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Sixty Hotels / Jason Pomeranc / Thompson Hotels / Commune Hotels / Hotel Woes / Hotel News / → All Tags
On the heels of Jason Pomeranc's announcement that he would be rebranding his hotel company as Sixty Hotels comes some sour news about the fate of 6 Columbus. Specifically, the hotel's owners are asking Pomeranc and his partners to leave their management contract.
Crain's New York reports that the hotel's owners were not aware that Pomeranc's former partner, Commune Hotels, who is now the sole owner of the Thompson Hotels brand, was no longer managing the property. Um, what? Sounds like the 308 Hotel Corp needs to start reading HotelChatter a little more often.
We haven't quite managed to get a peek inside the 285 guestrooms of the recently opened, Stonehill + Taylor-designed NYLO NYC, but we have, at least, checked out their lobby bar, which goes by the name of LOCL.
We stopped by on weekday afternoon to find plenty of available seating at all four of the bar's differently styled areas. First there's the sidewalk café, accessible through a large glass garage door:
Then there's the library,stocked with locally appropriate books and a chess table; the main bar is surrounded by exposed brick and metal, and finally, there's the piano lounge, filled with chairs and sofas of different colored fabrics and a bright red piano -- that's where we settled in.
The hotel's 260 guestrooms and suites all have kitchenettes, sofa beds, and free WiFi, and the location, while not totally central, is a short walking distance from the Lincoln Center, ABC Studios, Central Park, and the Beacon Theater, which is practically next door.
Downtown Manhattan might be home to some of the chicest hotels in the world (The Standard High Line, Andaz Wall Street, Dream Downtown, The Bowery Hotel, we could go on and on) but there's still something so magical about Central Park, and even more so when your hotel suite overlooks both the park and Columbus Cirlce.
That's what you will find at the Trump International Hotel in this two-bedroom suite on the eighth floor. If you go higher up, you will have even better views into the park but we prefer this view better so we can see the action in Columbus Circle as well. Don't worry, the exterior of the building is mirrored so while you may be able to see the hot dog vendor scratch his nose, he can't see you do the same.
Rates for these suites, which we redesigned nearly three years ago by Ivanka Trump, start around $2,000 a night and feature the two bedrooms, a kitchen with Sub-Zero appliances, a dining area and a separate living room. And don't forget about the Travel Fit Kit!
There's nothing worse than arriving to a hotel and realizing you forgot something. Most of the time, whatever you forgot is easily replaceable--a toothbrush, contact lens solution, deodorant--but if you forget your running shoes or your workout pants, it's not like you can just call down to the front desk and ask them to send up a pair Wait, actually now you can, thanks to Trump Hotels.
The luxury brand rolled out their new Trump Wellness program last month at all their hotels from New York to Las Vegas to Waikiki. Two parts of the program deal with healthy meal options but the third part, Travel Fit, helps guests keep on with their workout routines by providing fitness gear to use in their rooms as well as workout clothes from UnderArmour.
We got to check out the Travel Fit kits the other day at the flagship Trump hotel in New York--The Trump International Hotel, just steps from one of the Big Apple's biggest "gyms"--Central Park.
Hotel Openings / NYLO Hotels / Manhattan Hotels / Hotel Design / Stonehill and Taylor / Michael Suomi / → All Tags
Back in March we got a preview of the upcoming NYLO Hotel on Manhattan's Upper West Side which will open inside the existing On the Ave Hotel. Today, we learn the hotel is nearly finished with a June/July opening on the horizon but there's also a way to stay in one of the NYLO rooms as early as tomorrow night.
We chatted up Michael Suomi of Stonehill + Taylor, the architecture and interior design firm responsible for the NYLO Hotel (and the man behind the awesome Hyatt House chair) to get more detes on just what to expect from NYLO's first-ever New York City hotel.
Suomi and his team at S+T were responsible for doing not just the guestrooms at the hotel but also the public spaces including the new LOCL lobby bar which we've already shown you here. But doing the first NYC hotel for a brand whose name actually means "New York Loft", yet who have only opened hotels in suburban Texas and Rhode Island, meant the design had to be something the brand has never done before. "It's sort of like meeting your maker," Suomi said.
We've already given you a taste of some choice hotels and packages available for The Great Gatsby movie, which opens today. My, it seems everyone's been bitten by the Gatsby bug.
