New York which boasts of highest number of hotel rooms in any global city is likely to see a significant addition in its room inventory in the next three years. New York City had welcomed 56.4 million visitors in 2014 with its hotel room inventory base of 102,000 units and according to an agency report, about 13,000 more rooms will be part of its supply line by the end of 2017. While additions in room base will mostly come from the new openings, a considerable contribution will also be made by the existing hotels which are currently upgraded. Here is the list of some of the prominent near-run hotel openings in the world’s most vibrant business city.
Right now, all eyes are on the weeks-old Baccarat Hotel (from $775), which lets locals escape to Paris without leaving Midtown. The debut stay from the storied French crystal company, now owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts founder Barry Sternlicht, the hotel combines 114 Art Deco-inflected rooms; chandelier-hung salons; a bar inspired by Versailles’s stables; and a modern-French restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Shea Gallante and former La Grenouille host Charles Masson. A 50-foot black-and-white marble-lined indoor pool and spa from Creme de la Mer will open soon.
Marmara Park Avenue
As the flagship Manhattan outpost of an Istanbul-based brand, the 128-room Marmara Park Avenue (from $550) brings some international swagger of its own to the city, offering Turkish tinges like wines from a celebrated vineyard in the country’s Anatolia region and hammam treatments at its spa. Evoking the feeling, spirit, and spontaneity of the world’s most storied metropolis, The Marmara Park Avenue is New York City, inside and out. Occupying a historical 21-story building that dates back to 1927, The Marmara Park Avenue is an up-and-coming landmark defined by a subtle elegance that uplifts the ordinary.
The New York EDITION
Centrally located on 24th street and Madison Avenue, The New York EDITION (from $725) sits directly across from New York’s iconic Madison Square Park. Originally built in 1909 as the headquarters for The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, the historic 41-story clock tower is an iconic New York landmark. The New York EDITION will feature 273 guest rooms and suites with spectacular views of the city as well as a 2,900 square foot restaurant, located on the landmarked second floor and outfitted with mahogany wood paneled walls and specially curated art. The hotel will offer approximately 2,100 square feet of versatile meeting and event space, an intimate lobby bar; and a 1,650 square foot state-of-the-art fitness center and spa located on the 39th floor.
1 Hotel Central Park
In July, Sterlicht continues his hospitality re-entrée with 1 Hotel Central Park (from $549), the second spot from his new sustainability-minded concept. (The first opened in South Beach in late March, with Brooklyn next.) The 229-room eco-conscious escape designed by AvroKo allows blissful remove from urban grit and grime, with a three-story living wall, reclaimed rustic-chic materials and all-organic everything, plus an on-call Tesla, monthly farmer’s market and high-impact volunteering opportunities organized by local non-profits.
Finally, there’s the writerly retreat The Renwick (from $479), which reimagines historic artists’ studios and apartments originally designed by St. Patrick’s Cathedral architect John Renwick in 1928. Once home to creatives and intellectuals of all kinds – John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Mann all slept here – the Midtown East hotel will open in August with 173 artfully appointed loft-like rooms and a restaurant from a to-be-announced starchef.
Understated-yet-sophisticated, subtle-yet-chic – the newly renovated SIXTY SoHo (from $359) is an inimitable boutique luxury hotel in New York City’s premier neighbourhood. Relax in one of the hotel’s 97 stylish guest rooms and suites or imbibe with a carefully crafted cocktail at Above SIXTY SoHo, the seasonal rooftop bar, a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Embrace the essence of New York City – its downtown glamor, sophistication and style – at SIXTY SoHo Hotel.
Martha Washington (from $219) is located in NoMad, one of Manhattan’s fastest growing neighbourhoods, making it the ideal destination for business and leisure travellers alike. Just blocks from The Empire State Building, Union Square, Bryant Park and The Fashion District, the area surrounding Madison Square Park is also host to some of New York’s trendiest new boutiques, restaurants and bars. The 261 guest rooms offer exceptional comfort with plush bedding, sleek and spacious bathrooms, and Davines bath amenities along with the newest restaurant from Danny Meyer and Union Square Hospitality, MARTA. Built in 1903 exclusively for women, we have restored the hotel to be exclusively for everyone.
Originally opened as a glittering hotel by John Jacob Astor IV in 1906, the landmarked building spent most of its life as offices before re-launching in February. Conceived as the premier luxury lifestyle hotel overlooking Times Square between Broadway and Bryant Park, The Knickerbocker’s (from $525) 330 guestrooms offer the perfect respite from the high-octane energy of a vibrant city. From the dazzling three food-and-drink venues by Master Chef Charlie Palmer to the 7,500-square-foot 17th-floor rooftop bar and terrace St. Cloud , overlooking Times Square hotel guests and New Yorkers alike will discover the legendary hospitality that made The Knickerbocker the most iconic of all Manhattan hotels.
From a vantage point overlooking the Empire State skyline, The Gregory (from $379) claims its place in an iconic neighbourhood that’s a global name in culture, fashion, architecture and possibility. Authentic, vivacious and always on the edge, discover the promise of The Gregory Hotel, a standout amongst new hotels in NYC.
The Warwick New York hotel (from $395), is known to be one of the most historic hotels in NYC and has hosted many different celebrities throughout the years including “the king of Rock and Roll” Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Cary Grant who was a long term resident. The renowned media tycoon Mr. William Randolph Hearst commissioned this iconic four-star hotel in 1926 for the love of his life, his muse and mistress the famous actress, Marion Davies. The hotel offers elegant and charming accommodations and amenities that exude luxury, vintage appeal and modernity all at once.