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After World War I, Vanity Fair writers and Algonquin regulars Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, and Robert E. Sherwood began lunching atThe Algonquin.In 1919, they gathered in the Rose Room with some literary friends to welcome back acerbic critic Alexander Woollcott from his service as a war correspondent. It proved so enjoyable that someone suggested it become a daily event. This led to a daily exchange of ideas, opinions, and often-savage wit that has enriched the world's literary life. George S. Kaufman, Heywood Broun, and Edna Ferber were also in this August assembly, which strongly influenced writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Perhaps their greatest contribution was the founding of The New Yorker magazine, which today is free to guests of the hotel.
The Chatwal New Yorkis designed in a 1930s Empire Art Deco style. Based on its swanky looks alone, one almost expects Fred Astaire to waltz through the door. Fred has unfortunately shuffled off this mortal coil, but he did indeed hang out at the hotel when he was alive. Why? Located on 44th Street, in the heart of the theater district, the building was originally host to the famous Lamb’s club, America’s first professional theater club. Other legendary members of the club include Spencer Tracey, Milton Berle, Charlie Chaplin, Irving Berlin, and Will Rogers.
Nestled in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, The Surrey New York is both a familiar destination and an unexpected delight. Experience the very best of New York in easy walking distance from the hotel's location on East 76th Street. Madison Avenue, Central Park, and the Met are all conveniently located nearby.
Built in 1926 as a residence hotel, the original Surrey was home to many of New York’s most eccentric celebrities over the years.
For those who'd like the celebrity treatment, The Surrey New York offers a stunning Penthouse Suite.
The 1,200 square foot Penthouse offers extended luxury with private access to the rooftop garden. Located on the 17th Floor, the modern, loft-like suite is ideal for entertaining, featuring stunning views of Central Park and the Upper East Side. The Suite includes a living room and dining room, fireplace, full kitchen, 1,100 square foot private outdoor terrace, oversize bedroom with private sitting area, spacious master bath with soaking tub and half bath for guests.
Bergdorf Goodman, the legendary fashion mecca on 5th Avenue, has teamed up with chic luxury hotel The Mark New Yorkto bring guests the ultimate luxury experience. No matter what time of day or night, guests at the midtown hotel can avail themselves of the department store's wares.
Exclusive to The Mark guests, Bergdorf Goodman is providing unlimited access to their personal shoppers. Guests need only to call the hotel's concierge in order to use a variety of services from the store. They also get complimentary delivery to the hotel.
No more cheeseburgers in the wee hours of the morning? No more breakfast in bed? That's the terrible future suggested by a recent Crain's New York Business news item picked up by Gawker. According to the Crain's piece, written by Lisa Fickenscher, Gotham's largest hotel, the New York Hilton Midtown, will discontinue room service in August. The hotel cited rising costs and declining popularity for the move.
The Hilton isn't the first hotel in the chain to get rid of room service, the Hilton Hawaiian Village (pictured left)eliminated room service in October 2012.
Guests won't go hungry though, the hotel will open a cafeteria style restaurant called Herb n'Kitchen where guests can grab a meal.
It is universally acknowledged that New York City is one of the most unique cities in the world. This city encapsulates the epicenter of culture and art stateside, with many historic and famous landmarks and design elements that make New York City quintessentially, New York City. So where does one stay to experience the elegant NYC fabu-luxe life?
Enter The Quin Hotel, which opens its doors in September 2013. The 198-room boutique style hotel is located in one of NYC’s prime time real estate spots at 101 West 57th Street, making it easy to access the famed NYC landmarks that make this city so legendary. The aesthetic and sophisticated-cultural specific design elements to NYC are reflected in the hotel’s architecture, which can be seen within the walls of its original beaux-arts architecture that it shares with Carnegie Hall.
The hotel also brings New York fashion trend of bespoke to its furnishings and amenities. With views of the New York skyline, equipped with DUX beds, FRESH spa products, personal Nespresso machines and much more, The Quin Hotel is an oasis of luxury.
