Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hotel Slump? Don't Tell Them (but DO add ART!)

Peter Steffen/European Pressphoto AgencyThe glass-paneled
499-room Yas Hotel is built over Abu Dhabi's
Formula One racetrack.

By Fred A. Bernstein
TO open a hotel in 2010 — when the industry is in its worst slump in decades — requires chutzpah.

Who’s got chutzpah? Donald Trump, for one. The Trump SoHo (, a 391-room hotel in Lower Manhattan, is expected to open this spring, towering over its low-rise neighbors with a lot of razzle-dazzle.

Oh, and Kelly Wearstler has chutzpah. The former Playboy centerfold is putting the finishing touches on the Viceroy Snowmass in Colorado and the Viceroy Anguilla in the Caribbean ( Both have the kind of glamour that have made Ms. Wearstler a top interior designer and Bravo TV star.

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