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8 New & Noteworthy Hotels Opening in 2014

New York's hotel scene is always changing, and next year will see some exciting new options ranging from a hotel at the top of the city's largest residential tower to one in a converted paper factory in Queens

At least 15 new hotels opened in New York in 2013 (see our favorites here), not including all of the hotels that reopened after full renovations. And the lineup of new options is still growing for 2014.  Here is the list of hotels we are most excited about seeing next year, ranging from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s old stomping ground in midtown to a former paper factory in Queens to a classic Brooklyn hotel being transformed back to its early 20th century grandeur.

A room at the Paper Factory Hotel (Photo: Paper Factory Hotel)

A room at the Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City, Queens (Photo: Paper Factory Hotel)

Paper Factory Hotel
Opens late 2013/early 2014
Long Island City, Queens has become one of New York City’s hottest hotel neighborhoods thanks to the Z Hotel and Hotel Ravel, plus easy access to the sites of Midtown Manhattan. Now add the Paper Factory Hotel to the list of trendy places to stay in the up-and-coming area. Set in, yes, a renovated paper factory and warehouse, the new hotel will feature 120 rooms, ranging from casual dorm rooms with bunk beds to suites, along with a restaurant, an outdoor beer garden and a spa. Art will also be a focus here. Back in September 2013, while the hotel was still under construction, the first annual Open Canvas event took place featuring 20 artists ranging from painters to photographers to performance artists. 37-06 36th St., Long Island City, Queens, paperfactoryhotel.com

 

A room at the Loews Regency Hotel (Photo: Leows Hotels)

A room at the totally revamped Loews Regency Hotel (Photo: Leows Hotels)

Loews Regency
Opens January 16, 2014
The Loews Regency is reopening after a full renovation estimated at $100 million. The 379 rooms are done with neutrals (including the Frette linens on the beds) livened up with bold carpeting and distinctive marble counters in the bathrooms. Celebrity stylist Julien Farel will run the 10,000-square-foot salon and spa, while the restaurants will be run by two culinary veterans, Gherardo Guarducci and Dimitri Pauli, who own the popular Sant Ambroeus restaurants. The duo tapped Dan Silverman tapped to be the chef after his successful stint at another hotel restaurant, the Standard Grill. His new Regency Bar & Grill will have a modern American menu and is set to open on January 16 as well. The Loews Regency is opening too late to be included in our list of NYC’s Best Family-Friendly Hotels, but the amenities here make it a worthy candidate. Gear, including Fisher Price toys, are available for younger kids, while teens are offered perks like music download cards.  540 Park Ave., loweshotels.com

 

A room at the Archer Hotel (Photo: Courtesy The Archer)

A room at the Archer Hotel (Photo: Courtesy The Archer)

Archer Hotel
Opens early 2014
The rooms at the Archer Hotel were designed to pay homage to the Garment District location with a mix of fabrics, from bold jewel-tone headboards to graphic print drapes and throw pillows. There are also floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed brick walls and bathrooms lined with black-and-white subway tiles. Chef David Burke (star of many a show on Food Network) will helm the hotel’s 1,500-square-foot restaurant, slated to serve rustic American cuisine. The 21-story hotel will be topped by a rooftop bar, where you can sip potent cocktails in the glow of the Manhattan skyline. 45 W 38th St., archerhotel.com

Knickerbocker Hotel
Opens spring 2014
This Beaux-Arts building topped by a distinctive mansard roof was once the stomping (and drinking) grounds of F. Scott Fitzgerald and looms over one of the most iconic corners of NYC — Broadway and 42nd St. The building’s legacy is not limited to Fitzgerald, though. It was constructed as a hotel in 1906 by John Jacob Astor IV. After he died on the Titanic in 1912, his son Vincent Astor took over. Early longtime residents included opera singer Enrico Caruso and playwright and composer George M. Cohan, and in the 1940s and ‘50s, it was home to the Newsweek offices. When the new Knickerbocker opens, there will be 330 rooms as well as a 7,500-square-foot rooftop bar, where you can knock back cocktails much as Fitzgerald once did. As the Great Gatsby said, “Can’t repeat the past? Of course you can!” 142 W 42nd St., theknickerbocker.com

Park Hyatt
Opens mid-2014
The new Park Hyatt will crown the One57 building, the tallest residential building in the city. The 210-room hotel, which rises across from Carnegie Hall, is designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, and will also feature a spa, fitness center, indoor swimming pool and, of course, a sure-to-be trendy bar and restaurant. The 90-story One57 is a mixed-use tower – which is all the rage these days – and will also have 135 condos. The Park Hyatt will open on the heels of Hyatt’s other big New York City newcomer – the Hyatt Times Square, Manhattan’s largest new Hyatt in more than 30 years, which debuted in December 2013. 157 W 57th St., newyork.park.hyatt.com

 

Rendering of exterior of the SLS Hotel (Photo: SLS Hotels)

A rendering of the exterior of the SLS Hotel (Photo: SLS Hotels)

SLS Hotel New York
Opens fall 2014
The NoMad neighborhood continues its steady march toward becoming Manhattan’s most vibrant hotel neighborhood, with the Ace and The NoMad hotels bringing a cool factor to the formerly forgotten area (NoMad stands for North of Madison Square Park).  And another buzz-worthy opening is slated for 2014. Similar to its sister hotels in Beverly Hills and South Beach, SLS Hotel New York will feature a splashy restaurant and rooftop bar. The 190-room’s interiors come with a pedigree befitting the trendy area. They are the work of legendary designer Philippe Starck, who also created the South Beach hotel. 444 Park Ave. S, slshotels.com

 

Renderings of the Baccarat Hotel and Residences (Photos: Baccarat)

A rendering of the interior of thee Baccarat Hotel and Residences (Photo: Baccarat)

Baccarat Hotel & Residences
Opens late 2014
Yes, Baccarat as in the crystal. As you can imagine, this will be a luxury hotel. It will be housed in a 45-story glass tower across from the Museum of Modern Art and will have 113 rooms as well as 61 private residences. The hotel will also have high-end common areas, including a lounge and a second-floor terrace as well as a spa with an indoor pool. A French restaurant will also be located on the ground floor, but a chef has not been announced. This will be the first U.S. Baccarat Hotel and one of the first in the world. The company is also launching a hotel in Rabat, Morocco in 2014, which happens to be the brand’s 250th anniversary. 20 W 53rd St., baccarathotels.com

Bossert Hotel
Opens late 2014
Brooklyn Heights used to be home to many high-end hotels, but as the borough and the city’s fortunes changed, most were lost or transitioned into housing. The Bossert, built in 1909, was one of the best, partly due to its ornate Italian Renaissance Revival façade and the restaurant on the 13th and 14tj floors with Manhattan skyline views. The building was purchased in the 1980s by the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower corporation, who ran it as a hotel for members. The group is selling many of the buildings it owns in Brooklyn Heights as they move operations upstate. The Bossert was snatched up by real estate developer David Bistricer along with Joseph Chetrit (formerly of King & Grove hotels). They are in the process of restoring the hotel and will open it as a 300-room boutique hotel in 2014. No word yet on if the legendary restaurant will be restored as well. 98 Montague St., Brooklyn, no web yet

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