The Life of a Concierge: Top 3 Strangest Requests!

Could you imagine what it’s like to be a concierge of a 4- star hotel? A Concierge helps assist with anything and everything that you could think of: from food recommendations, things to do, and places to see to arranging car services and giving directions around the city.  Our Chef Concierge, Charlie Loor, here at Hotel Chandler, shared that being a concierge has certainly been a rewarding experience.  He has been able to help guests have an unforgettable and unparalleled experience in NYC.  On the other hand, he’s also heard of some very outrageous and unusual requests! Here are Charlie’s top 3 strangest requests as a Concierge:

Surprise Wedding Proposal

The Concierge: Charlie Loor, Hotel Chandler

“I had a guest who was going to propose to his fiancé and ask if I could arrange a horse and carriage ride through the streets of New York. He wanted someone to jump in the carriage and surprise her with the ring so that he could ask her to marry him. I contacted our friend that does the horse and carriage tours in the city. After careful planning and having someone that would be ideal for this request. I put it all together for him having a fellow colleague coordinate with the driver of the carriage pull up to a stop light and my colleague jumped on the carriage and sang “amore” (the song was my idea) he caught her off guard as he proposed. This one could be the most difficult one I’ve had to arrange thus far.”

Movies on the Beach—with No Sand

The Concierge: A group of staff, the Ritz Carlton Cancun Mexico

“In 2001, a wealthy older guest staying with his family and personal chef at this elegant oceanfront property wanted to watch a movie on the beach—without having to step on the sand. “We decided to order a whole lot of carpets,” says the hotel’s public relations manager, Paulina Feltrin. “They needed to be white to match the color of sand. It was summer and there’s not much need for carpets here, but we located a dozen and laid them out all along the beach, along with a large movie screen and cinema-style seating. The entire family watched the film under the stars, and no one got their feet wet or dirty.””

Poisonous Fish Removal

The Concierge: Abdul, Four Season Resort Seychelles

“A Russian guest at this sparkling beach resort in the Seychelles recently demanded that the hotel remove a fish from the sea so he could be comfortable enough to swim. The offending creature, a lionfish, is indeed venomous, but it’s so common in these waters that divers specifically stay at the hotel for the chance to see one. This was explained, but “the guest was still not happy,” says Manaf, the hotel’s recreation manager. “In the end my staff had to spend a morning snorkeling through the waters looking for the creature. We told him they had all swum away. Only then was he satisfied.””

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New Adventures in a Classic City

New York City is always humming with amazing new things to see! Sometimes, it can be a little difficult to keep track of everything that is going on in the concrete jungle. Have no fear – we have your guide to all things new, in New York City.  Enjoy the best of the classic but leave time to experience the newest New York City attractions during your stay at Hotel Chandler.

Shopping

Brookfield Place: A shiny new mall at 200 Vesey Street in the Financial District, Brookfield Place is home to Hudson Eats, a curated food court, the French marketplace and restaurant Le District, and an array of outstanding shopping from Tory Burch and J. Crew to Theory, Hermes, Gucci, and more.

Arts & Culture

Big Bling at Madison Square Park: A major public sculpture by artist Martin Puryear, Big Bling will be on view at Madison Square Park from May 16, through January 8, 2017. The outdoor work will be a multi-tier wood structure wrapped in fine chain link fence. At forty feet high, Big Bling is the largest temporary outdoor sculpture created by Puryear.

World Famous Acts at The World’s Most Famous Arena: Home to a wide array of well known performers, Madison Square Garden will once again host some of the best events in the country throughout the year. From Fallout Boy in March to Earth, Wind and Fire in April and many more, 2016 will be another outstanding year at The World’s Most Famous Arena.

One World Observatory: One World Observatory is a three-story observation deck atop the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Located on levels 100, 101, and 102 of One World Trade Center, visitors take the fastest elevator in the world to the top floor, experience a movie celebrating New York City, enjoy breathtaking views, and can explore an array of dining options and interactive exhibits.

Broadway & Off Broadway

Therese Raquin starring Keira Knightley

Hamilton starring Lin-Manuel Miranda

The Color Purple starring Jennifer Hudson

Finding Neverland starring Kelsey Grammer

Dining

Lidia Bastianich and Ambrogio Maestri at Eataly: On March 2nd, listen to famed opera singer Ambrogio Maestri share his experiences in both the Italian food industry and the world of music. Hear beloved chef Lidia Bastianich engage with Maestri in a conversation of food, music, and creativity. Enjoy a four-course dinner presented by Chef Bastianich and more at Eataly.

