Developers David Bistricer and Joseph Chetrit have been trying to open a hotel in Brooklyn Heights on the site of the historic Hotel Bossert for years now. They originally bought the property from the Jehovah's Witnesses in 2012, and have since been restoring the landmark building to its former splendor (it's been compared to the famed Waldorf Astoria hotel). And now, the Brooklyn Paper reports that the team has a hotelier in mind for the property: Fen Hotels, an Argentinian company that operates hotels in Central and South America, as well as the U.S. The Brooklyn Heights property would be called Esplendor Brooklyn, and it would be Fen's second hotel in the borough (the first, Dazzler Brooklyn, opened in August on Flatbush Avenue).
Details are few and far between at this point, but like many hotel chains, Fen has two specific brands—Esplendor and Dazzler—and takes those concepts to cities around the world. Here's their description of what an "Esplendor" hotel is like:
Esplendor Hotels mix design, avant-garde and unique experience for the guests. In an innovative manner these Boutique Hotels combine trendy designs and comfort ensuring details in both carefully restored historical buildings and brand new modern buildings. The hallmark of Esplendor is a sophisticated style with premium rooms, art galleries, Bar & Lounge, Gym & Spa and Restaurant & Casino. So…basically your standard mid-level hotel. (The "Dazzler" brand, meanwhile, focuses on "the perfect synthesis between a functional aesthetic, comfortable spaces, and quality service." Gotcha.) According to Fen's website, the Bossert is scheduled for a winter 2015 opening (the specific hotel website is still under construction), but considering the long-delayed history of this project, you may want to lower your expectations a bit.
· Who's the Boss-ert? Historic Heights hotel operator revealed! [Brooklyn Paper]
· Opening of Brooklyn Heights' Revamped Hotel Bossert Delayed [Curbed]
· All Hotel Bossert Coverage [Curbed]