Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel officially opens its doors today as one of the tallest properties in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Rising an impressive 39 floors at 430 feet high, the brand’s first hotel in Chelsea is crowned with one of the highest rooftop pools in the city, offering unparalleled 360-degree views.
Located on the former site of the iconic Antiques Garage flea market, the hotel pays homage to the site’s history and the area’s charming antique shops with a theatrical design concept by architecture and interior design firm Stonehill Taylor. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding neighborhood, spaces within the hotel aim to surprise and delight guests with unexpected moments, each thoughtfully designed to tell a story.
“Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel encourages guests to discover this iconic location with a sense of reimagined curiosity,” said George Fleck, vice president of global brand marketing & management, Renaissance Hotels. “This new hotel, coupled with our significant growth and renovation strategy in North America, further reinforces our brand’s global commitment to ensuring that guests experience the DNA of the neighborhood through our dramatic design and engaging guest experiences – ultimately leaving with a new appreciation of the destination.”
Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel is the latest hotel to debut under the brand’s growing North American portfolio which includes recently opened hotels in Philadelphia, Toledo, Reno, Dallas and Newport Beach, as well as renovated properties in Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Palm Desert, among others. Additionally, the brand is set to grow its New York City footprint two-fold over the next two years with highly anticipated openings in both Flushing and Harlem.
“Every detail of this hotel ties back to Chelsea’s renowned artistic and eclectic personality,” said Chris Rynkar, General Manager of Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel. “There is truly no other property like this one. Our guests have access to new, stunningly appointed amenities and accommodations, but also a connection to the neighborhood, which is an integral part of a Renaissance Hotels stay.”
A Hidden Retreat in the Concrete Jungle
Underscoring Renaissance Hotels’ unexpected design aesthetic, Stonehill Taylor created an escape that plays on the contrasting dichotomy of the hotel’s industrial, antique and floral market surroundings to create the illusion of walking through a secret garden. The hotel’s top-floor exterior features a sleek, modern glass facade, while the entrance embodies the look and feel of an English manor. Behind a stone-walled arcade entry lays a private, open-air courtyard studded with lush foliage and seating for guests to lounge.
Tapped to curate the hotel’s collection of artwork, art consultant Indiewalls led a massive two-story installation of antique knobs, locks and keys created by local artist Laura Morrison that takes center stage as the backdrop to the lobby staircase. As guests pass through the space, they are encouraged to touch and interact with these whimsical wares. Indiewalls also oversaw mixed media artist Liam Alexander’s creation of various video art moments throughout the hotel, reflecting inspiration from the flower district and flea market concepts in the surrounding locale, eliciting the feeling of a “living painting.” Trellage-Ferrill Studio fabricated custom pieces like a collection of upside-down bird cages, as well as a large pendant at the elevator lobby inspired by a bird’s nest to pique the curiosity of travelers. Inside the elevator cabs, leather tiles made from vintage belts coat the walls, adding intrigue of the hotel’s overall design.
Earth tones dominate the color palette of the 341 guest rooms and suites. Interiors are outfitted with wood-paneled printed wallcoverings and unexpected playful touches include gnome desk lamps and rabbit coat hooks. Guest bathrooms evoke a quaint garden shed with concrete sinks, porcelain tiles and mirrors etched with silhouettes of wildflowers. Suites on the fourth and 36th floors are distinguished by their 14-foot high ceilings. A focal point of each suite is a floor-to-ceiling framed wallcovering art installation of a magnified peacock feather, as well as an oversized mural of a woman’s silhouette comprised of fuchsia roses by artist Sara Byrne.
A Twist on Traditional Italian Cuisine
Chef Fabrizio Facchini brings a bold twist on authentic Italian cuisine in the hotel’s restaurant, Cotto, set to open in the early spring. With 10-foot-high, floor-to-ceiling windows, the airy restaurant will feature an indoor family-style dining room and lounge as well as a 14-seat bar surrounded by a framed picture collection of vintage oddities. Exposed wood beams run across the ceiling and down the walls, which are peppered with mason jar sconces, a romantic reference to firefly jars placed in a secret garden.
