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The Equinox to Open First Hotel in NYC’s Hudson Yards With Exclusive Offers for Virtuoso Travelers

June 29, 2019
NYC-TheShed_20190410_124347e2 (c) Karen Rubin

The Shed, the newest cultural/performance venue in New York City, is one of the attractions in the city’s newest neighborhood, the Hudson Yards, where the Equinox is opening its first hotel. © Karen Rubin/

NEW YORK, NY Equinox Hotel, New York City, the first property by the celebrated fitness brand debuts July 15, 2019. Based on the same philosophy as its clubs, Equinox Hotels will inspire people pursuing their maximum potential. With only weeks until its opening, Equinox Hotel, New York City is giving guests a multitude of enticements to reserve their stay through a Virtuoso® travel advisor, including complimentary advantages available only through Virtuoso’s Preview Program:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, if available
  • Early check-in and late checkout, if available
  • Continental breakfast daily for two
  • US$100 hotel credit, once per stay
  • Wi-Fi
  • Airport transfer for Suite reservations of two nights or longer
  • Private helicopter airport transfer for Equinox Suite reservations of two nights or longer

Virtuoso guests also receive one of these exclusive extras available from June 15 – December 31, 2019:

  • Additional US$100 spa credit, per stay
  • Complimentary personal training session
  • Two complimentary SoulCycle classes with swag

Equinox Hotel, New York City will open in the luxurious new Hudson Yards neighborhood on Manhattan’s West Side, where guests will also find The Shed, the city’s newest cultural and performance venue, the Highline, an elevated urban park which has become one of the most popular attractions in New York State, and the intriguing Nest.

Over 25 years, Equinox has developed a brand representing service, quality, expertise, leadership and results. Equinox Hotels, where the science of fitness meets the art of travel, will continue this commitment to excellence.

“Equinox Hotel, New York City is reinventing luxury lifestyle travel for people who play as hard as they train and work,” says Albert Herrera, Virtuoso’s senior vice president of Global Product Partnerships. “The distinction in its holistic approach to everything from sleep to dining to spa treatments is evident in the innovative details. Hudson Yards will add to this this next-level lifestyle movement, offering world-class shopping and dining in thoroughly upscale surroundings.”

The 212 rooms, including 48 suites, will be the ultimate slumber chambers featuring soundproofing and blackout blinds. Beds use natural-fiber mattresses that adapt to any form and employ a Scandinavian technique of two duvets for temperature regulation. An Equinox Sleep Coach will be available to optimize a restful night.

Guests, who automatically become Equinox Fitness Club members during their stay, will have 24-hour access to the largest-ever 60,000-square-foot flagship Equinox Fitness Club. Group fitness classes, private Pilates, personal training, 25-yard indoor salt-water pool, hot and cold plunge pools, outdoor pool and terrace as well as a next-generation SoulCycle studio will also be offered. Equinox’s digital experience connects the club and hotel, streamlining needs from check-in to room service to booking sessions and amenities.

Crafted by experts and backed by Equinox’s Health Advisory Board, the Spa will emphasize recovery-based treatments, science-grounded technology, regeneration and relaxation. It will offer inter-modal experiences including cryotherapy, infrared sauna, quantum harmonics, massage, bodywork and skin therapies.

The hotel will feature Stephen Starr’s new signature restaurant and bar, Electric Lemon, boasting an 8,000 square-foot terrace providing views over Manhattan and the Hudson River from the 24th floor. Menus balancing flavor and fuel will be offered in the restaurant, guestrooms, and social spaces. Other in-room dining options will include high-performance breakfasts, nourishing dinners, nutritious performance kits, sleep-promoting items and next-level mini-bar snacks. Guests will even have access to in-room IV vitamin drips for energy or hydration.

Equinox Hotel, New York City is the latest property to premiere with a boost from the renowned Virtuoso Preview program, which provides advantages exclusively through the network’s 20,000 travel advisors. Preview is part of Virtuoso’s industry-leading Hotels & Resorts Program, with over 1,300 properties in more than 100 countries.

These complimentary benefits at Equinox Hotel, New York City are offered only through booking with a Virtuoso travel advisor or at, where guests will be paired with an advisor to facilitate the reservation and other trip elements. To find Virtuoso’s roster of advisors, visit


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Just in Time for Valentine’s Day: Romance Hotel Packages in New York City

January 28, 2014

With just days until Valentine’s Day, here are three New York City romance packages ideal for any budget, from an over-the-top $15,000 package with luxury food & wine experiences; to a Real Romance package at $349 per night which includes a gift certificate to an on-site jeweler, and a romantic getaway package starting at $299 per night with special amenities for couples.

Over the Top Love: Penthouse Escape Package at Sheraton NY Times Square, $15,000 for Three Nights

For couples who want to experience New York luxury and a truly memorable experience, the Penthouse Escape Package offers a stylish retreat with food and wine experiences. Amenities include: A three-night stay in the posh Penthouse Suite with views of Central Park and NYC; bottomless fine wine tasting experience; two-hour cooking session with Executive Chef; Club Lounge access. More info at or call 212-841-6400 to book.


