Lucid in the Sky: The Dream Hotel, New York

Freud considered all dreams to be in essence a form of wish fulfilment. Yes, even the scary ones. Luckily, Vikram Chatwal’s theatrical sci-fi hide out, deep in Midtown Manhattan is no dystopian nightmare. Let’s leave behind the blurb that describes it as ‘not your mother’s luxury hotel in Midtown’ (I’m assuming that’s not a euphemism)…
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The Mark Hotel, New York

Old New York stalwart goes hipster. The crowd goes “ooohhh”… Towering over the corner of 77th and Madison, The Mark has long since been a New York City institution. But old school decor has been replaced by ultra modern styling and the Upper East Side can rejoice once again, as one of its precious landmarks…
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The Palace Hotel, Midtown NYC

When your business empire is about to crumble like a cookie, what should you do? Commission an extravagant building, of course. Preferably one that is architecturally important, carries your name and will some day be consumed by a skyscraper. This is exactly what Henry Villard, one-time president of the Northern Pacific Railway, did in 1868 when…
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Cassa New York Residences

This new complex may not be the poshest on the block but with big, comfy rooms and a solid location it should make a mint. So long as the owners keep the grouting clean. Unless they suddenly get greedy, the owners of New York’s Cassa Residences should make pretty good money for the next 15…
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The Sky’s The Limit: 80 Columbus Circle, New York

When playing Fantasy Real Estate, we tend to put together a portfolio based around favourite cities and ideal locations. Anything with a beach front will do in The Hamptons. Our London home will be in Barnsbury: classic, spacious, accessible and most importantly, not Notting Hill. For warmth and ironic cheer we’ll have a little holiday…
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New York Hilton

Don Draper, distant and sad, slinks off from the forced reverie of the wedding party and explores the venue – an opulent, labyrinthine Long Island country club. In the club lounge, he finds a charming, grey haired Southerner behind the cocktail bar. Draper offers to fix an Old Fashioned for each of them and the…
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Cassa NYC

Unless they suddenly get greedy, the owners of New York’s Cassa Residences should make pretty good money for the next 15 years. Cassa’s smart, not grand. It’s not asking you to pay for some fancy marble – there isn’t any. It’s not asking you to pay for the view – there isn’t one of those…
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The Empire Hotel Strikes Back

You can stay in a hotel worse than The Empire. You’d be unlucky to stay somewhere more disappointing. The Empire is a one hundred year old legend, part of New Yorks hotelscape and it’s just had an expensive revamp. The Empire is somewhere New Yorkers hold dear they don’t want to stay there but they…
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The Best Room In The House: The Greenwich Hotel

It should be like sitting down to watch an action film where the lead role of a New York taxi driving sociopath is taken by renowned bad boy The Honourable Sir Rocco Forte: “You talking to me? Well, I’m the only one here. Who the fuck would you like to talk to? Concierge finishes at…
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