New York is one city that can never have enough hotels, and they just keep popping up. This fall, we saw the opening of The Quin and Viceroy New York, and more are on the way. We’ve been scoping out upcoming spots — everything from a just-opened Times Square hotel to the return of a property that invented the “power breakfast.” Here are three hotels to check into this winter.
This 54-story stunner offers the best of both worlds: You’re within walking distance of top attractions (Times Square, Broadway, Fifth Avenue and Central Park), but your room feels like your own cozy Manhattan apartment. With just 11 spacious rooms and suites per floor, Hyatt Times Square is decked out in New York-themed décor — picture a giant map of the city and Polaroids of various Big Apple scenes — thanks to designer George Wong’s contemporary taste. Relax with a treatment in the 4,200-square-foot spa or work up a sweat in the roomy gym with floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel doesn’t skimp on dining outlets, either; T45 Midtown Diner is a twist on the classic diner, with the bar looking like an old-school Airstream. The 54th-floor rooftop bar, where you can enjoy cocktails from mixologist Julie Reiner (of Pegu Club fame) in front of fireplaces, will be the highest in town and will sport views stretching from the Hudson River to the East River. While the hotel opened in December, the rooftop bar and spa are still in the works.
Located on West 55th Street (between Seventh Avenue and Broadway), this Midtown boutique hotel debuted right in time for the holidays. Its concept is what makes WestHouse stand out; the property is more like a private residence than a hotel. In fact, when you check in, you are referred to as a “hotel resident” rather than a guest. There’s a resident fee, but that covers just about everything you could want in a New York hotel. Premium libations, non-alcoholic beverages, barista-crafted coffees, breakfast, afternoon tea, hors d’oeuvres and evening canapés — all of which are included in that resident fee — are offered in The Den. March will see the opening of the rooftop lounge, which will host breakfast, hors d’oeuvres and nighttime canapés. The hotel brings yet another idea that is welcomed with open arms in New York: Its WestHouse Attaché program creates unique itineraries for each guest based on individual needs (a last-minute private tour of the hottest new art exhibition, perhaps?). That bespoke philosophy continues into the guest rooms with amenities ranging from DayNa Decker bath products and ghd hair styling tools to a scent designed specifically for the hotel and bedside touchscreen controls to customize climate and music.
It has been a Manhattan icon since opening its doors in 1963, welcoming famous faces, power players and discerning travelers alike. On January 16, the 379-room Loews Regency began checking in guests, who were undoubtedly impressed by the $100 million renovation. The rooms, awash in shades of white, blue and tan, feature the luxuries that both leisure and business guests will appreciate — Frette linens, complimentary Wi-Fi, smart TVs, bedside outlets and personal temperature control. Beyond amenities, the hotel is probably most famous for coining the term “power breakfast” back in 1975; and that concept returns to the Park Avenue gem with the help of well-known restaurateurs Gherardo Guarducci and Dimitri Pauli of Sant Ambroeus, and chef Dan Silverman at the helm. And in true Upper East Side form, the hotel is also teaming up with hairstylist Julien Farel for the 10,000-square-foot salon and anti-aging spa, which will open in March. There will also be JF Men right next to the restaurant because gents have to look good for that all-important meeting over eggs, right?
Photos Courtesy of Hyatt Times Square and WestHouse Hotel