Wednesday March 6th, 2013 - 8:12AM
NEW YORK—The New York Palace launched the first phase of its $120 million renovation with a major $25 million makeover of itsTowers Rooms and Suites, with completion expected in June.
The New York Palace employed two design firms to assist in the $25 million Towers Rooms and Suites renovation: San Francisco-based design firm BAMO, which is redesigning The Towers’ 176 guestrooms and suites, as well as a new private reception experience; and New York-based design firm BBG-BBGM, which is renovating two of the hotel’s triplex suites and the new Metropolitan Suite. The redesign reflects an upscale residential atmosphere with hints of inspiration from The Palace’s historic Villard Mansion.
The Towers is a separate and distinct part of The New York Palace, occupying the hotel’s top 14 floors. With a private reception area, accessible from the main lobby, the Towers have a dedicated Les Clefs d'Or concierge team, exclusively for The Towers guests. Elevators transport guests to floors 41 through 53, which house luxurious accommodations with skyline views.
The private entranceway to The Towers lobby will expand in size and have upgrades, such as Art Deco screens and warm lighting. The walls of the entranceway will feature silk and wood-grain paneling. Elements of the lobby design also will reflect the Villard Mansion design, with 19th century patterns part of the design of the brown carpeting and ceiling.
From the new lighting touches to the mix of materials and furniture, The Towers’ updated rooms and suites will invoke a "home away from home." A subdued color palette places emphasis on the city views from the suites’ windows. Pops of color also will come from the mixed-media artwork on the walls. Strong geometric elements punctuate the furniture, carpeting and textiles in the renovated rooms.
BAMO references the historic design of The Palace’s Villard Mansion in subtle ways, such as incorporating the decorative nailhead motifs into the sofas and the large custom-made, rosewood headboards that frame the beds.
The Metropolitan Suite, a two-bedroom, 2.5-bath suite renovation, was originally styled in white with austere finishes. Through the layering of art, accessories, color and texture, BBG-BBGM created rooms inspired by the urban fabric of New York City: The living room has yellow and blue accent colors derived from the taxis below and sky above; the master suite referencing the city’s night views; and the second bedroom includes butterflies flying toward the window amid a black and white photo collection of iconic New York images. Eclectic furniture is introduced throughout the suite and is layered with additional artwork, color and texture to create a space that feels like a living art gallery, according to the company.
Rooms in The Towers also will receive a technological and sustainability facelift with a combined effort from integrator Mode: Green and hotel technology consultants Enterprise Solutions Providers, LLC. Guests will enjoy Crestron touch-screen user interfaces that control all of the room’s high-tech features, electrical outlets, automated Roman shades and blackout privacy curtains, iPod docking stations, television systems that can sync with computers and full lighting controls to enhance the lighting designs of Bouyea & Associates. Beyond the room itself, guests will have access to an on-screen menu of the hotel’s amenity offerings, including spa appointments and in-room dining menus.