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UPDATE: A rep reached out to us to say this: "we are still projecting a Q1 opening, although a firm date has not been announced. Our current booking date is conservative by design and will most certainly be moved up as the hotel’s completion date is finalized."
It's been a while since we last checked in on Archer Hotel, one of the many upcoming Garment District hotels, so, when we walked by the other evening, we were pleased to see it had emerged from underneath the scaffolding that had been up all summer.
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While checking on the opening date for the upcoming New York Edition at the website, we were pretty floored to read that there will, in fact, be two Editions coming to New York.
A development site is up for auction in Midtown Manhattan and it might possibly become a hotel. That's interesting enough news but what we find really intriguing is that this very same site was the scene of what an archived 1998 New York Times article calls a "police sex scandal (that rocked) the Giuliani administration".
According to the NYT, a brothel operated above El Bohemio restaurant, "a pleasant, open-fronted sandwich place decorated with movie posters," and it was quite popular with New York's finest:
"Police were coming in and out of there all the time," said a worker at a nearby factory. "That doesn't make them criminals, only human."
Two officers were eventually indited on charges of taking bribes of sex, cash and gifts.
Fashion Week may be over but that's no excuse for letting your style slip -- especially if you're going to be staying in the swanky, recently re-branded Langham Place Fifth Avenue and hanging out in the gorgeous Ai Fiori restaurant.
For gentlemen, and other suit-wearing, guests of the luxe hotel, a contemporary British designer is going to be on hand for a few days this week and whipping up some fancy threads.
Bespoke Savile Row tailors, Richard James are setting up a short-term residency at the hotel (from October 7 - 11) to offer guests custom shirt and suit appointments in the hotel's Residence Suites. Bespoke manager Steve Powell and one of the company's head cutters will be present to undertake fittings and consultations and advise on bespoke and made-to-measure tailorings.
Uhhh...yeah, we hope put a little New York twist on this guestroom.
But that should change early next year when the Homewood Suites New York City Midtown Manhattan opens up on 37th Street/8th Avenue, three blocks from Penn Station. The site is the former home of a parking lot, which had reportedly been owned by the same family since around the Civil War and, in previous lives, housed horses and an embalming business. Back in 2011, The Wall Street Journal reported on its purchase for $21 million by "a venture of the Albanese Organization Inc. and the Buccini/Pollin Group Inc."
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We've spent a good deal of time
stalking tracking news about New York's new Refinery Hotel. It's piqued our interest for so very long, and at long last we've been able to take a long look at the midtown hotel which was once a hat-making factory.
Though May 14 was when The Refinery welcomed its first guest, it was pretty bare bones--the restaurant wasn't even open. In June, the Parker & Quinn restaurant invited patrons to nosh, and then July 1st, the hotel's much anticipated rooftop space was unveiled to great fanfare.
Now, at three months old, The Refinery, with interiors done by Stonehill + Taylor, is getting a cool rep as more people discover its existence. In fact, the execs (and Tim Gunn) behind Bravo's fashion reality show Project Runway were so impressed with the property, they decided to house their contestants there this season, instead of their mainstay The Atlas, just across the street. Perhaps the staff's chic uniforms, vintage hats and antique millinery tools from the owners' millinery background had a hand in the decision.
Take a look at our photo gallery and read more about The Refinery's stylish features after the jump.
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Justin Bieber has been acting like a fool lately--walking around with no shirt on, spitting from balconies, peeing in buckets, dissing Bill Clinton, wearing a Guy Fawkes mask and trying to get into nightclubs, even though he's only 19. We've also been annoyed that he's staying at all the primo hotels on his world tour from Le Meurice in Paris to the Langham in London and to the Peninsula in Chicago.
But yesterday he redeemed himself somewhat. The pop star had checked into the new Langham Place Hotel on Fifth Avenue (formerly the Setai) earlier this week and as usual, hoards of screaming girls immediately camped outside the hotel trying to get a glimpse of the Biebs. So Biebs had some pizzas sent down from the hotel's Measure restaurant to the girls. A hotel source tells us the pizza is what Bieber has been ordering every night and he thought his fans would like it too. So if you were lucky enough to get a piece of pizza, you were basically eating Justin Bieber. OMG. OMG. OMG. (Not)
And if Twitter is to be believed, Bieber not only spent $2,000 on 80 pizzas for his fans but also gave him the WIFi password to the hotel's free WiFi network!
