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The historic Knickerbocker Hotel is gearing up for its summer opening with an announcement that it has partnered with leading design firm Gabellini Sheppard Associates to design all public spaces and guestrooms (we actually kinda told you that ourselves back in November, but OK).
The hotel, a Leading Hotels of the World, will have 330 guestrooms, including 40 suites, a signature restaurant by Charlie Palmer and a 7,500-square-foot rooftop bar and terrace offering panorama of the city's skyline.
East & West, a new dining and lounge concept from China Grill Management, opened in the hotel last week and features a menu by Executive Chef Bradley Day that features shareable small and large plates and pays homage to the best of the eastern and western worlds -- kinda like the hotel itself.
As long as it's still operating under this name, The Hotel Carter in Times Square will never be able to shake its reputation as The Dirtiest Hotel in The World, a dishonor bestowed on the hotel in 2008 by TripAdvisor. Yet we had heard horror stories from the Hotel Carter for a few years before that.
Put it this way, a "good" review from 2005 went like this: "Didn't Get Killed Mugged or Infected."
But now, The Carter might get a new life. The WSJ says the building is on the market and several buyers have been interested. As soon as next week a new owner could be announced. Which has us wondering, what hotel brand could be put in? Well, the way the hospitality market has been going in NYC and especially near Times Square, the possibilities are probably endless.
That said, the Carter is going to need to be closed and renovated. An analyst told the WSJ that at least $125 million was needed to bring it up to a 3-star level. Yowza.
If you want to stay at one of the last
shitholes semi-affordable hotels in Times Square, the Carter is currently going for $209 (#thatsnotok) for a double room on Sunday night.
Having hosted theatrical extravaganza Queen of the Night for the past three months, the Paramount Hotel has surely earned its luvvie chops, so its recent announcement that will become the official hotel partner of the Tony Awards seems like a natural progression.
Given its storied history, (host to John D. Rockefeller; birthplace of the original martini) we expected soon-to-be-restored-and-reopened Knickerbocker Hotel to be pulling out a few big collaborator names. And so we're not entirely surprised to hear that the hotel has grabbed one of the country's top chefs to oversee its entire food and beverage program.
Charlie Palmer, who is a hotelier as well as a master chef will be in charge of the Knickerbocker’s fourth-floor signature restaurant and bar, a ground-floor café, and rooftop lounge. Hotel guests will also get priority access and "preferential treatment" at Palmer’s flagship restaurant, the Michelin-starred Aureole, just around the corner on 42nd Street.
If you managed to snag yourself a date for Valentine's evening, here's a brand new bar to take (and impress) them. Opening on February 14th, Bar 54 at the newly opened Hyatt Times Square is Manhattan's highest rooftop lounge, rising 54 floors above street level and offering spectacular views of Lower Manhattan, from the Chrysler Building to the World Trade Center, and even the Times Square ball. We're already thinking New Year's Eve reservations.
Designed by SPAN Architecture, Bar 54 is a 122-seat indoor/outdoor lounge serving specialty cocktails, fine wines and a selection of small plates. Outside, colorful lounge seating is warmed by cozy outdoor fireplaces while the inside section features a variegated wood ‘trunk' and laser cut ceiling panels.
Work has just started at 120 West 41st Street on yet another chain hotel designed by serial hotel architect, Peter Poon.
According to permits found by New York Yimby, the new building will rise 26 stories and contain 130 guest rooms. California-based Stanford Hotels is the developer and a quick peek at its website reveals that the hotel will be called the Hyatt Place Times Square -- not to be confused with the Hyatt Place Midtown, a five-minute walk south.
The Paramount Hotel, near Times Square, is capping off a rather good year for the hotel--multimillion dollar renovation and a new management company--by opening the Diamond Horseshoe nightclub on New Year's Eve.
Located in the basement, the Horseshoe originally opened at the hotel in 1938 by eccentric theater impresario, Billy Rose, as a supper club that featured dinner theaters, vaudeville-style revues and a chorus of showgirls called, "Billy Rose's long-stemmed beauties." Seventy-five years later, the Diamond Horseshoe will now feature a show called, Queen of the Night, from Randy Weiner of Variety Worldwide, and who also produced "Sleep No More." Here's how a release describes the new show:
Queen of The Night is a unique theatrical experience that integrates food, music, dance, fashion, theater and circus performances, as well as an impressive creative team that includes Giovanna Battaglia for the creative vision, fashion designer Thom Browne for the costumes, and Jennifer Rubell for a curated food experience, to name a few.
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Today is opening day for the Hyatt Times Square and we are fresh from a opening-eve visit to bring you a first look.
The 54-floor, 487-room property is Hyatt's largest new build in the city in more than 30 years and sports a striking, shimmering glass exterior by SLCE Architects and a bright LED sign that changes colors. Stepping into the almost entirely white George Wong-designed lobby, you will first come across a line-up of iPad check-in stations, with a human check-in counter to the right and the (also Wong-designed) T45 Diner to the left. The diner is not quite ready to go yet -- they are hoping to open in a couple of weeks -- but it will feature a menu of classic diner dishes given a modern twist, retro decor, a milkshake bar, back wall of moving lights and a photo booth off to the side.
The all-new Knickerbocker is slated to now open in mid-2014, and it has just been accepted into The Leading Hotels of the World fold. The hotel will have 330 guestrooms, a food and beverage collaboration "with one of the most recognized master chefs in New York" including a signature restaurant and bar on the fourth-floor; a ground-level boulangerie, and an 7,500-square-foot rooftop bar and terrace offering panorama of the city's skyline.
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The Chatwal Hotel in New York has only been open for a few years but already it's important and chic enough to have its own line of luggage.
A limited-edition collection of seriously sexy red luggage from T. Anthony has just been unveiled.
The line, conceptualized by The Chatwal's general manager, Joel Freyberg, features five pieces of "classic" luggage all made with deep red canvas hardcover cases that are trimmed in brown leather and sport polished nickel hardware. There are two suitcases for clothing and shoes, a hatbox, an adorable jewelry case and a make-up case. (No duffel bags or backpacks here!)
This luggage not only looks heartbreakingly good, it will leave you heartbroken when you hear how much it costs-the pieces range from $1,000 to $1,525.
While similar pieces can be found online at T. Anthony, The Chatwal line is only availble in store. (A fab window display is launching this week.) However, if you book this luggage through The Chatwal, they are planning to offer you a stay at another Luxury Collection hotel. Once you've completed your stay at The Chatwal, the butler will pack up your pretty new luggage, ship it ahead of you and it will be unpacked when you arrive.
More photos of the luxe luggage after the jump!
Paramount Hotel's hip lobby store,Free & The Brave, is showing off a new concept for the next few days. Until Sunday, they will be hosting a pop-up store by mobile photo app Trendabl. Kind of like an Instagram for fashionistas, Trendabl allows users to take photos of their outfits, then add individual information about each item including store, brand and price. Other users can then purchase said item with a click of a button. Shopping is so easy nowadays!