Six of the Hottest Hotel Openings in New York City

by Jessica Montevago
Six of the Hottest Hotel Openings in New York City

The Times Square EDITION is one of several highly-anticipated hotels opening in the Big Apple. Photo: Marriott

Like the city itself, Manhattan’s hotel industry never sleeps. New projects are constantly in development or opening, while existing properties are renovating. New York City will add more than 19,000 hotels rooms by the end of 2019, after 40 consecutive months of demand, with a record 38 million-plus room nights expected by the end of 2018. The city welcomed 62.8 million visitors last year, marking eight consecutive years of record-breaking tourism.

Here are some of the most anticipated hotel openings in New York for the fourth quarter of this year and early next year, from luxury micro-hotels to trendy boutiques. 

Times Square EDITION (opening January 2019)
Marriott and hotelier Ian Schrager (best known for the Gramercy Park Hotel, and later, Public Hotel) have joined forces for the EDITION brand. The 452-room, 42-floor property includes a nearly 6,000-square-foot beer garden; a 5,000-square-foot performance space; a massive 40,000-square-foot NFL Times Square Experience from the National Football League; and a nine-story wraparound LED billboard.

Moxy NYC Downtown (opened October 2018)
Manhattan’s Financial District got a dose of whimsy when Marriott’s playful brand, Moxy, opened last month. The hotel’s retro-themed play space, Recreation, has classic arcade machines with Ms. Pacman, Centipede and Donkey Kong; as well as areas for Skee-ball, Jenga, and tabletop shuffleboard. The massive 5,000-square-foot space serves as a co-working space by day and a cocktail lounge by night. Recreation’s food menu offers all-day options including full meals, snacks and late-night bites. The vibe continues in the hotel’s 298 guestrooms, where custom tiles read, “Slippery When Wet”; and neon room numbers are illuminated in gold, magenta and blue color schemes. They also feature 10-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows, with views overlooking the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

Moxy NYC Downtown
Photo: Marriott

AC Hotel New York Downtown (opened November 2018)
The Seaport District is home to the latest AC Hotels property, the AC Hotel New York Downtown. With a geometric façade by architect Peter Poon, the hotel features 274 guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows boasting views of the East River and Brooklyn. Drawing on the brand’s signature European design, interiors include an impressive, suspended Italian marble staircase at the entry and art installations by local artists. Spanish tapas are served at the AC Kitchen and handcrafted cocktails are offered up at the AC Lounge.

The Artezen Hotel (opening late 2018)
Promising to center on art and Zen (hence the name), the modern boutique hotel will debut in the Financial District. Its 89 guestrooms will be outfitted with “top-of-the-line technology.” There will also be a state-of-the art yoga and fitness studio. At the top of the 21-story property, a two-floor rooftop bar and lounge encased in glass will provide breathtaking views of downtown Manhattan. 

Sister City (opening early 2019)
The studio team that brought guests the sleek and trendy Ace Hotels, will debut its new hotel concept, Sister City, on Bowery in the Lower East Side. The micro hotel will have 200 rooms, a ground-floor restaurant and a rooftop bar. “Inspired by the functional perfection of Finnish saunas,” guests can expect a minimalistic design with sleek natural wood and neutral hues.

Sister City Hotel
Photo: Atelier Ace

Equinox Hotel (opening 2019)
The upscale fitness giant will make its foray into luxury hospitality next year. Its first hotel is set to open within the $25 billion Hudson Yards project. The flagship property will be home to the largest Equinox gym to date, measuring 60,000 square feet. In addition, guests will have access to indoor and outdoor pools. The brand will integrate its health-and-wellness-driven mantra into its amenities, including in-room dining, an on-site restaurant, and a spa.

Tip of the Day

I do think there are possibilities for traveler advisors to make money doing domestic trips. I charge a planning fee for my time and expertise, and then book commissionable hotels and activities that meet the client’s needs.

Terri Weeks

Daily Top List

Best Resorts in Montana

1. The Resort at Paws Up

2. Blue Damsel Lodge on Rock Creek

3. Triple Creek Ranch

4. The Ranch at Rock Creek

5. Rainbow Ranch Lodge

Source: The Crazy Tourist


Give a Heads-Up, Get a Leg-Up in Business

Harness your knowledge, share your tips, and leave your clients wondering what else you know that they don’t.

TMR Recommendations
Top Stories
Eurail Pass Hits 60 Years
Eurail Pass Hits 60 Years

The European rail system is offering price reductions this year and travels to more countries than ever.

How Tour Operators are Combating Overtourism
How Tour Operators are Combating Overtourism

Off-peak season discounts and itineraries to lesser-known destinations in popular countries are helping to spread out tourist crowds over the course of the year.

Heritage Tours Launches Spotlight Series of ‘Celebrity Life’ Tours
Heritage Tours Launches Spotlight Series of ‘Celebrity Life’ Tours

A specialist in private travel arrangements unleashes its destination management skills on immersive small group tours.

International Women’s Day: Two Tour Operators Striving for Change
International Women’s Day: Two Tour Operators Striving for Change

The initiatives give women who live in challenged regions the training and opportunities to work, make money, and contribute to their local communities.

Globus Family Launches ‘Your Way’ Campaign to Promote Product Synergy
Globus Family Launches ‘Your Way’ Campaign to Promote Product Synergy

The classic tour operator is making it easier to combine its various travel styles and products into a single booking.

Pleasant Holidays Adds New Ship from American Queen
Pleasant Holidays Adds New Ship from American Queen

The veteran vacation packager is now offering all four paddlewheel riverboats of the American Queen Steamboat Company.

News Briefs
TMR Report Cards & Outlooks
Advertiser's Voice
Advertiser's Voice: The Northern Lights of Finland