Real Romance Package: Sheraton New York Times Square, Starting at $349 per night throughout February

Snuggle up in the hotel’s cozy Fireplace Nook and enjoy this special package throughout the month of February 2014, starting at $349 per night. Amenities include: accommodations in newly renovated rooms with Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds; $50 gift certificate to Landau Jeweler located on-site (valid toward a purchase of $60 or more); one bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates; complimentary full American breakfast for two per day; 4pm late checkout. Go to and enter rate code SIROMPKG or call 212-841-6400 for details.

Romantic Getaway: Westin New York Grand Central Romance Package, from $299 per night

Nestled in the Grand Central area of Manhattan is the Westin New York Grand Central, just steps from top attractions including Grand Central Terminal and Bryant Park. Romance Package amenities include: sparkling wine and strawberries to enjoy upon arrival; full American breakfast for two people daily and 3pm late checkout on Sundays so couples can sleep in late. To reserve online, go to and enter rate plan RPKGWEB or call 212-581-1000.

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NYC’s Michelangelo Hotel has new ‘Best of Broadway’ Getaway that includes show tickets

May 4, 2011

Enjoy the "Best of Broadway" with new package deal from the Michelangelo Hotel, located amidst the bright lights of Manhattan's Theater District © 2011 Karen Rubin/

Every year, spring brings an increased buzz to Manhattan’s White Way with the announcement of the Tony nominees.  This year, The Michelangelo hotel is offering a way for guests to join in the excitement as theater aficionados across the country debate who should take home a coveted award on June 12, 2011.

Located in the heart of the Theater District steps from the Hirschfeld, Winter Garden, Gershwin and more, the hotel has become an ambassador to the performing arts for its guests.  This year, it augments its offerings with “The Best of Broadway” package. The new two-night getaway has been constructed to ensure the stage is the focus of the stay.  Components include:

•    Two tickets to a Broadway show of guest’s choice (you have to provide a selection in order of preference at time of booking; tickets are subject to availability)
•    Access to expert advice from a former stage veteran, Concierge James Jolis, in selecting the perfect play for the stay
•    Accommodations in one of The Michelangelo’s spacious guestrooms with Italian-inspired décor and Etro amenities
•    A sweet welcome treat of Godiva chocolates and nightly turndown service
•    Breakfast for two in-room, served at guests’ leisure

And for those keen to discover New York’s professional theater scene, but can’t make it to the Big Apple prior to the June awards, The Best of Broadway package will be available until November 30, 2011.  The extended availability offers travelers the chance to see if the award-winning productions truly deserved their trophies.

Rates for The Best of Broadway package begin at $550.00 per night, based on double occupancy, and exclusive of taxes and gratuities.  Two night minimum required.  Guests must call the hotel directly at (212) 765 – 1900 to book.

Located amidst the bright lights of Manhattan’s Theater District and steps from Rockefeller Center, the boutiques of Fifth and Madison Avenues, and the buzz of Times Square, The Michelangelo exudes the old world charm of an Italian Grande Dame hotel and features all the modern touches that today’s urban travelers have come to expect.  It is part of the Italian based Starhotels group and is the brand’s first luxury property in the United States.

New Yorker Hotel Celebrates 80th Birthday

January 17, 2010

The reborn New Yorker Hotel, flush with $70 million in renovations and improvements, celebrated its 80th birthday with a 1930s-style bash that featured the big band music of Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks (who can be seen Monday nights at Sofia’s), vintage cars and people dolled up in the style of the day.

Hotel New Yorker Ballroom

Opened in 1929 just after the Stock Market Crash that ushered in the Great Depression, the New Yorker’s timing is consistent, with its reopening in the midst of the Great Recession.

Hotel New Yorker flapper

A flapper helps celebrate the New Yorker Hotel's 80th birthday in style (c) 2010 Karen Rubin/

When it opened, the New Yorker had 2,500 rooms  and was the biggest in the city; the renovation scales that back to a much more comfortable 912 rooms and suites, redesigned in a modern, Art Deco style, and equipped with 21st century amenities including flat panel, HD televisions, free HBO, and free Wi-Fi. Its location, across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, down the street from the Empire State Building and Macy’s, and just a few minutes walk to Times Square and the Broadway Theater District put it at the core of the Big Apple.

Vince Giordano & Nighthawks at Hotel New Yorker

Vince Giordano & Nighthawks Orchestra bring back era of Big Band at Hotel New Yorker (c) 2010 Karen Rubin/

The New Yorker Hotel has a 24-hour restaurant the Tick Tock Diner in the casual, classic NY diner style, and Cooper’s Tavern serving a mix of regional cuisines at lunch and dinner daily. The hotel is owned by the Unification Church, and operated as a Ramada Hotels franchise by a company, HSA-UWC, USA, headed by Rev. Moon’s daughter, Dr. In Jin Moon, Chairperson, also an ordained minister. (481 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10001, 212-971-0101, res. 866-800-3088,

Dr. In Jin Moon at Hotel New Yorker

Dr. In Jin Moon welcomes guests to the Hotel New Yorker's 80th birthday celebration (c) 2010 Karen Rubin/

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