A New Look — and Name — for ONE UN New York

Not-so-heavy metal, 1970s style.

Not-so-heavy metal, 1970s style.

North by Northwest, one of my favorite movies, was on television recently. Which got me thinking about the United Nations General Assembly Building, a magnificent international style classic just seven year old when the movie was released in 1959. Which got me thinking about the Millenium UN Plaza, the once-gleaming, twin-towered hotel designed by architect Kevin Roche and planted across the street from the United Nations in 1976. Read more

What City Has the Third Most Expensive Hotel Rooms in the World?

bryant park exteriorIt’s not your imagination. Hotel rates in New York City have gone up.

In fact, they’re third highest in the world – just behind Moscow (priciest for the ninth year) and Lagos. So says the newly released hotel survey from Hogg Robinson Group (HRG), which compared rates for 55 international cities. The New York average is $341.59 a night, up 4 percent from 2011. That uptick reflects confidence in the financial sector, a good thing until you have to swipe your credit card. Read more

How The Pierre Hotel Plunged Deep into Fashion Week — And Yes, Those Are Mannequins in the Bar

Dresses in the Two E Bar/Lounge by (from left) Angela Gao, Wen Shi, Laura Siegel and Samantha Sleeper.

Dresses in the Two E Bar/Lounge by (from left) Angela Gao, Wen Shi, Laura Siegel and Samantha Sleeper.

New York hotels love Spring Fashion Week, unspooling in the dead of winter, for obvious reasons – full rooms, bustling bars, parties in the ballrooms and a sprinkling of glamour. What better way to perk up a slow season? Read more

Pass the Popcorn: What Were the Most Watched Movies in Hotel Rooms in January 2013?

Abraham Lincoln or James Bond? That seemed the big question hotel guests pondered when choosing in-room movies last month.  (Denzel Washington and Liam Neeson were also deep in the mix.)  To find out if Oscar contenders trumped blockbusters for the top spots, read on. Read more

What AreThe Best New York Hotel Bars for Watching Super Bowl XLVII?

The ads! The Harbaugh family! Beyonce! (We love her non-lipsynched rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the Superbowl press conference.) There’s even a football game. (We’re from Northern California, so Go Forty-Niners!)

Where do you want to be when the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco Forty-Niners clash on Sunday? Read more