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Moxy Chelsea, a property aimed at reimagining the urban jungle and offering a plethora of amenities without a steep price-tag, is slated to open this fall.
The New York City hotel is being developed by Lightstone and is part of Marriott International's cutting-edge Moxy brand, which has been busy opening locations around the country and the world over the past year or more.
Moxy Chelsea will be a 37-story building that blends botanically-inspired design with Italian romance. It will feature 349 guestrooms that maximize natural light and include "a touch of wit," according to a statement issued by the company.
Designed by architects Stonehill Taylor, the building will place significant emphasis on honoring its location amid Manhattan's historic flower district, including creating a soaring, greenhouse-style atrium in the new hotel.
Spanning the front façade, the glass-enclosed conservatory will envelop guests in sunlight and lush vegetation, with a three-story living wall and greenhouse-style windows.
There will also be an outdoor garden terrace with vintage Italian flair complete with a Neapolitan-style pizza oven and made-for-Moxy bocce drinking game.
Additional features of the upcoming property include brand-new dining and drinking concepts from TAO Group in partnership with Francesco and Lorenzo Panella of the legendary Antica Pesa in Rome and Brooklyn. The hotel will offer a restaurant, cafe, pasticceria and a cocktail bar and lounge showcasing a gourmet take on Italian street food.
The ground floor café, restaurant and second-floor lobby, designed by Rockwell Group, are being created to unfold as a collection of dining and lounging spaces that transform seamlessly from work to play throughout the day.
Moxy Chelsea's playful check-in area will consist of four butcher blocks suspended dramatically from a 12-foot ceiling, acting as check-in kiosks, replacing a traditional reception desk.
Bedrooms, designed by Yabu Pushelberg, are filled with whimsical details while also reflecting a careful consideration of space and functionality.
Ten-foot ceilings and full height, wall-to-wall windows, will drench rooms with sunlight. A restrained, muted color palette has been selected to convey a feeling of openness-warm, wood-like floors, army-green mosaic tile, striped drapes and wax-dipped canvas headboards represent notions of hand-wrought craft, honest materials, and nostalgic wit.
Each bedroom will include custom-designed, multipurpose, foldaway furniture, which hangs on an open pegboard wall - a signature feature of the Moxy brand.
Bathrooms meanwhile have walk-in rain showers and cheeky phrases printed on the tiles ranging from "Some Regrets" to "Wild Thing."
Topping off the hotel, on the 35th floor, is a glass-enclosed rooftop lounge with expansive views that stretch from the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building. At the touch of a button, a retractable window wall will transform the lounge into an alfresco sky veranda.
"Moxy Chelsea brings a fresh vibrancy to the historic Flower District, where culture and commerce converge. It's set to become a destination where visitors and locals can connect in a natural and inclusive way," says Mitchell Hochberg, president of Lightstone. "Like Moxy Times Square, Moxy Chelsea offers guests affordability, without any sacrifice to style or comfort."
The Moxy brand was created to cater to free-spirited travelers who are looking for a hotel with friendly service and premium comforts in an environment that allows for connecting with relevant and authentic local experiences.
Lightstone debuted the Moxy brand in New York with the opening of Moxy Times Square in September 2017. The company will also be creating additional Moxy properties in Miami and Los Angeles, each with its own unique local spin.
"In New York City, people have so many hotel options," says Hochberg. "You need to give them something more. They're looking for experiences, but at a reasonable price, and Moxy Chelsea will provide both-a great value and a canvas for exciting, serendipitous moments."
Mia Taylor is an award-winning journalist who has two decades of experience. Most recently she worked as a staff writer for...
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