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St Giles Group Unveils the 124-room, The Tuscany, in New York's Murray Hill District

NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2012 -- St Giles Hotel Group today unveiled the newest addition to Murray Hill's luxury boutique hotel scene. Combining old world charm and sophisticated modern style, The Tuscany NYC - A St Giles Luxury Collection Hotel, is one of two side-by-side hotels owned and operated by St Giles, the other being The Court. The Tuscany re-opens with 124 guest rooms, suites, and a Penthouse Suite after a multi-million dollar renovation.
   
The December 18th unveiling is the first phase in this storied property's revitalization with the introduction of fully renovated guest rooms and suites. The renovated Standard Guest Rooms at The Tuscany typically begin at 400 square feet, delivering unrivalled spaciousness and comfort.

The second phase, in early 2013, will showcase the elegant 17th floor Penthouse Suite replete with wraparound terrace and unobstructed views of the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building. The Penthouse Suite will also offer its own private kitchen and a spacious living room / den area which will have its own working fireplace.
 
The Tuscany and The Court, previously W Hotels, were acquired in 2010 by the St Giles Hotel Group from Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Originally an apartment building, The Tuscany was the inspiration of Henry Mandel, one of the many brilliant, ambitious Russian immigrants of the 19th century who helped build New York. It opened in 1928 at a cost of $500,000 with 14 floors of apartments and a round-arched ornamental Tuscan style, later becoming the first hotel in the city to have telephones in every bathroom and the first in the world to introduce
color televisions.
 
In its newest incarnation, The Tuscany celebrates its heritage with a decidedly modern point of view. Design features of the historic landmark put an emphasis on classic themes, strongly textured materials and artistic innovation to create what interior designer Jeff Lincoln, of Jeff Lincoln Interiors, describes as "a luxurious residential sensibility, a contemporary New York pied-à-terre experience."
 
According to Lincoln, the newly renovated hotel evokes the best of the past and present: "While maintaining The Tuscany's Old World charm, the new design is visited with a modern eye for a sophisticated presence. The dynamic lobby features strongly textured materials -- from wide-plank oak floors to a rare Tuscan travertine marble -- which are combined with contemporary design themes. The large guest rooms respect that most valuable New York commodity of all -- space."
 
Fabrics and lighting fixtures are from the venerable Italian company Fortuny and help establish The Tuscany's past, while a custom-designed
polyhedral lacquered desk in the lobby is an example of the best in modern design. Further evoking a "sophisticated urban/rural ambiance"
is the spectacular custom wrought iron railings found in the lobby and lounge areas.
 
Guest rooms are furnished in custom oak and leather wall panel systems evoking the craftsmanship of fine Italian leather goods while other
custom-designed and fabricated furnishings combining hand wrought iron elements impart a residential feel. The DuChateau hardwood floors in the guest rooms lend an added warm and welcoming feel complemented by Jeff Lincoln's custom designed reinterpretation of a damask carpet which covers the main bedroom areas of the rooms. Guest rooms also feature 46" LCD high-definition television sets.
 
Intelligently designed bathrooms feature glass tile walls and Duravit vanities, providing classic contemporary luxury. The bathrooms have
also been outfitted with faucets and shower fixtures from Hansgrohe and Toto.
 
Innovative large suites at The Tuscany are designed around the prestigious company Maharam's Digital Projects artistic mural program.
Each one features a large wall mural made by a famous artist or designer ranging from the hot modern artist Sarah Morris whose recent MOMA show was a brilliant success, to the quintessentially sophisticated English designer Paul Smith. Unique and vibrant, these accommodations represent "artistic experience in the capital of the art world," says Lincoln.
 
For more information about The Tuscany and to make reservations, please visit www.stgilesnewyork.com. To sign up for the St Giles Be Rewarded program, go to www.stgilesberewarded.com.
 
About St Giles Hotel New York -- The Court and The Tuscany  
St Giles Hotel New York is comprised of two side-by-side properties, The Tuscany and The Court, which were acquired in 2010 from Starwood Hotels & Resorts and were previously flagged as W Hotels. The Court features 199 guestrooms and suites, with some of the largest guestrooms in New York City measuring 350 to 1,000 square feet of space. Its sister property next door, The Tuscany NYC - A St Giles Luxury Collection Hotel offers 123 completely renovated residential-style guestrooms and suites, some with terraces and patios that look out onto landmark sites, along with oversized living areas, and spacious baths. The hotels have enjoyed a long-standing history in the heart of historic Murray Hill, making New York Magazine's 'the best place to live in New York' list. The hotels were originally built in 1927 as apartments and later converted to hotels in the 1950s. Both hotels are centrally located in Midtown Manhattan, nearby iconic New York landmarks such as Grand Central Station, the Empire State Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and the 5th Avenue retail district.
For more information visit www.stgilesnewyork.com.
 
About St Giles Hotel LLC
St Giles Hotel New York - The Tuscany and The Court are owned and managed by its parent company, St Giles Hotel LLC. Headquartered in London, England, St Giles Hotel, LLC and St Giles Hotels are affiliates of Cititel Hotel Management or CHM-Hotels.
 
CHM-Hotels is a consulting and management company that encompasses Concept Development, Market & Feasibility Studies, Facility Planning, Marketing Strategies & Planning, Equipment & Product Selection and Procurement. It is a subsidiary of the Malaysian-based IGB Corporation, a property and investment holding company, known for its excellence in both commercial and residential property development. IGB is also one of the oldest and largest commercial and residential developers in Asia and has been acclaimed for its award-winning, 9.7 acre The Gardens mixed-use project in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which is anchored by a high-end shopping gallery, two landmark office towers, five-star residences and a luxury hotel.
 
The company's hospitality portfolio consists of 'express', three, four, and five-star luxury hotels and is known for its collection of centrally located hotels. CHM-Hotels operates a diverse range of hotels and resorts globally including MiCasa, an all-suite hotel in Kuala Lumpur; the Cititel Express - Kota Kinabalu; St Giles Kuala Lumpur; St Giles Makati, Metro-Manila; St Giles Hotel Central London; and the St Giles Hotel Feltham Heathrow in the U.K. Future St Giles projects include properties in Penang, Malaysia; London; and Sydney with the aim to have 20 St Giles branded hotels by 2015. For more information visit www.stgiles.com.    
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Contacts:

M. Silver Associates
Lori Traczyk / Aik Wye Ng
Tel: (212) 754-6500
  lori@msilver-pr.com / aikwye@msilver-pr.com
 
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