 

For more NEW, exciting things happening in NYC, make sure to visit http://www.hotelchandler.com/new-new-york-destinations.

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Hotel Chandler’s Favorite Parks in NYC

Central park

Fall has arrived and we, at Hotel Chandler, are loving every minute of it! After such a warm summer, the air is getting crisper and the leaves are finally turning orange. What better way to enjoy it by going to one of NYC’s many parks?! Here’s a list of our favorite parks to stroll through in New York:

1. Central Park

  • Size/Location

843 acres, Manhattan

  • Fun Things To Do

Ice skating in Wollman Rink! Since 1950, it’s been tradition for tourists and New Yorkers. This year, the rink opens on October 24th. Hours can be found here.

  • Interesting Fact

Central Park has been named the most filmed public park in the world after appearing in over 240 feature films since 1908!

2. Madison Square Park

  • Size/Location

6.23 acres, Manhattan

  • Fun Things To Do

The world-famous Shake Shack has its own stand right in Madison Square Park! The burger place started up as a hotdog cart to support MSP Conservancy’s first ever art installation titled “I ♥ Taxi”.  To this day lines form daily around the park!

  • Interesting Fact

Players of what would become the infamous NY Knickerbockers baseball team practiced in a vacant lot on Madison Avenue and 27th Street.  It was here that the roots of baseball began!

 

3. Pelham Bay Park

  • Size/Location

2771.75 acres, the Bronx

  • Fun Things To Do

Previously known as “The Riviera of New York”, Orchard Beach is a 1.1 mile long, man-made beach featuring two playgrounds, two picnic areas, over 25 different sports courts and a central pavilion! Created in the 1930’s, this beach is definitely something you don’t want to miss.

  • Interesting Fact

For about 2 years, starting in 1917, a naval training base operated in the park preparing troops for the First World War.  The distinguished American Actor, Humphrey Bogart was among the many to train here.

4. Van Cortlandt Park

  • Size/Location

1146.43 acres, the Bronx

  • Fun Things To Do

Make your way to the Van Cortlandt Golf Course!  The Park’s golf course first opened on July 6, 1895, as the first public golf course in the United States. Featuring a scenic route, it covers 120 acres and has 18 holes.

  • Interesting Fact

The Bronx is home to the Van Cortlandt House built in the 18th century. Our very first president, George Washington, used this home as one of his many center of operations during the Revolutionary War. In 1897, the house was turned into a museum.

5. Brooklyn Bridge Park

  • Size/Location

85 acres, Brooklyn

  • Fun Things To Do

Jane’s Carousel is a classic 3-row machine originally built in 1922. After many years passed, the Carousel was purchased by Jane and David Walentas and fully restored back to its original elegance. It reopened on September 16th, 2011. Since then, it has won many awards and featured in many articles and TV shows.  The views from the Carousel definitely make this a must-see when visiting Brooklyn Bridge Park!

  • Interesting Fact

After being abandoned, the park was able to revitalize piers 1 through 6, turning each into a unique amenity with amazing views of lower Manhattan.

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Top 10 Hidden Gems Like Hotel Chandler in NYC

Contrary to popular belief, Hotel Chandler is not the only hidden gem in New York City.  Reaching from the very top to the very tip of Manhattan, are tons of cool, beautiful, and interesting sites that are not very easily found.  Luckily, especially for our guests, we have compiled a list of our favorite top 10 hidden gems in the city:

10. McGraw Hill Financial [via Mashable, Tyler Tronson]

McGraw Hill Midtown Building: 1221 Avenue of the Americas

McGraw Hill is known as the company that publishes textbooks for college students all over the country.  Something you may not know about them is that they also have a hidden gem in their corporate building. On the west side of their building between 48th and 49th street is a Plexiglas tunnel that runs right underneath a waterfall.

 

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Secret Garden at St. Luke in the fields: 485 Hudson Street

This secret escape is filled with many different flowers, birds and butterflies right in the middle of the West Village. It is cloaked by a huge brick wall and black iron gate, but if you’re clever enough, you just might be able to find it!

 

8. Garden of Stones[via Flickr: joygantic]

The Garden of Stones: 36 Battery Place

The Garden of Stones is part of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Although, not entirely hidden, it is certainly a sight for sore eyes.  Featuring plants planted in stones by Holocaust survivors and their families, there is much history surrounding this piece. Eventually, the plants bloom and the rocks break apart.