Serving daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, specialties will include burrata al tartufo with freshly shaved summer truffles and paccheri al pistachio di Bronte with a creamy saffron sauce and pistachio pesto. In addition to an extensive list of wine and spirits offerings, Facchini has developed an innovative mixology experience incorporating a selection of spirits, fruit, and herb-infused ice cubes into the restaurant’s cocktail programming.
Evenings at Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel
In the lobby area near the bar, the hotel hosts Renaissance’s signature bar ritual four times per week, featuring a complimentary, locally inspired punch cocktail prepared by the hotel’s resident mixologist. Guests will also be treated to weekly activations and performances by local musicians and artists alike as part of the brand’s Evenings at Renaissance programming, providing them with an even deeper connection to the neighborhood.
An Urban Oasis, 430 Feet in the Air
The bi-level lounge and rooftop pool, Somewhere Nowhere, welcoming guests in the coming months, will offer an escape from the busy streets of Manhattan. The indoor lounge on the 38th floor will be accessible via a hidden, ground-floor passageway – a repurposed loading dock transformed with spray-painted murals of fireflies and mischievous gnomes, neon signs and old-fashioned lantern sconces – that leads to an elevator transporting guests to the 38th and 39th floors.On the 39th floor rooftop terrace, guests will enjoy one of the highest open-air pools in the city showcasing 360-views of Manhattan’s majestic skyline. Somewhere Nowhere will be open seven days a week and is operated by El Grupo SN.
Sun-Drenched Meeting & Event Spaces
The hotel boasts 7,326-square-feet of flexible event space,including Somewhere Nowhere. The 2,170-square-foot Cardinal Ballroom, drenched in natural light, features floor-to-ceiling windows that open out to Juliet balconies with city views. The ballroom, with a maximum capacity of 200 people, is ideal for weddings and galas, but can also be split into two separate rooms for smaller conferences. A grand, yet intimate atmosphere, Cotto’s private dining room is defined by an arched doorway, playful garden string lights, antique rugs and dried moss encased in antique gilded frames on the walls. The dining room’s greenhouse-esque glass wall folds open to provide complete access to the restaurant’s rear garden. R.E.N. Meetings, Renaissance Hotels’ creative meetings platform, provides planners with a dedicated event team that will bring events and meetings to life using the storied neighborhood of Chelsea and the flexible event space as inspiration – from the styling of each space, incredible locally sourced catering and turnkey social breaks to inspire and motivate networking among guests.
Access to the Thriving Chelsea Neighborhood
Guests are encouraged to explore the surrounding area and can engage with Renaissance Hotels’ Navigators, the brand’s neighborhood ambassadors who are on-hand to share hidden indigenous gems not found in the guidebooks.
Located at 112 W. 25th Street between 6th and 7th avenues, the hotel is steps from some of the area’s most in-demand spots, such as Chelsea Market and The High Line. The property is within walking distance to the 1, 2, N, Q, R, W, A, C and E MTA subway lines, as well as New York Pennsylvania Station.
Aloft Hotels Makes a Splash in Bali with the Opening of Aloft Bali Seminyak
Aloft Hotels, Marriott International’s hotel brand for music enthusiasts and tech-savvy travelers, announces the opening of Aloft Bali Seminyak. Located in the heart of vibrant Seminyak, the brand-new, urban-inspired hotel features interactive social spaces and modern style, along with a fresh new social scene to Bali as the first Aloft hotel to open on the island.
“We are excited to be unveiling the Aloft Hotels brand in Bali,” said Mike Fulkerson, Vice President, Brand & Marketing, Asia-Pacific, Marriott International. “The new Aloft Bali Seminyak is set to own the stage as the hottest gathering hub for travelers visiting the well-known social scene of Seminyak. From its bold design to its live music programming, locals and guests alike can experience the next generation of hotels that will enhance their stay while vacationing on island paradise.”
