$125,000 for a Second-Hand Door? Bidders Pay Dearly for 52 Original Doors from the Hotel Chelsea

And to think they were destined for the dumpster.

On Thursday night, an auction was held for 52 original doors from the Hotel Chelsea that were discarded when renovation began in 2012 and harvested by a resourceful former homeless man. And prices shot through the proverbial roof.

To wild applause from bidders and onlookers in a packed Ricco/Maresca art gallery, a battered, whitewashed door to a room once occupied by singer/songwriter Bob Dylan sold for $125,000, eye-popping even for an item associated with a Nobel laureate. Read more

Up for Auction, 52 Hotel Chelsea Doors Opened by the Likes of Bob Dylan, Mark Twain and Janis Joplin

At the stroke of midnight on July 31, 2011, the Hotel Chelsea, the outrageous, art-filled property that checked in legendary guests like Tennessee Williams, Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol and Madonna, closed its doors for a renovation that was supposed to last one year, an estimate that proved wildly optimistic. Nearly seven years on, the 1885 Queen Anne brick pile remains closed and under construction for its latest transformation — into a luxury hotel with condos, the default for fabled landmarks from the Plaza to the Waldorf Astoria. Read more

In an Unusual Sunday Press Release, Ace Hotels Announces Plans for an Oregon Forest Property

We’re always happy to hear about new hotels, particularly innovative properties with unexpected amenities. Which brings us to the news release we received today that Ace hotels plans to open their first forest outpost in West Linn, Oregon.

Billed as “an experiment in urban arcology,”  the planned Ace Hotel Hobbit House is set to open in Winter 2018. It will occupy a domed one unit property with a skylight built deep in the West Linn woods by a mime trained by Marcel Marceau who happens to be a self-taught designer and builder. Read more

NYC Hotels Where You Can Watch the 2018 Academy Awards with Drinks and a Crowd

OscarThis year’s Academy Awards offer an added element of suspense: will they announce the correct Best Picture winner on the first try?

If you want to be with a crowd when that happens — and for all the tears, theatrics, dresses and quips from Jimmy Kimmel unfolding beforehand — these New York City hotels are serving up drinks, big screens and a party atmosphere for Hollywood’s March 4 celebration airing at 8 p.m. Popcorn, too, if you’re lucky. Read more

Is the Waldorf Astoria to Be Sold Yet Again?

When Blackstone Group sold the fabled Waldorf Astoria to a little-known Chinese insurer in 2014 for a record-breaking $1.95 billion, it looked like a done deal. But this week brought news that Blackstone is thinking about buying back the landmark Park Avenue hotel. Read more

Three Hotels Where You’ll See Top Dogs from the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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Best in Show 1914, Champion Slumber, Old English Sheepdog (Westminster Kennel Club photo)

It’s dream time for dog lovers. On February 12 and 13, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show unfurls, and the world’s top dogs descend upon the city.

You can buy a ticket to the big show at Madison Square Garden. Or you can save your money, hang out in the lobby of a hotel that caters to show dogs (and their minders) and watch a parade of exquisitely groomed world class animals bound for the show (and if they’re lucky, glory). Coincidentally on purpose, the three hotels anointed by the Kennel Club as Gold Class Partners are a short walk from the Garden. Dog watching couldn’t be easier.  Read more

NYC Hotels Where You Can Watch the 2018 Winter Olympics

Olympic ringsNow that the  2018 Winter Olympics are officially underway, you get to decide where you want to watch half pipe, ice dancing, Nordic combined and the 95 other events unfurling in Pyeongchang between February 8 and 25. Sure you can watch in the privacy of your home. But if cheering on mixed doubles curling or speed skating in a crowd with drinks gets your pulse racing, these New York City hotel bars are going for gold.

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A Look at John Portman’s Signature NYC Creation, the Marriott Marquis

With the recent death of John Portman, the game-changing architect you can thank — or blame — for hotels with sky-scraping atriums, dizzying glass elevators and revolving rooftop restaurants, I decided to pay a visit to his most famous New York City creation, the Marriott Marquis.

Though it no longer looks like an alien creature plopped in the middle of Times Square, the 33-year-old hotel is impossible to miss. A brutish fortress of glass and concrete, it looms 48 stories over Broadway, stretches the length of a city block and showcases an eight-story digital billboard ablaze with some of the priciest ads in town. Read more

Eat Up! These NYC Hotel Restaurants Offer Deals on Meals During Winter Restaurant Week 2018

As NYC Winter Restaurant Week 2018 roars into town for a three week stint from January 22 to February 9, this seems a good time to pause and take a look at its history.

Dozens of cities, large and small, offer promotional prix-fixe meals once or twice a year, but until 1992 that wasn’t the case. Read more

Before 2017 Winds Down, One Last Look at New York City Hotel Holiday Decorations We Love

It’s hard to recall a colder, darker New York City holiday season than 2017. But for much of the month, an upbeat antidote to the relentless chill could be found at the city’s hotels — enough to make it worth your while to duck into a lobby for a welcoming blast of warmth and sparkle. Before the year slips away, here’s a last look at how some of our favorite hotels dressed up for the holidays. Read more