 

7. 1st Street Garden[via manhattansideways.com]

1st Street Garden: 48 East 1st Street

The 1st street garden became a local garden in the 1980’s and has steadily been maintained and taken care of by its neighbors. The murals change every few weeks but are currently in the theme of “women who made a difference in America.”

 

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Sidewalk Subway Map: on Greene Street between Spring and Prince Street

Belgian artist Francoise Schein created this amazing piece titled, “Subway Map Floating on a NYC Sidewalk” with concrete rod and LED lights per subway stop.   You can find this 87-foot cool work of art on Greene Street cut right into the ground.

 

5. PDT[via Flickr - star5112]

East Village Speakeasy PDT: 113 St. Marks Place

PDT also known as “Please Don’t Tell” is very big on secrecy.  The trendy speakeasy features a hidden entrance through a hot dog shop’s telephone booth in the East Village.  If you’re a fan of cocktails, you’re in luck!  This bar is quite known for its absinthe cocktail mixes.

 

4. The Berlin Wall[via Alex Lopez]

The Berlin Wall: East 53rd Street between 5th and Madison Avenues

Inconspicuously placed, a piece of the world famous Berlin wall is exhibited alongside a courtyard in Midtown East. Many people think this 12-foot high, 20-foot long masterpiece is just another NY street painting but if you look closely enough, you will see that that is not the case.  In reality, German artists Thierry Noir and Kiddy Citny incorporated 5 original concrete wedges of the wall that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. You can find this this antique remainder burrowed between the Jefferies office building and Paley Park on 53rd Street.

 

3.  Hidden Waterfall[via buisnessinsider.com]

Hidden Waterfall at Green Acre Park: 217 East 51st Street

We are on to our top three hidden gems! Amongst the concrete jungle that is New York City, it may seem out of the ordinary to find a beautiful waterfall in its midst.  Well get ready to be blown away – right on 51st Street is a 25-foot secret waterfall in a small park also featuring a seating area.  Tired of all the hustle and bustle or need a quick break from the bright lights? Find your way to this relaxing are; it sure is a sight to see.

 

2.  Whispering Gallery - GCT[via Flickr: ilike]

Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Station: 89 East 42nd Street

In one of the most infamous landmarks of NYC is a whisper archway, unbeknownst to many people.  In front of the Oyster Bar and Restaurant in the Grand Central Terminal, two people can hear each other’s whispers conveyed over the arch while standing at diagonal arches.

 

1. City Hall Subway Stop[via viraljuice.com]

The old City Hall subway stop: After the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall Subway Stop

For our number one hidden gem in NYC (besides us, of course) we have featured the old City Hall subway stop.  Over 75 years ago, this 6 train stop once stirred and buzzed with movement. Unfortunately, in 1945 it was closed down due to its incapability to be remodeled.  Guided tours are occasionally available or if you stay on the 6 train after the last stop, you can grab a quick glance of its beauty as it passes through the station when it loops around to the uptown platform.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The History of Hotel Chandler’s Neighborhoods

Hotel Chandler is located at the heart of Manhattan bordering three historic New York City neighborhoods: Murray Hill, the Flatiron and the NoMad District.

Murray Hill derives its name from the Murray family, 18th-century Quaker merchants mainly concerned with shipping and overseas trade. The Murrays rented land from the city for a great house and farm. His great house, which he named Inclenberg (or Belmont), but which was popularly termed Murray Hill, was built on a since-leveled hill at what is today Park Avenue and 36th Street. During the 19th century, this neighborhood was “uptown” with the city ending with the reservoir at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street covering what today is the New York Public Library and Bryant Park. To the north was for the most part farmland. In the bitter winter of 1808 during the embargo that closed New York harbor, an innovative work relief program kept out-of-work dock workers busy reducing the height of Murray Hill; between twenty and forty feet were sliced off its summit and used for fill. In mid-century the rich, temporarily, and the upper middle class more permanently filled the brownstone row houses that filled Murray Hill’s streets. Stylish merchandising began to change the neighborhood; Madison Square Park, at this time considered a part of Murray Hill, was bordered by the fashionable ladies’ shops of the day on Fifth Avenue. For much of the 20th century, the neighborhood was a quiet and rather formal place, with many wealthy older residents. Since the late 1990s, many upper-class young professionals in their twenties and thirties have begun to move into the area. Though housing in the neighborhood is slightly cheaper than in fashionable nearby parts of Manhattan, prices for apartments here rose a great deal during the boom of the late 1990s and early 2000s—as much as 500 percent in a decade.

