SLS HOTELS STILL BUILDING IN NEW YORK, TRIPLING IN MIAMI
There’s a lot coming up hotel-wise in New York – whether soon, soon-ish, or the day after soon, there are several openings to look forward to. As fellow contributor Juliana Shallcross mentioned, we walked by The Beekman, Thompson’s third New York hotel – read about that here. Having checked that out, we did also make a stop at SLS Park Avenue, the first New York property from Sam Nazarian’s SLS Hotels.
Long in the making it’s certainly been. There was the 2013 opening pushed back to 2014, then a definitely/maybe February 2015 arrival becoming early 2016, and now we’re looking at ‘summer 2016’ for the hotel to indeed – let’s just go with that – be complete. That latest move from early to mid-next year doesn’t surprise us at all based on what we saw on a sweltering August day at Park Avenue South and East 30th.
Obviously, the 190-room hotel isn’t a ground-up construction, but the exterior rendering above does show at least five additional stories rising up from the original building – none of which were to be seen. All the way at the top will be ‘an exclusive rooftop experience’; elsewhere there will be ‘new restaurant and nightlife concepts’ which will have chef José Andrés in the kitchen.
Meanwhile, SLS has two more hotels in the works for Miami (that’s in addition to plans from Seattle to Mexico City and Philadelphia to Punta Mita): SLS Hotel & Residences Brickell and SLS LUX Brickell. The former should open second half of next year, with a slew of familiar features and names to round out the 132 hotel rooms and (sold out) residences: Bazaar and Tres restaurant by José Andrés (again), Katsuya restaurant by Starck, SBar, and a pool deck with Hyde Lounge on top of the stripy, multi-coloured parking garage.
SLS LUX Brickell won’t bother with hotel rooms at all, offering only 85 suites – and another 400+ residences – this time designed by Yabu Pushelberg. Amenities here include another Katsuya restaurant and SBar and another rooftop pool, but also a wine cellar and the very du jour cigar room. We do like what we see of the light and contemporary interiors Pushelberg has in mind; more renderings are here. Opening won’t be until 2017 (at least).
New openings aren’t the only thing Sam Nazarian is busy with. Over in Las Vegas, the SLS name may remain on the much-hyped SLS Las Vegas, but the hotel will operate without any involvement from SLS Hotels, moving from a management agreement to licensing agreement. At the same time, a possible merger between SLS Hotels and Morgans Hotel Group, something we can’t quite fathom, is also said to be still on the table.
[Photo: LE Miami, Renderings: SLS Hotels]