Midtown Manhattan's New York Palace recently completed a $140 million renovation, creating a fresh and modern vibe within the historic property. The 822-room hotel is known for its spectacular city views and prime location in Rockefeller Center. The building is a dynamic combination between the 19th century Villard Mansion and a modern 55-story tower. The property is NYC's first 5-star/5-diamond hotel and a favorite among celebrities and politicians.
The first phase of the project wrapped this past June, with new guestroom accommodations within the hotel towers. The $25 million project included all 176 tower guestrooms and hotel meeting space. The refurbished event facilities include 10,500 sf of intricate molding with rosettes, cornices and ceiling ornaments. The spaces blend shades of burgundy with gold accents, celestial blue and sapphire.
The second portion of the renovation project included the main lobby and the towers lobby. The entranceways were expanded and included art deco screens and soft light fixtures, creating a warm vibe upon hotel entry.
“By creating this new lobby, we wanted to provide a more gracious sense of arrival for our guests,” says Steve Henry, of BAMO design firm. “The towers lobby is everything you would expect upon entering a landmark hotel.”
Henry and his team worked to create a seamless transition between the historic mansion and the modern tower. The neutral color palate, gold leaf trim and vibrant leather furnishings carry on throughout both spaces.
On September 5th, the final pieces of the renovation approached completion, including the addition of six dining locations throughout the property. Tavern on 51 is a new street-facing bar alongside the lounge, Rarities. Other eateries include Troubles Trust and the Lobby Lounge.
The lobby will also include two dining venues by Chef Michel Richard. Villard Michel Richard and Pomme Palais cafe, with two dining rooms for group buyout. Final touches on the renovation are expected to wrap by the end of 2013.