New options for long-term guests in New York

By Jeri Clausing
InsightLuxury hotels in New York are raising the bar for visitors who are planning on long-term stays, adding suites and packages for extended-stay guests.

For instance, the New York Palace, a luxury midtown hotel, added 44-square-foot corner suites with full kitchens as part of the hotel's recent $140 million renovation. The suites are in the hotel's Towers, which have a separate entrance and private elevator.

General manager David Chase said the suites are 1,200 square feet, "right on par with the space and comfort of a fully appointed luxury condominium, plus the staff of a full service hotel. Anything from same-day valet to 24-hour, in-suite dining to private butler services and multilingual concierge services come standard with Towers Accommodations."

Jeri ClausingThe Marmara Collection hotel group, known for its extended-stay options in the U.S., is opening its flagship New York property, Marmara Park Avenue, in late August on lower Park Avenue near the Empire State Building. The 128-room hotel will feature a mix of rooms and suites, including three penthouse suites, more than 40 terraces, apartment-style accommodations with full kitchens, a lobby lounge, wellness center with a swimming pool and steam bath, and event spaces.

In Greenwich Village, the Jade Hotel is now offering 20% discounts for guests who stay seven nights or more. Many of the rooms have private patios and terraces.

Chase of the New York Palace says the hotels are responding to demand from several types of guests.

"Major designer brands and hotel chains are investing in their product and putting flagship properties in New York City to attract and cater to relocating clientele," he said. "More than just extended stays for medical visits, we've found that New York City-bound [property] buyers have a desire to be local while they are waiting for a newbuild to be complete or simply want the option to view properties hot on the market."
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