Justin used $2000 on 80 pizzas and gave his wifi password to fans outside his hotel. dont tell me he doesn't care. #mtvhottest Justin Bieber— иσтнιиg ℓιкє υѕ ∞ (@bieberscolour) August 2, 2013
Manhattan’s first SpringHill Suites opened in the Midtown area, bringing a welcome mid-priced hotel option to the Fifth Avenue area. In other words—all the dough you’ll save by staying here you can blow on shopping at nearby Lord & Taylor, Macy’s in Herald Square and more. Talk about a double win!
We took a look around the fresh, 173-room spot and was quite surprised at stylish it is. It began with the funky purple chairs and tables outside the building, where guests and even non-guests sit and use the free high-speed WiFi or have a meal. Then inside you’re hit with lots of lime green accents that up the cool factor—something we weren’t expecting at all. With the addition of some key art, Springhill looks more like a designer hotel than another Marriott operation.
The rooms are definitely much larger than the ones we've been seeing at competitor brands like Hyatt Place, but we’re still keeping watch for the new Manhattan Courtyard that's on the horizon. That property’s opening was pushed back in order to make way for Springhill's debut.
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Is The Gem really a gem or a stone? A HotelChatter Review
After a bit of confusion on whether the Jade and the GEM Hotels were one and the same, it is clear they are not, especially when we made a last minute (we're talking 1:00 am) booking on HotelTonight.
We were able to score the 39-room GEM Hotel Midtown West, which we were excited about because we'd been curious about this brand, which has three properties in the city--Chelsea, SoHo, and this area.
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Though we gave you a heads up about the change last fall, Langham sent out a formal announcement late last week, confirming that tomorrow, May 7, the former Setai Fifth Avenue will become Langham Place, Fifth Avenue. The announcement mostly tells us what we already knew, except for a few minor details. It turns out the hotel will indeed undergo some cosmetic changes—including new permanent artworks, updated decor, a Chuan spa, and a new lounge/bar concept.
And good news for folks visiting NYC this week: the opening of the new lounge, featuring a menu by former Maialino chef Jeffrey Seizer, coincides with the re-branding of the hotel tomorrow. So come hungry!
(For those of you wondering about the fate of the hotel's celebrated restaurant, Ai Fiori, rest assured. It's staying put for now.)
It almost snuck past us with its March 14th opening, but we managed to get in the highly anticipated Hyatt Place Midtown. Originally scheduled to accept reservations last November (which then got bumped to March 15th), it got the typical pushback until it was juuuust right for a crowd who took advantage of a new hotel debuting in time for St. Patrick's Day weekend. Ballsy!
From our one-night midweek stay observations, the 185-room hotel is already hopping (probably from that in-house Starbucks coffee they serve) and operating at full capacity.
The reason appears fairly simple--it's a good deal for the location as we've mentioned in our pre-opening stories. Other biggies are the large rooms with doubles or kings, many with pull-out sofas (great for families) free WiFi, desk, and complimentary hot breakfast spread. That's why at 9 a.m. on a Friday morning, the dining room was absolutely packed with patrons. Once we saw the plates, we said, screw the cereal and yogurt and grabbed a cheesy frittata with pesto sauce that was ridiculously delish. At first the breakfast scene appeared overwhelming and a little mobbish, but the Hyatt staff kept the food coming and plates cleared quickly, so it wasn't quite as chaotic as it looked, and by 10 a.m., all was quiet again.
We also learned Hyatt Place offers a few other services we think are just dandy and may give comparable hotels something to think about.
Things are moving along over at The Refinery, Manhattan's upcoming 1920s-themed hotel housed in an old hat factory. Though the building is still under heavy construction, owners are aiming for a May opening date, which ought to coincide nicely with rooftop season. And hey, wouldn't you know it: the hotel's going to have a swingin' rooftop bar.
Housed atop the 101-year-old Neo-Gothic building, the still-unnamed 3,500 sq ft rooftop space will boast a full kitchen, a giant retractable glass ceiling (meaning you can go even during non-rooftop season), a fireplace, a fountain, twinkly lights, and reclaimed wood from old water towers decorating the ceiling. Oh, and the Empire State Building looms so close it feels like you can reach out and grab it.
No doubt, we'll be heading up here to sample a few cocktails once the doors open. But how about the rooms themselves?