But this is Fantasy Friday and you know we like to dream a little dream, so we bring you a lavish $14,000 package on offer over at the Trump International Hotel & Tower that they've oh so creatively named The Great Gatsby Package.
Fashion Hotels / Manhattan Hotels / Met Gala Hotels / Mandarin Oriental / Joseph Altuzarra / → All Tags
Designer Joseph Altuzarra enjoys the view from his suite
While Anna Wintour was getting floral-fied at The Mark pre-Met Gala last night, hundreds of designers, celebrities and bold names were donning their duds in other hotel suites around the city.
For example, the Mandarin Oriental was quite the hotspot for the ritual of "getting ready," a day-long process which involves makeup artists, final wardrobe adjustments, PR strategizing and, finally, the departure by limo or towncar for the walk up the Metropolitan Museum of Art's red carpet staircase.
Spotted getting ready at the Mandarin Oriental were designer Joseph Altuzarra and his date, Girls actress Allison Williams (whose dress was later named among the Top 10 Most Daring); the Rodarte sisters dressing the Fanning sisters; Emma Watson; Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery; and even "Gangnam Style" singer Psy, spotted cavorting with his entourage in the lobby lounge.
We’ve been giving you doses of news about the new NYLO Hotel scheduled to debut on New York’s Upper West Side (77th and Broadway to be exact) this summer. Well today, we’ve been given the chance to show HotelChatter fans a few shots of the rooms.
You can read all about NYLO's back story here, but the fast and furious version is this is the first New York outpost of the chain (the other four hotels are scattered around Texas and Warwick, Rhode Island). It'll replace the existing On The Ave Hotel (which will remain open during renos) and it’s immediate competition will be the Hotel Belleclaire we recently uncovered as an UWS hidden gem.
The hotel’s “Roaring 20’s and Jazz era” theme is being designed by Stonehill & Taylor, the powerhouse firm behind the city’s NoMad, The Ace and Crosby Street hotels--so in short, NYLO is expected to be one nifty property.
Fantasy Friday / Babymoons / Hotel Packages / Trump Hotels / Manhattan Hotels / Kate Middleton / Kim Kardashian / → All Tags
We knew it would happen. The “Babymoons” of yesteryear would return as a trend. And you know who’s to blame? We’ve got two culprits. Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian. Since both women announced their pregnancies, we can’t count the amount of baby-centric packages appearing in our inbox. Fine. Expected.
But this is Fantasy Friday, so you know we’re going for the most OTT package we’ve seen, because it’s crazy fun to peep what’s out there for mamas-to-be (oh, and their partners too!).
Today we’re looking at the “Trump Royal Heir Package” from the Central Park stationed Trump International hotel. The property’s Britain-born GM, Suzie Mills developed the special to ladies in their second trimester want to savor the last few weeks of carefree couple time and prenatal pampering.
Look what you'll get for $6,000 (or $6,500 depending on suite choice) after the jump!
Celebrity Scoop / Celebrity Hotels / Robert Pattinson / Mandarin Oriental Hotels / Manhattan Hotels / Heartbreak Hotels / → All Tags
So many hotels, so many memories...
From Vancouver to Toronto to Charlie Chaplin's old house in Hollywood, Twilight co-stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart managed to cover a lot of ground in their days of hotel-hopping, filming scenes for their movies, and jetting off on romantic weekends together. But now, the trail of trysts is coming back to haunt poor RPatz.
While promoting his latest film, Cosmopolis, in NYC, the star allegedly checked into the Mandarin Oriental, where he figured five nights in the hotel's depressingly large Presidential Suite would be a great way to reclaim some much-needed 'me' time.
Or wind up crying in the glass-enclosed "shower for two." One of the two.
Hotel Spas / Trump Hotels / Hotel Renovations / Manhattan Hotels / Hotel Amenities / Hotel Pools / → All Tags
Trump likes to do things big. And that's not just something we say to sound cool or to pick a fight—he (Trump) actually told us so back in March when we sat down to talk hotel expansion. That conversation was all about ballrooms in Chicago, the upcoming Doral Resort in Miami, and, of course, hotel WiFi.
But one thing we didn't get around to discussing was the newly-renovated spa that just re-opened inside Trump International Hotel, bumping it up on our list of fun things to do on an off day in Columbus Circle. Right there in between riding sidesaddle through Central Park and stealing samples from the buffet at Whole Foods.