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The Knickerbocker Hotel Will Open on February 12 at $459 a Night

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  Site Where: 6 Times Square [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
December 4, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

Nearly ten years ago, the existence of The Knickerbocker Hotel in Times Square, a Beaux-Arts building that closed down to hotel guests in 1921 and operated as an office building ever since, was wiped away, with the exception of a sealed-off entrance to the subway. But come February 12, the property will once again open as a hotel.

We showed you a glimpse of the public spaces at the Knickerbocker back in April, but here's a look at one of the 330 rooms at the hotel. Very simple, rather understated and almost a little bland. But the amenities do sound good with SFERRA linens, 55" flat-screen TV, complimentary bottled water and soft drinks, Ted Gibson toiletries and free WiFi.

Elsewhere at the hotel, Chef Charlie Palmer, whose Aureole is across the street, will oversee Charlie Palmer at The Nick, a full service restaurant and bar; Jakes @ The Knick, a coffee shop; and St. Cloud, the outdoor rooftop bar overlooking Times Square which will feature a cigar lounge from tobacconist, Nat Sherman.

The hotel, which is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, has rooms available on February 12 for $495 a night for a superior room with a king bed.

[Photo: Knickerbocker Hotel]

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The Out NYC Wants You In The Dog House

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  Site Where: 510 W 42nd St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
August 29, 2014 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hospitality for pets is apparently “the fastest growing sector in the travel market”, which makes all the cute hotel doggies we’ve seen recently seem slightly less cute and slightly more cynical. Joking! Obviously nothing could make those dogs any less cute.

The latest hotel to jump on the furry bandwagon is The Out NYC, which has just opened some Dog House Suites – dog-friendly rooms attached to private courtyards – particularly handy for offleash activities or, we guess, doing their business. Even better, access to the courtyard is via a pet door, so they can come and go while you’re taking care of your own business. They’re not just any old courtyard, either – each has a dog house, fake grass, “faux fire hydrant” (not sure of the appeal of this one) and seats for you humans.

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Yotel New York Wants Your Business Travel Business

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  Site Where: 570 Tenth Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
May 19, 2014 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you're a frequent guest of the Yotel New Yorkin Times Square, well, that's kinda cool. Tell us more about that. Oh sorry, we mean, you may want to join up with the hotel's new loyalty program called, TheClub@Yotel (all one word.) But there's a catch--it's only for business travelers.

Here's what repeat biz travelers and their companies can get with the new club program:

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The Westin New York Times Square Wants You To Go To Bed Now

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  Site Where: 270 West 43rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
May 7, 2014 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel wake-up calls are fairly standard--the hotel calls you at your desired time and lets you know it's time to wake up. But some travel-weary guests could do with a Hotel Go-To-Bed call, which would remind them to get a good night's sleep, especially if they've requested an early wake-up call.

And now these early riser but late to bed folks have a hotel who's looking out for them. The Westin New York at Times Square just launched a new Rest Well Calls program to aid guests in getting a good night’s sleep.

After arranging a wake-up time, staff will also give guests a ring the night before, alerting them that it is time to go to their (Westin Heavenly) bed. The hotel will give guests an hour to power down their devices and will let them get a full seven to eight hours of sleep before calling with the wake-up call.

"“We have seen a trend in wake-up call requests coming in at times that make it impossible for guests to be getting the sleep that they really need,” said General Manager Sean Verney in a press release. “Our mission is to ensure that guests leave feeling better than when they arrived, and the new Rest Well Calls will help both leisure and business travelers to get the right amount of sleep.”

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Just for Residents, AKA Times Square Unveils a New Lounge

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  Site Where: 123 W. 44th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
April 30, 2014 at 8:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

Extended stay hotel, AKA Times Square recently unveiled a bi-level lounge with 1,000-square-foot warparound terrace deck designed by Piero Lissoni. The space, which is exclusive to residents, is located on both the 12th floor and the previously hidden 13th floor, named a.13.

The 3,000-sq.ft. lounge features slat walls created with Japanese charred wood, wide-plank white-oak flooring and furnishings that include designer Ingo Maurer’s lamps, B&B Italia's Charles Sofa and Arne Jacobsen’s iconic swan chairs. The 12th floor has a fitness center, media alcove and cozy nooks, while the 13th floor has giant windows and a private resident-and-guest-only bar with an a.vod vodka vault installation.

Residents are invited to booze it up in the space and the WiFi is blessedly free. Just be careful when emailing or Facebooking after drinking.

Rates at AKA Times Square start at $435 a night.

[Photo: AKA Times Square]

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Feast Your Eyes on What the Knickerbocker Hotel Will Look Like

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  Site Where: 1466 Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
April 23, 2014 at 10:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Yotel's New Restaurant Looks East and West

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  Site Where: 570 10th Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
April 16, 2014 at 2:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Futuristic pod hotels are dime a dozen these days, keeping brands on their toes. The Yotel New York is keeping things interesting by upping their dining offerings with a brand new restaurant.

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.

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A Sign of The Times: The Hotel Carter May Finally Get Cleaned Up

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  Site Where: 250 W 43rd St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
April 10, 2014 at 5:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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The Paramount is Now the Official Partner of the Tony Awards

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  Site Where: 235 West 46th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
April 2, 2014 at 10:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Glorious! The Knickerbocker Hotel Locks In a Top Chef

Where: 1466 Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
February 18, 2014 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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The Hyatt Times Square is Now Home to NYC's Tallest Rooftop Lounge

Where: 135 West 45th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
February 13, 2014 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Midtown Manhattan is Getting Another Hyatt Place

Where: 120 West 41st Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
December 26, 2013 at 1:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

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.

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