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THE ROXBURY GETS “RAVE REVIEWS” FOR ITS ONE-OF-A-KIND HOTEL EXPERIENCE
Entertainment Industry Stars Celebrate Jenn Gambatese’s Wedding --
Guests Ooh and Aah at the Hotel’s Unique Themed Rooms from 3D-Sculpted Stone Walls to a Genie Bottle Bathroom to a Glowing Red Space-Age Bathtub
ROXBURY, NY, July 11, 2007—Broadway actors, VIPs and celebrity guests celebrated the recent wedding of Jenn Gambatese, currently starring as “Jane” in Broadway’s Tarzan, to Curtis Cregan, host of the hit TV children’s show, Hi-5, and The Roxbury, renowned for its vibrant décor, design elements and its one-of-a-kind themed rooms, set the stage for this weekend of fun.
Whether the guests “hung out” by the custom-designed fire pit, soaked in the hotel’s Shimmer Spa’s six-person, super jet Jacuzzi or relaxed on the property’s lovely lawn, The Roxbury received rave reviews for its outstanding customer service and its “very unique amenities.”
The Roxbury, a boutique hotel that recently underwent a year of renovations and expansion, offered the VIP guests a hotel experience “like no other place on the planet.” A variety of the guests included Josh Strickland, lead actor in Tarzan;); Andrew Rannells (played Link Larkin in Hairspray); Doug Meyers, Broadway producer (The Producers, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, and most recently, Legally Blonde); Clay Jackson, actor (the new “Maytag Repairman”); Kathy Deitch, Broadway actress (Footloose, currently in Wicked); Gavin Creel, singer and actor (Tony award winning revival of La Cage Aux Folles, Thoroughly Modern Millie); and Michael Seelbach, actor (Wicked, Footloose, Jesus Christ Superstar) to name just a few.
These special guests had the opportunity to savor the artistic design of The Roxbury’s themed rooms, such as Samantha’s Cloud, Fred’s Lair, The Partridge Nest, George’s Space Pad, Genie’s Bottle, The Mod Pod, and Golightly-A-Go-Go that are loosely inspired by a 60’s and 70’s TV show, film or cartoon. (To view, follow these simple steps: Log onto www.TheRoxburyMotel.com, click on Rooms & Spa and then hit the computer mouse to Studio Theme Rooms, or Suites.)
“It is not just a hotel experience, but a full-blown entertainment experience as well,” says Gregory Henderson, owner, The Roxbury. “My partner, Joseph Massa, and I wanted to create a unique hospitality experience unmatched by any other we’ve ever seen. We designed the themed rooms and suites to incite one Wow factor after another and nothing has come through these doors without going through our combined creative filter, from the courageous color palettes right down to the one-of-a-kind faucets. Jenn’s and Curtis’ wedding guests really enjoyed themselves in the hotel’s theme rooms.”
Background on the Theme Rooms
Calling these rooms "theme-based" is rather like calling Martha Stewart a talented napkin folder. Each theme room is a playfully improvised "riff" on an iconic 20th-century entertainment experience. Guests can lounge in the urbane chic of Holly Go-Lightly’s Tiffany blue boudoir or "get happy" in a Partridge Nest of Mondrian pop optimism. More down-to-earth types will enjoy the "boulder" look of Fred’s Lair. Then there is George’s Space Pad (a real outer space experience), Genie’s Bottle (perfect for any harem), and The Mod Pod. Samantha’s Cloud was designed to leave hotel guests bewitched and bedazzled.
Many of these one-of-a-kind elements were created or discovered by staff: The Roxbury manager, Leslie Black, sewed custom designed lampshades, drapes and damask pillows and combed the web with the tenacity of her Scotties for the perfect accessories. Joseph Massa, hotel partner, not only supervised the construction process, he was also a man of all trades. He painstakingly sculpted the rocky interior of Fred’s Lair for over two months. The Mondrian masterpiece in the Partridge Nest took him three months of excruciating patience and a small fortune in masking tape. Hope Tone-Pah-Hote, head of housekeeping, has been like the street sweeper in Bullwinkle, coming behind each step of the project, cleaning and prepping. Achieving these brilliant colors required coat upon coat upon coat. Even the primer coats had to be precisely tinted for each job," says Gregory.
The "Crown Jewel" of the project is the two-bedroom palatial suite “Genie’s Bottle,” with a Japanese soaking tub at the center of its “bottle” bathroom. The "bottle" is not simply curved walls, but a perfectly engineered sphere, and the grownup realization of our childhood fantasy to pop magically into a cozy, pillow-strewn djinn’s rotunda.
Hotel guests can tip their head back (while soaking in the tub), and they can look straight up the "neck" of the bottle, and out to the sky at the top. The perfectly curved tile and ground marble walls of the Genie’s Bottle themed room comes from an ancient Roman architectural technique called the Tile Arch system, which was revived in 1885 by Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino who is credited with achieving most of America’s domed masterpieces such as Grand Central Station, the Boston Public Library, and numerous state capitals.
“Each room was not only created to help guests relax and feel pampered, but also to make them erupt into a huge smile every time they enter. Even the lighting (all on dimmer switches) was carefully chosen to bring out extra layer of "oooooh" at night. Guests may come for the fun, but they return for the hotel’s amenities unmatched in the hospitality industry,” Gregory notes.
"Affordable luxury" is not an oxymoron at The Roxbury, it’s the starting point. Rooms come standard with pillow top mattresses and Egyptian cotton linens / towels and luxurious bathing amenities, microwaves, a small refrigerator, high speed internet, and DVD players to enjoy The Roxbury’s complimentary 400+ DVD entertainment library. New rooms have flat screen plasma TVs (that’s plural: there’s even one in the bathroom) and there is seamless WI-FI throughout the entire property all the way down to the East Branch of the Delaware River which flows through the backyard.
Part of the new addition is the ShimmerSpa, with a professional sports-caliber hot tub (enjoying beautiful views of the back lawn and mountain landscape), Scandinavian sauna, massage/relaxation treatment room, and fireplace. The upper deck boasts equally magnificent mountain views for wine tastings, casual gatherings with an extra touch of magic: aquatic glassel rocks send the flames flickering and glittering from chartreuse and gold crystals. There is also an enclosed breezeway for guests to enjoy the view and continental breakfast is served all-year round.
For more information, to hear about the latest special rates and getaway packages, off-site meeting offers or summer and fall escapes at The Roxbury, call 607 326-7200 or visit www.theroxburymotel.com.