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Hotel De Point Opens Near LaGuardia Airport, Joins Ascend Hotel Collection

Stocks in this article: CHH

Guestrooms: Cool and Comforting The clean, contemporary design continues in guestrooms and suites, done up in muted greys, creams and white. Bright bursts of color come from floor-to-ceiling wall art with nature-inspired designs that differ from room to room. Among the custom furnishings here are white marble-top bedside tables and minibar with refrigerator and a comfy cream-colored leather armchair. Beds are plush with matching leather headboards and pillow-top mattresses draped in luxurious white triple sheeting and crisp white duvet.

Rooms have everything a tech-savvy traveler needs: fast and reliable Wi-Fi that's also free, comfortable workstations and 46-inch flat-screen televisions with international channel options and Internet connectivity. Self-closing draws and cabinet doors help to assure a peaceful night's sleep. Other comforting touches include a Keurig coffeemaker and choice of down or hypoallergenic pillows.

Lined with marble walls and floor, bathrooms exude elegance to match the rooms. They come equipped rain showerheads, expansive white marble vanity and generously thick towels.

Earth-Friendly Hotel de Point celebrates nature not only in its design, but also with a host of green features. The property uses solar power; energy-efficient, on-demand water heaters; recycled energy systems; and low-wattage LED lighting throughout.

In guestrooms, motion sensors automatically adjust lighting, heating and air conditioning when guests enter or leave the room. An air injection system for showers maintains water pressure, while reducing consumption. To further lighten their carbon footprint, guestrooms are outfitted with low-flush toilets and organic 100% Pure bath amenities in biodegradable bottles. Even the Do Not Disturb sign takes a back seat to sustainability. In its place comes a color-coded lighting system for guestroom doors; red signals privacy, and  green gives a go-ahead for housekeeping services.

Close To The Action Guests find scores of things to do steps from the hotel at the complex' Shops de Point. Savor sushi at The Buffet, a fashionable Asian fusion restaurant serving up lunch and dinner along with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. Sip drinks in a lush garden setting at the View de Point rooftop bar/cafe, presenting additional opportunities to take in the famous skyline while watching arrivals and departures from LaGuardia. Explore the unique blend of specialty items that showcase the rich neighborhood culture at the 30,000 square-foot Kam Man Supermarket. Choose here from Asian, Italian and continental spices, fresh produce, organic products, meats, cheeses and more. Top off your day with a treatment at the full-service Lemon Tree Spa. Opening in September at Shops de Point, a salinated indoor swimming pool available for a nominal fee to guests and the community. With its lack of harsh chemicals and use of reclaimed energy, the pool echoes Hotel de Point's focus on environmental stewardship.

Beyond Shops de Point, catch a Mets game at Citi Field, less than three miles from the hotel. Or, visit Flushing's Chinatown, perhaps not as well known as Manhattan's, but just as bustling and diverse. Midtown Manhattan is easily accessible too. The Hotel de Point shuttle provides complimentary service to the train station two miles away. From there, the Long Island Railroad and the New York City Subway's No. 7 Line whisk guests to Grand Central Station and Times Square. Catch a Broadway show. Browse in the SoHo boutiques and Chelsea galleries. Take in a Knicks game or concert at Madison Square Garden. Visit world-class museums like the Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Modern Art. Then, return to Hotel de Point for a peaceful night's sleep and wake up refreshed for your early morning flight.

Choice Hotels added several other boutique properties to Ascend Hotel Collection this summer, including The Blake Hotel, New Orleans; enVision Hotel Boston; and Federal Pointe Inn, Gettysburg, bordering the National Military Park.

Membership in Ascend Hotel Collection grew 35 percent in 2011. The network made its debut in late 2008. Today, it presents a curated lineup of more than 75 upscale, independent hotels in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Scandinavia and the Caribbean. For more information about Hotel de Point and Ascend Hotel Collection, visit www.ascendcollection.com.

About Ascend Collection The Ascend Hotel Collection membership program made its debut in late 2008 and now has hotels open and under development throughout the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Scandinavia and the Caribbean. The network appeals to the growing number of travelers who like to live like the locals when visiting new places. Member properties include The GEM Hotels with three boutique hotels in New York City; Zona Hotel and Suites Scottsdale in Ariz; Nordic Light Hotel, Stockholm; Grand Hotel Costa Rica, San Jose; and Hotel Royal William in the stylish New St. Rock district of downtown Quebec City. For more information, visit www.ascendcollection.com.



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