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Q&A Hotel celebrates NYC Pride 2017

Q&A Residential Hotel is Proud to Host NYC Pride Visitors (New York, NY) June 1, 2017 – Q&A Residential Hotel welcomes LGBTQ visitors to NYC Pride 2017 June 16 – 25. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Lower Manhattan in a historic Art Deco landmark skyscraper. Q&A will be providing a special to accommodate guests during this time who have traveled to New York to partake in the festivities. **PRIDE WEEK SPECIAL DETAILS** Guests receive every third night free in honor of NYC Pride.  To redeem this offer, book direct by visitingQ&AHotel.com and entering promotional code PRIDE17.  This promotion may not be combined with any other offer. With 132 spacious residences, every apartment-size suite is fully equipped with a full-sized kitchen and luxe hotel amenities including robes, plush towels and L’Occitane bath products. Guests have access to complimentary Wi-Fi, a 20,000 square foot fitness and wellness center, business center, and an artisanal Australian coffee shop.   About Q&A Residential Hotel The Q&A Residential Hotel, located at the iconic 70 Pine in Lower Manhattan, is designed to serve the needs of today’s extended stay business and leisure travelers. With 132 apartments, Q&A’s accommodations are on average three times larger than a typical New York City hotel room. Q&A is also unique in that every accommodation has a full-sized kitchen. Designed by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz—the designer behind the Mondrian SoHo Hotel in New York and the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles—and the Furnished Quarters’ in-house design team, Q&A offers a blend of upscale contemporary décor and custom furnishings. For more information or to make reservations, visit QandAHotel.com. About Furnished...

Golden Sleeps: New York, Houston and Chicago boast best hotels in US

Golden Sleeps: New York, Houston and Chicago boast best hotels in US 969 US hotels scoop gold in Hotels.com Loved by Guests Awards 2017 New York, Houston and Chicago have the most award-winning hotels in the US chosen by guests Reviews out power star ratings as influence of guest reviews is on the rise US hotels named best for LGBT, business, ski, new and family NEWS PROVIDED BY Hotels.com Apr 03, 2017, 12:35 ET DALLAS, April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — 969 hotels in the US have been revealed as the country’s ultimate hotel hotspots, according to the Hotels.com ®™ Loved by Guests Awards 2017, where the hotel guests are the real judges. New York, Houston and Chicago topped the list of award-winning cities in the US, but travellers can check into prize-winning properties in more than 608 towns and cities across the country. Travelers visiting the Big Apple had plenty of top rated options, with 15 hotels receiving 4.7 stars or higher. The Mark, Hotel Giraffe, The Library Hotel and Baccarat Hotel and Residences New York all received 4.8 stars, with the Q&A Residential Hotel, The Peninsula and 1 Hotel Central Park coming in with a 4.7 star ratings. Down south, Houston travelers were big fans of the SpringHill Suites, which received 4.9 stars. Other options for travelers are Hotel Granduca, which received 4.8 stars, and the Houstonian Hotel, which received 4.7 stars. Chicago visitors had some of the best options, with The Sono Chicago receiving a perfect 5 star rating. Other highly rated options were the Langham Hotel with 4.9 stars and the Talbott Hotel with 4.8 stars. Top...

Clean the World

According to the World Health Organization, millions of lives could be saved with access to soap and proper hygiene education. In fact, pneumonia and diarrheal disease are two leading causes of death among children ages five and younger.  Every day over 2 million partially-used hotel soap bars are thrown away in the United States. Clean the World aims to save the lives of many by hygienically recycling soap and other related products discarded by hotels. In November 2016, Axel Fischer, General Manager of Q&A Residential Hotel, started a new green initiative by partnering with Clean the World (CTW). While serving as Hotel Manager for The Chatwal Hotel, Axel was first introduced to CTW. “It was a no-brainer when I came onboard at Q&A to partner with a charitable organization such as CTW, especially since I had already worked closely with them at my previous hotel. They’re well organized and exceptionally professional,” said Fischer. During the first four months of the program, Q&A has donated roughly three full totes of discarded soap. At Q&A, we collect the leftover soap bars from departing rooms, package them, and ship them to CTW. Our housekeepers and staff members are aware and excited to participate in this amazing program. “Our guests expect green initiatives and it is in our corporate DNA to be socially responsible and engaged in good causes,” Fischer emphasizes. Q&A hopes to continue working with CTW and other impactful non-profit organizations. Next time you visit Q&A Residential Hotel, located at 70 Pine Street in Lower Manhattan, ask any of our team members why they’re delighted to be part of such an...

Q&A Residential Hotel Rounds Out Offering with New Staff and More Amenities

(New York, NY) January 30, 2017 – Q&A Residential Hotel today announced key staff and amenity additions.  Recently, hospitality veteran Axel Fischer joined the Q&A team as General Manager, and Julianne Lewis joined as Sales Manager. Hotel amenities received a boost as well, with the completion of fitness center, La Palestra, and new menu items at Black Fox Coffee. City Acres, the two-level organic market, is slated to open this spring. “We’re thrilled to have such a seasoned team managing our hotel”, said Steve Brown, CEO and President of parent company Furnished Quarters. “Additionally, we can now offer guests more with their stay, including a huge luxury fitness and wellness center, gourmet coffee bar that offers breakfast and lunch, and soon guests can shop at a gourmet organic market located right in the building.” Axel Fischer joins Q&A Hotel with more than 15 years of experience in the international hospitality industry.  He most recently served as Hotel Manager for The Chatwal, a Luxury Collection Hotel by Starwood. Prior to that, Fischer’s executive level experience included Assistant General Manager at Dream Downtown and General Manager at Manhattan’s Night Theatre District hotel. Julianne Lewis, a seasoned hotelier, whose last role was with Accor Hotels, has now become part of the team as Sales Manager. Previous experience during her 15 years in the industry includes sales management roles at Interstate Hotels & Resorts, the Denihan Hospitality Group, and Gild Hall. La Palestra, the 21,000 square foot state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center has now completed all construction and is fully open.  Guests have access to top-of-the-line fitness equipment not typically found in most...

