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Entrepreneur Don Glassie Set to Open the 177-room
Strand Hotel in New York City's Fashion District

NEW YORK, June 12, 2008 - The Strand Hotel, the second Manhattan property from Newport-based entrepreneur Don Glassie, is set to open in November 2008 to serve as a brand-new home base for visitors to New York. The 177-room, 76,000 square-foot Strand will combine state-of-the-art comfort and amenities with simple elegance in a prime location.

Now under construction at 33 West 37 Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, this 20-floor hotel is situated around the corner from the Morgan Library and the Empire State Building, and just blocks from Bryant Park, Grand Central Station, Herald Square, The Javits Center and the Theater District.

The Strand is being designed as a modern New York classic, offering upscale accommodations in a setting of comfortable luxury. The hotel will feature chic furnishings inspired by mid-century Bogart Era elegance and highlighted with vintage fashion photography from the Conde Nast archives. Amenities will include a convertible rooftop bar with stunning skyline views, as well as year-round terrace dining at A Fish Called Avalon, the new sister to the popular Miami Beach seafood grill of the same name. The Strand's extensive guest services and amenities also include:

    -- Multi-Use Event/Meeting Space with Capacity of 350
    -- Fitness Center with Massage Service
    -- Reading Lounge & Library with International Daily Newspapers
    -- Terrace Dining and Cocktails
    -- Complimentary European Breakfast
    -- Complimentary Business Center
    -- Complimentary Wi-Fi and High-Speed Internet
    -- Complimentary New York Times and The Wall Street Journal
    -- San Francisco Essential Oil Toiletries

"We're excited about The Strand Hotel, which is in an ideal location for business or to see the sights," said Mr. Glassie, CEO of Atlantic Stars Hotels and Cruises. "We've been extremely pleased with the success of The Park South Hotel in Manhattan, where we've offered great amenities, a terrific staff, and style without pretension. For The Strand, we are mixing the same ingredients and kicking them up a couple of notches. We intend to give travelers another warm, inviting, and consistently satisfying place to stay."

Also opening at The Strand will be "A Fish Called Avalon" inspired by the award-winning original, located in Miami Beach's Ocean Drive in the Avalon Hotel, another Atlantic Stars property. Described as "excellent" by Zagat and Wine Spectator, A Fish Called Avalon has been rated "Best Seafood" in Miami by CitySearch. Both indoor and outdoor garden terrace seating will be available at the New York location.

Following on the heels of the Miami properties, The Strand Hotel will be a member of the Green Hotel Association. In keeping with Atlantic Stars Hotels and Cruises dedication to creating more eco-friendly hotels, the property will incorporate many features such as high efficiency HVAC and lighting, in-house recycling programs and use of sustainable products such as San Francisco Essential Oil toiletries with pure and organic elements.

Atlantic Stars Hotels and Cruises properties include The Park South Hotel in Manhattan, The Avalon Hotel and The South Seas Hotel in Miami; The Pequot Hotel on Martha's Vineyard; and The Jailhouse Inn, Harborside Inn, and Yankee Peddler in Newport, Rhode Island. Tour vessels include the schooner Madeleine and motor yacht Rum Runner II, operating in Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. The 160-foot sailing cruise yacht Arabella offers sailing cruises in the Caribbean and New England.


Atlantic Stars Hotels and Cruises

Also See: Atlantic Stars Hospitality Group Open The Park South Hotel in Manhattan / Oct 2001
Executive Chef Jerry Quinn of South Beach Fame Opens The Black Duck at The Park South Hotel, NYC / Jan 2002


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