NEW YORK BOUND: Le Bristol Paris hotel’s owner — Oetker Collection — is to open a new hotel in the former Sony Tower in New York, at 550 Madison Avenue, between 55th and 56th Streets.
Located in the postmodern skyscraper created by Philip Johnson, the eight-story hotel will have 170 rooms, including 60 suites. It will feature a bar, a restaurant, a spa, a fitness center and a 82-foot pool. In addition, Oetker Collection will service 115 luxury apartments located above the hotel, from floors 21 to 43, created by the New York real estate development firm Chetrit Group, owner of the building. The apartments are decorated by Robert Stern. The “New York Masterpiece” is slated for spring 2018, the family-owned hospitality group said, without revealing further details.
It will mark the first hotel of the Oetker Collection in the U.S. The group currently owns nine establishments, including the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, in Antibes, France; Eden Rock, in St. Barth’s, and The Lanesborough, in London, and is also planning a hotel in São Paulo, Brazil — Palácio Tangará — for 2017.
The Oetker family — whose fortune was built on baking and pudding powder — bought Le Bristol Paris from the Jammet, the family of Le Bristol’s founder, in 1978. The famous Parisian hotel, which opened in 1925 and has been a fashion-crowd favorite, just completed a six-year, $190 million renovation. The final touch of the refurbishment was the April 7 opening of Café Antonia, a more casual dining space, formerly named Jardin Francais. The new eatery was decorated by Countess Bergit Douglas, a member of the Oetker family, and serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.