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Back in September when we first heard that Rodrigo Nino of New York real-estate company, Prodigy Network was planning to crowdfund a hotel, we knew very little of what to expect beyond its description on the company's website as "an innovative micro-living glass tower, one block away from the World Trade Center."
Late last week Curbed tipped us off to some new renderings that bring the project out of the extended-stay hotel category mehs and into the fancy design hotel category yays.
When we think of "crowdfunding" we usually associate it with throwing in a few bucks to support our friends' short films or art projects. Lucky, then, that we're not friends with Rodrigo Niño, CEO of New York real-estate company, Prodigy Network, because he's looking to raise $31 million in equity for his company's hotel project: $100,000 at a time.
Prodigy Network actually have a successful track record at this novel approach to hotel development: they previously raised $171 million in $20,000 increments for a mixed-use skyscraper development that is currently under way in Bogotá, Colombia.
Noted accessories designer Rebecca Minkoff's released her holiday card via YouTube today. The whimsical video was shot at Thompson Hotel’s Gild Hall where Minkoff and her team decorated the Thompson Suite so they could perform a rendition of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (which we totally adore from Love, Actually).
Minkoff and a group of her friends, which included models Hilary Rhoda and Michele Ouellet, actress Odette Annable, Leandra Medine (Man Repeller), fashion blogger Bryan Boy, DJ Cassidy and Teen Vogue’s Andrew Bevan, all starred in the video, as well as Minkoff's baby son, Luca. There was even a shout out to Hanukkah so no one would feel left out.
Minkoff's first video, “Call Me Maybe,” was shot at 60 Thompson earlier this year.
[Photo: HotelChatter/Video: YouTube]
Just the other day, we thought to ourselves how Manhattan—despite its wealth of boutique and chain hotels to please even the most discerning traveler—suffers from a distinct lack of themed hotels.
Neuwid's got its Food Hotel. Portland's got the Kennedy School House. And now the Financial District will have a Wall Street-themed hotel, with stock ticker-inspired light displays in the lobby and plenty of local iconography. We first heard the news in April that Four Points by Sheraton would be taking over a location in the Financial District. However, details have now been released on the hotel's look and feel.
"The clearest statement of the theme is in the lobby, which is lined from floor to ceiling with recycled safety deposit boxes. The lobby also features artwork made from LED light displays inspired by stock tickers.
Coben also drew inspiration from pie charts and the jagged graphs of stock prices, using sharp angles to create the outlines of furniture and the streaks of color that break up the rooms' floors and ceilings.
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We can always count on Thompson Hotels for true customer service. As if designer condoms weren't enough, Gild Hall has chosen to satisfy that eternal hotel guest need to play a game of chess. Indeed, scattered throughout the ski-lodge style lobby are several chess boards, available to anyone at (literally) any time of the night. A spontaneous-chess-player's paradise. "I actually competed in the Kansas state nationals for chess when I was a kid," one recent lobby visitor enthused as he was in the middle of a game with his friend. I mean, what are the odds?
This time it's at Gild Hall in the Financial District. For 48 hours only, Quikbook is offering 20 percent off room rates from now through March 31, 2009. Rates are starting as low as $160 (that's with the discount included.) While that's not as low as the soft-opening rates of $117 a night from last year, it does beat the $350+ the hotel has recently been commanding. But remember, you must book by December 5th at 5pm EST.
And if you want to save even more money, you should skip the dinner at Todd English's Libertine and make it yo'self.
We caught chef Todd English's cooking segment on this morning's Today Show and surprise! he taught us (and the rest of America) how to make a dish from his brand new Gild Hall restaurant, Libertine ... for less than $8.00! It's a holiday miracle!
We always knew the prices of hotel meals were kicked up, but dayum! According to a Gild Hall staffer we spoke to, this entree sells for $22.00 on the restaurant's dinner menu ($16.00 for the lunch portion).
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Our hotel fashion expert JetSetCD reports on the latest in hotel uniforms.
Thompson Hotels' Gild Hall at Wall Street seems to be weathering the economic downturn just fine; Libertine, their musky and manly Todd English-helmed restaurant successfully opened last month, and now the hotel staff gets to dress up in designer duds. Bringing a sliver of his classic, messy-refined style to the lodge atmosphere of Gild Hall, New York clothier Steven Alan will provide male and female uniforms for the first time in his history. He's no Gwen Stefani, but Steven's functional outfits will be able to stand up to her W Hotel designs any day. About the Steven Alan for Gild Hall line:
He riffed on the financiers who populate the neighborhood in creating a men’s ensemble of a worsted wool blazer, button-down vest and slacks with a reverse seam. The woman’s look is the so-called 'Banker’s Dress,' and everyone dons a silk skinny tie.
We admittedly have no idea what a "banker's dress" is, but we're sure it will look great with the backdrop of Gild Hall's faux library lobby. No word on if hotel rates in the Financial District will be dropping in time with the Dow, but at least the hotel staff will be dressed like money.
[Images via Thompson Hotels/Steven Alan]
Our dream team: Todd English and Jason Pomeranc.
GQ -- the dude magazine for dudely dudes -- went inside The Libertine Restaurant, Todd English's brand new outpost in NYC's Gild Hall, and found it to be the perfect spot for a lovely, unusual
romantic bromantic dinner. Plus, the reporter saw dead people and himself some fried chicken.
Apparently, the place has a men's room and not a ladies' room immediately accessible. Whatevs. But it seems he wasn't quite expecting something so...over-the-top and seriously Thompson-esque with the ambiance.
While Gild Hall, Thompson Hotels's financial district property, has been open since March, guests have had to make do without an on-site restaurant. Until now.
Finally, Todd English's new venture inside the hotel has opened--The Libertine. Here's what our little bro Jaunted had to say:
The book-lined, wood-paneled restaurant looks like the study in Clue, and the creative menu is just as comforting.
For brunch there's the "NY Bene," an unlikely but totally necessary combo of poached eggs and pastrami sandwich. Lunch brings the "Adult PB&J": almond butter and Cabernet jelly on whole grain bread, with a banana milk shake shot.
There's also a raw bar, and dinner goes a little more traditional, with steak tartare and rack of lamb.
We attribute the decor to the hotel's location in the financial district. In other words, it is perfectly suited for country-clubbing, brandy-drinking suits. We can practically see Don Draper and Roger Sterling here now.
[Photo: The Libertine]
All summer long, Manhattan hotels have been capitalizing on artist Olafur Eliasson's man-made waterfalls installed along Manhattan's East River -- and the hype doesn't seem to be slowing down.
If you're late to the party on this one, maybe a Thompson hotel would be your best bet (get it? Because Thompson hotels always open late? Ha!)
If you associate waterfalls with cabins (and not so much with concrete and taxicabs), perhaps you'd enjoy checking out the waterfalls and calling the cozy, cabin-y feel of Thompson Hotels' Gild Hall your temporary HQ.
Way back in November, we heard that the new Todd English restaurant at Gild Hall would debut in April. Now that it's almost the end of May, how's that coming along? We called up to find out:
HotelChatter: Is your restaurant open yet?
Gild Hall: Not yet. It's gonna be August.
HotelChatter: OK. Thanks!
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