10019 Travel Guide - Page 2
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.
Not that we really needed to say it again, but: we are really excited about the imminent opening of The Quin. There's not long to go now; even though our hoped-for October opening date is now but a wistful dream, and the hotel is now accepting bookings as of November 11th.
While we wait for opening night, we are getting our appetites whetted with details of the hotel's restaurant,The Wayfarer; intriguingly described as Gentleman’s club meets disco-era.
The hotel posted the above photograph to their Facebook page, but are still not offering any confirmation as to when opening day might be, saying: "Regarding opening for reservations, and actual opening date, we will be announcing in the coming months". We do hope that means before the end of the year.
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, also known by the less brand-y moniker New York Fashion Week, starts next week and The London NYC is kicking things off fashionably by announcing a first-time official sponsorship of the event for both the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 seasons.
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The Sheraton New York Times Square has just had a facelift, and it's pretty sure it's not the only one.
In recognition of the completion of a $180 million top-to-bottom renovation, and the removal of construction scaffolding on the building’s facade in September, the hotel is offering guests who have had some work done in the last six months -- on their home or their body -- a $50 per stay Makeover Celebration Credit for use in the hotel. You get the goods by presenting a receipt for at least $150 in home renovations or cosmetic procedures, valid on two-night stays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October and November.
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It's happening. After the rumours, the leak, and the long-anticipated confirmation that, yes, a brand new Viceroy would be coming to New York City, we have got ahold of some images and insight into what form this hotly anticipated new hotel is going to take.
The "secret" Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien Hotel on 59th Street stopped being a "secret" a long time ago. Today, the shop has its own Twitter feed and Facebook page as well as a second location downtown. Yet that hasn't stopped the masses from craving its meaty goodness, especially at lunchtime.
We popped into the hotel on a rainy day for lunch and already the line was queueing up outside the Burger Joint, which is found at the end of a short, dark hallway with only an illuminated neon burger sign indicating its location.
After we joined the line, the hotel had to break out the line dividers so that it could contain the crowds along the side of the lobby walls. It took us about 20 minutes but our cheeseburger with the works arrived not too long after we ordered it. The burger was incredibly tasty, despite its messy presentation and we found it to be practically up there with our big burger favorite on the West Coast, In-n-Out. The fries were, however, loaded with salt and we could only make it about halfway through the bag.
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Chances are if you've been in NYC lately, you may have walked by the newly redesigned Novotel New York Times Square and not known it. That's how hidden this hotel is from the exterior--even with the remaining bits of the $85 million construction debris as a giveaway.
Heck even HC wasn't sure the European-brand hotel was open yet. We thought it was scheduled for September 19. But no, as we were led through the property, we were informed that it had quietly been in soft-opening since the end of July!
Walking around, it was surprising how many guests had already made the hotel home. The makeshift lobby was filled with people of all ages, cashing in on staying at Novotel's only U.S. property right in Times Square.
Let's take a look inside, shall we?
The JW Marriott folks reclaimed the legendary Essex House across from Central Park nearly a year ago but just in case you forgot that this was no longer a St. Regis or a Jumeriah or any other luxury hotel brand, JW Marriott has plastered the scaffolding out front with JW Marriott logos (They are doing some construction on the right side of the building.) They've also changed the golden marquee in front to say JW Marriott.
By the front of the door, JW Marriott added a small logo to the left of the door while the Art Deco-style logo for Essex House remains on the right side.
Yet despite all the poshness--CP location, JW Marriott name, golden marquees, etc--rates at the hotel start at just $389 a night and include free WiFi! Don't mind if we do.
Another shot of the entrance is after the jump.
We recently named The Quin Hotel near Central Park as one of the reasons why we are wishing October would hurry up and get here already. And after seeing it in person, that still holds true.
Located near Central Park on the corner of 57th and 6th Avenue, the old Buckingham Hotel is being transformed into a new luxury lifestyle hotel with plush amenities in each guestroom such as handcrafted Duxiana beds, Sferra linens, Fresh toiletries, in-room Nespresso machines and Evolve technology panels. The hotel won't officially open until October 15th but already we've got a tip on Best Room to Book and that would be the Premier Suite.
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We already knew that 1 Hotels, the luxury but eco-friendly hotel brand created by former Starwooder, Barry Sternlicht, had been resurrected from the ashes of the 2008 economic collapse with plans to open 1 Hotels in Brooklyn and South Beach. But because we're so jaded about 1 Hotels actually coming to life (remember this hole in the ground in Seattle), we kinda skipped over the mention of another 1 Hotel ---The 1 Hotel Central Park on 58th and Sixth Avenue, just one block from the park.
Yet there it is and it is rising fast with plans to be finished in the fall of this year. Of course, we know better. This is New York and hotels are almost always delayed. However, it is rather exciting to see 1 Hotels making some real progress.
Detes are scant on the project (which is being built out of a former office building) but it will have the 1 Hotel brand signature amenities such as organic sheets, fresh ingredients, sounds and smells of nature and an overall "good" feeling about your hotel stay.
Another pic of construction is after the jump.