How To Stay In A Luxury NYC Hotel For Just $11.25 A Night

How To Stay In A Luxury NYC Hotel For Just $11.25 A Night (New York, NY) November 17, 2016 – Let’s face it: there aren’t too many things in New York City you can get for $11 – these days a sandwich is going to cost at least that amount. But on one special day this month, guests will have the chance to book luxury accommodations at Q&A Residential Hotel for just $11.25. Why? November 25 is Q&A’s first anniversary and Black Friday as well. The first 11 Q&A bookings made on 11/25/16 for dates from November 26, 2016 through December 29, 2017 will go for the low price of $11.25 in honor of this very special date. And, what you get for that is much more than a hotel room—Q&A is a hotel filled with spacious apartments that feel like home—many with separate living rooms, bedrooms, office alcoves, walk-in closets and multiple baths. Each features a full-sized kitchen complete with top of the line cookware–perfect for any upcoming holiday or family NYC gathering. Situated in the heart of Lower Manhattan, Q&A Residential Hotel occupies four floors of the iconic Art Deco skyscraper, 70 Pine. The hotel offers an upscale residential experience, along with a state-of-the-art fitness center, gourmet coffee shop, business center, and concierge services. Each spacious residence, ranging from 500 to 1,400 sq. ft. and huge by New York City standards, includes thoughtful custom-built amenities, such as bespoke furniture and king size beds; smart TVs with streaming capability and extra charging stations and outlets for all of your electronic devices. Disclaimer: Reservations are based on availability and...

Festive Family Vacation Ideas for the Holiday Season

Festive Family Vacation Ideas for the Holiday Season www.minitime.com/trip-tips/Festive-Family-Vacation-Ideas-for-the-Holiday-Season-article Family vacation ideas for the holidays By Jody Halsted A great family vacation idea for the holidays is indulging in The Breakers Palm Beach resort-wide winter dreamscape. (Courtesy The Breakers Palm Beach) Towering evergreens decked in ribbons and lights. Holiday classics playing in the background as you decorate sugar cookies. Letters to Santa sealed with candy cane kisses. There is really nothing more special than celebrating holidays with kids. It’s so easy to believe in the magic of the season as you watch their eyes sparkle in the glow of twinkling lights or you hear their sweet voices sing along to a favorite holiday song. Add extra enchantment and make new memories this Christmas with these wonderful family vacation ideas filled with the spirit of the holidays. Gift your kids with one of these family vacation ideas this Christmas Take advantage of Q&A Residential Hotel’s family vacation package for the holidays. (Courtesy Q&A Residential Hotel) Enjoy your own Christmas traditions while making memories with the Holiday Bliss family vacation package at the kid-friendly Q&A Residential Hotel in Lower Manhattan. In-room Christmas tree delivery, complete with lights and ornaments, will have the two bedroom apartment feeling like home. After stocking your full size kitchen with traditional favorites from FreshDirect, your family can enjoy an afternoon of ice skating at Brookfield Place. If you still have gifts to buy, don’t fret! Your Worry-Free stay includes a personal shopper experience at Saks Fifth Avenue, ensuring the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Holidays with kids at The Breakers Palm Beach in Florida...

KidTripster: Top 10 Hotels for Families in NYC

10/Q&A Residential Hotel 70 Pine St. I am a big fan of sites like Airbnb and VRBO that let you rent a residence and live like a local.  But while I love the convenience of having more space and my own kitchen, I often miss things like daily housekeeping, complimentary breakfast, and concierge service.  That’s why I love this hotel with a funny name.  The Q&A Residential Hotel in the heart of Manhattan’s Financial District is half condos, half hotel – giving you the best of both worlds.  Located in one of the city’s great vintage, Art Deco skyscrapers, which just got a $50-million makeover, you get a fully-furnished apartment but with hotel amenities like a fitness center, concierge, complimentary continental breakfast, and housekeeping.  It also offers grocery delivery, if you don’t want to eat out all the time.  Starts at $215/night. KidTripster Tip: Best bookings for families are the 1-bedroom, 1-bedroom + office and 2-bedroom apartments.  Teens may want to check out SoulCycle FiDi around the corner, while toddlers will want to hit the Pearl Street and Imagination Playgrounds, each within a two-minute walk of the hotel....

U.S. News & World Report: New York City Hotels Where History Was Made

Q&A Residential Hotel It may not have the same recognition of Park Avenue, but Pine Street in Lower Manhattan is one of Manhattan’s oldest streets. Rising 950 feet and 66 stories, 70 Pine St. was once the third tallest building in the world. In 2011, the property’s exterior and interior – featuring ornate art deco carvings – were designated historical landmarks by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Today the building is home to the Q&A Residential Hotel. The property’s themed suites honor some of the greatest inventions and visionaries in recent history with larger-than-life art installations of patents for everything from windshield wipers to the blueprints of the 1906 aircraft flown by the Wright Brothers. Source: http://travel.usnews.com/gallery/new-york-city-hotels-where-history-was-made/ By: Katie...

