10019 Travel Guide

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There's No 'Time' Like The Present for These Two NY Renovations

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  Site Where: 224 West 49th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
July 3, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

This "time" it's a short commute for visionary architects Rockwell Group to their latest renovation and transformation of the Time Hotel New York

One of the hotel brands we've had a recent eye on is in fact a multi-brand, multi-hip lifestyle company that’s “debuting” all over the country. The Debut Hotel Group is the team behind brands such as Dream, Night, Time, and in 2017, a two-fer in Chicago of Dream and Live Aqua.

In New York, meanwhile, the countdown is on as renovations are underway this summer at Manhattan's The Time Hotel New York, with a second location reflagging in the Hudson Valley as The Time Hotel Nyack. Both hotels anticipate a timely completion this Fall.

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The Quin is Embracing Art, From the Street to the Penthouse

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  Site Where: 101 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
June 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Artist Blek Le Rat brought a little SoHo - aka Andy - to midtown’s posh 57th Street during his stay at the Quin in Winter of 2014.

The Quin Hotel has been a fave hotel of ours since it opened in 2013, even making it to the HotelChatter People's Choice Awards.

We popped in yesterday to check out the new Penthouse Suite as well as the launch of the latest installment under the Quin’s “Artist in Residence” program. Our evening at The Quin was nothing short of a visual feast, from the street to the rooftop.

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How Much Would You Pay for a Drink at a Hotel?

Where: 20 W. 53rd Street [map], New Yor, NY, United States, 10019
June 2, 2015 at 7:06 PM | by | Comments (4)

The other week we were outraged to see that the not-yet-open 1 Hotel Central Park was (mistakenly) advertising a $70 breakfast. The price was actually an error as breakfast is only $35 (phew!) but it did get us wondering how much we, and you, would be willing to spend on breakfast just so you wouldn't have to leave the hotel in search of food.

Now today, we have a different question--how much would you be willing to spend to go inside a hotel and have a drink?

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Inside The World's First Baccarat Hotel

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  Site Where: 20 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
April 14, 2015 at 3:37 PM | by | Comment (1)

The recent opening of the Baccarat Hotel & Residences drew much press and many a design nerd looky-loo, this contributor included. And, after spending time inside the world's first Baccarat Hotel, we, quite simply, loved it.

In a city like New York (well, there is no city like New York), space is always a premium, even in the most over-the-top of luxury hotels. The Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York does not have palatial-sized rooms, but it does have spectacular public spaces with great ceiling heights, creating the perfect setting for art and, what else, the Baccarat chandelier.

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The Baccarat New York to Open on March 2 at $729 a Night

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  Site Where: 20 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
February 10, 2015 at 3:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we last glimpsed the glitz behind the forthcoming Baccarat Hotel in New York, rooms were going for around $800 a night on the suspected opening date of March 23.

But now, in checking the hotel's website, we see that the hotel will actually be open on March 2. And the price has dropped down a bit to $729 for a classic king. Here's what you'll get for that rate, aside from the glittery Baccarat decor:

The Classic King’s refined palette of champagne, ivory, platinum, stainless steel and chocolate brown feels both classic and contemporary, setting off such considered accents as cashmere throws, marble-topped nightstands and hand-painted panels, plus Baccarat crystal sconces and tabletop pieces. Crisp white custom-made Mascioni jacquard linens cover the beds, and delicacies from Parisian gourmet shop Fauchon fill Baccarat-red enamel minibars. In the white-marble bathrooms, meanwhile, Italian robes await and amenities created exclusively for the hotel by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris abound.

Guests will also be able to control their lighting, climate, entertainment and more by a tablet, which will also be wired into housekeeping, valet, a 24-hour concierge and in-room dining. Another cool touch is that the oversized, flat-screen TVs are "concealed within smoked mirrors." Sounds very "Fifty Shades of Grey" and we like it.

The steep rate, fortunately, does include complimentary WiFi. #richpeoplelikefreeWiFitoo

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Dream Midtown's Renovations Can Only Mean One Thing: It's Party Time

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  Site Where: 210 West 55th Street [map], New York, New York, United States, 10019
January 23, 2015 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

The 220-room Dream Midtown recently completed the first phase of a $20 million renovation that included a floor-to-ceiling redesign of the lobby, guest rooms, and suites. The property also changed its name from the Dream New York to the Dream Midtown.

As you can see above, the new rooms look pretty spiffy with their canopy-style headboards. But the most interesting thing about this renovation is the second phase that will be unveiled this spring: Nightlife offerings by TAO Strategic Group, they who run the massive nightclubs Tao in NYC and Las Vegas, will include the introduction of 4,000 square-foot bi-level rooftop lounge. According to the hotel, the atmosphere and vibe will mirror the current experience one can have at Dream Meatpacking, which is already big party spot. Dream Midtown will also turn its cellar into a nightlife zone, but no timetable for that has been released.

So, we don't really even have to read between the lines to get the drift of this announcement: Dream Midtown is turning itself into a party zone. Whether it's a good idea or a bad idea will simply depend on how the plan is executed, and we look forward to seeing how it turns out. Either way, we hope the new renovations include soundproofing the rooms.

[Photo: Dream Hotels]

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A Quick Peek at the Glitzy Baccarat Hotel New York, Opening in March

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  Site Where: 20 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
January 9, 2015 at 1:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Baby it’s cold outside, but the heat – and the crystal chandeliers – are on inside the Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York. It's been 250 years (make that 251) since the legendary glass maker Baccarat was founded, and after some delays (and possible sale) the first hotel to carry the luminous Baccarat name is finally going to open.