Aloft Bali Seminyak embodies the brand’s new tech-forward, future-proofed design philosophy with a lively, industrial-inspired aesthetic intermixed with distinct local touches that complement the free-flowing open spaces. The hotel is home to 80 modern and stylish guest rooms designed with the brand’s signature artful and innovative loft layout in mind, featuring airy nine-foot-ceilings, Aloft’s ultra-comfortable beds and contemporary décor with Balinese accents. In addition, the hotel features eight guest rooms with direct access to a lap pool, complete with stunning views of a tropical hanging garden. Each guest room is completed with fast and free Wi-Fi, 55-inch smart TV, Bluetooth speakers, and a refreshment station, while the modern bathrooms come with a walk-in rainfall shower.
The hotel features a variety of dining and social spaces including its main attraction: The Kahuna rooftop restaurant, which serves up a fusion of eclectic fare with a playful twist on international and local cuisine complemented by mesmerizing sea views as a backdrop. Re:fuel by AloftSM offers the brand’s signature 24/7 grab-and-go options ranging from light meals, snacks, healthy bites, beverages, and more.
The open and expressive lobby is adjacent to Re:mixSM lounge that provides locals and travellers a space to mix and mingle. The brand’s signature W XYZ® bar offers signature cocktails and light bites for guests to enjoy over live music as part of the brand’s iconic Live At Aloft Hotels music series which offers emerging local artists a platform to showcase their musical talent.
For guests looking to stay fit while travelling, the hotel has a 24/7 Re:chargeSM fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment. Guests can also take in views of the sea from the hotel’s rooftop infinity pool, Splash, that features live music and DJ’s spinning until late.
Business travellers can make use of the two multi-functional, tech-forward meeting spaces equipped with fast and free Wi-Fi, which can also be transformed into an intimate event venue accommodating up to 66 people.
“We are thrilled to open the first Aloft hotel in Bali and to welcome the next generation of travellers to Indonesia’s most famous island destination,” said Kristanti Tannady, General Manager, Aloft Bali Seminyak. “Aloft Bali Seminyak offers a fresh hospitality experience, which brings a contrast between contemporary and traditional designs as well as a blend of both lively and serene lifestyles for guests.
Conveniently located within walking distance to the beach, Aloft Bali Seminyak is nestled in the middle of Bali’s prominent neighborhoods: Seminyak, Petitenget, and Canggu. This provides guests with quick and easy access to a variety of popular attractions, activities, and endless entertainment and dining options – from the surfers’ paradise Echo Beach to stretches of shopping boutiques and trendy hang out spots including Potato Head Club, Finns Beach Club, Tropical Beach Club, La Fa Vela, Motel Mexicola, and much more.
Aloft currently operates 176 lifestyle hotels globally. There are 132 Aloft hotels in the signed pipeline expected to open in North America, Caribbean & Latin America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific.
Westin Hotels & Resorts Debuts In Monterrey, Mexico
Westin Hotels & Resorts is continuing its commitment of bringing unmatched wellness offerings to Mexico with the opening of The Westin Monterrey Valle, the brand’s first hotel in Monterrey, and its 8th property in Mexico. Acquired by Fibra Inn and operated by Grupo Hotelero Prisma, the new Westin Monterrey Valle is located in the heart of the city´s famous San Pedro Garza Garcia neighborhood – one of the most prestigious areas in Monterrey.
Embracing the brand’s core pillars of Eat Well, Sleep Well and Move Well, the new Westin Monterrey Valle offers business and leisure travelers’ unmatched, signature wellness experiences that incorporate local influences across the culinary, spa, and design elements.
“The Westin Monterrey Valle will set a new standard of hospitality in Monterrey by transforming the way travelers experience wellbeing in one of Mexico’s most important cities”, said Beat Meier, General Manager of The Westin Monterrey Valle. “We are extremely excited to offer our signature wellness programs that will help our guests eat, sleep, move, feel, work and play well while they stay at our wonderful hotel”.
The new Monterrey hotel features 174 beautifully designed rooms and suites, all equipped with Westin’s world-renowned Heavenly® Bed, which is uniquely designed to revitalize the body and mind for a night of restorative sleep.