Business Travel Executive: “Relief” From Proposals

Furnished Quarters’ Chief Sales Officer, Craig Partin, and Q&A Residential Hotel’s Director of Sales, Anna Gaffney, were quoted in Business Travel Executive (August 2016) in an article titled, Relief From Proposals. View their quotations and read the full article linked to below. “Craig Partin, chief sales officer for Furnished Quarters, a corporate housing operator, says, ‘In our markets (northeast), it’s more a matter of overbuilding than softening. Obviously, everybody is experiencing a pause in the economy and people are nervous about the presidential election. But we are not seeing some sort of drastic change,” Partin says. “And Anna Gaffney, who is director of sales for Q&A Residential Hotel maintains, ‘Every travel manager wants to lock in rates this year because it’s soft. From our perspective, however, we don’t know if we want to commit. Full article: http://www.bte-digital.com/aug2016#&pageSet=12...

TrueViralNews.com – 7 Ways Your Hotel Stay is Changing

No. 1: Concierges Are Getting a Reboot A number of upscale brands are taking their concierge services digital, using texting, social media, and custom apps to help guests connect with the hotel. In some cases, they’re replacing people with technology altogether. It’s quite a change for this very traditional hotel role. And while it may dismay travelers who rely on concierges for assistance and advice, there are definite upsides for guests. Many of the new apps provide a central place to make various kinds of requests. At Conrad Hotels & Resorts, for instance, you can book a spa treatment and ask for restaurant recommendations with a few taps instead of multiple phone calls. You can even select your room and order a room-service meal before check-in, tasks that were challenging—if not impossible—at the hotel previously. Useful for those times when you’re away from the hotel but want a concierge’s local insights, Porter & Sail is a city-guide app used at independent hotels. It offers picks curated by distinguished locals (musician Moby, chef Alan Stewart), and is available at more than three dozen properties worldwide, including Soho Beach House, in Miami, and London’s Zetter hotels. Social-media addicts might appreciate that Hyatt has taken to Twitter—direct-message or tweet at the @HyattConcierge handle, and the 24/7 guest-service team will usually respond within 15 minutes. (It’s handy for quick requests, like extra pillows or a restaurant suggestion.) Guests of most Commune Hotels & Resorts don’t have to speak to anyone in person, either—they can use e-mail or SMS to communicate with the hotel, whether they want to inquire about a car service or...

Friends with Benefits: New Q&A Residential Hotel Program Presents a Relationship Made to Last

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – July 18, 2016) – Q&A Residential Hotel is introducing a “no strings attached” reason to sleep over, again and again: the Friends with Benefits (FWB) loyalty program. This exclusive program elevates the guest experience for travelers who choose to make Q&A Residential Hotel their home away from home, time and time again. The launch of the Friends with Benefits program is the property’s way of rewarding repeat guests. Located at the iconic 70 Pine in Lower Manhattan, Q&A teamed up with several partners in the vicinity to provide their loyal guests with the very best experiences New York has to offer. Upon joining, returning FWB members will enjoy special advantages including an early check-in, late check-out, free upgrade, welcome amenity gift, a SoulCycle class, and a Maple meal delivered directly to their accommodations. “Q&A Residential Hotel is already the ideal choice for those looking for a true Manhattan apartment experience with luxe hotel amenities,” said Craig Partin, Chief Sales Officer for Furnished Quarters. “We wanted to find a way to reward guests who continue to choose Q&A, and there’s no better way to do so than to give them a taste of some of NYC’s best visitor offerings. The Friends with Benefits program offers a compelling and fun reason for our visitors to ‘take things to the next level’ in their relationship with Q&A and receive the preferred guest treatment.” Further details about the new benefits program at the Q&A Residential Hotel are available upon check-in, or by downloading the hotel’s convenient mobile app. Guests can also use the Q&A app to view details about their...

Here & There Magazine – A Residential Hotel in Lower Manhattan

Q&A Hotel: A Residential Stay In Lower Manhattan By Julia Eskins The word “genius” is defined on the wall of Q&A’s lobby: “a person with the ability to spot problems and devise smart solutions.” Clearly, the design team at Furnished Quarters took this to heart while creating the Lower Manhattan hotel that travellers have been asking for: a modern option for extended stays in downtown New York. Who knew you’d find sleek apartment-style hotel rooms in a landmark Art Deco skyscraper near Wall Street? At 952 feet, the brick-clad Cities Services Building (built in 1932) was once the world’s third tallest, after the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings. Today, 70 Pine has been reimagined as a contemporary abode for those who want to live and stay downtown. With the area quickly evolving to be a hot spot for business travellers from the AirBnB generation, Q&A has arrived at just the right time. “The historical lobby was fully restored. It’s a cool mix because when you get up to the rooms they’re totally modern,” says Laurie Scott of Q&A as we ascend in an ornate elevator. Inspired by inventors throughout the ages, Q&A is focused on honouring and hosting those who ask, “what if?” The concept breaks the mould of the traditional hotel room by offering suites equipped with full-size kitchens, new appliances, dining tables and offices. Whether you’re a business traveller or a family on vacation, Q&A’s suites allow guests to feel as if they’re living like a local in New York. “The apartments are designed to inspire innovation and creativity,” says Scott as she points to the chalkboard...

