After a long decade, the World Trade Center is finally getting down to business, with the opening of the first new Ground Zero hotel – the Club Quarters World Center Hotel, with a full view of the Freedom Tower and 9/11 Memorial construction.
The 169 room hotel is located at the southern edge of the World Trade Center rectangle. Rooms are being offered at low opening rates starting from $99 for weekends.
The guest rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows, wall mounted flat-screen television, eco-friendly bathroom fixtures and an electronic bedside touch screen temperature control device.
In-room high-speed Internet access and chilled, filtered, bottled water stations on every floor are complimentary.
Room choices include single, standard (for two), a studio with twin beds and a kitchenette, and 1 & 2 bedroom suites. They’re also offering the studios and suites as apartment rentals for extended stays.
Common amenities include free high speed internet throughout the hotel, 24 hour concierge, beer & wine reception in the lobby, complimentary breakfast, dining options including the ‘View of the World’ Terrace Club on the 20th floor, and meeting and fitness facilities.
The hotel has implemented green practices good enough for them to be able to apply for LEED certification.
The Port Authority’s development plans for the zone include another hotel in WTC Tower 5, on the site of the former Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty Street.
Throw in the Millenium Hilton, which also offers the same view as the new World Center hotel, and there’s plenty of choice for Ground Zero tourists.
Room photo courtesy World Center Hotel; Ground Zero Cross photo by Hey Paul
Info: 144 Washington St (Between Albany and Cedar Streets) New York NY 10006; (212) 577-2933; www.worldcenterhotel.com/