The Flatiron District is named after the Flatiron building bordering the southwest side of Madison Square Park. The Flatiron district is located between 20th Street, Union Square and Greenwich Village to the south; Chelsea to the west and Gramercy Park to the east. The Flatiron District is the only Manhattan neighborhood to be named after a building. The Flatiron Building, a National Historic Landmark, triangular 22-story skyscraper was built in 1902 by Danil Burnham and is most famous for its combination of French and Italian Renaissance architecture and ornate terracotta façade. The building led to the growth of the neighborhood and the “Ladies Mile”, which was the popular upscale shopping district of the Gilded Age and early 1900s. Nowadays the area has been transformed into one of upscale restaurants and theaters.

The NoMad District is centered, and named, for its location north of Madison Square Park. The neighborhood extends from 25th Street to 30th Street between the Avenue of the Americas and Lexington Avenue. New Yorkers began establishing residences in private brownstone dwellings and mansions around Madison Square Park in the mid-nineteenth century. The area became a meeting place for the Gilded Age elite, and a late-nineteenth century mecca for shoppers, tourists and after-theater restaurant patrons. A commercial boom followed with the growth of hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues and office buildings, many of which are still standing. In the late nineteenth century the area was dubbed Tin Pan Alley thanks to the collection of music publishers and songwriters there who dominated the American commercial music world of the time. The massive 2001 park restoration project, spearheaded by the Madison Square Park Conservancy spurred a transformation of the neighborhoods around the park- The Flatiron District, Rose Hill and NoMad—from primarily commercial to places attractive for residences upscale business and trendy restaurants and nightspots.

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Hotel Chandler Named Recommended Hotel by Forbes 2015 Travel Guide

Forbes Travel Guide today unveiled its annual Star Rating list, naming Hotel Chandler as a new Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel. Hotel Chandler will be showcased with all of the Star Rating recipients on ForbesTravelGuide.com.

Hotel Chandler is the latest addition to the luxury travel the world. These ratings serve as the most authoritative guideposts for guests seeking exceptional travel experiences. Our primary mission is to contribute to excellence in hospitality, serving the global tourism industry as well as the guest,” said Gerard J. Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide. “We’re proud to be associated with the new additions to our global list.”ratings that have been the gold standard in the hospitality industry since 1958.“Our Star Ratings recognize the finest hotels, restaurants and spas in

For additional detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star ratings, visit www.forbestravelguide.com/about/ratings.

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Fashion Week in New York City!

Whether or not you have managed to snag tickets to one of the shows during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week there is plenty to keep you busy in the City during the festive and fabulous week! However, before hitting the City’s shows, exhibitions and parties let Triumph Hotels pamper you. We have joined forces with PRIV to offer complimentary beauty services at our popups. Check out the schedule here to receive a complimentary manicure, a makeup touch-up, a dry styling hair service, or a mini massage.

Neighborhood

If you don’t have tickets to the Lincoln Center events don’t fret, a second Fashion Week is taking place: check out New York’s more cutting edge designers by attending a MADE Fashion Week show. Exhibitions are on full fashion-force during this time. Some of our favorites to check out are:

After a busy and exciting day sit and relax with a prix fixe meal at one of the participating restaurants of NYC’s Restaurant Week.

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Valentine’s Day in New York City!

Valentine’s Day in New York will keep your special trip occupied with not only quiet, romantic moments but with exciting happenings around town! We have compiled a list of our favorite shops and spots guaranteed to make your loved one feel special.

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Chocolates and flowers are a Valentine’s staple, but take these ordinary gifts and turn them up a notch. Specialty chocolate and flower shops are scattered throughout the City but we have listed a few to get you started. Pick some handmade chocolates up at L.A.Burdick located near Madison Square Park or venture up to Neuhaus for the best of Belgium chocolates (near Bryant Park). If you are looking for something a little more locally sourced, look no further than Mast Brothers Chocolate. This Brooklyn duo have created a name for themselves with hand-wrapped chocolate bars featuring flavors such as Stumptown coffee and Vanilla & Smoke.

For stunning floral arrangements swing by Spruce or Shields for a magnificent floral arrangement to be placed in the hotel room to truly wow your loved one.

Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without the romantic dinner. Michelin starred Juni provides an intimate setting that will take you on a fine dining journey with evolving flavors as you make your way through the tasting menu.  Looking for a dinner in one of the most romantic parks in the world? Wander the chilly paths of a quiet Central Park before making your way to Tavern on the Green for a warm, iconic dinner.  Looking for an unforgettable view? Create a lifelong memory by booking a table at the Rainbow Room. After your five-course meal, dance the night away with your loved one on the historic rotating floor to Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.

