Daily Pampering: Grand Opening gifts from New York’s newest Hilton

The Hilton Manhattan East has opened its doors at 304 East 42nd Street, between First and Second Avenues.

You may remember the historic Tudor Hotel New York. Well, Hilton has bought the 1931 neo-gothic tower and given it a multi-million dollar renovation to include 300 luxury guest rooms furnished in sophisticated blue and earth tones, spacious marble bathrooms and state-of the art technology in the rooms, the fitness center, the 24-hour business center and the 3,500 square feet of event space. Naturally, full concierge and valet services are standard, as are Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Bath products. The hotel’s bar and restaurant, Tudor Neighborhood Bar & Grill, is a nod to the area and the hotel’s past.

If you book a stay for before September 7 by May 31, as part of the Grand Opening special, for $899 you can get two nights in a Terrace Suite for two, a complimentary bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne, daily breakfast for two and two Hilton Manhattan East hotel robes. If that’s a little steep, you can get lower rates for standard and deluxe guest rooms (starting at two nights for $599), and they’ll throw in the robes for free.

So, whether you’re into Hiltons or fine new Manhattan hotels, celebrate the launch of this historic and geographically convenient neighborhood’s auspicious new arrival — and for an added bonus, click here to join Hilton HHonors and earn double points for stays before June 31.

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Daily Pampering: New hotel brings luxury to New York’s Chelsea neighborhood

There’s a new hotel in Chelsea, and it is fabulous.

Eventi is a brand new property from Kimpton Hotels, which also has The Muse, 70 Park Hotel and Ink 43 in New York City. Hailed as the first luxury hotel in New York’s fashionable Chelsea area, the 54-story glass tower occupies an entire block of Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue) between 29th and 30th Streets. A look through the gallery will prove to you that they’ve picked up on Chelsea’s uniquely flamboyant vibe to make an attractive, cosmopolitan haven for true Chelsea lovers.

“Eventi will be a place that feels alive, with a heart beat that pulses with creativity and sends energy to every corner of the hotel,” says Thomas Mathes, general manager of Eventi. That includes all 292 rooms, the Barbara Nessim artwork and the comfortable living room with a fireplace where guests can lounge and enjoy a daily wine hour.

The hotel also serves the local community; a 20,000 square foot Food Parc and bar, as well as an indoor-outdoor Basque cuisine restaurant, are scheduled to open in Fall 2010.

If you’re interested in checking out the new Eventi hotel, now is the time; they’re still in Preview Rate mode, and you can get 20 percent off the best available rate for stays through September 5, 2010. Click here to book.

The Standard Hotel introduces their staff … on YouTube

Now this we have not seen before. The Standard Hotel New York, a new André Balazs hotel, has created the above video to introduce their staff.

This is clearly a well-done appeal to a younger, hipper generation. The mod-style, ironically-named Standard Hotels, with their upside-down logos, really are pretty cool. The one in New York offers gorgeous accommodations (with “insane” views) in the Meatpacking District on Washington Street between West 12th and West 13th Streets. The hotel is in previews right now, and has declared itself “Openish.” Because some parts of the hotel are still under construction, rooms are available for $195 – $495 per night, but those prices are expected to rise when the hotel is officially open.

Does the YouTube video make us want to stay there? Frankly, it makes us want to work there. But we already have a job. So, yeah.