Perks That Work: New Q&A Perks Program Delivers Major Value and Curated Recommendations to Q&A Residential Hotel Guests

(New York, NY) June 28, 2016 – Everyone loves perks – and guests at Q&A Residential Hotel, designed to serve the needs of today’s business and leisure travelers, are about to enjoy a whole lot more of them. Furnished Quarters, the largest provider of temporary furnished apartments in New York City and Boston, today announced that the company will offer a new guest affinity program, Q&A Perks, as an added benefit to its Q&A Residential Hotel guests. Q&A Perks is modeled after Furnished Quarters’ successful program FQ Perks, which is one of the most extensive guest affinity programs in the corporate housing industry. The new program, which is an exciting enhancement to their existing concierge services, is another great reason for travelers to make Q&A Residential Hotel, located at the iconic 70 Pine in Lower Manhattan, their home away from home. For Q&A Perks, corporate housing specialist Furnished Quarters has teamed up with several prominent partners located near Q&A Residential Hotel, including Uber, Equinox Spa, The Seaport District, Barthman Jewelers, Dig Inn Seasonal Market, Maple, and The Ride. These partners offer Q&A guests a range of exclusive offers and preferred services, ranging from discounted fees and ticket prices to complimentary products or services. Taking advantage of Q&A Perks can add up to hundreds of dollars in savings per visit. “After the success of the FQ Perks program, it made sense to establish Q&A Perks as well,” said Craig Partin, Chief Sales Officer for Furnished Quarters. “Like our original perks program, Q&A Perks will offer a wide range of value-added services and products to our guests in a manner that...

USAToday.com: Lower Manhattan’s boom draws business travelers

Lower Manhattan’s boom draws business travelers Charisse Jones The AKA Wall Street is scheduled to open in June, 2016. Of the 27 hotels currently in lower Manhattan, only five existed prior to 2001, according to the Downtown Alliance. In recent years, business travelers visiting New York City often made a beeline for Midtown. But the massive redevelopment that has transformed lower Manhattan into a bustling cultural and business destination is leading a growing number of road warriors to stay, meet and socialize downtown. “It’s only natural that Lower Manhattan is becoming a destination of choice for business travelers,’’ Jessica Lappin, president of the Downtown Alliance, lower Manhattan’s business improvement district,  said in an emailed statement. “We have an array of great new hotel options, a hot dining scene emerging, a retail revolution underway and many of New York City’s most iconic sights.” 12.3 million business travelers visited New York City last year, a number that is expected to see a moderate uptick in 2016, according to NYC & Company, the city’s tourism organization. And many chose to stay south of Chambers Street.  Booking.com says that in both 2015 and 2016 more than one in five of the business travel reservations made through their site were for a room in lower Manhattan. The ability to stay downtown has greatly increased thanks to a hotel building boom over the last several years. Of the 27 hotels currently in lower Manhattan, only five existed prior to 2001, according to the Downtown Alliance. Visitors can now choose from among 5,688 rooms, and another 3,105 rooms are currently in the pipeline. “There were relatively few hotel options downtown so they...

WJLA-TV: Top 6 Pet-Friendly Hotels for Summer Travel

Pet-Friendly Hotels for Summer Travel | WJLA wjla.com/news/lets-talk/pet-friendly-hotels-for-summer-travel (VIDEO) 05/24/16 — For some families, pets are not just a mans best friend, but also a member of the family. Sery Kim, freelance travel and food writer, told us the top six pet-friendly hotels in the US that will treat your pet as well as any...

Canmua.net: Lower Manhattan’s boom draws business travelers

Lower Manhattan’s boom draws business travelers canmua.net/new-york/lower-manhattans-boom-draws-business-travelers-829006.html New hotel construction, dining, nightlife and attractions lure visitors from Midtown. In recent years, business travelers visiting New York City often made a beeline for Midtown. But the massive redevelopment that has transformed lower Manhattan into a bustling cultural and business destination is leading a growing number of road warriors to stay, meet and socialize downtown. “It’s only natural that Lower Manhattan is becoming a destination of choice for business travelers,’’ Jessica Lappin, president of the Downtown Alliance, lower Manhattan’s business improvement district,  said in an emailed statement. “We have an array of great new hotel options, a hot dining scene emerging, a retail revolution underway and many of New York City’s most iconic sights.” 12.3 million business travelers visited New York City last year, a number that is expected to see a moderate uptick in 2016, according to NYC & Company, the city’s tourism organization. And many chose to stay south of Chambers Street.  Booking.com says that in both 2015 and 2016 more than one in five of the business travel reservations made through their site were for a room in lower Manhattan. The ability to stay downtown has greatly increased thanks to a hotel building boom over the last several years. Of the 27 hotels currently in lower Manhattan, only five existed prior to 2001, according to the Downtown Alliance. Visitors can now choose from among 5,688 rooms, and another 3,105 rooms are currently in the pipeline. “There were relatively few hotel options downtown so they didn’t have much choice,’’ Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company says of business travelers. “The majority of...

