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First look: Collaboration is king to open Moxy Chelsea

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Leading firms Lightstone, TAO Group, Rockwell Group and Yabu Pushelberg rejoin forces following the successful launch of Moxy Times Square to deliver Moxy Chelsea…

Said to be New York’s new secret garden, the lifestyle hotel Moxy Chelsea will open this Autumn with inspiration from the urban jungle, blending botanically-inspired design with Italian romance. The hotel, developed by Lightstone and part of Marriott International’s Moxy Hotels brand, will rise 37 stories above New York City and features 349 thoughtfully designed guestrooms that are flooded with natural light and are complete with a touch of wit for good measure.

Designed by architects Stonehill Taylor, the building honours the neighbourhood with its industrial façade and soaring, greenhouse-style atrium. TAO Group will debut brand-new dining and drinking concepts in partnership with Francesco and Lorenzo Panella of the legendary Antica Pesa in Rome and Brooklyn, including a ristorante, caffè, pasticceria, as well as a cocktail bar and lounge offering a gourmet take on Italian street food.

“TAO Group is thrilled to once again partner with Lightstone and introduce brand-new dining and entertainment concepts within Moxy Chelsea,” says Noah Tepperberg, Partner of TAO Group. “After the success of Legasea, Egghead and Magic Hour at Moxy Times Square, we are eager to unveil our new venues at Moxy Chelsea and a very unique collaboration with Italian culinary stars Francesco and Lorenzo Panella.”

Moxy Chelsea marks the second collaboration by Yabu Pushelberg and Rockwell Group, the team behind Moxy Times Square. As guests enter through the fragrant, overgrown flower shop, designed by Yabu Pushelberg, they will be welcomed by four butcher blocks suspended dramatically from the 12-foot ceiling, acting as check-in kiosks, replacing a traditional reception desk. Other characteristically playful entryway design features include a digital word-play LED art installation on the ceiling, flashing phrases like “Good Morning, Stranger” and “You Love Me, You Love Me More” as well as a sculptural wood-cast concrete staircase leading from the check-in area to the lobby lounge.

The ground floor café, ristorante and second-floor lobby, designed by Rockwell Group, unfold as a collection of dining and lounging spaces that transform seamlessly from work to play throughout the day. Tucked into the bustle of Manhattan’s historic Flower District, guests encounter a botanically inspired design and crafted romance seen through a thoroughly modern lens. Spanning the front façade, the glass-enclosed conservatory will envelop guests in sunlight and lush vegetation, with a three-story-high living wall and greenhouse-style windows. Beyond the two meeting studios and co-working lounge will be an outdoor garden terrace with vintage Italian flair complete with a Neapolitan-style pizza oven and made-for-Moxy bocce drinking game.

King guestroom with soft furnishings and quirky lighting

The playful guestrooms, developed by Yabu Pushelberg, are filled with whimsical details, while reflecting a careful consideration of space and functionality. Ten-foot ceilings and full height, wall-to wall windows, drench the rooms with sunlight. A restrained, muted colour palette conveys a feeling of openness—warm, wood-like floors, army-green mosaic tile, striped drapes, and wax-dipped canvas headboards convey notions of hand-wrought craft, honest materials, and nostalgic wit. Each cosy, exceptionally efficient bedroom will include custom-designed, multipurpose, foldaway furniture, which hangs on an open pegboard wall. Bathrooms will feature walk-in rain showers with cheeky phrases printed on its tiles like “Some Regrets” and “Wild Thing.” Room types will include king rooms, double/doubles and quad bunk rooms as well as a hospitality suite with two adjoining king rooms, aptly named the MONDO Suite.

Mondo Suite

Topping off the hotel, on the 35th floor, is a glass-enclosed rooftop lounge designed by Rockwell Group with spectacular, 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 offers a new way of traveling which is smaller in concentration, yet not a reduction in experience. The brand caters to today’s free-spirited traveller who is looking for a hotel with friendly service and premium comforts in an environment that allows them to connect with relevant and authentic local experiences. Moxy’s creative brand identity aims to engage business and leisure travellers with a warm, thoughtful and playful guest experience.

“Moxy colours outside the lines when it comes to the traditional hospitality experience, and working hand-in-hand with Lightstone, we are set to disrupt the New York hotel scene once again with the opening of Moxy Chelsea,” said Vicki Poulos, Senior Global Brand Director, Moxy Hotels. “The combination of best-in-class in design, culture and food & beverage, as well as a killer price point, will no doubt deliver the fun and playful hotel experience guests have come to expect from Moxy Hotels, while reflecting the unique spirit of Manhattan’s Flower District.”

“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.”

Lightstone, the hotel’s developer, debuted the Moxy brand in New York with the opening of Moxy Times Square in September 2017 and will be developing four other Moxy properties planned for New York City, 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.”

Moxy Chelsea is located at 105 W 28th Street (at 6th Avenue) and will open this autumn.

 

Moxy debuts at Times Square

Moxy debuts at Times Square at former Mills Hotel

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The Moxy Times Square, the 15th property in the brand’s portfolio, has celebrated its grand opening in the former Mills Hotel in Manhattan.

Originally constructed in 1907, the hotel from Lightstone was transformed by a team of collaborators: locally-based architectural firm Stonehill & Taylor; design firms Yabu Pushelberg and Rockwell Group; and TAO Group, the creator and operator of the property’s F&B outlets.

Along with the the 612 cozy guestrooms, Yabu Pushelberg designed the entrance lobby as well as the second floor lobby and public spaces.

