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Another NYC hotel to close for major makeover

In Manhattan, the St Giles Hotel New York will close its Tuscany building temporarily starting on Feb. 11, 2012 for a major renovation.

The 120-room Tuscany will reopen in August 2012 with spruced-up guest rooms and public areas.

This marks at least the second hotel in Manhattan that plans to temporarily close in 2012 for a makeover. On Jan. 1, 2012, the famed literary hotel the Algonquin will also close until the spring for what sounds like will be a more thorough update.

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The St Giles Hotel New York consists of two side-by-side buildings called the Tuscany and the Court. London-based hotel company St Giles bought them last year from Starwood Hotels and removed the W name.

The buildings first opened in 1927 as apartments; they were converted into hotels in the 1950s. Due to their origin, both buildings contain larger-than-average-sized rooms.

The Tuscany contains 120 residential-style rooms and suites, some with terraces and patios, plus living areas, spacious baths and walk-in closets. Guest rooms average 500 square feet, which is large for any city, especially New York. The Court has 199 rooms and suites.

Readers: Have you visited these hotels either as the W or as the St Giles? What did you think?

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