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The newly renovated Benjamin has its own snazzy 24-hour fitness center stocked with Technogym equipment but, if you're the type of traveler who needs a little extra push to get your workout in, the hotel's new partnership with SIN Workouts might be a blessing.
SIN Workouts offers individually-tailored training program design and management, bookings at top studios with industry-leading instructors, one-on-one fitness consultations, and additional services, all geared to get you to and through your workout. Individual hotel guests, corporate groups, bachelor/ette parties and everyone else can book a service through the Benjamin's concierge, or through the sales department prior to arrival.
They've been at it for a while, but The New York Palace is finally finishing up its $140 million renovation project that began last spring.
As one might expect of such a storied venue, the menu at Rarities is upscale, featuring Champagnes, Prohibition-style bottled spirits, modern classics and a connoisseur’s wine cellar that includes such "rarities" as the $485 a glass Fladgate Scion 1855 Vintage Port; the $27,000 a bottle 1985 Romanee-Conti Grand Cru. A collection of rare scotches are displayed in a dramatic, illuminated glass vitrine.
Anthony and Josephine Fioravante, better known as Tony and Jo, spent their wedding night back in 1948 at the Waldorf Astoria and last weekend they celebrated their 66th anniversary with a night at the same hotel for $15.75! How so? Because Tony and Jo kept their reciept from that special night six decades ago and the Waldorf, which has a tradition of honoring the original rate for couples celebrating an anniversary of 50 years or more, not only honored it but upgraded them to the exclusive Towers of the Waldorf Astoria. Lucky! Rates in the Towers usually start at $399 a night.
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The renovated King Cole Bar at the St. Regis New York may be where you can find that hangover-curing Bloody Mary, but the rest of the hotel on 55th and 5th is worth a look-see as well: all 171 rooms and 67 suites have been refreshed.
One key thing we think when browsing through some of the pictures? Someone certainly wasn’t afraid of color when dreaming up the new design, and we must admit we love the bold red in the Imperial Suite, especially with the circular windows and cozy integrated seats. Rain or shine, it looks like a perfect place to while away an afternoon with a newspaper or a good book.
We all love a good Bloody Mary when we're hungover. Not only is it tasty, the tomato juice and the celery stick help replenish all the vitamins we lost the night before. So, it's pretty perfect that January 1st is National Bloody Mary Day.
And just in time for the biggest hangover day of the year, the St. Regis New York has completed renovations at its King Cole Bar -- reopening under the direction of Chef John DeLucie (he of Waverly Inn fame) -- so you can sip on a Mary in the very place it was birthed in 1934.
We're coming to expect good things from the Pod Hotels restaurants. After April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman (of The Breslin and The John Dory Oyster Bar at the Ace Hotel New York) opened Salvation Taco at Pod 39, the bar was raised. We wondered what dining concept the original Pod Hotel on 51st Street would come up with to match. We liked the cafe just fine but wanted something more.
The answer is the soon-to-open Pop @ Pod a new craft beer gastropub off the hotel's lobby that shared an aesthetic with the original Pop Burger in the Meatpacking District.
Leona Helmsley had a reputation for mean-spiritedness, and was famously known as the "Queen of Mean," but there was something sweet about the tyrannical hotelier -- a small, white, fluffy Maltese named Trouble, who, herself, was a very rich lady.
Helmsley, who was the original owner of the 909-room The New York Palace, demanded that Trouble be called "the princess," never "the dog," and bequeathed the pampered pup a $12 million dollar trust fund when she died in 2007. The New York Palace, as part of the luxury hotel's $140 million renovation, has just opened a new bar named Trouble's Trust in honor of the pooch.
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While anxiously awaiting the opening of Sam Nazarian's new SLS New York (coming
mid-2013 2014) we decided to take a quick peek at the site at 444 Park Avenue South.
The Philippe Starck-designed 190-room hotel claims to be "bringing new restaurant and nightlife concepts and an exclusive rooftop experience to bring something truly dynamic, vibrant and timeless to the community." Of course, it's difficult to discern much under all that scaffolding, but it does look like something interesting is going on up on the roof.
Over the past spring and summer, the five-star New York Palace has been having a little work done.
The $120 million renovation, guided by San Francisco-based design firm BAMO, includes refurbished Tower rooms and suites on the 41st floor and above; an overhaul of the former Le Cirque restaurant (set to be a new venture from chef Michel Richard), and an increase in the number of rooms from 899 to 909. Work is still ongoing (and is being completed stage by stage so as not to cause too much disruption) but the hotel, no longer a part of the Dorchester Collection, has unveiled its brand new lobby space, which had been closed since June.
Yet another New York City hotel has gotten an upgrade.
With the unveiling of the hotel's 209 Lauren Rottet- (of Rottet Studios) designed guest rooms and suites, The Benjamin's three-year, $10 million renovation is just about complete -- and we got a chance to peek at the changes.
The rooms' redesign is the final part of a project that also included the renovation of the second floor meeting rooms and guest lounge, the opening of Geoffery Zakarian's The National restaurant, and a lobby redesign. Still in the works are a fitness center renovation set for fall (in a partnership with an, as yet, unannounced company), and a 22nd-floor one-bedroom Premier Suite that will be unveiled in early 2014.
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We can't help but notice lately the growing number of fancy remotes cropping up in rooms at luxury properties all over the place — and we like it.
On a recent visit over to The New York Palace we discovered another fun little gadget from Crestron that controlled our room's expanse of black out curtains and roman shades with a button tap and set the mood with lighting options like relax and evening (which is just fancy talk to for off and dimmed). This particular one was even kind enough to let us know when someone was at the door (see above). Pretty neat, although an added built-in camera would've impressed the hell out of us.
Only thing is, we couldn't quite how to figure out how it all worked, despite the little pamphlet that came with it. The media button didn't seem to control any kind of media and it certainly wasn't the iPod docking station we thought it was. Yet the volume setting makes us think perhaps we're just not hip enough to understand such high-tech equipment as it's obviously meant to pump up the volume on something. But we're going to keep trying, because it's just so darn fun to press buttons and see what they do.
Styling and profiling on a custom 2013 Bentley Mulsanne is none other than tennis queen herself, Serena Williams! The sports' wildchild was a recent guest at the St. Regis New York and she showed just how to transition from demon on the court to a beautiful coquette.
Ms. Williams was in town for an exhibition match at Madison Square Garden, and after she defeated rival Victoria Azarenka, headed back to the swank hotel. There in the Astor Suite, she changed from her notoriously stylish tennis gear into a glam Alexander McQueen frock for some poses on hotel's luxe auto. Though we are *not loving the hair. WUWT?
This isn't Serena's first stay at the St. Regis, and some say she thinks the Astor Suite gives her good luck. Hey, who are we to argue superstition with a gal who looks like that?
Serena will return to hotel this August for the US Open.
Should you wish to stay in that one-bedroom suite before then, rates in April begin at $1,250 per night. Or you can just be happy to book a superior room--which is nothing to sneeze at with its included butler service—for a mere $795.
[Photo: St. Regis Hotels]