St Giles Hotel Group unveils The Tuscany in NYC

St Giles Hotel Group has unveiled The Tuscany NYC, one of two side-by-side hotels owned and operated by St Giles, the other being The Court. The Tuscany re-opens with 124 guestrooms, suites, and a Penthouse Suite after a multi-million dollar renovation. A second phase, in early 2013, will showcase the 17th-floor Penthouse Suite with wraparound terrace and views of the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building. Rooms at The Tuscany begin at around 400 square feet. The Tuscany and The Court were previously W Hotels, which were acquired in 2010 by the St Giles Hotel Group.

In its newest incarnation, The Tuscany celebrates its heritage with a decidedly modern point of view. Design features of the historic 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."

According to Lincoln, the newly renovated hotel evokes the best of the past and present: "While maintaining The Tuscany's Old World charm, the new design is visited with a modern eye for a sophisticated presence. The dynamic lobby features strongly textured materials – from wide-plank oak floors to a rare Tuscan travertine marble – which are combined with contemporary design themes. The large guest rooms respect that most valuable New York commodity of all – space."

Fabrics and lighting fixtures are from the venerable 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 spectacular 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 fine 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 prestigious 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. Unique and vibrant, these accommodations represent "artistic experience in the capital of the art world," says Lincoln.

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