Can’t get a table at one of these spots? Depending on your flavor other romantic spots with special Valentine’s Day menus include: The Gander, Brushstroke, and Botequim.

After dinner take your date for a twirl into the 1920s for a cocktail at Dear Irving and let the parlor and the bespoke drinks enchant your significant other.  Head to The Bourgeois Pig for a nightcap and sit among their blood-red interiors surrounded by antique mirrors before making your way back to your luxurious hotel room.

For more information and to assist with reservations and babysitting options contact our concierge at (646) 218-4409.

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Miracle on 31st Street Package

New York City outdoes itself during the holidays so that visitors and New Yorkers alike wonder around the jolly, blustery streets to enjoy the City’s splendor! Enhance your vacation by booking our ‘Miracle on 31st Street’ package! This special package will leave your family with shimmering memories that will last for years to come.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree - New York, NY

Bundle up and have an enchanting night out on Skyline Sightseeing’s Holiday Lights bus tour around the City included in the package! The tour will take you by all the glimmering sights and show you how New York shines with its decorations at destinations such as the Rockefeller Christmas tree, Times Square, and Columbus Circle! Each guest will receive a headset and can listen by choosing from a selection of 10 different languages.

Nothing is more magical then going to Santaland at the flagship Macy’s at Herald Square. For a seamless trip to the popular spot Hotel Chandler is offering the registration service for the Santaland Express line to visit Santa. Take a quick walk from Hotel Chandler to 34th Street and meet the elves who will escort you through the magic to Santa!

For those moments when Hotel Chandler hasn’t planned your time put on some comfortable boots and head to Bryant Park for its Winter Village and ice skating rink! Grab a hand crafted hot chocolate from the kiosk before you continue your adventure up 5th Avenue. Spend some time looking into each store’s festive and impressive window display. From there drift up to Central Park and enjoy the snowy wonderland and the horse-drawn carriages. For your evenings free contact our concierge for assistance in booking tickets to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet or pop over to Radio City Music Hall for the Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes!

Come back to your cozy room after your adventures for a peaceful sleep in the heart of it all! And, before you leave, take your special holiday gift from us to you so that a piece of the New York magic travels home.

 

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Triumph Hotels Announces ‘The Countdown to Your NYC Dream Trip’ Promotion

Triumph Hotels invites guests to make their New York City dream trip come true with their Cyber Monday Sale, offering up to 50% off stays in Manhattan. As a special bonus, Triumph Hotels is holding a sweepstakes in conjunction with their limited time offer: win a six-course tasting dinner with wine parings for two at Triumph’s Michelin-star JUNI restaurant, featuring Executive Chef Shaun Hergatt’s culinary ingenuity.

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On December 1st, 2014, visitors can save 30% on reservations at any of Triumph’s collection of six New York City hotels and during ‘Happy Hour’, from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.), Triumph Hotels is offering even larger savings of 50% off premium rooms and suites. In addition, guests will have complete access to the premier amenities and services available at Triumph Hotels, including:

  • Concierge services
  • Valet parking
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Onsite dining
  • 24-hour room service
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Onsite bars and lounges
  • Libraries
  • 24-hour fitness facilities
  • Media lounges
  • Same-day laundry service
  • Complimentary overnight shoeshine
  • Some amenities are hotel specific please call or visit individual hotel’s website for details

“This limited time offer provides yet another opportunity for guests to experience their New York City dream trip,” said Ronny Apfel, CFO. “By acting fast and taking advantage of these savings, guests gain access to all the great things NYC has to offer – from award-winning dining to world-class attractions.” In addition to big savings, Triumph Hotels is also offering the chance to win a six-course tasting dinner for two at JUNI, Hotel Chandler’s Michelin-star restaurant. Visitors to the Triumph Hotels promotion website can enter to win via email, and have additional chances to enter by sharing posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram by using both hashtags #TriumphHotels and #CyberMonday. Savings Apply at These Six Unique NYC Hotels:

About Triumph Hotels
Triumph Hotels offers the key to New York City. Operating a collection of six unique hotels in some of Manhattan’s most diverse and distinct neighborhoods, the company showcases distinguished architecture, gracious hospitality, and character that matches the hotels’ dynamic surroundings. From the peaceful residential feel of Hotel Belleclaire on the Upper West Side to the elegant luxury of the Iroquois New York in the heart of Midtown, Triumph’s hotels embody the spirit of the city, unlocking true New York City experiences for leisure travelers, business visitors and more.

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