TravelSkills.com: 4 brand new hotels in New York City

4 brand new hotels in New York City travelskills.com/2016/05/19/4-new-hotels-new-york/ So many new hotels have been opening in New York City that we haven’t been able to keep up with them all in our periodic new hotel updates. So in an effort to catch up, here’s an all-New York update on some of the latest developments on the Big Apple lodging scene. Spacious accommodations at the Q&A Residential Hotel. (Image: Furnished Quarters) In lower Manhattan, longer-stay travelers have a couple of new lodging options. One is the Q&A Residential Hotel, the first commercial hotel from the business apartment company Furnished Quarters. Guest units of 500 to 1,400 square feet are designed to serve as apartment-style accommodations for business travelers (although there is no minimum stay requirement), most of them no doubt in the financial services industry. Located at 70 Pine Street – the old art-deco landmark AIG Building –the hotel is just a couple of blocks from the New York Stock Exchange. Guest units have full-sized kitchens, smart TVs and walk-in closets; some have washers and dryers. Advance purchase rates start at $371. Not far away at 84 William Street is the newest Manhattan location for AKA, which operates buildings with serviced residential-style suites for longer-stay business travelers. The new 132-unit AKA Wall Street has studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with hardwood floors, kitchens, free premium cable TV services including HBO, free local phone calls with voicemail, and free Wi-Fi, among other amenities. It has a 24-hour staffed front desk, free laundry facilities, housekeeping, and same-day dry cleaning, as well as a fitness center and business center. The property is...

BehindTheScenesNYC.com: Your Home Away From Home

Your Home away from Home   www.behindthescenesnyc.com/hotels/qandahotel Question: What do you do when your home or office renovations take longer than expected and you have over-stayed your welcome at your friends or the noise at the co-working space is driving you crazy? You are finally moving into a new place mid month and you are stranded for two weeks prior to moving living out of suitcase with the rest of your personal affects in storage or your furniture is not arriving for another month? Answer: Q&A Residential Hotel, found in the 66 story landmark Art Deco building at 70 Pine Street, is your home away from home; offering 132 apartment-sized suites ranging from 500 to 1,400 square ft. with all the features of home like a full sized kitchen including a dishwasher, valet laundry/ dry cleaning, La Palestra fitness center and virtual concierge. With the added features of a hotel: daily housekeeping, unlimited free wifi, unlimited local and long-distance calling and plush bedroom and bath linens, bath amenities by L’Occitane as an added treat – you’ll almost forget that it’s not your permanent address. All this – for no minimum stay either. Upon entering the suite, you will immediately notice the modern décor which is a result of the design efforts of Furnished Quarter’s in-house design team led by Steve Saide, in collaboration with Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, the designer behind the Mondrian Hotels in both New York and LA. For those traveling for business, the soon-to-be-open Black Fox Coffee (planned for June 2016), will serve up the best artisanal java from the land down under. For those wanting to grab and...

Blouin ArtInfo: Corporate Apartments (Finally) Get a Design Makeover

Corporate Apartments (Finally) Get a Design Makeover Jennifer Parker   The day has come. You’ve been angling for an expat package for years. Finally, those long-awaited words “we’re relocating you” are floating from your boss’s lips like a pencil cartoon balloon. Where you’re actually going to be living is suddenly a chief concern. You’ve heard the horror stories about tiny, crumbling pre-war apartments. Local public transportation might very well be an ancient Greek labyrinth. And if you’re working for any major corporation — take your Fortune 500 pick — you probably have no say in your abode whatsoever. You’re on your way to a corporate apartment of your firm’s choosing. Even if this sounds about as fun as a getting a root canal, keep reading. There is some good news that could affect your situation. Most corporate housing companies, such as AKA, Furnished Quarters, BridgeStreet, and Oakwood, are facing intense pressure from non-traditional competitors like residential hotels and Airbnb, which now offers similar comforts governed by fewer rules, for less money. As a result, “corporate housing” properties — once a niche sector of the hospitality industry restricted to offering 30-night minimum stays — are being recast as design hotels with impressive art collections and a sleek aesthetic. “We’re all concerned about AirBnb. They’re offering empty apartments, which is really corporate housing, without paying hotel taxes. And we think it’s unfair,” said Steve Saide, executive vice-president of Design for Furnished Quarters. Currently, Airbnb operators do not pay the same room tax and tourism fees that are levied on hotels. Meanwhile, Saide and his peers are reacting with good old-fashioned gamesmanship. They’re...

Travel Pulse: Q&A Residential Hotel and the Return of Manhattan’s Financial District

By Charu Suri If you had visited the Financial District after hours on any given day — even a few years ago — you would have felt that it resembled some sort of gilded morgue, with its pristine bank buildings, restaurants and even grocery stores shuttered past 6 p.m. (the bankers work well into the night, but that’s another story). But today, the Financial District is actually trying — and succeeding in spades — to be quite trendy, hip and relevant. It’s not just the opening of Brookfield Place (formerly known as the World Financial Center) but also the hotels, restaurants and retail stores that are adding color and a homey vibe to a formerly sterile patch of Manhattan. One of the shape-shifting hotel players on the scene is the Q&A Residential Hotel, whose CEO, Steve Brown, has had a forward-thinking vision of both the space and the district as a whole since it was established last year. The hotel, which has 132 apartment-sized suites, is also in the very distinguished former AIG building, with its gleaming marble tiles. To be accurate, although most people know it as the AIG building, it is the former Cities Service Building, which was purchased by AIG in the 1970s. “We had the opportunity to be a part of the iconic skyscraper 70 Pine, a 66-story art deco landmark, which was a big draw,” Brown said. “Additionally, Q&A Residential Hotel is located in the heart of the thriving Financial District, in close proximity to most subway lines. It’s also near the downtown waterfront, exceptional shopping, and sightseeing musts and more, all located in...

