Warwick New York undergoes $2 million renovations

New York – Warwick International Hotels has announced the debut of new Premier Rooms and Suites at its flagship hotel, Warwick New York at 65 West 54th (across from the Museum of Modern Art). Three floors (12, 14 and 15), comprising 48 rooms and 11 suites, have been completely renovated at a cost of approximately $2 million. The new room designs, evocative of vintage Hollywood glamour, define the look for future renovations within this historic hotel.

“Despite the recession, Warwick International Hotels has not cut back on an aggressive program of renovations at our U.S. hotels, and Warwick New York’s Premier Rooms and Suites is an especially important project,” said G. Paul LeBlanc, VP of sales and marketing. “Our company was launched in 1980 with the purchase of this New York hotel, and as we approach our 30th anniversary, our owner, Mr. Richard Chiu, is committed to ensuring that this grand hotel continues to be a showpiece for the city and for Warwick International Hotels.”

The new room design pays homage to the romance between one of America’s most famous businessmen and a Hollywood star of the 1920s and 1930s. Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst built the 36-story apartment hotel in 1926 for his love Marion Davies, and the couple lavishly entertained countless dignitaries and celebrities at the hotel. (Through the years, the hotel has also been a home base for stars such as Cary Grant and Elvis Presley, and even The Beatles enjoyed the hospitality of Warwick New York.)

The redesigned rooms, which are enveloped in shades of platinum, champagne, beige and silver, has furnishings that include walnut veneer dressers, consoles and mini-bar cabinets with antiqued mirror inlays and dining room tables and desks in an appropriately deep, decadent shade called Java Chocolate. Champagne silver-leaf coffee and accent tables, along with high-gloss ivory lacquer bedside tables and rich fabrics add sparkle and comfort to the ambience. Since all stars deserve to be pampered, guests in the Premier Rooms and Suites will also enjoy Bulgari bath products, welcome amenities, and a box of Milk Duds as the special turndown amenity. Milk Duds were introduced in 1926, the same year as Warwick New York.

State-of-the-art technologies available include flat-screen TVs, in-room movies, dimming control for lighting and over-sized electric safes to accommodate laptops and valuables. Each of the Premier suites offer a 40” high definition LCD TV in the living room with an interactive multimedia system that allows guests to connect their laptop computers, iPods and iphones to the television. Upon request, a Wii console can be delivered to the suites. Both wired and wireless Internet access is also available from the Premier Rooms and Suites.

Centrally located in midtown Manhattan, less than four blocks to Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Broadway, Fifth Avenue shops, countless entertainment venues as well as business offices, Warwick New York Hotel offers travelers superb personalized service and a calm oasis amidst Manhattan’s fast pace. Randolph’s Bar & Lounge offers a classic, sophisticated atmosphere and was voted one of the Top 10 “Best Hotel Bars” in 2007 by the audience of Citysearch. Murals Restaurant features an innovative approach to Mediterranean cuisine amidst Dean Cornwell's original historic murals, which were completely restored in 2004.

Warwick International Hotels was founded in 1980 with the purchase of the Warwick Hotel in New York. Currently, Warwick International Hotels has over 40 hotels, resorts and spas worldwide with locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, the South Pacific and Africa.


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