New York's West Side Hotel Belleclaire Nears Completion of Multi-phase Renovation

Restored Facade, Renovated Guestrooms and New Public Spaces are Included for the 230-room Circa 1903 Hotel

. March 07, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - March 7, 2013 - With a fresh multi-million dollar multi-phase restorative renovation nearly complete, Hotel Belleclaire unveils its luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites, expansive sky lit lobby and new public spaces that include a state-of-the-art media lounge and fitness center. A new meeting space will be unveiled this summer and a high-end rooftop restaurant and garden overlooking the Hudson River are set to be complete in the final stage of the renovation process in 2014.

Originally built in 1903 by famed architect Emery Roth, the building's brick, terracotta and limestone façade reflect Beaux Arts and Art Nouveau styles. Unique design elements such as a 40-foot skylight, 18-foot high ceilings, hand-laid mosaic tile and intricate wood doors dating back over 110 years were discovered throughout the renovation process and became a significant part of interior designer Silvia Zofio's inspiration for the property. The ornately carved wooden doors inside the lobby are in the same original location and help recreate the historic ambiance of Hotel Belleclaire.

The newly renovated guest rooms have a residential-feel and have been decorated in a rich color palette of deep red, chocolate brown and soft white with espresso-hued wooden floors and original crown molding. Luxurious Frette linens, flat screen plasma televisions and complimentary in-room Wi-Fi are just several of the modern elements that contribute to the Hotel Belleclaire guest experience.

“For over one-hundred years, guests have sought out Hotel Belleclaire for it's close proximity to Central Park, the best of New York shopping and ease of access to Broadway,” says Scott Geres, General Manager. “With the renovation almost complete, we're happy to provide guests with state-of-the-art rooms and amenities within one of Manhattan's most historic landmark hotels.”

Hotel Belleclaire stays true to its original model of setting higher standards for the guest experience by providing guests complimentary amenities including property-wide wi-fi, in-room bottled water, Dean & DeLuca snacks, and fitness center access. Guests also have access to a media lounge, that comes complete with three 27-inch Apple computers, two arcade stations with more than 10,000 games and multi-player options, a charging station compatible with over 300 different devices, a Flyte tracker for guests to print off boarding passes and Mini MILK desks with attached fish tanks designed by Soren Rose.

In the heart of the Upper West Side and near notable attractions such as Central Park, Riverside Park, the American Museum of Natural History and Lincoln Center, Hotel Belleclaire is situated in one of Manhattan's most desirable and well-established neighborhoods. Just steps from Broadway, Hotel Belleclaire provides guests with easy access to the best of the Upper West Side, whether guests yearn to try the thin crust pizza and homemade pasta from famed restaurant Serafina, mingle at a trendy hotspot, or plan a night of theater on Broadway.

In the final stages of a multi-million dollar, multi-phase restorative renovation, Hotel Belleclaire is situated in the heart of the Upper West Side, steps away from some of the city's most cultural attractions. A member of Triumph Hotel Group, a collection of sophisticated New York City boutique hotels, Hotel Belleclaire provides guests the rare opportunity to experience the charm of a turn-of-the-century American landmark hotel combined with all of the comforts and conveniences that modern day travelers expect and enjoy. The Belleclaire offers 230 freshly revamped guest rooms, a modern fitness center, energetic lobby scene, panoramic city and Hudson River views, and a state-of-the-art media lounge, with a chic full-service cocktail lounge and rooftop garden and restaurant to come in late 2013. For information and reservations call, (877) 468-3522 or visit www.hotelbelleclaire.com.

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