By Terry Trucco
By the time 2011 morphed into a memory at the stroke of midnight, New York City boasted an unprecedented 90,000 hotel rooms. But the year that was didn’t just set records. If 2011 was a wine we’d raise a glass (and buy several cases).
The dozens of new hotels embraced notables like Dream Downtown, Hotel Americano and Mondrian SoHo. Shop-worn behemoths, like the Marriott Marquis, Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers and Grand Hyatt New York, refashioned themselves with 21st century panache. And buoyed by hip newcomers like Brooklyn’s Hotel Williamsburg and Queens’ Z Hotel and style-conscious chains like Aloft Brooklyn, the boroughs beyond Manhattan jumped gleefully into the game.
Most notably, more and more hotels established themselves as entertainment emporiums for savvy locals and out-of-towners alike. Here are our top ten picks for the best of the new, 2011’s innovations at new and old hotels that caught our attention and made us smile. (more…)