GoNOMAD: Q&A Residential Hotel in New York City

Q&A Hotel, NYC: Bigger Than Your Apartment Q&A Residential Hotel in New York City Lots and lots of room in the Financial district of lower Manhattan The long railroad-style apartment/rooms at Q&A are HUGE!. Paul Shoul photos By Max Hartshorne, GoNOMAD Editor King sized bed with USB plugs handy nearby at Q&A Hotels, NYC. When we were recently down in New York City for a travel trade show, we got a chance to pop over to Park Slope, Brooklyn and visit our son-in-law and his wife. They have an apartment in this swank part of Brooklyn which was nice–but our hotel room at Q&A Hotels was bigger! At the Q&A Hotel, at 70 Pine Street near the Wall Street subway station, the rooms are giant apartments that feature full kitchens, well appointed sitting areas, large bathrooms and big comfy king-sized beds. The building has been renovated with an eye toward keeping the original 1930s art deco design, so in the lobby you’ll still find the striking brass statue-plaques and interesting light fixtures that date back to when the building was the headquarters for insurance giant AIG. Light fixtures in the lobby harken back to the 1930s, when the hotel was an office building owned by AIG. The operators, Furnished Quarters, are still awaiting the restaurant that will be on the top four floors of the building. Many more improvements are coming as the official ‘soft launch’ moves ahead.A Residential Hotel “It’s a new category,” said Anna Gaffney, the hotel’s sales director, “a residential hotel, with accommodations that are three times larger than the typical New York City hotel room.”  It...

Q&A Hotel Offers New York Travelers Something New

Q&A HOTEL OFFERS NEW YORK TRAVELERS SOMETHING NEW The Q&A Hotel in New York’s Financial District offers more than a mere hotel room. Longterm visitors can enjoy a private apartment residence for a reasonable rate. By John Scott Lewinski – Feb 13th, 2016 Q&A Hotel Offers New York Travelers Something New It’s not every day that a new concept in hotels comes to a city that thinks it’s already seen it all come and go. But, I don’t think New York has seen a hotel quite like the Q&A in the heart of the Financial District. Rather than appeal exclusively to the short term traveler with a simple room or suite like so many New York venues, the Q&A Hotel is a residential hotel offering larger style spaces to its longterm guests. For a competitive nightly rate, the Q&A visitor ends up with a very expensive commodity — a proper Manhattan apartment. The Q&A Hotel is the Big Apple brainchild of Furnished Quarters, an operation specializing in longer term, corporate accommodations. The idea is to give the upscale business traveler who has to be on station at a given venue longer than a few days luxury accommodations beyond a mere hotel. Furnished Quarters offers a proper residence — the proverbial home away from home. No matter the size of the given suite, the Q&A’s rooms include everything any residence must have, including everything from a complete set of kitchen appliances, to a quality bed to HD TV. Keeping in mind that the hotel is intended first for business travelers, most rooms include a work/office space set apart from the living...

15 New Hotels for Your Next New York City Stay

Q&A HOTEL Opened: November 2015 Make yourself at home in downtown Manhattan, courtesy of apartment rental company Furnished Quarters. For its first short-stay option (that’s any length of time under 30 days ), the company launched Q&A Hotel in part of the landmark Art Deco building at 70 Pine Street, once the home of finance company AIG. (Long-term rentals take up the rest of the renovated structure.) The 132 suites are separated into six categories, each named for inventors throughout history; choices include one-bedroom Wright Brothers apartments, with blueprints of the brothers’ 1906 flying machine, and kitchen-equipped studios named for Mary Anderson, who patented the windshield wiper. Smart HDTVs with cable and streaming capabilities, free Wi-Fi, complimentary morning coffee and treats, and concierge services like grocery delivery make things even homier. A 21,000 square-foot gym (opening in 2016) and rooftop restaurant and bar from the team behind The Spotted Pig (opening in 2017) will round out the perks. Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s New York City Guide Source: http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/new-york/new-york-city/experiences/news/photos/15-new-hotels-for-your-next-new-york-city-stay#!7-q-and-a-hotel...

REAL ESTATE WEEKLY: Trinity Place unveils its 77 Greenwich project, leasing underway at 70 Pine

● TRINITY PLACE HOLDINGS 77 Greenwich unveiled Trinity Place Holdings last week announced its plans for a 285,000 s/f mixed-use development project at 77 Greenwich Street in the Financial District. “We are happy to share that construction will start this year,” said Matthew Messinger, President & CEO of Trinity Place Holdings, Inc., owner and developer of the 77 Greenwich Street project. The building will have approximately 85 luxury residential condominiums and 7,000 s/f of retail on Greenwich Street, as well as the recently announced 476-seat elementary school serving District 2. “We are also proud to be a part of bringing a much needed new public school to Lower Manhattan. As Downtown Manhattan continues to see more than $30 billion of public and private investments come to fruition, 77 Greenwich is the latest milestone in the neighborhood’s evolution as a highly desirable live-work community.” FXFOWLE Architects has designed the mixed-use tower, which is slated to rise approximately 500 ft. and will feature a pleated glass curtainwall above a limestone base. Deborah Berke Partners is designing the residential interiors. The Marketing Directors will lead the marketing and sales effort for the luxury condominium residences. All condos will start at an elevation of 150 feet, sitting above the school, allowing for panoramic views of New York Harbor, the Hudson River as well as the New York City skyline from every home in the building.” Slated for completion in 2019, the development site is comprised of the former Syms clothing store and the 19th-century landmarked Dickey House, a federal-style townhouse constructed in the early 1800s. The Dickey House exterior will be restored and...

