Five Hot New Hotels in NYC

 Andaz Wall Street
 

The Strand

OPENING DATE January 2010
THE BUZZ The Midtown hotel’s rooftop lounge—drafted by the set designer of Sex and the Cityand The Devil Wears Prada—features a retractable greenhouse roof and in-your-face views of the Empire State Building. 
WHAT TO EXPECT Fifth Avenue glam fit for the Carrie Bradshaw in everyone. The 177-room hotel is just steps away from Bergdorf Goodman and Cartier. The lobby is tricked out with a two-story waterwall and black and white fashion photography from the Condé Nast archives. That vintage fashion theme also extends to the rooms, which are swathed in sartorial grays and creams with occasional splashes of violet. Ask for one of the five premier rooms with a balcony.Rates from $279; 212.448.1024, thestrandnyc.com.

Andaz Wall Street
OPENING DATE January 2010
THE BUZZ Hyatt’s new hipster brand has launched the first of two New York hotels in Lower Manhattan. (The second debuts on Fifth Avenue this summer.) Borrowing a trick from big sisterPark Hyatt, Andaz also shuns traditional check-in desks in favor of “hosts” who greet guests at the front door, take them straight to their rooms and check them in via handheld computers while en route. 
WHAT TO EXPECT It’s all very hip while at the same time being tastefully chic. Occupying 13 floors of a 42-story skyscraper, the David Rockwell-designed hotel offers 253 rooms, many with 11-foot-high ceilings and 7-foot-tall windows. The artsy-yet-minimalist look includes textured walls, oak floors and end-grain bamboo wood, along with awesome wardrobe closets that swivel, allowing access from either the bathroom or bedroom. Rates from $275; 212.590.1234,wallstreet.andaz.com.

Cassa
OPENING DATE May 2010
THE BUZZ Founder of Mexico’s famed TEN ArquitectosEnrique Norten has built a 48-story, pearly white tower that rises above Midtown, where 57 condos sit on the floors just above the 166-room hotel—some of which are said to be selling for more than $13 million. 
WHAT TO EXPECT Think cool whites layered with bare blond woods along with impressive skyline views meant to stand in for artwork. Rates from $359; 866.593.4330, cassanyc.com.

The Chatwal
OPENING DATE Late spring 2010
THE BUZZ The team behind the DreamNight and Time hotels will soon launch a far more upscale inn designed by Thierry Despont (Claridge’sRalph LaurenHarry Winston) in a famous Beaux-Arts building in the Theater District.
WHAT TO EXPECT Eighty-eight rooms and suites promise to be sleek, gorgeous interpretations of Deco Empire style tweaked with Frette linens and Asprey amenities. Chef Geoffrey Zakarian(TownCountry) will run the Lamb’s Club restaurant while the nightlife impresarios behind The Double Seven and Lotus will manage the bar. Bonus: Ayurvedic spa treatments will be available from the famed Chopra CenterRates from $695; thechatwalny.com.

Crosby Street Hotel
OPENING DATE October 2009
THE BUZZ Firmdale Hotels from London made its stateside debut last fall in the heart of Soho with a fabulous near-replica of its sexiest U.K. property (The Haymarket).  
WHAT TO EXPECT Brit-to-the-bone owners Tim and Kit Kemp have a penchant for color (look for a profusion of stripes and plaids in shades of pink, green, purple and yellow) and, unlike many other boutique hoteliers, have earned a reputation for genuinely warm, coddling service. For the Technicolor-phobic, two suites are stunningly decked in black and white. A private, 99-seat cinema (ready for 3-D) is open to the public every Sunday for film night. Rates from $495; 212.226.6400, firmdale.com.

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