Location, Location, Location: Rockefeller Center Hotel Opens in May

First Hotel Directly on NYC’S Rockefeller Plaza

NEW YORK, March 16 /PRNewswire/ — Manhattan’s first hotel at Rockefeller Plaza is slated to open in May 2006. Just steps from the skating rink and Christmas tree, NBC Studios, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall, Fifth Avenue shops, and an easy walk to Broadway shows, the Rockefeller Center Hotel occupies the first six floors of a new, 25-story building at 25 West 51st Street. Many of the guestrooms look over the iconic Art Deco oasis set in the midst of New York’s urban bustle. The brand new, superbly-located hotel is totally up to the minute with everything business and leisure travelers could possibly need to make their New York stay comfortable and convenient.

A special introductory rate from $225 is offered until July 5, 2006. Guests may take advantage of discounts at nearby attractions, including entrance to the Museum of Modern Art, NBC Studios and Rockefeller Center tours, and the Observation Lounge at Top of the Rock.

Eighty state-of-the-art rooms run the gamut from standard rooms to two-room suites with kitchenettes. All accommodations are fitted with custom-designed furniture, leather headboards, fluffy down duvets and sumptuous pillow top mattresses, and flat-panel TVs with movie and media connections. In-room business amenities include free high-speed Internet access, ergonomic work stations with task lighting, and two-line speaker phones with private direct dial number and conference feature, as well as a cordless phone.

Guests are free to use the facilities of the on-site Fitness Room and will be offered a discount on day passes to The Sports Club/LA, just across the street. A computer and printer are available in the hotel’s Lounge on the Mezzanine level.

For a nominal fee, hotel guests may purchase temporary membership in the new Terrace Club at Rockefeller Plaza, a private executive club on the seventh floor with a spectacular terrace overlooking the skating rink and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The Terrace Club at Rockefeller Plaza serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner — indoors and out, year-round — at tables well-spaced for privacy, and also has a convivial bar for “cocktails with a view.” The Club is set up with complimentary high-speed Internet-enabled work stations, fully-equipped meeting rooms, and traditional private club conveniences such as international newspapers and comfortable seating areas for relaxing and conducting business.

Guests check-in to the hotel with a simple credit card swipe at high-tech reception kiosks. Knowledgeable concierge assistance and room service are available around the clock, and a new multi-venue delivery option from a choice of local restaurant menus allows guests to “order out” just like real New Yorkers. A trendy restaurant and bar, Johnny Utah’s, the urban cowboy experience, is scheduled to open on the hotel’s lower level in late summer.

Koenen Associates of New York is the architectural firm overseeing the construction of Rockefeller Center Hotel; public spaces are by Peter Mance of Mance Design; and the guest rooms are designed by Lisa Knight. Rockefeller Center Hotel and The Terrace Club at Rockefeller Center are owned by a privately-held company. The property will be managed by Club Quarters.

Rockefeller Center is an art deco complex of 19 buildings on 11 acres between 48th and 51st Streets in the center of Midtown Manhattan. In 1929, John D. Rockefeller leased the site from Columbia University with plans to build a new home for the Metropolitan Opera. After the stock market crash, he changed his mind about the opera house but continued to develop the area as a commercial center. Today, Rockefeller Center combines the glamorous Art Deco buildings from the 1930s with a set of four International-style towers built during the 1960s and 1970s. On the lower level, there is an ever-changing shopping and dining concourse. The ice-skating rink, surrounded by 200 flags, is open late fall to early spring and is used for dining al fresco the rest of the year. Live broadcasts of the Today Show attract huge crowds daily and there is always something interesting to see from the wonderful art in the public spaces and on building facades, to year round floral and sculpture displays in the Channel Gardens.

For reservations and information, contact the Rockefeller Center Hotel at 212-262-3200 or 888-660-0212, or at http://www.rockefellercenterhotel.com/.

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