Right now, the opening date (as set by the website and the hotel's reps) is March 23 but there's always a chance the hotel could open earlier than that. We will keep your fingers crossed.

In the meantime, let's have a look around at the luxury property.

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5 In-Room Tech Touches at Park Hyatt New York, Opening Today

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  Site Where: 153 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
August 19, 2014 at 3:03 PM | by | Comment (1)

We took you all around the Park Hyatt New York a few weeks ago but in honor of the luxury hotel's official opening day, we're spotlighting 5 tech touches in the guest rooms that we thought you'd like. Rooms for tonight are holding steady at $725 for a Park Deluxe King.

CLEARLY MARKED BEDSIDE BUTTONS. Turning on and off the lights with the press of a button can actually be accomplished here. (Shout-out to the extra outlets!)

NEWEST NESPRESSO MODEL. Even the pods are different!

INTELITY iPAD MINIS. Each guest will have one of these on the nightstand to use during their stay. (The iPads were not installed yet during our visit so, just imagine.)

GADGET HOOK-UP. A power/gadget hook-up strip is installed at each desk.

TOTO TOILETS. Yes, this matters.

Check out all the photos of a Studio Suite below!

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Novotel Times Square Accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, With Hotel Room Ice Buckets

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  Site Where: 226 West 52nd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
August 18, 2014 at 12:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

The ALS ice bucket challenge has gone viral. What started on Facebook as an awareness movement/double dare (#ALSIcebucketchallenge) amongst friends, then friends of friends has moved onto athletes, celebrities and even billionaires like Bill Gates. And now, it's reached the hotel world.

Using hotel room ice buckets, the staff at the Novotel Times Square dumped ice on themselves last Friday to support ALS research. And so did a couple of guests. Check out the video of the dumping, done on their rooftop terrace, here:

Of course, the hotel passed on the challenge--to their general manager Marc, and to another hotel--The Sofitel New York (that's the Novotel's sister property, FYI.)

So far the FB page for the Sofitel New York has not addressed the ALS challenge. But we hope they do--either with ice buckets or money (preferably the latter.)

[Photos and Video via Novotel Times Square]

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Beyond The Guestrooms at The Park Hyatt New York

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  Site Where: 153 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY , United States, 10019
August 5, 2014 at 7:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we gave you the most pertinent 411 on the Park Hyatt New York, opening on August 19. But there's so much more to the hotel than the "gracious glamour" of the Yabu Pushelberg-designed guest rooms.

Like the Spa Nalai which features views of Central Park from its treatment rooms and views of the Hudson river from its reception area.

Or the heated sand quartz bed where signature massages are performed.

You might also enjoy doing laps in the pool where music from Carnegie Hall is blasted through underwater speakers.

And if you're like us, upon entering the Park Hyatt Ballroom where walls are finished with white onyx, and there is LED surround lighting, you might just yell out, OH MY GOD, because it is actually quite amazing. The photo doesn't do it justice. Here's hoping you get invited to a wedding, or a really ritzy bar mitzvah, there someday.

The rest of the hotel--the entrance, the lobby lounge, reception area, and The Back Room at One57 restaurant--was still getting some finishing touches during our stay but we'll be sure to show you those images as we get them. If you want to see it all for yourself in person, room rates start at around $800 on opening night. Massages at the spa are slightly cheaper at $225 for 60 minutes.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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Sneak Peek at The Park Hyatt New York, Opening on August 19

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  Site Where: 153 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
August 1, 2014 at 1:29 PM | by | Comments (3)

Because it's Friday and because you're probably already halfway out the office, we're going to keep this sneak peek short and sweet. Well, as short as we can for one of the most important luxury hotel openings of the year.

Below are pictures of the Park Hyatt New York, opening on August 19, on 57th street between 7th and 8th avenues across from Carnegie Hall. Here's what you need to know:

· The global flagship Park Hyatt hotel occupies floors 1-25 of a 90 story building. (The floors above the hotel are extremely ritzy residential units.)
· There will be no front desk check-in. A personal attendant will greet guests at the entrance and whisk them up to the second floor lounge to do the check-in process, via a tablet.
· Yabu Pushelberg did the interiors which they have described as "gracious glamour" and that description could not be more spot-on. The rooms are modern but soft, metropolitan but relaxing, and strong but inviting. There are also several design elements that YP created exclusively for the Park Hyatt New York, like the leather trunk that doubles as a safe and slipper stash. We'll explore more of these next week.

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Tuna Melts Our Hearts At WestHouse New York

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  Site Where: 201 W 55th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
June 27, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Does this sound mean? We don't mean it to. In honor of the World’s Ugliest Dog competition last week, we’ve got a very special Cute Hotel Doggy today.

Tuna Melts My Heart is a Chiweenie who was born with jaw problems, including an overbite, hence his, err, spectacular appearance. Having said that, what are we talking about? Quirks are what make real beauty. Tuna is gorgeous by any standard.

Anyways, he is something of an internet celebrity, and was guest of honor recently at WestHouse New York. Or, special resident, as they say there.

WestHouse is a pet friendly hotel and gives dogs a special VIP cushion and a doggy bowl on arrival. Check out their other special resident, and join our sweepstake: is s/he is a real dog or a plush toy?

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