Gansevoort Park Avenue hotel checks in guests, contrary to exec’s claims

TRD New York /
Aug.August 19, 2010 06:45 PM

From left: clerks working the desk at Gansevoort Park Avenue hotel this afternoon and the hotel’s exterior

The Gansevoort Park Avenue has accepted reservations, with travelers staying in the hotel as of yesterday, despite prior claims to the contrary made by a Gansevoort Hotel Group executive to The Real Deal .

People in front of the Gansevoort Park Avenue last night told The Real Deal that they were staying at the hotel and a desk clerk today said that the hotel welcomed its first guests “yesterday afternoon,” and that starting rates are $275 per night.

Meanwhile, the source from the hotel group, which manages the Park Avenue South and 29th Street hotel in addition to the well-established Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District, told The Real Deal yesterday that the hotel did not have any guests and would not allow them until the building’s roof deck receives its temporary certificate of occupancy.

 When confronted today, the same source told The Real Deal that the hotel is not yet accepting new reservations, but was forced to honor existing reservations. He also said that the hotel is allowing these guests to stay there for free because the rooftop is not yet open.

Michael Achenbaum, president of Gansevoort Hotel Group, declined to comment.

Guests and hotel workers confirmed that the comps were, in fact, being doled out.

The kerfuffle surrounds the hotel’s inability to have the TCO on its rooftop approved. According to a spokesperson for the Gansevoort Hotel Group the TCO for the hotel has been approved for the first 10 floors of the building.

The representative told The Real Deal that he had “hoped this wouldn’t get out,” referring to the hotel’s forcible honoring of guests’ reservations, for free.

With additional reporting by Lauren Elkies


Related Articles

The Blakely Hotel at 136 West 55th Street and Richard Born (Credit: Google Maps, Richard Born by Studio Scrivo)

Blakely Hotel may shut down, lay off 54 workers

Donald Trump and the Trump Hotel in Washington D.C. (Credit: Getty Images)

Deadline is set for bids on Trump’s DC hotel

Renderings of 450 11th Avenue and 350 West 39th Street (Credit: DSM Design Group and Gene Kaufman Architect)

NYC’s strong hotel pipeline pushes down occupancy, revenue: report

Sam Chang and 150 West 48th Street (Credit: Google Maps)

Sam Chang lands $250M loan for Midtown hotel project

Alex Sapir and the NoMo Soho hotel at 9 Crosby Street (Credit: NoMo SoHo)

Sapir Corp.’s stock drops in Tel Aviv

181 Varick Street (Credit: Google Maps)

Claremont Companies buys Soho Marriott for $59M

Rendering of the Staybridge Suites at 38-59 11th Street

Long Island City hotel project moves forward with construction loan

Heritage Equity Partners’ Toby Moskovits, Benefit Street Partners real estate managing director Micah Goodman, and the Williamsburg Hotel at 96 Wythe Avenue (Credit: Google Maps)

Toby Moskovits’ Williamsburg Hotel is headed for receivership following $68M loan default