Garden City, New York – January 27, 2014 – The historic Garden City Hotel has begun a cosmetic renovation of its 272 guest rooms and suites. The extensive accommodations upgrade, which will comprise more than 300,000 sq. ft and be in excess of $35 Million, will complete its first phase of newly revitalized rooms by mid-February with the balance progressing rapidly thereafter. All celebration and meeting spaces, along with the new Polo Steakhouse and Polo Lounge, will be open and fully operational during the renovation with no guest inconvenience.
The original hotel was built in 1874 by the multimillionaire merchant Alexander Turney Stewart and has, in its illustrious history, hosted cognoscenti from the worlds of business, politics, sports and entertainment including the Vanderbilts, Astors and Kennedys. Aviator Charles Lindbergh stayed at The Garden City Hotel the night before his trans-Atlantic flight in 1927. The hotel has hosted other notable figures from Margaret Thatcher to Hillary Clinton and is currently a favorite stop over for many of the notable music acts performing on Long Island.
“The Garden City Hotel is committed to offering guests a world-class experience - these top-to-bottom upgrades will elevate the hotel’s high caliber of luxury that it is already known for,” said Morris Moinian, founder of Fortuna Realty Group, which acquired the hotel in 2012.
Italian designer Marcello Pozzi, who redesigned Beverly Hills’ Mr. C Hotel, is overseeing the interior design of the guest rooms, which complement the recent million-dollar renovation to the hotel’s public spaces, including the lobby and 25,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space as well as the launch of the Polo Steakhouse and Polo Lounge. Sixteen of the 272 guest rooms are suites, including four penthouse suites, and range from 780 to 1,677 sq. ft.
Each new guest room features custom millwork and a soft, neutral color palette and include elegant, custom-made Italian furnishings by Felice Tedeschi of Tedeschi USA, sparkling subway tile and granite baths, The Garden City Hotel’s own Luxe Dreams plush pillow-top mattresses and French boutique bath amenities. The Garden City Hotel will also introduce technology allowing guests to connect all of their electronic devices to in-room, flat-screen 42” televisions.
“A comprehensive renovation seemed fitting to celebrate our 140th anniversary,” said Grady Colin, general manager. “We look forward to welcoming back our guests and continuing to offer the first class service and gracious hospitality that has made this property legendary. This new era of The Garden City Hotel will be where tradition and modern luxury meet.”
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About The Garden City Hotel
Since 1874, The Garden City Hotel has welcomed guests with spacious guest rooms, luxurious suites and genuine hospitality. Our historic Long Island hotel has been a preferred destination for dignitaries and celebrities as well as business travelers, New York locals and visitors from around the globe. From post-Civil War beginnings to our present-day grandeur, The Garden City Hotel has proudly hosted the city's finest meetings and special events. Our first class service is enhanced by timeless elegance and modern comforts including a state-of-the-art fitness center, acclaimed Polo Steakhouse, 25,000 square feet of versatile event and meeting space and much more. For more information, visit www.gardencityhotel.com.
About Fortuna Realty Group
Fortuna Realty Group, LLC (FRG) is a privately held real Manhattan-based estate investment and development company, founded in 1984 by Morris Moinian. The firm continues to expand its footprint by acquiring and developing assets and engages in select strategic partnerships for value-add and opportunistic investments throughout the United States, specializing in high-end hotel and real estate assets. Fortuna Realty Group’s holdings include Hotel Hugo and the Hotel Indigo in Manhattan; The Garden City Hotel on Long Island; in partnership of Mr. C in Beverly Hills; Sugar Bay Resort and Spa in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and Revolve, a dynamic indoor cycling experience designed for fitness enthusiasts seeking a fun and challenging full-body workout, with locations in New York City and Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit www.fortunarealtygroup.com.