Hotels for Heroes, A New Hotel Rewards Program for Families of Hospitalized Soldiers

Congress can’t agree on much. But a new piece of legislation regarding hotels could bring the two sides together at least momentarily. Read more

The Algonquin Gets Set to Close for Refurbishment in Early 2012

Historic hotels have their charms – the evocative architecture, the whiff of time travel, the (often) dazzling out-of-the-past guests lists. But there’s nothing charming about historic plumbing, which could be one reason the Algonquin, New York’s oldest operating hotel, is closing for four months of renovations beginning on January 1, 2012. Read more

Meet Hotel Americano, a Chic New Hotel Perched Near the High Line

What can a hotel do about a less than perfect location? Wait it out, like Hotel Americano.  Planted on 27th Street way out west between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, this super-chic new boutique is smack in the middle of Chelsea’s art gallery and club scene and a short hop from Chelsea Piers’ sports facilities – an area that’s also bereft of subway stops and frequent bus service.

But in June, the popular High Line extended its elevated reach from 20th to 30nd Street. Read more

A Taste of England: Kedgeree at the Ace Hotel

Remember the scene in Ratatouille where a forkful of vegetable stew sends the grumpy restaurant critic into Proustrian raptures and transports him back to his carefree childhood? Read more

Only the Photos Remain: the True Blue Lobby of the Mondrian SoHo

The name has changed and so has the lobby. What was originally the Mondrian SoHo is now the NoMo SoHo, which sounds like baby talk to us but never mind. In the intervening years, the lobby has grown sleeker and simpler. Appealing, in other words, but but not as fanciful. Here’s what we saw in 2011. Read more

Michelin and Zagat’s Serve Up Their Best NYC Hotel Restaurants for 2012

The first week in October is pretty innocuous unless you’re a foodie — or to be precise, a guide-loving foodie. This week Michelin and Zagat published their respective, red-covered 2012 New York City restaurant guides within a day of each other. That’s like back-to-back Golden Globes and Academy Awards. Read more

The Pierre Serves Up a Healthy New Menu for Calorie Counters

Did you know a bowl of hotel oatmeal, arguably the healthiest offering on the breakfast menu, can rack up 1,400 calories? Yikes! Read more

At Long Last — A New Look For The Marriott Marquis Lobby

Good-bye, power suits. Hello, 21st century.

Earlier this month the Marriott Marquis unveiled its new lobby, centerpiece of its $39 million renovation. As befits a big hotel almost three decades old and 1,900-plus rooms strong big changes are on view in the sprawling 8th floor John Portman atrium lobby, punctuated by colorfully lit elevator cars whizzing up and down. Read more