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We said over the summer that entry-level Luxury Kings at the newly renovated Loews Regency Hotel in New York are a pretty excellent room choice already, but now, as the hotel wraps up its overhaul, it’s adding more choice with six designer-led Signature Suites.
You guessed right that one of those designers is Oprah’s own go-to guy Nate Berkus, who redid a 1,000 sq ft one-bedroom suite on the 21st floor. Above the bedroom, which we have to say, like most of his designs, we like a whole lot. It’s contemporary, uncluttered, and with interesting patterns, colors, and materials. More shots of the suite, and others, below.
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When we put forth the picture of the pretty room admired by rich and powerful old men the other day, we knew you true hotel nerds wouldn't have a hard time guessing which hotel the room belonged to. Now today, we're here to tell you the Best Room to Book at the Loews Regency Hotel on Park Avenue.
It came as a pleasant surprise to us but the hotel's starting room category, the Luxury King, is actually a very fine room to book. Sure, there are other bigger suites with better Park Avenue views and the upcoming Signature Suites (including one from designer Nate Berkus) are bound to blow guests away, but we really loved that a starting room category here gave you more space than most other luxury hotels in NYC.
Amenities include a generous work table, a stylish chair and ottoman, two closets, a full-length mirror on the wall in which you can clearly see yourself and your outfit (as opposed to on the back of the closet door), and modern technology like a flat-screen TV, a TV-in-mirror in the bathroom and free WiFi.
The bathrooms are tight on space but there's a shower + bath combo and we thought the sink vanity was extra good-looking. And we can't forget about the Julien Farel amenities and hairdryer. Swoon. #goodhairdayseveryday
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Last week, the Loews Regency Hotel on Park Avenue re-opened after two years of intensive renovations. Rates are already at a premium for the hotel, around $440 a night this weekend, but you can at least sleep knowing that you will have fabulous hair the next day.
That's because celeb hairstylist, Julien Farel, will not only open his salon in the hotel in March, he's also provided the in-room toiletries in all of the 379 guest rooms and suites. Farel's Anti-Aging Haircare & Body are powered by an exclusive Anti-Aging Balance 'A2B' Technology that " delivers clinically proven Anti-Aging Bioactives to rejuvenate skin and hair with intense hydration, targeted repair and vital protection." YES.
But that's not all. You can style your tresses with a Julien Farel high-performance hairdryer which is now present in all the Loews Hotels and Resorts nationwide. So while the room rates might be high, you'll be able to get salon-quality hair without having to pay Farel's prices, which start at around $650 just for the cut. Blowdrying costs extra.
Peek at the newly renovated Loews Regency rooms below!
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Nothing is worse than showing up bleary-eyed to your hotel and being told your room isn't ready yet. Worse still if your bones ache from sitting on a plane all day and you've been dragging around your suitcase for so many hours that your hand has become permanently locked in claw grip position.
Thankfully, the Plaza Athenee in New York has come up with a solution to the whole early check-in conundrum: the "Rest and Refresh" package. By reserving ahead of time, guests can kill time in their own private Spa Suite, which comes with a marble bathroom and private steam shower. In addition, they can request a facial or massage, and even sneak in a quick breakfast or lunch at the hotel's Arabelle Restaurant.
With pampering like this, who needs the guest room?
Not quite sure who Julien Farel is? Just ask Ivanka Trump, Richard Gere, Carl Bernstein, Salma Hayek, Kate Moss, Kate Beckinsale and Rafael Nadal (see photo below), who all pay upwards of $1,000 for him to go to town on their hair. And, no, we're not kidding, you can see for yourself on his website. “It’s $650 (for a cut)," he told Departures. "If they hand me the blow-dryer, it’s another $250."
Apparently he's that good, and no, you won't be getting an appointment with him. But his staff will do you up nice for much cheaper, probably in the $95 to $120 range judging by the prices at his two other hotel salons, the Setai Fifth Avenue and the Capella Pedregal in Cabo.
Getting tired of staring at the same four walls? The late stock investor Marty Zweig's three-floor penthouse at The Pierre could be yours for just $120 million. And if that sounds a little out of your range, well, just start saving up those loose pennies; you'll get there eventually.
Easily New York's most prestigious hotel residence, the record-breaking (because of its price) penthouse was bought by Zweig back in 1999 for $21.5 million, and now Curbed reports that his family intends to sell it for over five times that price.
