Westin Hotels announces grand opening of flagship Manhattan property

17th Oct 2012
Westin Hotels announces grand opening of flagship Manhattan property

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. announce the grand opening of The Westin New York Grand Central. The new hotel opens in the former New York Helmsley Hotel after the completion of a $75 million renovation.

The brand’s second Manhattan hotel features a complete redesign of the hotel’s interior including 774 spacious guest rooms equipped with Westin’s signature amenities, more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space with the latest technology, a 3,000-square-foot WestinWORKOUT® fitness studio and the upcoming addition of THE LCL: Bar & Kitchen, NYC, the first bar and food concept from Gerber Group in a Westin property. As part of the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) global music program On Tour with SPG: Hear the Music, See the World, Ben Folds Five will offer a private performance for SPG members.

The Westin New York Grand Central joins its sister property, The Westin New York at Times Square, as a business epicenter in midtown Manhattan. Located just blocks away from both Grand Central Terminal and the United Nations, the hotel maintains its New York City landmark status while providing guests the premium Westin experience with signature amenities and services designed to inspire well-being in a sophisticated and elegant setting.

“We have greatly anticipated the opening of The Westin New York Grand Central as it marks a new era for this historic hotel and its neighborhood, said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Westin Hotels & Resorts. “Our new landmark property will become a hub for both business and leisure travelers due to its prime location and the draw of the signature Westin experience, designed to provide our guests a bit of well-being in the center of bustling New York City.”

“This is a great day for Westin Hotels and Starwood - some of the biggest names in our city’s growing hospitality industry,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who cut the ribbon today to open The Westin New York Grand Central. “Even when New York City was struggling to recover from the last national recession, Starwood was very bullish about our future. Their investments here have turned out to be smart ones, because a record number of tourists are flocking to New York City, and now this renovation gives them one more reason to visit.”


Eco-Friendly Guestrooms Give Heavenly Experience

Each of the 774, 300+ square-foot guestrooms, including 11 one-bedroom suites and one three-bedroom presidential suite, maintain the highest standards of environmental responsibility with the brand’s signature eco-friendly materials such as energy-conserving LED and CFL lights, water conserving low flow plumbing and recycle-able carpet pads, low VOC finishes for casegoods and GreenGuard certified solar shades. Each guestroom is also equipped with Westin’s luxurious amenities including the coveted Heavenly Bed. The revamped design scheme includes calming, tonal colors that create a soothing environment, allowing guests to leave feeling better than when they arrived.

Redefining the Traditional Hotel Lobby Bar and Hotel Restaurant

The renovation also extended the hotel’s lobby to 42nd street to include THE LCL: Bar & Kitchen, NYC, coming soon. Once open, THE LCL: Bar & Kitchen, NYC, will be the first bar and food concept in a Westin property from leading nightlife proprietor Gerber Group and will redefine the traditional hotel lobby bar and restaurant. Located on the ground floor of the hotel, THE LCL will offer an extensive selection of local small-batch spirits, regionally brewed craft beers, as well as, organic, sustainable and biodynamic wines. The signature and seasonal cocktail selections will feature house-made infusions and market fresh ingredients. THE LCL will also offer a kicked up comfort food menu from sunrise to well after sunset. The menu will feature locally sourced items such as Roasted Beets and Coach Farm Chevre Cheese Salad, LCL Flame Grilled LaFrieda Burger and Great New York Cheddar Cheese and Mac. In addition to locally sourced food, THE LCL will also serve Stumptown Coffee, Organic Avenue juices and fresh grab-and-go options in the morning for guests on the move.

State-of-the-Art Meeting Space

Conveniently located in the Midtown East neighborhood, the hotel is positioned to become a business epicenter. With more than 12,000 square feet of renovated meeting and event space, including four new break-out rooms and an expanded 4,100 square-foot ballroom with sweeping city views, the hotel is an ideal host for everything from intimate business affairs to large-scale corporate meetings accommodating up to 450 guests. In addition, all rooms have new carpeting and lighting, while preserving some of the hotel’s historic elements including wood paneling and New York photography from the hotel’s original decoration.

As part of the overhaul, all event spaces are now equipped with teleconferencing capabilities, fiber optics and some of the highest bandwidth in Manhattan. The hotel’s history and close proximity to Grand Central is also reflected in the meeting room names, which include a space entitled “Track 61,” the name of the mysterious once-secret train platform located in Grand Central Terminal.


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