Sipping Mrs. Lilley’s Pumpkin Pie, The Ultimate Holiday Drink, at the Crosby Street Hotel

Seasonal drinks make some people squirm, but we love them. Give us a pumpkin martini, and we say Thanks(giving)! Stir in a cool story, and it tastes even better. Read more

First Look at Aloft Harlem — A Cool New Hotel for the ‘Hood

Harlem isn’t known for hotels. In fact, it’s main headliner, the white brick Hotel Theresa – guests included Louis Armstrong, Malcolm X, Little Richard, Josephine Baker and Fidel Castro — closed in 1967. Read more

#OnlineOneophilia: The Four Seasons Turns To Twitter For A Wine Tasting

Can you tweet a wine tasting?

Three top sommeliers from Four Seasons hotels aims to find out on November 17.  That night, at 7 pm New York time, anyone anywhere can log onto Twitter, search for hashtag #FSWine, raise a glass (crystal or virtual) and join the online discussion that ensues in what’s billed as the first ever online wine tasting at Four Seasons. Read more

On Stage: Composer and Cabaret Artist Jimmy Roberts at the Keyboard

Jimmy Roberts.

Jimmy Roberts.

Not so long ago, New York hotel bars were almost like supper clubs without the supper, a classic mix of martinis and live music, part Bobby Short, part Fabulous Baker Boys. For the price of a drink or two or three, a pianist, harpist or jazz trio would entertain you before you headed upstairs or back home. Read more

Hyatt’s New Hypo-Allergenic Rooms Help Guests With Allergies Breathe Easier

No smoking -- ever.

No smoking — ever.

Once upon a time, no hotel room was complete without an ashtray. Non-smoking rooms eventually appeared and, voila, room categories were born. Read more

Now Playing at the Crosby Street: A Hip Sunday Night Film Club at a SoHo Hotel

Almost as many New York City hotels have screening rooms as spas. But it’s a lot easier to visit a hotel spa than to settle in with a bag of popcorn for a movie in a hotel screening room. Read more

Socialites, Lapsang Soochang and Carla Bruni — A Night at The Carlyle

The Carlyle

The uniformed attendants posted behind a discrete desk in the grand black-and-white lobby were impeccably polite.  But check-in wasn’t unspooling quite as I expected. The man next to me, owner of a blue blazer and a belligerent British accent, waved a sheet of paper and demanded to know what the devil these bloody charges were.

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What Does the 2010 Michelin Guide Think of NYC Hotel Restaurants?

Breslin restaurant at Ace

We don’t own a car, and we definitely don’t spend much time thinking about tires.  But as long-time fans of London’s Bibendum restaurant and follower of the red-coated Michelin restaurant guides, the French tire maker and its well-padded mascot have insinuated themselves into our lives. Read more

The Paramount Tweaks its Signature Lobby — Again

Last year Time Square’s Paramount hotel underwent major surgery.  And not a moment too soon.  Once quirky and cool, the Paramount was conceived in the early 1990s by hotelier Ian Schrager and designer Philippe Starck as the hotel equivalent of Target, offering chic on the cheap. A decade later, cheap had trounced chic, and the place was a dirty, neglected mess. Read more

The Royalton’s Un-extreme (Visual) Makeover — Or Did They Really Do Anything to the Place?

The Royalton lobby.

The Royalton lobby.

Hotels are notorious for tardiness when it comes to everything from opening their doors to refurbishing the lobby. But not the Royalton. Read more