TriBeCa Grand set to open in April


NEW YORK -- The company that brought us the trendy SoHo Grand will open the 203-room TriBeCa Grand at 2 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Ave.) late next month.

Billed as "the place to meet" for the plugged-in, sophisticated traveler, the hotel promises to offer everything from 24-hour concierge and room service to Internet access via data ports and televisions with wireless keyboards.

Emanuel Stern, president of Hartz Mountain Industries, owner and developer of the TriBeCa Grand and SoHo Grand, said, "Just as the SoHo Grand provided a gathering spot in Soho where none existed before, I believe the TriBeCa Grand will be the 'town square' of Tribeca."

Architecturally, very little was done to the building's exterior, whose small-scale brick facade and cast-iron detailing blend with the surrounding architecture.

Inside, however, slipper chairs and loveseats covered in soft leathers and suedes; illuminated columns, and a cool-burning candlelight fireplace combine Victorian touches with contemporary designs.

Rooms, which are painted in subdued blues and creams, feature near-floor-to-ceiling windows, platform beds dressed in Frette linens, wing chairs and a lacquered, wrap-around desk/vanity.

Amenities include a Bose radio/CD player; TV with VCR and Web access; a fax machine/copier/scanner; a cordless dual-line phone with data port and voice mail, and an iron and ironing board.

For business travelers who need more space than their room affords, the hotel offers a 98-seat private screening room, two conference rooms with capacity for 75 people theater-style and prefunction space.

There is no formal restaurant at the TriBeCa Grand. Instead, the atrium lounge offers continuous beverage service and dining in a setting that can be reconfigured to diners' wishes.

The interior design team devised a seating pattern in the atrium lounge that mixes low lounge furniture and cocktail tables with cafe-style tables and chairs.

According to management, the menu features more frequent and lighter meals instead of the traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner, although guests can still order a multicourse meal.

A pathway near the bar leads down several steps to a club-like room that's available for private dining and entertaining and also serves as a breakfast room for guests only.

As at its sister hotel, guests of the TriBeCa Grand can sign up for the Grand Guest program, which rewards repeat guests with a guaranteed rate, room preference and special amenities and rewards.

Room rates will range from $399 to $549. Suites will sell for $649 to $1,499.

TriBeCa Grand
Phone: (877) 519-6600 or (212) 519-6600

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