Heads up, New Yorkers! The W New York - Union Square has unveiled the results of a major renovation project. The transformation is part of the W brand's plan to renovate more than 11 of its properties across North America, and includes a full re-design of the hotel's 270 guestrooms and top suites, W Living Room, Todd English's Olives New York, and destination bar Lilium by Gerber Group (previously Underbar). The renovation also preserves original design details of the landmark 1911 Beaux Arts building, including its turn-of-the century Great Room with 23-foot high gilded ceilings and grand windows, which was restored late last year.
The W Living Room: The new design of the W Union Square Living Room, by New York based design firm Krause + Sawyer, is good for for conducting business by day and unwinding by night. A black steel communal table, equipped with inlay plugs for chargers, encourages guests to mix and mingle while staying connected.
The Guest Rooms + Suites: Each of the hotel's 270 remodeled guest rooms and suites are anchored by a sculptural headboard representing an abstract view of Union Square. Silver window coverings are brightly stitched together with silk fabric mimicking a man's tie, while wall coverings in a soft, sophisticated "Park Avenue" white are contrasted with a bohemian metallic blue. Cool touch: The Extreme WOW Suite (the W brand's take on the Presidential Suite) is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video capabilities including wall units that can easily interchange from dining room table to space for a DJ booth.
Lilium and Olives New York: The hotel's renovation also includes the re-design of its destination bar Lilium, as well as a complete renovation of Todd English's Olives New York restaurant. Lilium, the hotel's subterranean nightspot, sits beneath the hotel's façade. Key features of the 1,600 square foot interior include a twisted metal ceiling that cascades down the walls and complements the sculptural black steel lilies, created by metal artist Scot Brown. At Olives, the expanded bar, now located in the center of the space, creates a vibrant hub in the heart of the restaurant while new seating choices include u-shaped banquettes, an elevated chef's table or a nine-seat raw bar along the signature open kitchen. For more information, visit www.whotels.com/unionsquare.
One of the greatest novels of all time has inspired of the most expensive luxury packages of all time. New York's Trump International Hotel Tower has announced the Trump Great Gatsby Package. Recommended for couples, the over-the-top experience includes:
-A three-night stay in a luxurious Central Park-view suite.
-Chauffeured car service for the duration of the stay.
-Dinner for two at the hotel’s Three-Michelin-Star restaurant, Jean-Georges
-Breakfast daily at Nougatine at Jean Georges
- A magnum of Veuve Cliquot Champagne served in-room
-Ladies will receive an Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry Art Deco shagreen and onyx cuff, accompanied by a personal note from Ivanka Trump.
-Gentleman will receive a custom-tailored suit and shirt from Bergdorf Goodman, plus vintage Art Deco cufflinks.
The package comes with a Gatsby-appropriate price: $14,999. The package is available for travel March 1, 2013 through August 31, 2013.
Five Star Alliance's sister publication,Luxury Travel Advisor, recently wrote an article about the newly unveiled guest rooms and suites at The Tuscany Hotel in New York City. Read more here:
Boutique luxury lovers will flip over the newest addition to New York's hotel scene. Located along 39th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues and steps away from Grand Central Terminal, guests of The Tuscany NYC-A St Giles Luxury Collection Hotel are perfectly situated to explore all that New York City has to offer. The hotel recently reopened in November 2012 following a multimillion-dollar renovation.
The unveiling on December 18, 2012 showed off the first phase of the revitalization (think fully renovated guest rooms and suites). The second phase will wrap up in early 2013 with the debut of the 17th-floor Penthouse Suite, with wraparound terrace and views of the Chrysler and Empire State buildings. The Penthouse Suite will also come with its own private kitchen and living room/den area (complete with working fireplace).
The Tuscany embodies both Old and New World, with custom oak and leather wall panel systems and hardwood floors complemented with artistic wall murals made by artists and designers (think Sarah Morris and Paul Smith).
All bathrooms have glass tile walls and Duravit vanities. Nice Touch: In-room bath amenities are Molton Brown.