Guests looking to stay fit while traveling can make use of the 24- hour Westin WORKOUT® fitness center that is complete with state-of-the-art fitness equipment including TRX and BOSU functional training equipment. The hotel also features a semi-Olympic outdoor swimming pool on its rooftop, offering the perfect complement to any workout. The hotel offers its signature Gear Lending program, providing New Balance® shoes and athletic wear for guests who like to pack light.
Guests looking to relax and recharge can visit the hotel’s Heavenly Spa by WestinTM and choose from the latest in beauty treatments. The tranquil spa facility offers holistic massages, sage rollers, body wraps, and signature exfoliating treatments, plus an infinity pool and steam room.
The Westin Monterrey Valle offers guests opportunities to indulge in the brand’s Eat Well offerings – as seen at both signature restaurants. Boasting American bistro food and distinct European influences, The Brooklyn, New York Brasserie presents a healthy, balanced menu and an unmatched dining experience with fantastic views of San Pedro Garza García. In keeping with Westin’s local-sourcing promise, the hotel’s second restaurant, the Deck11 Rooftop, offers refined regional flavors, trendy mixology, and traditional Mexican street food.
With more than 4,300 square feet of event space, guests and visitors will be able to host weddings, social events, conferences or corporate meetings in any of the hotel’s modern venues and meeting areas. With wellness in mind, these spaces are fully equipped and designed to enhance productivity offering natural light and spectacular mountain views.
Located in Punto Valle, a residential and commercial haven in the heart of Monterrey’s most prestigious neighborhood, San Pedro Garza García, The Westin Monterrey Valle will allow guests to refresh and unwind amid unforgettable views of the city. With its central location, the property allows ideal proximity to popular cultural attractions, such as Macroplaza, Museum of Contemporary Art, Fundidora Park, Pabellon M, Arena Monterrey, Cintermex, Showcenter and the Santa Lucia Riverwalk, García Caves and Cola de Caballo Waterfall.
Hyatt Expands Presence in Turkey with Plans for Hyatt Regency Izmir Istinye Park
Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with Orjin Konaklama Yönetim Hizmetleri A.Ş. for the first Hyatt branded hotel in Izmir, Turkey. Expected to open in 2021, the 161-room hotel marks the seventh Hyatt branded property in Turkey and the brand’s entry into Izmir, the country’s third largest and one of the oldest cities in the Mediterranean.
Hyatt Regency Izmir Istinye Park will be part of a new major development, Istinye Park Izmir, slated to become a local landmark comprising of a high-end shopping mall and an impressive 860,000 square foot (80,000 square meter) park. Located 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the airport, the hotel will be in close proximity to the metro, tram and bus stations, providing direct access to downtown Izmir.
“Turkey continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, and we have long sought to expand our brand footprint outside of Istanbul,” said Takuya Aoyama, vice president development, Hyatt. “We are very pleased to be working with Orjin Group who has an excellent track record of developing and operating premium real estate in the country.”
The property, which will overlook the Gulf of Izmir, will be designed with business and leisure travelers in mind, offering seamless and personalized experiences for any occasion. Hyatt Regency Izmir Istinye Park will feature a restaurant and bar, as well as a spa and a fitness center. Additionally, with more than 21,500 square feet (2,000 square meter) of flexible event space, the hotel will also offer a premium venue for corporate meetings and social gatherings alike.
“We are thrilled to be working alongside Hyatt as it expands its brand presence in Turkey,” said Zafer Kursun, chairman of Orjin Group. “Hyatt Regency is a globally recognized brand and our extensive knowledge of the Turkish market and the city of Izmir will allow us to develop a premium property.”
Hyatt Regency Izmir Istinye Park will be joining Hyatt’s growing portfolio across Turkey, alongside Park Hyatt Istanbul – Macka Palas, Hyatt Regency Istanbul Atakoy, Grand Hyatt Istanbul, Nish Palas Istanbul, Hyatt Centric Levent Istanbul and Hyatt House Gebze.
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