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NEW YORK CITY-A 399-key Doubletree Hotel opened at 8 Stone St. a week and a half before Christmas. It marked the fifth lodging property to open in Lower Manhattan this year and increased the area’s room count to 4,100, a gain of nearly 80% since 9/11.

To Elizabeth Berger, president of the Alliance for Downtown New York, “The volume of investment pouring into Downtown’s hospitality industry is further proof that the district has become one of New York City’s most desirable and dynamic locations for both business travelers and tourists.” The 44-story Doubletree, Berger adds in a release, represents a “fantastic addition to Lower Manhattan’s rapidly growing hotel landscape.” A few days after the Doubletree opened for business, the W opened what is described as “Manhattan’s first elevated hotel ice skating experience,” Skating in the Sky.

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