Hotel Happenings You’ll Want to Check Out during New York Fashion Week

You’ll need an invitation to get into the more than 130 shows by the likes of Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang and Fenty Puma by Rihanna that comprise New York Fashion Week, aka NYFW, unfurling September 7 through 15. The parties, too.

But not every NYFW event is roped off with velvet. You may need to RSVP, but these happenings at New York hotels are open to all. Read more

Surprise — The Unheralded Star of the Hit Musical “War Paint” Is the St. Regis Hotel

Watch a movie set in New York, and there’s a good chance you’ll see a Manhattan hotel, whether in a starring role or an unforgettable cameo (think of the The Plaza’s Oak Bar in North by Northwest).

But Broadway shows? Not so often.

Which brings us to War Paint, the engaging, multilayered new musical about the indefatigable 20th-century beauty entrepreneurs Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubenstein. As you’d expect, the equally indefatigable Christine Ebersole portraying Arden (“Hold fast to youth and beauty”) and Patti LuPone as Rubenstein (“There are no ugly women, only lazy ones”) are terrific.

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The Fabled Plaza Hotel Is For Sale — Again

More over Conrad Hilton. And you, too, Donald Trump. It appears that a new member may be joining the growing coterie of individuals and consortiums who have called themselves owners of New York’s 1907 landmark, The Plaza Hotel.

Sahara Group, the India-based conglomerate that bought a majority stake in the hotel in 2012, has hired a broker to sell their share in the showpiece Fifth Avenue property, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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Catch the Big Eclipse of 2017 at a New York Hotel

It’s Eclipse Day 2017. Here in New York, we’ve been promised a 75 percent partial that will start at 1:23 p.m., hit its stride at 2:44 p.m. and wrap at 4 p.m., according to authorities at the American Museum of Natural History. We won’t get a total eclipse, but the moon covering three quarters of the sun qualifies as a big deal.

These hotels with roof bars, pools and sky rooms are so stoked they’re throwing eclipse parties. Drop by and watch the big show in the sky with a crowd.
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Strolling Through The Waldorf Astoria on the Final Night of its 85-Year Run

When a hotel opens its doors for the first time, it stays open 24/7, 365 days a year. For 85 years and five months, the Waldorf Astoria did just that, treating the world to innovations like room service, Eggs Benedict and Waldorf salad without ever locking its massive doors.

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Three NYC Hotels Where Top Dogs in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Sit, Roll Over and Stay

New York in mid-February is special if you happen to be a dog lover. Yes, the wind

Top dog in 1911 — Scottish Terrier Tickle Em Jock. (Westminster Kennel Club Photo)

whistles and the ground is frozen solid. But for two days — February 13 and 14 this year — Madison Square Garden is Dog Central as the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, caninedom’s show of show, sweeps into town, luring more than 3,000 of the world’s most perfect pooches. Read more

Matilda, the Celebrated Algonquin Hotel Cat, Lands Her First Book

As one of New York’s oldest and most storied hotels, The Algonquin has long been catnip for wags and writers. For decades, nearly everyone associated with the place, from the Vicious Circle and beyond, has shared stories about the hotel and its history. Everyone, it seems, except Matilda, the Algonquin cat.

That has changed. In a new illustrated children’s book, aptly titled Matilda, the Algonquin Cat, the hotel’s resident blonde in fur tells all about the hotel she’s called home for most of her nine lives.
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Meet the Peninsula New York (Edible Version), the Ultimate Gingerbread Hotel

The Peninsula New York — gingerbread version.

What can you do with 46 lbs. of butter, 38 lbs. of milk, 76 lbs. of honey, 46 lbs. of sugar, 5 lbs. of spices, 1 1/2 lbs. of baking soda and a whopping 145 lbs. of bread flour?

You can think about opening a bakery. You can spend the foreseeable future baking cookies. Or if you happen to be Deden Putra, Executive Pastry Chef at the Peninsula New York, you can create a five-star gingerbread hotel that stands six feet tall and smells as inviting as it looks. Read more

Backdrops Count: The NYC Hotels Where Trump and Clinton Addressed the Faithful After Election 2016

Election night 2016 was full of surprises, but not from the standpoint of anyone familiar with New York City hotels. Donald Trump’s post-election festivities unfurled in a ballroom of the New York Hilton Midtown, a go-to venue for big-ticket political events  (the 53-year-old hotel boasts that it’s hosted every U.S. president since JFK).
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Vaclav Havel Slept Here: A Peek at a Presidential Suite Designed in His Style at the Hotel Elysee

Hotels love to name their suites for famous guests, creating an instant brush with glamour and a decorating theme in one swoop. Consider the Dorothy Parker Suite at the Algonquin, the Warwick Hotel’s Marion Suite, a nod to the Hollywood honey of its founder William Randolph Hearst, and the Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons New York (he invented Beanie Babies — and owns the place). Read more