We hear the New York Palace employed two design firms to assist in the $25 million Towers Rooms and Suites renovation: San Francisco-based design firm BAMO; who will redesign The Towers’ 176 guest rooms and suites as well as the new private reception experience; and New York-based design firm BBG-BBGM, who is renovating two of the hotel’s triplex suites and the new Metropolitan Suite.
The Towers is a separate and distinct part of The New York Palace, occupying the hotel’s top 14 floors. With a private reception area, accessible from the main lobby, the Towers come complete with a dedicated Les Clefs d'Or concierge team, exclusively for The Towers guests. Elevators transport guests to floors 41 through 53, where the rooms offer top skyline views.
The private entranceway to The Towers lobby will expand in size and offer upgrades like art deco screens and warm lighting. The walls of the entranceway will feature silk and wood grain paneling and elements of the lobby design will evoke the Villard Mansion design, with classical 19th century patterns.
The Metropolitan Suite, a 2 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath suite renovation, reportedly has enough decoration to qualify as an art gallery in the sky. Cool touch: Each room was inspired by the urban fabric of New York City. The living room using yellow and blue accent colors which are derived from streaming taxi’s below and a serene sky above; the master suite referencing the city’s night views; and the second bedroom includes butterflies flying toward the window amidst a black and white photo collection of iconic New York images. Eclectic furniture is introduced throughout the suite and is layered with additional artwork, color and texture to create a space that feels like a living art gallery.
In addition to a rejuvenated look and feel, rooms in The Towers will also receive a technological and sustainability facelift with a combined effort from integrator Mode: Green and hotel technology consultants Enterprise Solutions Providers, LLC. We're most intrigued by the Crestron touch-screen user interfaces that control all of the room’s high-tech features, automated roman shades and blackout privacy curtains, iPod docking stations, television systems that can synch with computers or even personal Netflix accounts and full lighting controls to enhance the tasteful lighting designs of Bouyea & Associates. The combination of these technologies, including LED lighting and intelligent thermostats, also provides the hotel with behind-the-scenes energy management that creates zero impact on the overall guest experience. Beyond the room itself, guests will have access to an on screen menu of the hotel’s amenity offerings including spa appointments and in-room dining menus.
The Towers transformation will unfold in stages so as not to disrupt the guest experience. The rooms and suites are scheduled for completion in June 2013, with the Towers Lobby shortly following.