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September 16, 2013

The New York Palace Completes Second Phase of Renovations

By Chris Boyle

The New York Palace, a luxury midtown hotel, has completed the second phase of its $140 million renovation, with the addition of six culinary hotspots and the redesign of its hotel lobby and tower lobby.

Renowned San Francisco-based design firm BAMO, who redesigned the hotel’s newly enhanced VIP Towers Rooms and Suites, were also employed to transform the private Towers Lobby.

Notable New York-based architecture and interior design firm BBG-BBGM was retained to create a comprehensive master plan for the re-use of the hotel’s public spaces as well as design interiors for two previously unused spaces of the north Villard Mansion: the new street-facing bar, Tavern on 51, as well as the exclusive, sumptuous lounge Rarities.

Distinguished New York-based design firm Champalimaud was selected to remodel the hotel’s main guest reception area and lobby, as well as a new bar, Trouble’s Trust and the new Lobby Lounge.

The inspiration for The Towers Lobby redesign was drawn from the classicism of the hotel’s historic Villard Mansion, serving as a seamless transition into the soaring Tower’s guest rooms and suites.

While creating The Palace’s new bar, Troubles Trust, Champalimaud aimed to capture the feeling of a ‘downtown’ bar uptown. Under the Lobby’s grand staircase, the den-like lair serving artisanal libations features sexy burgundy lacquer walls inset with traditional embossed leather panels.

The inspiration behind Tavern on 51 and Rarities is derived directly from the north section of the Villard Mansion that the venues are housed within. The elegance of old New York and its everlasting spirit encompass these two very special spaces; one a public bar, one an exclusive lounge.

Tavern on 51 is open to the public with entrances both within The New York Palace as well as from 51st street. The venue’s historic elements are embellished with modern touches perfect for today’s sophisticated patron that seeks a spirited, yet warm and intimate atmosphere.

Rarities is an exclusive destination available to The Towers guests and is located on the second level of the Villard Mansion’s north section. The venue draws inspiration from the days when gentlemen gathered to socialize over a drink and a cigar. All of the historical elements have been kept, with discreet antique and artifact embellishments that romanticize the bygone era of the 1880s.

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Two more culinary options will grace The New York Palace’s lobby. Both dining venues are helmed by lauded Chef Michel Richard; one is a restaurant called Villard Michel Richard, the name paying homage to Henry Villard, the 19th-century financier whose namesake mansion is still a part of the hotel, and the other is a French market with café seating called Pomme Palais, whose moniker is a play on the “Big Apple.”

The restaurant features two dining rooms, one being a gastronomic, prix-fixe, dinner-only option, and the other is bistro-style serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Jeffrey Beers International designed both spaces.

The New York Palace’s renovations are scheduled for completion in fall 2013.


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