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

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

Coming Soon to a Hotel Near You: Our Top Picks from the 2017 Hotel Trade Fairs

What new designs and creature comforts can you expect to see when you visit a hotel in the near future?

For a hotel products preview, I attended the industry’s real life take on a crystal ball, the two annual trade shows — HX: the Hotel Experience and BD Boutique and Design Fair — that eat up a chunk of New York’s cavernous Javits Center for several days each November.

From the thousands of offerings on view, including those only a hotel manager could love —  advanced waste handling systems, anyone? — I zeroed in on the little guys, small companies often run by an entrepreneurial inventor with something fresh to show. Here’s what caught my eye. 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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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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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