Travelers411- Stephanie Abrams Radio Show

The following interview is between CEO Steve Brown with Stephanie Abrams on her radio show on Travelers411. The interview highlights various aspects of Q&A Residential Hotel from apartment size, the full-sized kitchens, walk-in closets and more.   Interview: http://www.sabrams.com/onAir/chanels/travelers411/audioArchive/2016/01/2016_01_23a_t4_32k.mp3 Image gallery: http://www.sabrams.com/showNotes/shownotes.php?showID=000751#2094...

New hotels are about to flood downtown Manhattan

By David Caplan New York City is in the midst of a hotel boom, with Lower Manhattan — notably the Financial District and the Lower East Side — fueling the surge, as developers flock to its underserved neighborhoods. “Overall, the city is undergoing the largest hotel boom in its history, adding over 18,000 rooms since 2010, with another 36,000 rooms in the pipeline and 12,600 of those rooms currently under construction,” says Mark VanStekelenburg, managing director of PFK Consulting USA’s CBRE Hotels division. And Lower Manhattan is the darling of the statistics. “Lower Manhattan hosted 6,300 of these new rooms, a 28 percent increase, since 2010, with another 10,700 room in the pipeline, of which 5,600 are under construction, representing 26 new hotels,” adds VanStekelenburg. The downtown hotel boom took root over a year ago, when InterContinental Hotels Group debuted in October 2014 the tallest Holiday Inn in the world, the 50-story, 492-room Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District at 99 Washington Street, managed by Virginia-based Crescent Hotels and Resorts. Last year, the Lower East Side welcomed the April arrival of the hipster-friendly 11-story, 50-room Orchard Street Hotel at 163 Orchard Street, from owners Nico Moinian (son of real estate tycoon Morris Moinian) and Nader Ohebshalom. Furnished Quarters also headed to Lower Manhattan, opening in November its first-ever Q&A Residential Hotel, at 70 Pine Street, a 66-story art deco historical landmark. Restaurateur Ken Friedman and Michelin-starred chef April Bloomfield will also debut a four-level restaurant and bar atop the 132-room property in 2017. Steve Brown, CEO of Q&A Residential Hotel and Furnished Quarters says, “The Financial District has always been a...

Hot Openings: Short-stay apartment experience in NYC

By Brittany Farb on 1/13/2016 Furnished Quarters in November opened Q&A Residential Hotel in New York City’s Financial District at the former AIG world headquarters. Designed by Furnished Quarters’ in-house design team led by Steve Saide, in collaboration with Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, the hotel aims to be a solution for business and leisure travelers seeking a home-away-from-home experience. The lobby at Q&A Residential Hotel in New York City Q&A Residential Hotel includes 132 apartment-sized suites featuring full-sized kitchens, bespoke furniture, smart TVs and king-sized beds. Suites are available for up to 30 days and range in size from 500 square feet (152.4 square meters) to 1,400 square feet (426.72 square meters). Other amenities include a La Palestra fitness and wellness, an artisanal Australian coffee shop called Black Fox Coffee, and a 13,000 square feet (3962.4 square meter) urban market serving gourmet prepared foods. Restaurateur Ken Friedman and Michelin-starred Chef April Bloomfield are also confirmed to open and operate a four-level dining and drinking complex atop the building. – See more at:...

Q&A Residential Hotel In New York’s Financial District

by Debra Bokur Sleek, sophisticated and perfectly equipped for short business or leisure stays, the spanking new Q&A Residential Hotel in New York City’s Financial District is set to be your home away from home. Full-sized kitchens supplement upscale furnishings and swish décor with state-of-the-art appliances and top-brand cookware that invite stay-in-meals. Amenities include smart televisions with streaming capabilities along with a La Palestra fitness and wellness center, Urban Market gourmet grocer and Black Fox Coffee artisanal Australian coffee shop. On the horizon: a four-level wining and dining complex by restaurateur Ken Friedman and Michelin-starred chef April Bloomfield. The project comes via Furnished Quarters, professionals in the world of furnished apartment stays. More luxury apartment than hotel suite, each of the 132 spaces range in size from 500 to 1,400 square feet, housed in an historic Art Deco landmark within the former AIG building at 70 Pine. The design team includes Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, whose past projects include the Mondrian SoHo Hotel in New York and Los Angeles’ Mondrian Hotel. Featuring carefully curated furnishings and accent pieces gathered from around the globe, each suite is named for a renowned inventor, including Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers and Benjamin Franklin....

