Located in the historic, turn of the century-crafted Beaux Arts Building, the W Hotel Union Square's redesign merges cutting edge style with old world decadence. The hotel’s 270 guest rooms and the Extreme-WOW and WOW suites, designed by internationally renowned firms d-ash design and Wilson Associates, are the latest additions to the hotel's massive renovations. Other recent changes include the unveiling of W Hotel Union Square's subterranean bar, Lilium, and a renovation of Todd English’s Olives New York restaurant, which will be completed this month. Aside from the awe-inspiring decor, there are plenty of perks related to the hotel's ideal location as well, including direct access to Union Square Park's facilities and one of Manhattan's largest sustainable markets, the Union Square Green Market. If you're considering a trip to the Big Apple, take a look at everything the newly refreshed hotel has to offer!
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Seems W Hotels has more than fabulous accommodations with which to woo its clientele. Since claiming a name in the fashion space, the brand most recently showcased its Fall '11 collection at Fashion Week. In a presentation full of bright purple and hot pink, ethnic prints against tweed and suede, it's a collection that lives up to its Global Glam name. Take a peek!
W Hotels is a terrific brand. The quality of its interiors and the experience of a stay at a W is hard to beat. I can't complain about the W's hip, sleek, and sexy design aesthetic, but after a while I will say each location tends to look the same. Clean lines, shine, ambient lighting . . . a lot like a Virgin America airplane! But I just came across the W Retreat and Spa in Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, which opened in March, and I'm eating my words.
This home away from home has all the luxuries of its sister locations but it's infused with color, movement, and pattern, giving it a unique, Latin flavor. It is terrifically outfitted with boldly patterned pillows on every chair, fun hanging chairs around every corner, rainbow-striped outdoor lounge chairs, engaging art installations, modern shapes, and a perfect mix of neutrals and pops of color. Take a tour of the property below.
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When was the last time you popped into W Hotels' The Store to check out its latest merchandise? Too long? We were thrilled to discover a treasure trove of snazzy jewels for not a ridiculous amount of money. Designers Dannijo, Suzanna Dai, and Kendra Scott have all contributed a few exclusive pieces that can only be found at W's store. One of them, this Casta Cuff by Dannijo ($202), is too beautiful for words. You wouldn't need much else if you were wearing that. Enter to see nine more super-sparkly pieces.
When we lived in Manhattan, North loved the W Union Square so much that, even from across the street, he would pull the leash to go say hi. It may have been for the yummy dog treats the bellhops kept in their pockets, but they knew him by name and always made us feel welcome even though we just lived around the corner. Not only do the W Hotels offer cat and dog toys at check-in, they've got a turndown service of the cozy (pet) beds with a snack! While most of us can't live in the hotel, now it's easy to bring the hotel to us.
The W Hotel Store has a huge sale on all of those items you see above – everything is at least 50% off! Like that pup tent... I mean, "Hound Lounge"... only $89 – dog, not included.
Thanks to FabSugar, I know that the W Hotel now as an online store. Their home section doesn't have the largest selection yet, and may be a bit pricey, but I'm hoping one day soon they'll offer all the unique, trendy home items you can find in their boutiques. Click the images below to see what's on my wish list.