The original property in the W hotel chain, whose hip designs and emphasis on nightlife helped revolutionize the luxury lodging business when it launched in 1998, became the Maxwell on May 9.
The property, on Lexington Avenue and 49th Street in Manhattan, is getting a new owner too: Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. is selling it for $190 million in a deal that’s expected to close this month. The hotel had “been a particularly poor performer,” Host Chief Executive Officer James Risoleo said on a conference call in February. Neither Capstone Equities nor Highgate Holdings, the reported buyers, responded to requests for comment.
Those who want to stay at a W in New York still have options — in Times Square, Union Square and downtown.
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Skift Editor’s Note: You can read more about the very first W Hotel and its impact on the lodging industry in Skift’s Complete Oral History of Boutique Hotels.