Hotel Intel: Q&A Residential Hotel, NYC

The first hotel by corporate housing company Furnished Quarters, the Q&A Residential Hotel in New York City is a world of juxtapositions. Art meets intellect. Home meets hotel. Dull meets bright. Tradition meets change. Lastly, this tiny hotel resides inside a massive skyscraper. But just because it doesn’t have its own building doesn’t make it any less of a hotel. It has a brand new gym, health center and a rooftop restaurant, you just have to share the facilities with residents. Perfect for meeting locals. While it occupies only a small part of the famed AIG Building, the new Q&A Residential Hotel in NYC definitely leaves a mark. First Impressions Walking through the Art Deco AIG building (aka 70 Pine Street), which was built in 1932 and has become an architectural icon in the decades since, the gilded ceilings and grand staircases lead you believe you’re about to embark on a Gatsby-esque vacation. But as you make your way around the elevators and into Q&A’s sleek lobby, the gold changes to gray and the anti-Art Deco-ness hits you like a ton of bricks. Drastically opposing the historical landmark it calls home, the lobby of the Q&A Residential Hotel (which is within the building’s main lobby) is anything but old-fashioned. Between the Rubik’s cubes, the cubism-inspired pillows and the crowd of tiny sculpted men staring up at you, the lobby inspires the curious mind, perfectly defining its name, which stands for Question & Answer. The Room What Q&A lacks in views—the hotel occupies floors 3 through 6 of the otherwise residential skyscraper—it makes up for in indoor stimulation. As you...

At 70 Pine Street, a Long-Closed Art Deco Landmark Prepares for Residents

One of New York City’s loveliest skyscrapers is also one of its most elusive: the Art Deco structure at 70 Pine Street has been in use as an office space since it was completed in 1932, but once Wall Street bigwigs AIG moved in in the 1970s, its lobby, once filled with shops, was closed off. Its period details—ornate Art Deco carvings, Native American-inspired motifs on the elevators, marble everywhere—were hidden from the public, though still beautiful enough to inspire the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 2011 to bestow landmark status upon both the interior and exterior. But it won’t be shuttered for much longer: the skyscraper is in the midst of a residential conversion that will not only create 600 apartments, but will also open up that lobby for all to see. Leasing officially launches this week for the first batch of 70 Pine’s rental units, and Curbed got an exclusive look at both the model units and that gorgeous, fully restored lobby. Along with the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, 70 Pine Street exemplifies the Art Deco architecture that was prevalent in New York City in the 1930s. Like those buildings, its exterior tapers as it ascends, culminating in a sharp, stainless steel spire that adds 150 feet to its overall height. (Of note: There are also more than 100 terraces dotted across the exterior; we’ll get to that later.) When completed, the 952-foot-tall structure was one of the city’s tallest buildings, though the skyscraper race of recent years has bumped it down that list (it holds the no. 8 spot for now)....

I Live NY: Debut of Q&A Residential Hotel Answers How

Hotel Business (NEW YORK, November 21, 2015)—Lower Manhattan’s Financial District is about to get more rooms inventory via a new brand from Furnished Quarters, a provider of temporary furnished apartment rentals. Beginning Nov. 25, business and leisure travelers can book a studio; loft with office; or one- or two-bedroom accommodations at the Q&A Residential Hotel, a 132-unit facility occupying floors three through six at 70 Pine St., the landmark Art Deco building built in the early 1930s for the Cities Service Co., and more recently known as the American International Building. The mixed-use building, owned by a joint venture between Rose Associates and DTH Capital, also houses some 600 luxury apartments, restaurants and retail. The new venture is the polar opposite of Furnished Quarters’ core model in terms of travelers’ length of stay. According to Steve Brown, CEO of Furnished Quarters, who started the company in 1998 with his brother, Gary, the existing Furnished Quarters model is geared toward stays of 30 days or longer. The brothers own some of the properties under G & S Brown Investments and, in other cases, net lease properties within buildings throughout the Northeast. “We sign leases with landlords and we go in and furnish the apartments. We’re basically responsible for paying the rent, so we find corporate tenants who stay with us for 30 days or longer. These are residential apartments; they’re not allowed to stay less than 30 days. It’s not really extended-stay, but a full-service, doorman building… We work with corporate customers, travelers and all kinds of market segments,” said Brown. In contrast, Q&A Residential Hotel allows guests to stay...

Furnished Quarters’ Q&A Residential Hotel Now Accepting Reservations

(New York, NY) September 16, 2015 – Furnished Quarters, the largest provider of temporary furnished apartments in New York City and Boston, today announced that its new Q&A Residential Hotel has begun accepting reservations for stays beginning November 26, 2015—in time for the busy holiday season. The 132-suite hotel, located at the iconic 70 Pine in Manhattan’s Financial District, is unique in that every suite is a full-sized apartment with a full-sized kitchen. Designed to service the needs of today’s business travelers as well as longer-stay leisure travelers, Q&A provides accommodations that average three times larger than a typical New York City hotel room.  All guests receive complimentary WiFi throughout the residence and hotel, included continental breakfast, smart TVs for streaming services, and use of a state-of-the-art fitness center. “There has been tremendous growing interest in the Q&A Residential Hotel since we announced the brand and construction of our first offering in downtown Manhattan,” said Steve Brown, CEO of Furnished Quarters. “Our goal was to create a new type of hotel residential experience that offers guests a unique space to relax, work, prepare healthy meals, and feel like a city resident—not just a standard hotel room with a bed to spend the night. Our guests will quickly see that we’ve achieved that goal.” Q&A will comprise four floors of the historic Art Deco skyscraper at 70 Pine offering studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom configurations—many with separate office space. Its stunning interior designs are the work of the Furnished Quarters’ in-house design team and Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz—the designer behind the Mondrian SoHo Hotel in New York and the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles. The blend of upscale...