And why not? It belonged to the man, after all, who predicted the 1987 stock market crash a day before it happened, so its value lies partly in its history as well as in its design.
Though, really, it's mostly about the design: sixteen rooms, five fireplaces, a library, a private elevator, four terraces, a sauna and a legendary ballroom are what will lure the next billionaire. Well, that, and the Pierre's post-op plastic surgery recovery room.
Hopefully for Alec, that towel didn't have linen tracking chips embedded inside it.
Yesterday, Alec Baldwin was strolling around lower Manhattan, high on life, fresh out of the NYC Marriage Bureau, where he retrieved a marriage license for his upcoming wedding to fiancee Hilaria Thomas. Sounds like a nice day to us. Until he got into an altercation with two Daily News photographers right outside the bureau, and ended up punching one smack in the chin.
Enter The Regency Hotel, which came to Alec's rescue later in the day, as he was making his way to yet another hotel to speak at an American Heart Association event—hopefully counseling them to act as he says, not as he does.
The Plaza Athenee proudly hosted one of Hollywood's oldest relics yesterday: Dorothy's ruby red slippers from the 1939 set of The Wizard of Oz. And we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of 'em. Skipping the accompanying Afternoon Tea ceremony, we headed straight to back of the hotel's dining room, Arabelle, to photograph the precious shoes, which were enclosed in a glass case, looking slightly faded but dazzling as ever.
Just like Obama's turkey that passed through DC two weeks ago, these babies were only in town on business as they made their way to the auction house. That's right—on December 16, the slippers will go up for auction with a starting price of (only) $2-$3 million.
Last summer, we told you about the Mad Men package at The Pierre—which mainly involved a bottle of champagne, a restaurant voucher and a couple of DVDs. This year, the five-star Central Park-facing hotel has gone for a much more....um, specific demographic.
Any room in the hotel can now be converted into a recovery room for post-op plastic surgery patients. While convalescing, guests receive 24-hour service, a private escort, and a dedicated "Life Stage Personal Enhancement Team"—their words, not ours. We admit, we've never undergone plastic surgery ourselves, though if you're considering it as an option, now might be a great time to start. Between personal escorts and in-room masseuses, you'll soon forget about those bandages altogether!
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You would think that Dominique Strauss-Kahn would be a lesson for all pervy politicians with hotel-hopping habits but no, it seems not to have registered with at least one man of power.
Egyptian businessman Mahmoud Abdel-Salam Omar, the former chairman of Egypt's Bank of Alexandria, was arrested on Sunday for locking a housekeeper at the ritzy Pierre Hotel in his $900 a night suite and sexually assaulting her. From NBC New York:
Law enforcement officials tell NBC New York that when the maid arrived at room 1027 with three boxes of tissues, Omar answered the door wearing a "silk-type" garment and asked her to place them on a table near the bed.
According to law enforcement officials, Omar then grabbed the maid in a bear hug and began to kiss and fondle her, grabbing her breasts and rubbing against her.
She resisted and said "I'm not here for this," officials said. He then locked the door to prevent her from leaving, before asking for her phone number, according to officials. When she gave him a number, police said, he let her out of the room.
Who's thirsty? It's time for another installment of our Summer Cocktails series. All summer long we've been profiling fun new summer drinks served at hotels around the world, and even though summer is coming to a close you should still feel free to share your favorite hotel cocktail recipes with us. And, as always, @reply us when you're wasted!
Today's cocktail does double duty in that it's not just a Summer Cocktail, it's also part of Fashion's Night Out. This fancy beverage will be served up at The Pierre's Two E Bar/Lounge next Friday, September 10, when fashion fans are getting down at at FNO party from 6–11 p.m.
While exclusivity might be the name of the game for the Boom Boom Room downtown at The Standard, uptown at The Pierre that strategy hasn't fared so well for its Le Caprice restaurant, a London spin-off.
The New York Post reports the restaurants has now joined New York's Restaurant Week and is even open for reservations on OpenTable, a far cry from last December when nearly every night was blocked out with tables at the manager's discretion--meaning "not for you." The Post's Steve Cuozzo writes:
But last week, using Opentable.com, I found tables for four available at 8 p.m. at Le Caprice for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, and at 9 on Tuesday. Two of us walked in without a reservation Wednesday at 8:45 and were seated at a table for four within minutes. Diners in the gleaming room looked more “Jersey Shore” than St. James.