The historic New York Helmsley Hotel is set to open for booking as The Westin New York as early as late-March after an extensive 6-month $65 million rebranding initiative to bring it up to Starwood Hotels’ standards. The hotel is centrally located between Grand Central Terminal and the United Nations in midtown Manhattan, boasting views of the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. Post-rebranding, the hotel will continue to exude the cherished upscale vibe, with additional enhancements including the iconic Westin Heavenly Bed and a full suite of Westin’s signature amenities and services.
The renovation will include a total redo of the hotel’s 774 guestrooms, an extension to the lobby bar/restaurant to 42 Street, and renovation of the 15,000 sf of meeting space. The entire façade of the building will also undergo a complete transformation.
The spacious guestrooms, including 11 suites and a 3-bedroom presidential suite, will feature the brand’s eco-friendly Westin Classic design scheme, utilizing energy-conserving LED and CFL lights, water conserving low flow plumbing and GreenGuard certified solar shades.
The renovated meeting and event space will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, with panoramic views of the city streets. Five new breakout rooms will be added, the largest of which holds 450 pax.
“The transformation of the New York Helmsley Hotel into a flagship Westin hotel marks a new era for this historic hotel and its neighborhood,” says Brian Povinelli, global brand leader. “From the Heavenly Bed, to WestinWORKOUT and our in-room spa offerings, these signature Westin amenities at this iconic New York structure will better suit the needs of both business and leisure travelers and will provide our guests a bit of well-being in the center of bustling New York City.”