A Gingerbread House, er, Hotel, er, Tower at Essex House

Okay, we’ve gone a bit overboard with holiday hoopla this month. (We’ll get serious come the new year.) But how do you pass up a gingerbread house that’s a grand-scale replica of the Jumeirah Essex House Hotel and stands ten feet tall? Read more

A Super-Green, Wind-Powered Holiday Tree at the Barclay

As green as it gets.

As green as it gets.

Yes, the boughs of the holiday tree at the Intercontinental New York Barclay Hotel are undeniably green. But so, it turns out, are the little white lights. Read more

The Merriest Hotel Trees in New York City, Dressed Up For Holidays 2010

The tree at Rockefeller Center isn’t the only show in town that rocks this month.  Here’s a look at some of our favorite holiday trees at Midtown hotels. Read more

King Kong Meets Hansel & Gretel: Gingerbread Houses Inspired by Movies at Le Parker Meridien

King Kong made from Gingerbread.

King Kong made from Gingerbread.

Ever wondered how King Kong perched on top of the Empire State Building might look rendered in gingerbread?

Me, neither. But King Kong is just one of seven movies interpreted in grand-scale gingerbread in the second annual holiday gingerbread exhibition at Le Parker Meridien hotel.  And the result – an Art Deco gingerbread skyscraper with a frosted ape balanced atop a fondant finial – is scrumptious. Read more

Stuck With Thanksgiving Leftovers? Turkey + Gravy + Cranberry Sauce = Pizza at the Maritime Hotel’s La Bottega Restaurant

What to do with that leftover turkey, gravy and cranberry sauce sitting in the ‘fridge? If you run an Italian restaurant, there’s an obvious solution: make pizza. Read more

What Can You Expect to See in Your Hotel Room Next Year? Scoping Out The International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show

Cuisinart one-cup coffeemaker.

Cuisinart one-cup coffeemaker.

We love the sneak peek aspect of trade shows, so we bee-lined to the recent International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show at Javits Center. Seeing the panoply of items hotels can choose from prompts reactions from what took them so long to what were they thinking? Read more

Can Do: Is This Replica of the Standard Hotel Really Constructed from Tuna Cans?

The Candard Hotel.

The Candard Hotel.

Q. When is a can of tuna more than just a can of tuna?

A. When it’s grouped with more than 4,000 others to create a grand-scale sculpture of New York’s Standard Hotel, aka The Candard Hotel. Read more

To Your Health With The Grand Hyatt New York’s New Craft Cocktails Menu

Cocktails as health drinks? In our dreams.

Still, every day, it seems, another hotel bar announces an ingredients purge.  Out with processed juices, prefab mixes and high fructose corn syrups. In with fresh squeezed juice, mint leaves and sliced fruit. Read more

Sipping Mrs. Lilley’s Pumpkin Pie, The Ultimate Holiday Drink, at the Crosby Street Hotel

Seasonal drinks make some people squirm, but we love them. Give us a pumpkin martini, and we say Thanks(giving)! Stir in a cool story, and it tastes even better. Read more

First Look at Aloft Harlem — A Cool New Hotel for the ‘Hood

Harlem isn’t known for hotels. In fact, it’s main headliner, the white brick Hotel Theresa – guests included Louis Armstrong, Malcolm X, Little Richard, Josephine Baker and Fidel Castro — closed in 1967. Read more