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Sweepstakes alert! Next month (April 17 to 28) is the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and as the official hotel partner, Conrad Hotels is giving you the chance to experience it for yourself with a pretty amazing sweepstake.
Not only does the lucky winner get two Vesey passes to the Tribeca Film Festival for three days – which give access to most screenings – they’re throwing in three nights’ accommodation at the all-suite Conrad New York and two business class flights from anywhere in the United States or the United Kingdom to the Big Apple.
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We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This? is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.
Here's one highlight from our recent tour of Conrad New York's lobby. We admit, at first we couldn't quite wrap our head around this. Yes, it's some kind of staircase. But why all the bars? And where exactly does it go?
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Just a week after officially opening, we stopped inside the brand new lobby at Conrad New York, which, for a Sunday morning, was more bustling than we expected. Still, no amount of people traffic could really detract from what we think is one of the most impressive lobbies to hit New York in a while.
First off, the place is frickin' huge. Gray circular couches are interspersed around the floor, while the ceiling stretches up thirteen floors above. All of the guest room hallways gaze down on the massive atrium, which makes for awesome people watching; meanwhile, suspended in mid-air by hundreds of cables are Monica Ponce de Leon's Veil aluminum sculptures (which are a million times more impressive than the renderings we first saw).
Like we said, a few haggard suitcase-toting guests aren't really going to detract from the whole experience. However, we wouldn't recommend trying to get any work done in here. The sheer scale of the place could prove distracting, to say the least...
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We found rooms for Monday night (yes, this Monday!) at a whopping $479 a night for a king superior suite with a river view. (Remember, all rooms are suites here.) Rates for $499 a night include breakfast. Not feeling that flush? You can book a room with double beds for slightly less at $439 a night.
While we're loving the extensive list of room perks that include our fave techie goodies like flat-screeen TVs, espresso machines, sleeper sofas and even an art brochure that details all the art throughout the hotel, we're also impressed with the hotel's For Your Confidence list of security and safety features like automatic door closers, controlled access corridors, double-locking doors, emergency call buttons on the phone and wide angle door viewers.
We're not saying you should leave your expensive jewelry, watches and handbags out in plain sight but all these safety features should make you relax a little in the "big bad city."
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UPDATE, 1.5.12: The Conrad New York is now opening MARCH 1 with rooms at $341 a night. On March 2, however, that rate drops to $239.
Earlier this week when we checked in on the NYC hotels that have and have not opened so far, we mentioned The Conrad New York, down in Battery Park City, which we thought was still opening later this year.
Alas, commenter SalesManagerNYC let us know that while the Conrad now has a website (yay!), the hotel is not taking reservations until February 1 2012. (Ed. Note: we previously reported February 12th. That was wrong, it's now February 1st.) Wah wah.
But we found something else to cheer us back up--room pics! Granted, they aren't very large and they are totally computerized but it's something. And while we surmise the hotel is still working on the room descriptions, it will be an all-suite hotel with over 430-sq.ft. of space in the rooms.
Great news, hotel geeks! The Conrad New York has a website! Well, kinda. We skipped on over to the home page for the upcoming hotel (the first Conrad Hotel from Hilton Hotels in the city) and saw some new descriptions to the property but no photos. (Or no XML, rather.) Still, what we read got us excited.
Complimentary full cooked-to-order breakfast provided to each guest daily. Complimentary Nightly Manager's reception featuring your favorite snacks, beverages and cocktails.
Hear that? Breakfast in the morning and cocktails in the eve'n! Woot! Not to mention there's already a Shake Shack on site.
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Last week, we were called out on our Master hotel Openings List for 2011 because we forgot the luxury brand of Hilton Hotels like the Waldorf-Astoria Collection and Conrad Hotels. Even worse, we totally forgot that Conrad was opening a hotel in New York in 2011 in the Financial District.
Officially called the Conrad new York, the hotel will be located at 102 North End and Vesey Street and will have 463 guestrooms starting at a seriously spacious 550-sq.ft., a 15-story atrium lobby with a dramatic Sol LeWitt art piece rising 13 floors behind the check-in desk, and three restaurants from NYC restauranteur Danny Meyer, including a second Blue Smoke restaurant, an unnamed upscale dining spot and another Shake Shack.
And the Tribeca Citizen points out that the hotel (on the old site of an Embassy Suites) will also have a:
green roof (with an herb garden for Danny Meyer), as well as a roof lounge that will be operated by the hotel but open to non-guests. The lounge will be small—1,300 square feet, with an occupancy of around 65 people.
Ooh, here we are, all in a lather over the new hotels opening in NYC this year, and along comes news to get us excited about 2011. The latest entry into the Manhattan market will be The Conrad New York, taking the place of an existing Hilton property, the Embassy Suites New York.
The transformation of the hotel into a much more luxurious Conrad Hotel should be complete by the fourth quarter next year, and is quite a big deal, being a first for the brand in NYC.