How tough is the hotel business these days? Multiple Little Birdys who still use A Small World forwarded this email blast they received yesterday, promising all members a buy one get one for 50% off at Ian Schrager's Gramcery Park Hotel. One LB comments, "Hotels are getting DESPERATE, even the GPH, I wonder how Rose Bar is doing these days lol?" Well, we know that Rose Bar is doing just fine, but selling $20 drinks is not going to pay off the buiding's debt service.
In other Ian Schrager news, a Little Birdy tells us that work is progressing on the first batch of Edition Hotels, Schrager's much ballyhooed partnership with Marriott. Some of the pioneer locations include Istanbul and Waikiki, certainly unique destinations to launch a global brand. More news will be leaking through the coming months, so stay tuned.