New York Film Festival 2009: Details and Hotels

- Melanie Zieba,

This year marks the 47th annual New York Film Festival which will run from September 25 – October 11, 2009. First held in 1963, this festival has now become one of the most important film festivals in the world. All films are selected by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and tickets will go on sale to the general public on September 13th 2009.

nyc-film-fest-2009The 47th edition of the New York Film Festival will open with the U.S. premiere of Alain Resnais’s Wild Grass (Les herbes folles) and close with Pedro Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces. This year’s Centerpiece will be Lee Daniels’ Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. In addition, this year’s festival will include two Masterworks series from China and India.

If you are going to be visiting New York this year for the film fest make sure to book your stay at one of these amazing luxury hotels in NYC.

Thompson Lower East Side:

A recent addition to the Thompson Hotels portfolio, the Thompson Lower East Side is located in of Manhattans focal points, the Lower East Side. The hotel is impeccably designed with a clean and industrial feel.

Each for the spacious rooms at Thompson Lower East Side feature a custom designed light box by legendary artist Lee Friedlander and feature floor to ceiling windows allowing for exquisite views of the cityscape.

Foodies are sure to love the hotel’s restaurant, SHANG, with its global Chinese menu featuring bold flavors by Chef Susur Lee. “Unique, often thrilling, endlessly inventive, whimsical and traditional all in the same dish, daring and delicious.” Is what NY’s legendary restaurant critic, Gael Greene, says about the food.

The Greenwich Hotel:

Located in the eclectic neighborhood of TriBeCa this luxury boutique hotel is surrounded by cobblestone streets and historic brick warehouses. At The Greenwich Hotel, each room is completely unique with furnishings drawn from a wide range of cultural influences, from hand-laid Moroccan tile, hand-loomed Tibetan silk rugs to English leather settees. It’s simply beautiful with old world charm and completed with modern amenities.

Relaxing from a day of film and festivities is easy to do at the hotel. Complete with a drawing room, courtyard or spa, guess are sure to enjoy a little de-stressing whatever their style.

A spectacular dining experience awaits you at the Hotel’s Locanda Verde, an affordable, casual neighborhood Italian tavern serving Andrew Carmellini’s riffs on Italian cooking.

W New York:

Sometimes called an oasis among skyscrapers, W New York is a haven from the bustle of Manhattan located in the heart of the city. Each suite is unique and luxuriously comfortable offering pillow-top beds and soft terry robes.

Simplistically designed with modern décor and dimly lit, the W New York is also the perfect spot to let go and unwind.   Complete with a two-story spa Bliss; feel free to indulge in their many treatments and attentive service.

And for those of you who hate leaving your furry friends behind W New York is happy to host your entire family. Pets are welcome; it’s like a home away from home.


This unconventionally gorgeous Madison Avenue hotel has changed the rules. Morgans offers distinctive design sensibility. Legendary designer Andree Putman has reinterpreted the “boutique hotel” which propelled Morgans style without changing its unique character. Design additions include an art installation created by Trafik, where autonomous programming projects random patterns and colors onto the ceiling during the day. In the evening, guests can make their own light-art experience in real time!

Rooms are elegantly refined and designed for ultimate comfort. The ultra-chic duplex penthouse is a timeless space complete with its own green house, full kitchen, media room, spiral staircase and two terraces with stunning NYC views.

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