But it may have been completely worth the wait.
The Classic King’s refined palette of champagne, ivory, platinum, stainless steel and chocolate brown feels both classic and contemporary, setting off such considered accents as cashmere throws, marble-topped nightstands and hand-painted panels, plus Baccarat crystal sconces and tabletop pieces. Crisp white custom-made Mascioni jacquard linens cover the beds, and delicacies from Parisian gourmet shop Fauchon fill Baccarat-red enamel minibars. You can read the first announcement for this brand from 2008 (!!!) here. That beats the previous record set by The Plaza, which had a long-established presence. And the price has dropped down a bit to $729 for a classic king. Apparently, Baccarat hotelier, and Starwood Capital Group chief executive, Barry Sternlicht, accepted an offer from a Chinese insurer that was too good to pass up, like over $230 million. Baccarat is still expected to manage the hotel, so it’s purely a real estate/financial transaction.
Guests will also be able to control their lighting, climate, entertainment and more by a tablet, which will also be wired into housekeeping, valet, a 24-hour concierge and in-room dining. Fortunately, those rooms while still luxury (with an eco and green emphasis), should be a bit more affordable than the Baccarat. Another cool touch is that the oversized, flat-screen TVs are “concealed within smoked mirrors.” Sounds very “Fifty Shades of Grey” and we like it.
When we last glimpsed the glitz behind the forthcoming Baccarat Hotel in New York, rooms were going for around $800 a night on the suspected opening date of March 23.
But now, in checking the hotel’s website, we see that the hotel will actually be open on March 2. In the white-marble bathrooms, meanwhile, Italian robes await and amenities created exclusively for the hotel by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris abound.
The WSJ recently reported that the hotel has already been sold, even though it hasn’t opened yet.
The Baccarat Hotel has been a long time in the making. Here’s what you’ll get for that rate, aside from the glittery Baccarat decor:
[Rendering: Baccarat Hotels New York]
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The steep rate, fortunately, does include complimentary WiFi. We hope.. #richpeoplelikefreeWiFitoo
Meanwhile, Sternlicht and Starwood still have two more openings to focus on this spring–1 Hotels South Beach and Central Park, which will open in March and April, respectively
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