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The Viceroy: Would you "slog it for days/weeks eating Takeout Chicken in front of the TV in your unders" in this room?
We love design and architecture superteam Roman and Williams for their work at Ace Hotel New York, Standard NYC and Viceroy New York. But we are also rather taken with their excellent, often unhinged and grammatically erratic, Facebook page (category: counselling and mental health) where they give their uncensored take on everything from architectural news to hairdos and, now, hotel reviews -- of hotels they designed!
Update 11.13.13: The digital art wall is now live!
As is often the case, not quite everything is up and running yet. There are a few rooms still being worked on, the 15-foot digital art wall is not yet live (though looks pretty cool as is, IOO), and the Wayfarer restaurant is not open (but will be, hopefully in about two weeks -- room service, thankfully, is available).
Nevertheless, we stopped by for a peek on opening afternoon and watched as the lobby steadily filled up with arriving guests -- we were told occupancy rates for opening week were high. And indeed, for a random Tuesday in November (today), rates are $499 a night. Normally, they will be even higher at $599 a night. Fortunately, that includes WiFi and a bunch of other goodies. Keep reading to find out what those are.
Here’s what you get in exchange for what amounts to a year’s salary for many:
Three nights in the 3,546 square-foot, 45th floor, two bedroom, three bathroom bi-level Penthouse Suite with views of Central Park and Times Square from every room.The master bedroom has a king-size Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed; the second bedroom has two doubles.
Bottomless wine tasting with in-house wine expert David Ocampo, featuring wines rated 90+ by Wine Spectator. from wineries such as Chateau Ste. Michelle, Seghesio, Villa Antinori, Peter Lehmann, M. Chapoutier, Paul Cluver and Domaine Lafond.
A two-hour cooking session with Executive Chef Joe Fontanals in the suite’s full kitchen and dining room
Access to the 44th floor Club Lounge with 24/7 complimentary beverages and snacks
Upon booking the Penthouse Escape package, guests have an initial consultation with a member of the hotel’s culinary team to discuss their food interests and any special requests. Guests then receive copies of recipes created during the experience.
Would you like to wake up with this man?
The New York City Wine & Food Festival is happening this weekend, and the Hudson Hotel is getting into the spirit by inviting top celebrity chef Guy Fieri, he of the bleached spikes and full-throttle delivery, to get into bed with its guests. In a sense.
Here's what's going on: Fieri has recorded a series of wake-up calls that will be played for any guest at the Hudson (the official hotel of the NYCWFF) who requests such a call from Thursday, October 17 through Sunday, October 20. The general gist of the message will be Guy letting guests know they'd better "Wake Up Hungry At Hudson" because there will be a lot of eating to do at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, but we expect the message will be delivered in a rather more exclamatory tone. Let's hope he keeps his yelling to a minimum; it sounds like it could be too much excitement first thing in the morning. We'd probably need our coffee first.
Don't call it a resort fee. Unlike those annoying, often useless nightly charges so beloved of hotels in Vegas, Hawaii, and the Caribbean, we don't find too much to gripe about with the $30 a night mandatory fee that the brand new WestHouse Hotel is going to be charging when it opens next month.
The concept of WestHouse is a blending of "the privileges of a luxury hotel with the residential comforts of a New York townhouse," and so is reserving its two bars -- the ground-floor Den and 23rd-floor The Terrace -- for guests of the hotel.
Browsing through our photo archive, we come across many hotel memories: some fond, some we wish to forget, and some that stand out for being just that little bit different. One of the latter relates to The Plaza New York, which has had a rather tumultuous decade or so: from its controversial acquisition and disgruntled owners suing the developer over the sight-unseen acquired apartments, to struggles at both the restaurants and the food mall. Then of course there was that whole Charlie Sheen disaster.
Way before all of this went down, we found ourselves inside The Plaza on a sweltering early summer day when its contents pre-renovation were on sale, for anyone who wanted to take a piece of hotel history home. The truly fancy stuff had already gone by auction, so we’re talking everything that was left. And we do mean EVERYTHING: from maids uniforms and iron boards to linens and individual strands of the chandeliers, if it was there, you could buy it.
We were fascinated by the strange experience of walking through the ornate public spaces and the long corridors, all packed with piles of sometimes rather questionable stuff. But it didn’t stop there.
The Viceroy Hotel Group are opening their first branded New York property today. This was one of our most anticipated openings of the year so, naturally, we snuck in for a peek a day before official opening.
This is the first full hotel façade and interior design project by design firm Roman and Williams, who also worked on the Ace Hotel New York and Standard NYC, (as well as some properties in Chicago). Now, their glazed black brick-and-metal window fronted building cuts quite an elegant figure on West 57th Street.
The long-awaited Viceroy New York is opening its doors next Wednesday (October 9th), which is, amazingly, right on track with the opening date announced back in August.
We stopped by the other day to take a look at the glazed black brick-and-metal window-fronted building, the first full hotel façade by design firm Roman and Williams, which is looking as sleek as we'd expected. We can't wait, though, to get a peek inside at the 240 guestrooms that are said to be designed in a ship cabin style,and the street-level Kingside bar and restaurant.
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It's crazy to think that a hotel that can offer a view like this would keep it covered up, but, until this summer, that's exactly what the Novotel New York Times Square was doing.
Luckily Stonehill + Taylor, the design firm behind the NoMad, Refinery, and Ace Hotels, got hold of the Novotel Time Square (the European brand's only U.S. property) and, as well as giving the rooms a characteristically hip new look, also opened up the 5,700-square foot seventh-floor wraparound terrace into the beauty you see now. Behold the new Supernova bar.
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We did say we knew better when we had a first look at the new The 1 Hotel Central Park on 58th and Sixth Avenue last month: that projected fall construction finishing date was just a wee bit optimistic.
We stopped by the other day to check on progress and the site has a new rendering up and an updated estimated completion date of spring 2014.
Remember when the Hilton New York did away with room service and tried to make it up to us with an ice bar? We weren't convinced, and we still want our room service back, but now they've just opened something they are describing as a "new dining concept" named Herb N' Kitchen -- and it even provides room service (albeit only during very limited hours and in paper bags.)
It looks like we can add another NYC property to our list of exciting fall openings -- and, refreshingly, its one we won't have too wait long for.
The look of the hotel, the work of architecture and design firm Jeffrey Beers International, claims to be inspired by "1920's New York splendor" and will feature wall-to-wall eucalyptus wood with polished nickel inlays, large crystal chandeliers, custom antique keys, and ornate metal handrails.