A Debut in Times Square; More Openings…

NATIONAL REPORT—One of the tallest hotels in New York and the debut of  BW Premier Collection in upstate New York are among the new openings Hotel Business is tracking. Here’s a look.

Aliz Hotel Times Square Opens

Aliz Hotel Times Square has opened it doors today, debuting as one of the tallest hotels in NYC. Developed by Aliz Group and managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, the flagship property will set a new tone for modern lifestyle hotel brands with an emphasis on inspiring delight in every stay, according to the company.

Located at 310 West 40th St., the 287-room hotel, designed by Lemay+Escobar, has luxury amenities, a farm-to-table restaurant and the highest two-story open-air bar and lounge in the city opening this December—all within walking distance to Times Square, Hudson Yards and the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Yves Jadot and Alberto Benenati, the restaurateurs behind New York City bars and restaurants Dear Irving, The Raines Law Room, XYST, Petite Abeille, Jones Wood Foundry and The Shakespeare, have signed on to manage Aliz’s food and beverage program. It includes a craft cocktail destination on the hotel’s 40th and 41st floors with a beverage program by mixologist Meaghan Dorman. In addition, the duo will be opening a ground-floor, farm-to-table inspired restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as providing restaurant delivery service for the hotel’s guests.

BW Premier Collection Arrives In Upstate New York

The opening of the Parkview Hotel, BW Premier Collection by Best Western in Syracuse marks the brand’s debut in upstate New York.

With 63 classically decorated guestrooms and 20 suites, the hotel, formerly the Medical Arts building, offers art deco design that has been a hallmark of this property. Public spaces within the hotel have been fully updated with new flooring, rich wood tones, wallcoverings and attractive lighting elements.

Aloft Chicago Mag Mile Opens With Art-Infused Design

Aloft Hotels, along with Tishman Hotel Corporation and MetLife Investment Management, has opened Aloft Chicago Mag Mile.

The newly built hotel from Marriott International’s brand Aloft, has 337 urban-inspired guestrooms and more than 5,600 sq. ft. of creative, art-inspired meeting spaces, making this the largest Aloft property in North America.

Amenities include Splash, the indoor pool perched atop the hotel on the 19th floor; Aloft’s signature W XYZ Bar; Re:fuel by Aloft, serving up grab-and-go options around the clock; and the Re:charge fitness center. This property is the first urban example of the updated brand design vision, reflecting Aloft’s history and evolution as a future-focused brand for how tech-savvy, global travelers want hotels to be.

Since the property occupies the site of the original location of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), the hotel’s atmosphere is infused with art—recalling the acclaimed gallery shows the museum once hosted there. A photo of the original MCA welcomes guests in the lobby with the background on how the art program was approached for Aloft Chicago Mag Mile.

This theme is most notably displayed in Aloft Chicago Mag Mile’s meeting and event spaces, which are named after contemporary artists who had exhibited at MCA in the past: Warhol, Escher, Mondrian and Lichtenstein. The various reproduced works from the artists are now on display in each of their namesake meeting rooms. The Warhol room, for example, has poppy flowers as the focal point, displayed as an expansive wallcovering.