New York's luxury hotel scene has seen plenty of new development over the last few weeks. Here's some of the latest:
Earlier this fall, the Viceroy opened on West 57th Street with top views over Central Park. Each room has floor-to-ceiling windows, along with super-luxe amenities (think Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox Portable audio systems, Sferra linens, illy coffee machines, to name a few).
Foodies are also in luck: Chef, restaurateur and Chopped judge Marc Murphy has opened a new eatery, Kingside, inside the new Viceroy New York hotel in Midtown. The New American menu includes French and Italian cuisine, and carnivores will want to order the 32-ounce Cowboy Rib Eye for two. There's also a raw bar and charcuterie/cheese plate options. The wine list has options from New Zealand, Italy, Spain and beyond, available "by the quartino," half or full bottle. There will also be a rootfop lounge and outdoor deck, The Roof, opening in December.
Looking ahead, Loews Regency Hotel in midtown Manhattan is set to reopen on January 16, 2014. The return of the flagship property follows a $100 million renovation, and the hotel is returning with a new restaurant as well as a top-tier urban salon and spa. For business guests, the hotel will have four new private meeting spaces.
In midtown, WestHouse New York, slated to open in December, is bringing a new hospitality concept to the Central Park area. We hear the hotel is meant to evoke a 1920s townhouse. The Den on the lobby level will serve drinks, Barista coffees and international fare throughout the day. Go up 23 floors to The Terrace for floor-to-ceiling windows and views over the city. This lounge will have separate dining areas where guests can eat breakfast as well as hors d'oeuvres and canapes. And be sure to check out the 1,500-square-foot Presidential Suite, which has views of both Central Park and Times Square. (Tip: The Terrace Suites have their own outdoor terrace.)
The Lexington New York City has opened a collection of four specialty suites that are meant to evoke the hotel's history. Launching as part of The Lexington’s recent $46 million transformation of its public spaces and guest rooms, these themed retreats will include the Centerfield Suite, former home of American icons Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe; the Lady Ella Suite, inspired by its namesake, Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald; the Hemingway Suite; and the Arthur Godfrey Suite.
And just today, we reported that The New York Palace has completed its $140 million renovations with the unveiling of its two specialty triplex suites, including The Jewel Suite by Martin Katz and The Champagne Suite. The two 5,000 square foot suites are situated 53 stories above Manhattan at the top of The Towers.