Come September 2012, the United Nations will have a new fashionable neighbor that will be a fitting complement to its illustrious namesake. The two iconic glass skyscrapers of Millennium UN Plaza Hotel will be transformed following an ambitious top-to-bottom interior renovation. The first $30-million phase will debut a luxury West Tower in September 2012. Catering to discerning business and leisure travelers as well as the diplomatic community, Millennium UN Plaza Hotel will once again take its place on the international stage as the “hotel to the world.”
Since opening its doors in 1976, Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, at East 44th Street between First and Second Avenues, has been known for many things. It is the first choice for dignitaries and heads of state visiting the United Nations. Designed by visionary architect Kevin Roche, the building’s stunning gaze-all-day panoramic skyline views over the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, East River, and five bridges are considered amongst the finest in Manhattan. And it boasts such extraordinary facilities as a swimming pool on the 27th floor and the only indoor tennis court in any New York City hotel.
The hotel will become the benchmark for future luxury properties worldwide. “Millennium UN Plaza Hotel is a distinctive landmark located in the city of New York, which is home to the United Nations Headquarters,” says Kwek Leng Beng, Chairman of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc (LSE: MLC). “Our Hotel overlooks the East River and the UN Building that has been the famous signature for the global community’s pursuit of world peace in diversity. The staff of M&C Hotels around the world reflect some of this exciting human diversity. The upgrade of Millennium UN Plaza from the ground up is more than just a physical exercise for us. This will be a transformation that is part of a continuous global process to enhance our hotels internationally to meet the new expectations of our guests.”
The West Tower renovation has already begun and when it reopens in the fall, the Tower’s 154 fully-renovated, beautifully spacious rooms and suites, and an exclusive Skyline Club on the 30th floor will showcase a signature design scheme by renowned French interior designer Didier Gomez. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and elegant, warm interiors, guest accommodations will combine understated luxury with modern features and amenities to ensure a seamless work environment with all the comforts of home, against a spectacular New York City backdrop.