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55-West-44th-Street-005 Google Earth aerial showing CIty Club Hotel building at 55 West 44th Street (CityRealty)
Nearly 20 years since it opened its doors, City Club Hotel’s rich history, sumptuous rooms, Daniel Boulud restaurant DB Bistro Moderne in the lobby, and central location have proven powerful draws. To keep up with popular demand and accommodate an increasing number of visitors, permits have been filed for a vertical expansion that would double the 9-story building in size to 18 stories and 127 rooms. The permits were filed by Stonehill Taylor, the firm behind the updates at The Plaza, the New Yorker Hotel, and Ace Hotel, to name but a few high-profile hospitality projects. The nine additional floors will alll contain hotel rooms ranging from 4 to 9 suites per floor.
The expansion represents the latest chapter in City Club Hotel’s celebrated history. It was built in 1901 as the City Club, a gentleman’s club where Democratic and Republican members alike would meet to discuss politics of the day. The butlers’ rooms are now micro-hotel rooms known as “Petites,” and the ballrooms with double-height ceilings were turned into luxury suites.
55-West-44th-Street-05 City Club Hotel (Left image via the Collection of the Museum of the City of New York; Right image via City Club Hotel)

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