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

Basketball Star Jeremy Linn Is Coming Back to New York. Will He Live in a Hotel This Time Around?

Remember Linsanity? As New York’s beleaguered basketball fans know, it was a moment of euphoria spun by the unexpected play of Jeremy Lin, a 6’3” California-born, Harvard-educated point guard who leapt from NBA obscurity to propel the New York Knicks to a winning streak back in 2012 (those were the days). Read more

Why the Waldorf Astoria is Closing for Renovations, and Why You Should Stop By While You Can

If eating Waldorf Salad at the Waldorf Astoria is high on your bucket list, consider yourself warned: the clock is ticking. Read more

New York City Hotels With Tony Award Cred

You didn’t have to watch the Tony Awards to know that Broadway is having a moment. But what you may not know is that some of the 2016 Tony’s biggest names boast ties to New York City hotels. Here’s where to find rooms by a Tony-award winning designer, a bar where we’ve spotted Tony winners after the show and more.

 

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Why the Sheraton New York Times Square Came Up Big on New York Primary Night

As you may have noticed if you followed the coverage of last night’s New York Primary, Hillary Clinton and 1,500 of her closest friends and supporters were stomping at Sheraton New York Times Square for her victory soiree. Read more

The Time Hotel Gets A Chic New Look

My first thought upon seeing the freshly renovated Time Hotel was what did the architects think when they saw what they’d be working with? With oddly shaped public spaces, ho-hum views and guest rooms that can be politely described as compact (the smallest are a mere 180 square feet), this modest 193-room hotel built in 1927 could either stymie its renovators or inspire them to be really creative. Read more

Interviewing Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons When It Was a Lot Easier to Talk With Her

The designer wore black.

A break today from the world of hotels.

As anyone with a tangential interest in fashion knows, freelance writer Jacques Hyzagi’s acid-dipped takedown of glossy magazines — and Elle magazine in particular — in The Observer last week was a viral must-read. Its publication just prior to April 1 added to the intrigue. Was it for real? Was he? (His name looks like an anagram.)

Yes, and yes, although it seems he once worked for Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine, but never mind. Read more

Last Chance to Catch ‘The Hirschfeld Century’ at The Algonquin Hotel

If you find yourself in Algonquin country, ie West 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, between now and March 31, do yourself a favor and stop by the famed hotel. For the second time in two years, more than 30 characters hailing from Hollywood, Broadway and the hotel’s storied Round Table days gaze down from above the wood paneling in the lobby and in the adjoining Blue Bar. Read more

A Fresh Take on Chocolate Easter Bunnies (and Eggs and Flowers) at The Peninsula New York

Whenever a holiday rolls around I make it a point to stop by The Peninsula hotel on Fifth Avenue. New York has no shortage of hotels that indulge in full-throttle decorating, but no one does it quite like the Peninsula. Or as often. Read more