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4 New Intriguing Hotels in New York and Pennsylvania
View of the Empire State Building from a room at Hyatt Place New York Chelsea. Credit: Hyatt
Stay up to date on the latest venue openings and property renovations, including these found in the East.
Set to open August 2021, Hyatt Place New York Chelsea is a 45-story, 510-room hotel ideal for business and leisure travelers that’s centrally located in the brownstone-lined neighborhood of Chelsea. It’s within walking distance of such attractions as the Empire State Building, Chelsea Market, Hudson Yards and Madison Square Park.
The property offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour food offerings and a fitness center with cardio equipment. On floors 20 to 45, guests will have soaring views of One World Trade Center and Midtown Manhattan from the city view and sky view rooms.
The hotel will house cocktail bar The Terrace at Hyatt Place Chelsea, featuring a retractable roof to make it accessible year-round.
In White Plains, New York, about 35 minutes from the heart of New York City, The Opus, Westchester, an Autograph Collection Hotel features 146 rooms, including 38 luxury suites, that are described as “an art lover’s retreat.”
As “opus” refers to both a musical composition and an artistic work on a large scale, the hotel’s themes will focus on creativity, art and music. Unique programming includes meditative sound baths, and guests can enjoy plenty of artful touches throughout the property.
F&B offerings include a lobby bar, serving cocktails and small bites, and fine-dining rooftop restaurant Kanopi, located 42 floors above street level and serving chef-led tasting menus and wine pairings.
The Opus will also offer a rooftop pool and 10,000 square feet of event space on its second level. The Gallery is the main prefunction area, which can be transformed into a variety of layouts and features floor-to-ceiling windows. And the other spaces are a combination of meeting rooms, prefunction spaces and a grand ballroom.
Opening in June, The Guild House Hotel is a boutique property in the heart of Philadelphia named after the New Century Guild, founded in 1882 by female abolitionists, suffragists, artists and writers who used the building as a hub for education, entertainment and activism in the early 20th century.
The revamped property aims to celebrate this legacy. For example, 12 suites are inspired by the iconic female leaders of the New Century Guild, with interior design details and amenities provided by women- and minority-owned businesses.
The hotel has also partnered with women-owned businesses for other ventures, including the coffee, which is from Sip & Sonder, and tea, provided by Blushing Wren. Bath products are also from Fork & Melon.
The projected June 6 opening date is the same day the original New Century Guild opened its doors 115 years ago.
Hands On in Pittsburgh
Set in Pittsburgh’s iconic Golden Triangle, The Industrialist Hotel, Autograph Collection opened in early May 2021. The 124-room property is housed within the 18-story landmark Arrott building, constructed in 1902, allowing the space to blend old and new design.
The building was restored and renovated by Desmone Architects and designed by Stonehill Taylor and pays homage to Pittsburgh’s history as a steel capital. Paired with a historic façade, the modernized interiors of the building reflect themes of smoke and molten metal. Preserved details include original marble walls, ornate ceilings and arched windows. The focal point of The Industrialist’s entrance are two modern metal sculptural chandeliers, inspired by machinery and steel fabrication.
The hotel offers a lobby bar and a social lounge, where guests can channel Pittsburgh’s maker spirit and actually work on DIY projects from the Maker’s Menu while sipping on craft cocktails. The rotating roster of projects includes leather, parchment and candle making—many of which feature partnerships with local artisans.
The Rebel Room is the hotel’s modern American restaurant, serving up draft beer, wine and dishes like a sweet potato poutine and peppercorn-crusted ahi tuna.
The Industrialist also features more than 1,200 square feet of multi-purpose event space—including The Exchange Room, which can seat up to 48 attendees.