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The Hilton Garden Inn Will Open Near Central Park on January 5th

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  Site Where: 237 West 54th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
December 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Lately, there's been a bit of hotel resurgence in the Central Park area. There's the Quin, the Viceroy, the Westhouse and a 1 Hotel is expected to next year too. But those are all luxury hotels with rates starting around $400 a night. Which is why the news of a Hilton Garden Inn in the area has us, and our wallets, feeling relieved.

The 401-room hotel will open at 237 W. 54th Street, about six blocks south of the park between 8th and 7th Avenues. It will also be the largest Hilton Garden Inn in North America.

Right now the opening date is set at January 5th but we couldn't find a room open online until February 4th for $152 a night. That's for a room with one king Serta bed, a large work desk, a 40-inch HDTV and a "hospitality" center with a microwave, refrigerator and coffee/tea maker. Oh and the WiFi is freeeeeeee. There's also a king deluxe room with a private walk-out terrace that's just $239 a night ($203 if you pay in advance.)

Of course, these rates are for February in NYC, typically a low season. We fully expect these to go way up once summer comes around.

[Photo: Hilton Garden Inn]

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It's Repeal Day! Enjoy a Complimentary Cocktail from the Viceroy's Cartender

Where: 120 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
December 5, 2013 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

Today is the 80th anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition and, to commemorate, the newly-opened Viceroy New York is launching a Cartender program so that you might party like it's 1933 .

From 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. every day the Cartender will kick-off happy hour in the hotel's Library. The vintage bar cart will be filled with a rotating selection of complimentary petite-cocktails from the hotel's ground-floor Kingside restaurant by Gerber Group. You don't have to be a guest to grab a cocktail but there is a limit of two per person; better that way, the Viceroy's far too pretty to get sloppy in.

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Roman and Williams are Now Giving Out Hotel Reviews

Where: 120 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
November 14, 2013 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

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!

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Everything Might Not Be All In, But Things Are Up and Running at The Quin

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  Site Where: 101 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
November 12, 2013 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Update 11.13.13: The digital art wall is now live!

At exactly 11:11 on 11/11 The Quin opened its doors at last. (So much for that planned October 21st opening.)

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.

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The Sheraton Times Square Has a New, Ultra-Spendy, Package

Where: 790 7th Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
November 7, 2013 at 10:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re lucky enough to have a spare $15,000, The Sheraton New York Times Square would like to offer you their culinary and wine-focused Penthouse Escape package.

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

Free WiFi

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.

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If You Stay at the Hudson This Weekend, You Might Wake Up With Guy Fieri

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  Site Where: 356 West 58th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
October 15, 2013 at 8:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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We Might Not Actually Mind Paying the WestHouse Hotel's 'Resident Fee'

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  Site Where: 201 West 55th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
October 11, 2013 at 9:03 AM | by | Comment (1)

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.

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Throwback Thursday: When We Roamed Abandoned Floors At The Plaza NYC

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  Site Where: Fifth Avenue at Central Park South [map], New York, United States, 10019
October 10, 2013 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Today is Opening Day for the Viceroy New York: Here's What to Expect

Where: 120 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
October 9, 2013 at 9:13 AM | by | Comment (1)

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.

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The Viceroy New York is Ready for its Close-Up

Where: 120 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
October 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

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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The Novotel Times Square's Terrace has the Best Seat in Town

Where: 226 West 52nd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
October 2, 2013 at 10:06 AM | by | Comment (1)

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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Will the 1 Hotel Central Park Have Grass Growing Out of It?

Where: 1414 6th Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
September 26, 2013 at 1:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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