A First Look at Brooklyn’s Cool New Wythe Hotel

On the waterfront: Wythe Hotel.

The coolest thing about the Wythe Hotel – a place that prides itself on cool – is its sense of place. Read more

Essex House Gets Rebranded (So Long, Jumeirah; Hello, JW Marriott)

It’s a good thing the iconic red neon ESSEX HOUSE sign blazing atop the roof doesn’t mention the hotel’s brand. Following its sale last week to Chicago-based Strategic Hotels & Resorts, the Essex House has a new manager — again. Read more

New Spa Treatments Designed to Make Your Muscles Purr

Foot treatment from Clarins.

Spa therapists are a lot like craft bartenders – turn them loose with exotic new ingredients and techniques, and they’re happy. Read more

Golf Pro Rory McIlroy Scores Another Big Win for Jumeirah Hotels

Rory McIlroy golfing at the Burj al Arab.

It’s hard to grab the US sports world’s attention the same day that a) Team USA wins basketball gold and b) the Olympics closing ceremony unfurls. Read more

Celebrating the Sheraton New York Hotel’s 50th Birthday with Vintage Black-and-White Photos

Here’s a snapshot of New York, ca 1962: John F. Kennedy is POTUS.  The Cuban Missile Crisis revs up the Cold War. The first James Bond movie makes a splashy debut. The average annual income is $5,556.

And the Americana Hotel opens in a gleaming 51-story concrete tower designed by Morris Lapidus. Read more

A Chat With Vanessa Guilford About Designing Pod51 and Pod39, the Hip Budget Hotels

A red room at the new Pod 39.

In early 2011 I spent a night at the Pod Hotel on East 51st Street in one of the tiniest rooms on the planet. But what my little cell lacked in size it made up in style and smarts. Read more

Pass the Popcorn: What Movies Did Hotel Guests Watch Most During July 2012?

That’s Hollywood movies, of course, and once again we bring you the monthly Top Ten list as compiled by LodgeNet, supplier of in-room entertainment to 1.6 million hotel rooms in the US and Canada. Read more

The Peninsula New York Launches a Summer Festival of French Movies on its Roof — With Pastries

It was billed as Cinema under the Stars. Under the clouds was more like it. But the clouds didn’t dribble. The wind didn’t blow (too much). And with barely a hitch, The Peninsula New York unveiled its first outdoor movie night on the terrace of its roof bar Salon de Ning on Monday night. Read more