OH NO! THE RALEIGH IS TURNING INTO A PRIVATE CLUB
Nearly two years ago, designer Tommy Hilfiger snapped up the iconic Raleigh Hotel at 17th and Collins, amid rumors that he would turn the Art Deco gem into a Hilfiger Hospitality hotel. However, Hilfiger now intends on turning the hotel, which has been operated by SBE for the past three years, into a private club. Gasp!
Page Six reported the hot goss just before the holidays, saying that the hotel will close down in May for 18 months of renovations. Built in 1940 by L. Murray Dixon, The Raleigh is one of the prettiest hotels in the Art Deco District (that pool is everything). But it really re-emerged in the early 2000s, flourishing under the sexy and cool aura of hotelier André Balazs. (P.S. André, where are U now?) When SBE honcho Sam Nazarian and developer Sam Edelstein bought the property from Balazs in 2012, they hoped to build a Raleigh hotel brand, but those plans never materialized.
Now the Raleigh will get to expand, but as a private club. We’re not exactly sure what type of members the Raleigh club is seeking but since Hilfiger is keen on replicating the success of Soho House, including opening up more Raleigh clubs in other cities, we presume Raleigh will stick to the creative class.
It’s been reported that the hotel’s rooms were sold out through April 30, but we found some rooms available for $590 a night at the end of January as well as on some other dates.So if you’re looking to stay at The Raleigh before the membership requirement kicks in, here’s your chance.
[Photo: The Raleigh Hotel]