NYC’s New (And Improved) Hotels
NYC’s New (And Improved) Hotels
When it comes to where to rest your weary head after a busy day spent sightseeing in NYC, your options are almost limitless. This bustling metropolis boasts almost every type of hotel imaginable for every type of traveler—from budget-friendly offerings and palatial, luxury pads to havens for health-conscious visitors and options for those traveling with four-legged friends.
Of course, each year the city welcomes a slew of new properties, and this past year was no exception. Since 2016 is still young, let’s take a look back at the latter part of 2015 and highlight a few noteworthy hotels that opened in NYC, plus a cool property that got a makeover.
EVEN Hotels New York - Times Square South
Health-conscious travelers have a new option when it comes to staying active and healthy while visiting New York City. The EVEN Hotel Times Square South, which opened in Midtown West near Penn Station and Times Square this past fall, shines a spotlight on wellness and offers several features to make sure travelers stay fit while in the city. What to expect? Fitness-focused hotel amenities include a 24-hour Athletic Studio and healthy dining options—from made-to-order smoothies and Grab ‘n’ Go meals to signature cocktails and desserts in the hotel restaurant Cork & Kale.
Fitness-focused features extend to the guest rooms, as each accommodation type includes in-room fitness zones with core balls, EVEN Hotel Trainer pole and more than 15 channels of trainer-led workout courses. Additional in-room amenities include Beautyrest mattresses with natural eucalyptus linens, spa-inspired showers and EO bath products, cable and satellite TV, mini fridge and more.
Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York
This is Intercontinental Hotels Group’s second Indigo Hotel property in the Big Apple. Resting on trendy Ludlow Street, this new hotel embraces its artsy ‘hood. Inside, guests can take Instagram-worthy pics of the awe-inspiring, large-scale murals by local street artist Lee Quinones, which are found throughout the hotel. On the room front, the 26-floor hotel features 293 guest rooms with amenities such as standard Internet service and concierge support. If you’re looking for plenty of space, opt for a stay in one of the four luxury suites or the duplex penthouse suite, all of which include hardwood floors, spa-inspired showers, C.O. Bigelow bath amenities, Frette linens and locally sourced minibars.
If you plan to party the night away in The City That Never Sleeps, you don't even have to leave the hotel. Mr. Purple—a new year-round spot for bird’s-eye views and lively libations—recently opened on the 15th floor. Keeping in line with its downtown spirit, the space features an artist-loft-like ambiance, complete with wood accents, creatively mixed with concrete and metal; free hanging lights; and contemporary wooden furniture. For awe-inspiring views of the Lower East Side, patrons can relax on either of the venue’s two terraces, the larger of which features a swimming pool—the perfect way to cool off during the warmer months.
When it comes to booze, the bar menu includes an extensive collection of small-batch spirits, regionally brewed craft beers, wine and interesting cocktails. Bargoers can soak up the alcohol with any number of the venue’s yummy bites, which feature items from popular downtown eateries like Beecher's Handmade Cheese.
The Marmara Park Avenue
Those looking for a luxurious stay in NYC should consider this Midtown hotel, which opened in the fall. Housed in a 21-story building that dates back to the 1920s, this new property if the former home to design and architecture studios. Today, each of the hotel’s 128 suites and guest rooms, including three penthouses, feature sleek appointments that would make the building’s former occupants proud.
All rooms come complete with comfy guest beds, wetbars and/or fully-equipped kitchens, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors. If you’re looking for the perfect view of Manhattan’s twinkling cityscape, 40 suites come equipped with private terraces. For techy types, each room is outfitted with an Apple iPad Air tablet that’s installed with Interactive Customer Experience™ technology, including a digital alarm clock-radio and personal virtual concierge.
When it comes to hotel amenities, guests can get in a much-needed workout in the onsite, 24-hour wellness center, which has state-of-the-art cardio machines, weight training machines, free weights and a stretching area. After breaking a sweat, fitness buffs can ease sore muscles in the lap pool, sauna and steam rooms.
Eventi, A Kimpton Hotel
The Eventi Hotel, a luxury property that’s been a staple of its Chelsea neighborhood since 2010, recently debuted a fresh new look this past fall. The hotel’s multi-million-dollar renovation includes a new black steel façade—the new exterior, the brainchild of design firm Crème, stretches the entire length of Sixth Avenue between W. 29th & W. 30th sts.; plus a comfy new lobby design that resembles a chic living room, complete with an impressive collection of contemporary art from the likes of Kwangho Lee, Dustin Yellin, Alex Prager and Alex Katz; and upgraded dining options from culinary greats Laurent Tourondel and George Mendes.
Speaking of food, hotel guests (plus hungry visitors and locals) have plenty of options—from Chef Tourondel’s L’Amico, which opened adjacent to the hotel after Labor Day and features an American menu with Italian influences, to The Vine, a 2,500-square-foot oasis comprised of a bar, lounge and elevated library, to Michelin-starred Mendes’ Lupulo, a Portuguese eatery inspired by the famed cervejarias, or breweries, of Lisbon.
Although you don’t necessarily have to be a hotel guest to enjoy Eventi’s many offerings, if you are looking for a place to stay, the hotel includes 292 apartment-style luxury suites and guest rooms.