome NYC and it's opening on Valentine's Day.
The Broome, at 431 Broome Street, has just fourteen rooms spread through a five-story building, originally built in 1825. The room categories range from a standard queen to deluxe along with a junior suite and a penthouse suite. Amenities include furnishings by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, plush-top mattresses, Bellimo sheets and Samsung SmartTVs. The starting room categories are small but the penthouse has a 400-sq.ft private terrace for a reasonable amount (just $500 on opening night.)
Actors Navid Negahban who plays terrorist Abu Nazir, and Nazanin Boniadi, who plays CIA analyst Fara Sherazi, were joined by former CIA Directorate of Operations Jack Devine, and journalist and former government official John Miller (hunky Damian Lewis, alas, was not present). Together they discuss the television series as well as -- amongst other things -- issues of national security, interviewing Osama bin Laden (Miller in 1998), representations of strong female Muslim characters on television and plotholes.
"There's no cell phones allowed in CIA buildings," Miller pointed out. "However, I've learned that every time I see something on the show and say that would never happen, I read about it in the New York Times six months later." Yikes!
Guests staying on the Club Floors were given the opportunity to ask the panelists questions and mingle afterwards during the Sheraton Social Hour while sipping on Sheraton Selects wines.
There's tons of hotel news flying around today and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so here is a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest.
· Mondrian Soho Is Really No Mo' But Morgans Won't Go Down Without a Fight: In June, we heard whispers that the Mondrian Soho was in danger of losing its Mondrian name. And now, it's official. A Delaware court ordered parent company, Morgans Hotel Group, out of the hotel. However, Morgans isn't going without a fight. NY Daily New's Confidential column got a hand on some of the court filings between Morgans and property owner, Suchin Downtown Realty, and it's ugly.
Morgans has alleged that the hotel owners cut costs, including the elimination of an extra generator which really could have come in handy when Sandy happened and by skimping on the size of the penthouse suite. Meanwhile, Suchin says that Morgans mismanaged the property, causing it to place last in REVPAR results compared to its competition.
Right now, Morgans is appealing the decision and apparently, it's business as usual at the hotel. Rates start this weekend at $409 a night.
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To quickly get you up to speed, OTK Associates (one of the largest shareholders of the Morgans stock), has sued fellow board members to stop them from doing a deal with Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa company and from recapitalizing assets. It’s an extremely complicated situation but a Delaware court recently ruled in favor of OTK, who is now trying to replace the exist boardmembers with picks of their own.
In their recent letter to shareholders with their boardmember suggestions, OTK Associates revealed that foreclosure proceedings began in January for the Mondrian Soho. But that's not all:
In February 2013, the owner of Mondrian SoHo, a joint venture in which Morgans Group owns a 20% equity interest, gave notice purporting to terminate our subsidiary as manager of the hotel. It also filed a lawsuit against us seeking termination of the management agreement. We intend to vigorously defend our rights to continue managing the property under our management agreement and related agreements, but we cannot assure you that we will be successful.
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A rooftop yoga class is making waves in New York, and it's taking place at none other than The James Hotel. Led by a local NYC yoga teacher, the class was launched last year and has been slowly gaining momentum, no thanks to the jaw-dropping views seen from the top of the hotel.
Another reason the class stands out? It's women-only.
Twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 8am, ladies gather up on arguably the most scenic rooftop in the city and breathe and stretch and go 'ohm' in the company of other ladies. As in, all the mamas without the papas. As in, girls not guys. As in, the rooftop is called Jimmy, but he's the only dude allowed to the party.