5 Brand Spanking New NYC Hotels

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Wyndham Hotel Group

2010 brought a bumper crop of impressive properties onto New York City's hotel scene, and 2011 has already given us the fabulous Mondrian SoHo. Gotham accommodation options keep on coming with these five on-the-horizon hotels, spanning NYC visitor-favorite neighborhoods from central Midtown to downtown Brooklyn. Here are the hottest of the new NYC hotels.

Dream Downtown

A dreamy pool at the Dream Downtown; Vikram Chatwal Hotels

The latest Dream property, Dream Downtown, from the Vikram Chatwal hotel family (now part of the Wyndham group), this multi-million dollar renovation of a Maritime Hotel-adjacent Albert Ledner building -- with a unique facade that's been likened to a cheese grater -- will bring 316 new whimsically glamorous Dream-styled rooms to the Chelsea/Meatpacking borderlands.

Projected opening date: Early summer
What's nearby: Chelsea (including the West Chelsea arts district), the Meatpacking District, the High Line, the West Village
Rooms will be: "Imaginative, expansive, loft-inspired"
Notable perks: Fully stocked private bars, Etro bath products, state-of-the-art fitness center, massage treatment rooms, MSR (a concept restaurant by "highly acclaimed neurologist-chef" Dr. Miguel Sánchez Romera), heated pool with translucent bottom (visible from the ceiling of the lobby lounge), large rooftop lounge offering dramatic NYC skyline views
Rates: From $395
Address and Tel:349 West 16th Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues), Chelsea/Meatpacking, Tel., 800-336-4110

Aloft Brooklyn

Aloft Brooklyn
Example Aloft Lobby; Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Hot on the heels of the Harlem Aloft that just opened at 2010's tail end, this Brooklyn incarnation marks the 50th member of Starwood's growing Aloft collection, which was launched in 2005 as a more laid-back and affordable version of the group's more upscale W brand. The downtown Brooklyn branch will offer 176 rooms, in a trademark decor that's been called "colorful industrial" and "tech-boutique."

Projected opening date: May 5
What's nearby: BAM (the Brooklyn Academy of Music), Prospect Park, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Rooms will be: "Bright and breezy"
Notable perks: Free Wi-Fi, 42" LCD TVs, Bliss Spa bath products, Aloft pet beds, a hip w xyz bar
Rates: Intro rates from $99, though nearly doubling by June
Address and Tel:216 Duffield Street (between Fulton & Willoughby Streets), Brooklyn, Tel., 718-256-3833

The Nolitan

The Nolitan
The Nolitan Hotel

The first boutique hotel in Nolita (the area NOrth of Little ITAly), the 55-room Nolitan will offer easy access to one of the city's trendiest shopping and dining areas. An added bonus? You'll even be able to maneuver about the 'hood on a complimentary skateboard.

Projected opening date: May 11 (first web booking currently available)
What's nearby: Excellent Nolita shopping, Little Italy, Chinatown, SoHo, the Lower East Side
Rooms will be: "Sophisticated in design, yet comfortable so that you feel at home"
Notable perks: 2pm checkout, free Wi-Fi, 37" plasma TVs, Equinox Fitness access, complimentary skateboards and bicycles, rain showerheads, Red Flower bath products, round-the-clock concierge services, We (heart) T. A. I. L. S. (Treating Animals In Luxurious Style) pet amenities program
Rates: Intro rates from $285, moving up to $375 by July (less if pre-paying)
Address and Tel: 30 Kenmare Street (at Elizabeth Street), Nolita, Tel., 212-925-2555

Sanctuary Hotel New York

Sanctuary Hotel

NYC hotelier Hank Freid presents an oasis of European-inspired boutique hospitality, via 115 stylish rooms at the heart of one of the city's most popular and exciting tourist areas. Formerly the Portland Square Hotel, the completely renovated Sanctuary has already hosted The Feast, a pop art-inspired pop-up restaurant.

Projected opening date: End of spring
What's nearby: Broadway, Times Square, Restaurant Row, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall
Rooms will be: "Stylish; meticulously crafted with luxurious finishes"
Notable perks: Frette linens, leather headboards, 32" or 42" LCD HDTVs, crystal chandeliers, large glass showers, marble vanities, floor-to-ceiling leather tiles, trendy lobby lounge with fireplace and illuminated glass floor
Rates: From $295
Address and Tel: 132 West 47th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues), Midtown

TRYP New York City – Times Square South

Tryp Hotel
TRYP Lobby Rendering; Wyndham Hotel Group

This will mark the first U.S. TRYP property to appear following Wyndham's acquisition of the previously Sol Meliá-owned Euro-and-South-American TRYP chain. Designer Glen Coben is creating Mediterranean-cum-Gotham interiors for the hotel's 173 rooms and social spaces.

Projected opening date: July
What's nearby: Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Chelsea, Times Square, Empire State Building
Rooms will be: "Spacious; infused Mediterranean elements and New York City style"
Notable perks: TRYP's signature accommodations, which include Fitness rooms (featuring a private fitness machine and complimentary fitness attire) and Family rooms (featuring a large bed for parents and bunk beds for children)
Rates: Not yet announced
Address:345 West 35th Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues), Midtown South

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