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

Why You Really Want To Come To New York City In The Dead Of Winter (Think Hotel Prices)

It’s cold, snowy and dark. Why would anyone want to come to New York in January and February?

Because it’s cheap. And oddly friendly. The city’s dearest restaurants are thrilled to give you a table (sometimes). You can score tickets to any Broadway show you want. Read more

So Long, Cafe Edison — Times Square’s Storied Coffee Shop Cooks Up Its Final Cheese Blintz

I swiveled on my worn leather stool, sipping a chocolate egg cream and taking in the scene from my spot at the formica counter. There aren’t many places in Times Square where you can get an egg cream anymore let alone one as good as mine. But come Monday, there will be one less.

Cafe Edison, the coffee shop at the Hotel Edison, closes its doors for the final time when the last customer leaves tonight. Read more

What You — and Will and Kate — Can Expect When New York Base Camp Is The Carlyle Hotel

Here’s what you’ll see in the lobby at The Carlyle hotel this week, whether you’re in residence for 48 hours like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge or taking the shortcut from Madison Avenue to East 76th Street like I did last week.

Why did Britain’s First Family of Royals — or their minders — choose the Carlyle over the half dozen or so other Manhattan hotels that offer celebrated travelers a silky mix of privacy, security and splendor? Read more

Bad News for The Broadway: Another Hotel Gets Zapped for Fining Guests Who Write Bad Reviews

Last week brought news of yet another hotel that decided the smartest way to guarantee good reviews was to fine guests who write bad ones. The latest chapter unfolded at The Broadway, a budget bed and breakfast hotel in the North England resort town of Blackpool that charged an English couple 100 pounds (about $157) for calling the place “a filthy, dirty, rotten, stinking hovel run by muppets” on Tripadvisor. Read more

What Would Conrad Hilton Think of the Waldorf-Astoria’s $1.95 Billion Sale?

He famously dubbed the Waldorf-Astoria  “the greatest of them all,” and declared it his life’s ambition to add it to his collection. Mission accomplished. In 1949 Conrad Hilton took over management of the Art Deco showpiece and in 1972 he purchased it, five years before his death at a ripe old 91. So how would Hilton feel about this week’s sale of Hilton Worldwide’s crown jewel to a Chinese insurance company for $1.95 billion?

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