News for the Hospitality Executive
The 912 room New Yorker Hotel Completes Massive
18-month, $70 million Renovation
YORK, NY (Feb. 25, 2009) - Eighty years after first breaking ground in
1929, The New Yorker Hotel (http://www.NewYorkerHotel.com) has greeted
the new year with a renewed spirit and fresh style following the completion
of a massive 18-month, $70 million renovation.
Celebrating the re-launch of the legendary hotel in 2009, The New Yorker Hotel plans to welcome back past guests and introduce new friends to experience its rich, historic past while offering a revived, modern look and enhanced services. One aspect that will forever remain unchanged, however, is the first-class service for which the hotel as always been renowned.
The design concept is the exotic and glamorous New York/Hollywood art deco style of the 1930's, as a nod to the hotel's past, but with a distinctive modern edge. NYC-based Stonehill & Taylor (http://www.stonehilltaylor.com) was tapped to conduct the project with art-deco-inspired contemporary interiors featuring geometric patterns, skyscraper-style case goods (such as bookcases and desks), customized lighting, and high-contrast gold and silver against dark zebra wood and chocolate upholsteries.
The scope of the renovation was extensive, evident by the magnificence of the finished product. Highlights of the renovation project include:
• Increased Room Inventory - Prior to the renovation The New Yorker Hotel had 860 hotel rooms. The hotel now features 912 guest rooms (64 of which are suites), all re-styled and remodeled, located on the top 21 floors of the building - floors 19 to 40 (the first 18 floors are dedicated to commercial tenants). Through the renovation process, 80 of the smaller rooms were converted into 40 rooms because of market demand for rooms with double-double configurations. The increase in the overall room count post-renovation is due to the fact that several floors housing commercial tenants were re-converted to hotel guest floors.
• New Rooms, New Style - The renovation included a total overhaul of furniture, carpets, wallpaper and fixtures in both the guest rooms and hallways on all guest floors. Restoring the hotel to its former glory, Stonehill & Taylor's design replaced floral carpets and quilted bedspreads with art-deco-inspired interiors featuring geometric patterns. Updated lighting has been introduced in the form of brushed stainless steel torchieres with mica shades and dome-topped, pull-chain desk lamps. Overhead lighting is provided by a custom-designed, six-point star to create a Hollywood search-lights effect in beams along the ceiling. Creating a feeling of luxury, walls with two windows are fully covered with shimmering draperies, and a geometric-patterned carpet subtly echoes the upholstered diamond-stitched headboard.
The New Yorker Hotel features 912 guest rooms - all re-styled and re-modeled.
• Guest Bathrooms - New tapered pedestal sinks and arched shower curtains add curvature to the space, while custom mirror and glass shelf assemblies make the room more functional. A panel of back-painted glass updates the previous period wall tile, while chrome-finish faucets and fittings bring the details of the room into a contemporary style.
• New Heating/Cooling System - A major aspect of the renovation project was the installation of the new four-pipe, HVAC system throughout the entire hotel. This new, truly state-of-the-art system allows guests to control both the heat and the air-conditioning all year long, a feature not found in many hotels.
• Redesign of Lobby - A new lobby of grand design includes the restoration of the original luxurious marble floor (previously covered by carpet), the addition of lounge seating, and the installation of a feature chandelier dramatically extending down to a mirrored coffee table to create a focal point in the large open space. Other changes include a gold-coffered ceiling in the double-height lobby, brand new check-in and concierge desks, new restaurant facades opening to the lobby, and new signage throughout the public space.
Guests are welcomed into a completely renovated lobby upon entering The New Yorker Hotel.
• Eighth Avenue Facelift - Signage has been replaced, stonework has been refaced and there is a new marquee. New, automatic revolving entrance doors welcome guests to this revitalized gem in the heart of Manhattan and expansive windows open the entire lobby to a well-lighted view.
• Guest Services Enhancements - In addition to the cosmetic part of the project, The New Yorker Hotel upgraded various guest services including free guest Wi-Fi in all rooms and the lobby, adding more bandwidth (powered by a 44 megabyte, fiber optic pipeline) to increase speed of access, and changing its video-on-demand supplier to provide enhanced television programming and a more extensive selection of pay-per-view movies and events.
The six-story, iconic bright red "New Yorker" sign, which was first lit in the 1950's and replaced by a modern LED sign in 2005, is the largest of its kind in North America. It is far more energy efficient and can easily be seen from as far away as New Jersey as it stands out in midtown New York.
Conveniently located at 34th Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, across from Madison Square Garden, The New Yorker Hotel is one of the largest art deco buildings in New York City.
Well-suited for groups, business and leisure travelers as well as anyone seeking a great value and an unrivaled location in Manhattan, The New Yorker Hotel features 912 guest rooms (several with terraces and all offering spectacular views), 25,000 square feet of meeting space (two stately ballrooms and 12 meeting and conference rooms), an award-winning catering department, the 24-hour Tick Tock Diner and Cooper's Tavern, a complimentary Fitness Center, and a fully-equipped Business Center.
|Also See:||Owners of the New Yorker Hotel Recognize its Past History - the 860 room Art Deco Hotel Built in 1930 Receiving $65 million Restoration / August 2007|
|The New Yorker Hotel's Renovation Focused on Reclaiming its History; The 43-story Hotel Boasted Many Extremes When it Opened 79 Years Ago / August 2008|