Why Pope Francis Won’t Be Checking Into A Hotel When He Comes To New York City

It’s safe to say any number of New York City hotels would be thrilled to roll out the white carpet when Pope Francis breezes into town for a much anticipated 40-hour touch down.

But following a custom begun in 1979 with Pope John Paul, home base for the Argentinian pontiff on his first visit to New York will be a five-story townhouse on the Upper East Side. Read more

So Long, Waldorf: Why The New York Palace Is the President’s New NYC Home Away From Home

The streak is over, and we’re not talking about Serena.

When President Barak Obama comes to New York later this month for the opening session of the UN General Assembly, he and his considerable entourage will check in at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, the elegant 55-story glass tower behind St. Patrick’s Cathedral that was renovated top to toe in 2013. Read more

The Morning After the Waldorf’s Shotgun Wedding

Back in the 1980s you had to check your weapon before entering the Manila Hotel, the ritziest hotel in the Philippines. Another grand dame hotel on the other side of the world may want to follow that example.

No one was seriously injured in the shooting at the Waldorf-Astoria during what has become the Wedding of the Weekend, never mind that no one knows who actually got married. Still, “Hotel Hell,” as the Daily News put it, isn’t exactly the front page headline hotel PR people dream about. Read more

The Unofficial Mad Men Guide to New York City Hotels

Along with Canadian Club, the Oyster Bar and the commuter train from Grand Central, New York city hotels figured big in the lives of Don Draper and his Sterling Cooper cohorts. Here’s where they checked in — and what you’ll see today if you check in (or check them out). Read more

Special Globe, A New Website That Focuses On Traveling With Special Needs Children

Family vacations can be a richly, rewarding for all concerned, but no one ever said traveling with kids was easy.

The challenges increase when a child has special needs. But that hasn’t stopped Meg Harris, an inveterate traveler and mother of a six-year-old son and an eight-year-old daughter with Rett Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that causes cognitive and developmental problems. Read more

Tribute Portfolio Becomes Starwood’s Newest Brand, But When Will They Add a New York Hotel?

New York is not among the five American cities with hotels included in Tribute Portfolio, the new collection of independent four-star hotels announced this week by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. But give it time. Read more

Forget Overnight: This New App Specializes in Hotel Day Stays

Call it the day-cation. You arrive at your hotel in the morning and check in. After ordering room service, you take a bubble bath then curl up in a big bed to read a book, watch a movie, nap. Maybe you visit the fitness center or duck out for a stroll around the city. In a pinch you do some work (quiet surroundings, sturdy desk chair). By the time afternoon check-out occurs, you’re relaxed and ready to go home. Read more

Another Trick Up The Virtual Sleeve Of The New Apple Watch: It Unlocks Hotel Room Doors

It monitors heart rate, exercise and calories. It makes and takes calls, texts and emails. It surfs the internet.

And for Starwood Preferred Guests staying at select hotels in the W, Element and Aloft chains the new Apple Watch can open doors — specifically, the door to your room.

There’s a Maxwell Smart quality to this. (Hey, Rolex — jealous?) The Apple Watch works at Starwood hotels wired for keyless systems where you can open guest room doors using your iPhone or Android. Read more

Bye-bye, Affinia: Meet the Renamed Properties in the Affinia Hotel Collection

In what no doubt qualifies as one of the most low key hotel revamps in memory — no marquee unveilings, no press releases — Denihan Hospitality Group’s six Affinia hotels have quietly changed their names. Read more

No Room in the Inn? Why Brooklyn Lost the 2016 Democratic Convention

For anyone befuddled about why Brooklyn lost out to Philadelphia as host to the 2016 Democratic convention the answer is obvious. The planners did the math. Brooklyn owns the gleaming Barclays Center, enough people to make it the fourth largest city in the land (2.5 million to be precise) and more registered Democrats per square foot than just about anywhere this side of San Francisco. What it doesn’t possess are vast stores of hotel rooms. Read more