St Giles Hotel Group has unveiled the newest addition to Murray Hill's luxury boutique hotel scene. Said to combine old world charm and sophisticated modern style, The Tuscany NYC - A St Giles Luxury Collection Hotel, is one of two side-by-side hotels owned and operated by St Giles, the other being The Court.
The Tuscany re-opens with 124 guest rooms, suites, and a Penthouse Suite after a multi-million dollar renovation.
The unveiling is the first phase in this property's revitalization with the introduction of fully renovated guest rooms and suites. The renovated Standard Guest Rooms at The Tuscany typically begin at 400 square feet. The second phase, in early 2013, will showcase the 17th floor Penthouse Suite replete with wraparound terrace and unobstructed views of the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building. The Penthouse Suite will also offer its own private kitchen and a living room/den area which will have its own working fireplace.
The Tuscany and The Court, previously W Hotels, were acquired in 2010 by the St Giles Hotel Group from Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Originally an apartment building, The Tuscany was the inspiration of Henry Mandel, an ambitious Russian immigrant of the 19th century who helped build New York. It opened in 1928 at a cost of $500,000 with 14 floors of apartments and a round-arched ornamental Tuscan style, later becoming the first hotel in the city to have telephones in every bathroom and the first in the world to introduce color televisions.
In its newest incarnation, The Tuscany is said to “celebrate its heritage with a decidedly modern point of view”. Design features of the landmark put an emphasis on classic themes, strongly textured materials and artistic innovation to create what interior designer Jeff Lincoln, of Jeff Lincoln Interiors, describes as "a luxurious residential sensibility, a contemporary New York pied-à-terre experience."
Fabrics and lighting fixtures are from the Italian company Fortuny and help establish The Tuscany's past, while a custom-designed polyhedral lacquered desk in the lobby is an example of the best in modern design. Further evoking a “sophisticated urban/rural ambiance” is the custom wrought iron railings found in the lobby and lounge areas.
Guest rooms are furnished in custom oak and leather wall panel systems evoking the craftsmanship of Italian leather goods, while other custom-designed and fabricated furnishings combining hand wrought iron elements impart a residential feel. The DuChateau hardwood floors in the guest rooms lend an added warm and welcoming feel complemented by Jeff Lincoln's custom designed reinterpretation of a damask carpet which covers the main bedroom areas of the rooms. Guest rooms also feature 46" LCD high-definition television sets.
Intelligently designed bathrooms feature glass tile walls and Duravit vanities, providing classic contemporary luxury. The bathrooms have also been outfitted with faucets and shower fixtures from Hansgrohe and Toto.
Innovative large suites at The Tuscany are designed around the company Maharam's Digital Projects artistic mural program. Each one features a large wall mural made by a famous artist or designer ranging from the hot modern artist Sarah Morris whose recent MOMA show was a brilliant success, to the quintessentially sophisticated English designer Paul Smith.