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Last fall, we let you know that NYC would soon be getting its first Homewood Suites Hotel and now today, we've got pictures from inside the spot, opening on June 1.
Located in Times Square South at 37th Street and 8th Avenue, this Homewood has two big amenities that we love--full kitchens (with a full-sized fridge, microwave and oven) and free WiFi. It's also got all-suite accommodations, free hot breakfast every day and complimentary dinner and drinks Monday-Thursday.
We especially dig the "homey" part of this Homewood suites. The rooms look quite...well...pretty to be honest. We like the hardwood floors, the color scheme and even the wall paper that looks like flecks of light behind the bed. Much better-looking than this Homewood Suite.
Rates for opening night start at $279 for a king studio suite, which is a nonrefundable rate. A more flexible rate of $301 is also available. A one bedroom suite starts at $379 a night.
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The much-anticipated and slightly secretive Archer Hotel in NYC is getting very close to opening day.
Although we are still waiting on an exact date, we are told that the hotel will now be opening in May -- that's quite an improvement on the July date we were expecting, although, currently July 1st remains the first date open for booking through the website (starting at $229 a night).
At the construction site on West 38th Street, scaffolding is down and signs are being pasted up as we speak.
We also hear that there will be an eight-item rotation for turndown that will offer complimentary treats including Baked by Melissa cupcakes, Fatty Sunday Pretzels, Dylan’s 100 Calorie Bars, Kanpekies Shortbread Cookies, Chocolate Dipped Fancy Fortune Cookies with Archer messages, and, from David Burke (who will be running the hotel's restaurant), black and white Cookies, fruit pops and truffles. Oh dear, we're already sweet on The Archer.
We're hoping to get an exact May opening date for you soon. Stay tuned!
There's yet another new hotel coming to Midtown Manhattan and the elements are likely the dullest words we will write today.
The men behind this underwhelming project are the ubiquitous Gene Kaufman and Sam Chang, and it is depressingly located across from Port Authority Bus Terminal and down the street from the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. (Still, though, we'll admit it's a handily central, though not exactly scenic, location).
In a little bit more interesting news, however, Curbed reports that the hotel will rise 35 stories and hold a massive 594 rooms That's definitely one of the most biggest developments we've heard of for a while in this area. We just hope they find a way to jazz it up.
Another day, another hotel opening…or rather, another hotel that's about to open.
We got a sneak peek at the mysterious Archer Hotel in NYC over the summer and last month, we learned a little bit more about their house playing cards. But we've been waiting for a legit opening date. We first thought it was February, then we were told "Spring" before we discovered reservations would be taken for June.
Now it turns out late April is when the hotel will open its doors. And an exact opening date is not too far behind. However, reservations are still being taken for June 3 on the hotel's website for $359 for a classic king (down about a hundred dollars since we last checked.) But the website should open up for earlier stays once the opening date is solidified. We'll be waiting.
[Photo: The Archer Hotel]
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.