The Moxy Times Square, the 15th property in the brand's portfolio, has celebrated its grand opening in the former Mills Hotel in Manhattan.The latter serves as the social hub of the hotel with a central, copper-wrapped bar and a triple-height atrium skylight; a lounge complete with a DJ booth and wired seating; three multifunctional studios just beyond copper-framed glass doors; and grab-and-go space the Pickup. Ranging from 150 to 350 square feet, the rooms feature brand signatures such as an honest material palette and basic, exposed construction techniques.

Flexibility and functionality also characterise the guestrooms, which include foldaway furniture hung on open pegboard closets, large walk-in rain showers, and wood-frame beds with built-in storage.

Moxy New Orleans

Moxy New Orleans arrives with design by Stonehill & Taylor

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Moxy Hotels, making a much-anticipated US debut, opened the brand’s second stateside property, Moxy New Orleans, on May 12th. Located right outside the city’s oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter, the 108-room hotel was designed by NY-based Stonehill & Taylor to capture the area’s artistic spirit and bohemian legacy.

Stonehill & Taylor’s approach was to infuse a youthful design with modern art, contemporary technology, and local influences, thereby creating an uniquely New Orleans experience while also delivering on Moxy’s mission.

Favouring expansive public spaces in lieu of larger guest rooms, Moxy’s ground level is comprised of lounge and library areas, large central bar, and fitness room. The industrial design is marked with details referencing historical New Orleans. The first floor has been stripped down to reveal the existing concrete flooring, as well as the exposed pipe and duct work to give the first floor a raw, warehouse feel.

Moxy New Orleans

The space is layered with a faded floor stencil influenced by Spanish tile, and light fixtures with street lamp-inspired metal detailing, adding authentic French Quarter flair.

Stonehill & Taylor emphasises an active, social, and autonomous experience, a hallmark of the Moxy brand, throughout the public space design. The main focal point of the lobby area, the bar, is clad in reclaimed wood and topped with textured black stone. Positioned prominently between the library and lounge areas, the bar doubles as a gathering place for drinks and conversation, as well as check-in, where guests can obtain room keys from bartenders.

Guests have several options for work or play; a non-traditional open meeting room serves as an AV-equipped workspace for small group meetings and presentations during the day, and a gathering place for drinks and games at night. Ample power sources also allow for individual workstations along the window seating and bar, while the lounge area is outfitted with board games and foosball table.

Moxy New Orleans

Outside of the fitness centre, lockers are provided for guests to store belongings, including carry-on size luggage, and serves as an alternative to traditional check-in desk storage. Nearby, a large mural by New Orleans artist, Reid Morris dominates an entire wall.

Stonehill & Taylor commissioned another local artist, Margot Couture, to paint a large mural within an interior lightwell; a striking, abstracted ikat piece spanning 10 stories. The mural is not only an exciting visual moment within the overall hotel, but adds particular value and interest to an otherwise challenging view from adjoining guest rooms.

Guest rooms are designed with an active traveller in mind, providing a quiet respite from a long day spent working or exploring the city. Rooms are bright and minimal with a largely neutral palette contrasting the colorful, vibrant look of the hotel’s public spaces. Accents include a hanging leather-look headboard, Acapulco chair, and graphic hand-knotted area rug.

Moxy New Orleans

Walls are lined in red oak with multiple hooks and pegs running the length of the room, one of Moxy’s most distinctive features. This alternative hanging system saves on space and allows for more comfortable smaller room sizes. Providing unique storage for clothes and belongings, the peg wall eliminates the need for closets and casegoods, while also allowing the foldable, hang-able chair and table to be conveniently stored away when not in use. An art wrapped panel creates visual interest within the space and provides additional pegs for hanging.

Bathrooms are clean and modern, with all-over white subway tile and a glass-enclosed, step-in shower. The vanity, in blackened steel with gray quartz top, is pulled into the main room in most guest rooms, allowing guests to socialize while getting ready. This feature is especially well suited for the New Orleans property’s unique shotgun-style suites where the shared bathroom and open vanity area is situated between two double beds.

Moxy Hotels to open 5 properties in Europe by end of 2016

Moxy Hotels to open 5 properties in key European cities by year-end

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Marriott International announced earlier this week that it plans to open an additional five Moxy Hotels in key European cities in 2016, including Munich, Eschborn and Berlin in Germany, Oslo in Norway and Aberdeen in the UK.

As previously reported by Hotel Designs, in addition to the five European openings there will be two new openings in the United States in Tempe, Arizona in March 2016 and New Orleans in April 2016. The brand expects to offer a portfolio of nearly 150 hotels around the world within the next ten years.

Moxy Hotels to open 5 properties in Europe by end of 2016
Amy McPherson, president and managing director of Marriott International, Europe, said: “This is an exciting and pivotal moment for the Moxy brand as we move into the second phase of development with five new hotel openings this year and nine more expected in 2017. In 2014, Moxy Milan hit the market with a bang, as the first budget-savvy hotel brand to shake up the industry with a fun, stylish, and unexpected hospitality experience.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer this game-changing experience to more travellers in more major cities. This is just the beginning of a sensational journey for Moxy in Europe.”

In partnership with Vastint Hospitality as the owner and developer and franchise partner, Nordic Hospitality, the following Moxy hotels are expected to open by year-end 2016:
Moxy Munich Airport, Germany — 252 rooms – located five minutes from the main terminal — March 2016
Moxy Eschborn, Germany — 176 rooms – located 10 minutes from downtown Frankfurt and 15 minutes from Frankfurt Airport — July 2016
Moxy Berlin Ostbahnhof, Germany — 210 rooms – located in Berlin city centre five minutes walk from Ostbahnhof train station — October 2016
Moxy Oslo Exporama, Norway — 276 rooms – located at the Exporama exhibition and conference centre — November 2016
Moxy Aberdeen Airport, UK — 200 rooms – located seven minutes from the main terminal — December 2016