NEW YORK -- Ritz-Carlton will mark its return to New York after a
four-year absence when it opens the 298-room Ritz-Carlton New York,
Battery Park in October.
Situated at 2 West St. at the tip of Manhattan's Battery Park,
the hotel occupies the first 14 floors of a 39-story, $200 million
mixed-use building that will include 114 luxury condominiums on the
Ritz-Carlton had been trying to find a way back into New York
since August 1997, when it severed its management ties to the famed
hotel on Central Park South.
Since announcing the Battery Park hotel, Ritz-Carlton said it
would manage a second property in the city, signing an agreement to
operate the former St. Moritz Hotel on Central Park South. It is
scheduled to open sometime in December.
Ritz-Carlton said the Battery Park hotel's decor combine art
deco elements with modern technology and signature Ritz-Carlton
Forty-four of the hotel's 298 rooms are suites. All rooms are
equipped with multiline telephones with voice mail and data ports,
and the suites will feature DVD players. Guest rooms and suites
facing the waterfront are equipped with high-powered
The hotel will feature a Club Level of higher-priced rooms with
extras such as a private lounge offering meals and beverages, a
dedicated concierge, separate check-in/checkout area, CD and DVD
library and upgraded bathroom amenities.
The new Ritz will have two restaurants -- an Asian-influenced
100-seat eatery on the 14th floor called Merger, and a 96-seat
lobby lounge called Vue with views of New York Harbor. Also at
lobby level will be the Bar & Lounge for cocktails and
Clients can work off their meals at a 2,500-square-foot fitness
center equipped with the latest weight training and exercise
equipment. Massage and spa treatments also will be offered.
For clients on business, the hotel will offer a business center
with secretarial, faxing, photocopying and courier services. The
center will have a dedicated "technology butler" to help clients
experiencing computer problems.
For conferences, the hotel will offer 11,000 square feet of
function space, including a 4,500-square-foot ballroom, two
function rooms and a boardroom.
Daily rack rates will start at $375 for a standard room and peak
at $4,500 for the Ritz-Carlton Suite. For details, call (800)
241-3333 or visit the Web site at www.ritzcarlton.com.