I.M. PEI
Born in China, the famed controversial designer and architect won the 1983 Pritzker Prize for Architecture. Principal projects include Boston’s John Hancock Tower, Denver’s Mile High Center and the Glass Pyramids at the Louvre Museum in Paris.  More recently he designed the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cincinnati.
 
PRINCE WALID BIN TALAL
Nephew of Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd, entrepreneurial magnate, part owner of the Four Seasons Hotels, Sax Fifth Ave., Citi Bank, and many prestigious businesses around the world.
  
Hotel: A monument to New York sophistication.  Owned by Prince Walid bin Talal, and the only hotel in America designed by world famous architect, I. M. Pei.  52 stories reminiscent of a 1930’s Hollywood movie set.  33 foot high backlit onyx ceiling with floor to ceiling columns reflect an “emphasis on celebrating the luxury hotel experience.”   Pei intends for this hotel “to continue the grand tradition of a time when going to a hotel was an occasion.”
  
Accommodations:
367 guest rooms and suites.  New York’s largest standard rooms are sleek and contemporary in copper or carmel tones.  Decorated with English sycamore furniture, custom built-in cabinetry, and enriched with accents of cubist and abstract art.  Rooms feature foyers, sitting areas, separate dressing rooms, and luxurious marble baths with views of Central Park.  And for convenient, modern day communication - 3 telephones and a 2 line system in every room.
 
Features:
A lobby lounge fit for spectacular events.  The American grill, redefined.  A business center with high-tech services as well as secretarial and translation services.  Fitness center; fine, fine restaurants, concierge, and valet parking.  "Quintessentially Manhattan.” 
 
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