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After an in-depth look at the lobby and restaurant, we recently got to take a look around the new(-ish) guest rooms at Conrad New York. And though plenty about the rooms caught our eye (sleek frosted glass sliding doors, separate living rooms, Hudson River views), one detail in particular made us really stop and go, 'Aahhh.'
It was one of the features on the TV. Scrolling through the regular options like movies, room service, concierge features, and lighting control, we settled on a category titled "Moodz," which then offered us a series of different ambient scenes. They're not cartoons, they're not reality TV (well, at least not the way we usually think of reality TV), and they're not porn. They're just little movies of absolutely nothing happening.
Though we had Conrad's brand new New York property pegged to an opening date of March 1, it looks like things have been pushed back a little. Workers are still putting finishing touches on the hotel's 463 suites—from light bulbs to cabinet doors to lobby furniture, the hotel is waiting until everything is just perfect.
A rep sounded hopeful for an opening before March 30 (though not entirely convinced), but the hotel's GM tells us that Conrad is actually taking reservations as of March 19. Well, make up your mind! But it's all good—as long as both the rooms and the rooftop bar are ready in time for spring, that's all we really care about.
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Though Conrad New York is still about a month away from opening, we decided to swing by and see what the place was looking like. And from what we can tell, there's still quite a bit of work to be done—all the windows are covered, and machinery surrounds the entrance.
But we did happen to notice a striking piece of public art right across the street. Situated between the hotel and the Hudson River is a craggy, hilly, and entirely un-Manhattan public park known as the Irish Hunger Memorial. Dedicated in 2002 to raise awareness of the famine that swept Ireland in the mid-1800s, the memorial consists of actual stones, soil and vegetation that was shipped over from Ireland.
Walking through its tunnels and over its grassy mounds is an entirely bizarre experience, but we love the fact that it sits practically in the hotel's front yard, making Conrad New York ideal for art snobs, nature lovers...and homesick Irish people.
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Still aiming for an "early 2012" opening, Conrad New York is finally ready to offer us a glimpse inside its 463-room Financial District property. Above is the 14-story-high Sol LeWitt mural, "Loopy Doopy," rendered in shades of purple and blue, that hangs dramatically above the lobby.
Facing it is another large-scale work, designed by Monica Ponce de Leon, and installed by Feature Walters: this one, a two-tiered wall sculpture entitled "Veil" that required 77 tons of aluminum and 16 miles of Vectran cable. We like how the fat, squiggly lines of the sculpture play off of Sol LeWitt's painting—almost as if the arms had come alive inside the lobby.
See below for a snapshot from inside one of the guest rooms!