Power breakfasting has the distinct whiff of Hollywood about it; New Yorkers, alas, are not as keen to mix croissants and contract negotiations. But the Loews Regency has been a hive of early hour wheeling and dealing for more than half a century. Yet despite a parade of fame that includes Alan Cumming and Ellen Page (many of whom have strutted their stuff at the hotel’s now shuttered Feinstein’s nightclub), a makeover had certainly come due.
Some $100 million later, the Regency now sparkles anew. It’s charmingly démodé style has been jazzed right into the 21st Century, the glorious Deco interiors now looking rather sexily chic. The velvet and marble lobby, especially, glitters with moderne-ity. Hairstylist-to-the-stars (Salma Hayek, Kate Moss) Julien Farel’s on site salon will cover 10,000 square feet, including a signature Anti-Aging Spa (vanity dies hard, as they say); and the Sant Ambroeus Hospitality Group helms the spiffy new Regency Bar & Grill. Morning, once again, becomes electric.