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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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Black is The New Black at The Park Hyatt New York, Opening in August

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  Site Where: 153 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
June 11, 2014 at 3:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Could the answer to the age-old quest of finding the perfect little black dress actually be applying for a job at the The Park Hyatt New York?

The luxury hotel is set to open on August 12 near Central Park but instead of being wowed by the rooms and views, right now we're being wowed by the hotel employee's uniforms. That's because they've been custom-designed by Narcisco Rodriguez.

InStyle recently profiled the little black dresses that the female staffers will wear and while they appear simple, the dresses feature a subtle cut-out pattern on the back. Nothing too revealing but rather, just a hint of naughty.

"My main consideration was that they look sleek, elegant, and sexy,” Rodriguez told InStyle. Check, check and check. The LBDS actually come in three different styles--a cap sleeve, a sleeveless and a 3/4 sleeve dress, but all feature the cut-out pattern on the back. (You can peep the front of the dresses below.)

Future employees of the Park Hyatt NY, you've been warned. Your most popular request might just be: "I'll have what she's wearing."

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NYC's Largest Hotel Goes Minimal For Its New Look

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  Site Where: 1335 Avenue of the Americas [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
April 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

In Midtown Manhattan, you need a break sometimes, so it's good to see New York City's largest hotel, the the 1,985-room New York Hilton Midtown has gone for a tranquil look in its multi-million dollar room renovation.

The hotel has just completed the first phase of a renovation program that is expected to last until 2016. With the help of Dallas-based interior design firm, Looney & Associates, 187 Executive level guest rooms and 41 suites now have a minimal, sophisticated new look.

Functional design features include custom dimmable lighting, oversized televisions, multiple power point options and abundant workspaces. Renovated bathrooms have new architectural finishes, vanities and illuminated mirrors, while the lobby features a new reception area, luxurious Executive Lounge, improved lighting design, and new stone flooring.

Up next is the Grand Ballroom, the city’s largest hotel ballroom. Its Foyer, Promenade Sutton Hall and Nassau ballroom complex are scheduled to be completed by end of third quarter 2014.

Alas, despite the renovations, Hilton still isn't bringing back room service or a full-service restaurant.

[Photo: Hilton Midtown New York]

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At Last, Inside citizenM Times Square

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  Site Where: 218 West 50th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
April 11, 2014 at 10:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

They finally made it. The long-awaited citizenM Times Square is open and welcoming guests as of last night -- but, sorry to those unhappy with the pricing, not for less than $199 a night.

We had a look around yesterday and were shown the room in the top photo. It is neat, clean, bright and, with features like a big bed and a large underbed storage drawer, makes good use of its limited space, but, yeah, pretty small.

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M-aybe CitizenM Still Has Some Work to Do

Where: 218 West 50th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
March 25, 2014 at 2:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

It looks like CitizenM Hotels were getting ahead of themselves when they opened up bookings for their Times Square property. When we stopped by earlier today to take a peek, we were told that, while a few guests are staying tonight (the projected opening date) opening date has now been pushed back to April 12. Given that this is the rather unwelcoming scene we were greeted with at the front door, we'd say that's a wise decision.

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Here's What The Park Hyatt New York Will Look Like When It Opens on August 28th*

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  Site Where: 153 W. 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
March 12, 2014 at 3:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

*We've actually been informed that the Park Hyatt New York will open earlier than August 28th but that this is just a placeholder date on their website for reservations. We're not sure of the exact opening date but rest assured, we will tell you AS SOON as we know.

It's not quite the moment we've been waiting for (that will happen on opening day) but it's a very close second. Today we've got a sneak peek at what the 210 guest rooms and suites inside the Park Hyatt New York will look like when it opens on August 28th.

The room interiors were done by design firm Yabu Pushelberg who clearly went for a residential feel with plenty of seating, a perfectly positioned TV and dresser and with custom artwork on the walls. We also found out the bath toiletries will feature a custom scent from Le Labo called, Tubereuse 40.

Elsewhere in the hotel, which takes up 25 floors of the 90-story One57 skyscraper, will be an indoor pool with underwater speakers that pipe in an exclusive soundtrack from Carnegie Hall, a restaurant from Executive Chef Sam Hazen, a 25th floor spa and a bar overlooking Carnegie Hall on 57th Street. There will also be free WiFi throughout the hotel. YES.

Alas, this is a Park Hyatt near Central Park so room rates are priced accordingly, about $795 a night. And no, we don't think those will ever come down.

[Photo: Donna Dotan/Park Hyatt New York]

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Let The Rooftopping Begin: The Roof Opens at The Viceroy New York

Where: 120 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
March 12, 2014 at 8:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

We sprung forward over the weekend, so you know what that means: rooftop season is here!

Granted the weather is not exactly rooftop bar ready yet, but the Viceroy New York is doing their bit to will it so by opening up the final, and possibly most anticipated, part of the hotel: The Roof.

The 29th-floor bar will supplement Kingside, the Viceroy's street-level bar and restaurant, which opened late last year, and is, like the rest of the hotel, designed by the inimitable Roman and Williams. Here's how the design firm described the new al fresco spot:

“With walnut ceilings, custom leather sofas accented with caramel-colored woods, and brass details, The Roof is the clubhouse of the spaces, all clad in iroko. Top it off with the most inspiring, not to mention romantic, view of the city you can imagine! This is the perfect spot to take in New York’s energy from a luxurious perch.”

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12 Ways This Hotel Gets Ready for Daylight Saving Time

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  Site Where: 811 7th Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
March 6, 2014 at 1:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

This Sunday, we're springing forward for daylight saving time which means we lose an hour of sleep but we gain an extra hour of daylight. And after a long, hard winter, we're really looking forward to that.

In the past, changing clocks for the time change was kind of pain. Today, not so much since most of use cellphones and tablets and those automatically adjust to the change. Sure, there's a watch or a kitchen clock to change here and there but usually it's pretty easy. However, if you're a hotel with nearly 2,000 hotel rooms, preparing for daylight savings time is a major event.

General manager Terry Lewis of the The Sheraton Times Square Hotel, the third largest hotel in NYC, with 1,781 rooms and her staff are tasked with not only updating their clocks but also reminding guests staying at the hotel that daylight savings is happening. And it goes way beyond slipping a note under the door. Here are 12 Ways The Sheraton Times Square Gets Ready for Daylight Saving Time (#8 is REALLY important to read.)

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