Marriott recently announced the purchase of W New York – Union Square. The company paid $206 million for the 270-guestroom property, with intentions to transform the hotel into a better representation of the W brand.
The 20-story property at 201 Park Avenue South features Beaux Arts architecture, great views of Union Square and a historic past. The building first opened in 1911 as the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America headquarters, becoming W New York – Union Square in 2000.
When renovations are finished, Marriott promises a new signature spa, expanded restaurant and next-level design.
“There’s no better place than New York City to reveal to the world the future of our W Hotels brand, so we’re tremendously excited about this acquisition and the unique opportunity that it presents for our reinvention strategy,” said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO, Marriott International. “When W was launched as a single hotel in New York 21 years ago with ground-breaking design and a bold approach to nightlife, it pushed the boundaries of how people thought about a hotel. Given how much travelers crave these types of experiences today and the brand’s global reach, we see limitless potential for the W brand with hotel owners and developers, travelers and locals.”
The 1985 song “One Night in Bangkok” mentions many of the overindulgences of this city. One of them is massage parlors. Today, however, a Thai massage is considered an activity that improves one’s physical and mental well-being. The city has shed its former reputation as a place of wild nightlife and decadence, over the past few decades emerging as a major center for international commerce, wellness initiatives and tourism.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
I left little time to drive from Bucks County to Philadelphia International Airport and hit a little bottleneck just before the city due to constant construction on I-95. All in all, the drive took 40 minutes and parking at C was ample but not empty (the economy lot appears to be closed to make staff more efficient).
IHG® Business Edge provides small- to midsized enterprises with benefits and confidence to navigate the evolving business travel environment.
Barbados is now accepting applications for its new 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp, a special visa that provides remote workers with an opportunity to transport their home office by relocating to Barbados for up to a year. Learn more.
As many U.S. companies continue to extend remote work, hotels pivot to meet a new demand: people working remotely who need a change of scenery. Hotels have done everything from setting up on-demand, in-room workstations to offering day rates and turning meeting spaces into coworking areas.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
Located at Hollywood and Vine, the W Hollywood sits in the heart of an iconic and bustling neighborhood. Upon entering the lobby, you immediately escape the outside distractions and focus on the possibilities the W offers. After a long, early-morning flight, we arrived at the W earlier than check-in time, but the friendly front desk staffer found two rooms for us. He briefed us on the hotel as he sped through the process and sent us on our way.