Andre Balazs
Andre Balazs
Andre Balázs is an American hotelier and residential developer. He created the Standard Hotels line of hotels and operates many hotels and residences in New York and other U.S. cities.
Biography
Andre Balazs's personal information overview.
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In the Hudson River Valley, a Family Legacy in Riverfront Mansions
Wall Street Journal - 6 months
A small group of wealthy homeowners—hotelier André Balazs and artist Brice Marden among them—have restored the estates of the Livingston clan.
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André Balazs, dos hotéis a um pub londrino de sucesso
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
André Balazs teve sucesso instantâneo com o Chiltern Firehouse, o hotel e restaurante que criou num outrora pacato bairro londrino. Agora, ele optou por uma abordagem mais pé no chão com o pub ao lado.
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Isabella Huffington Channels Yayoi Kusama In Pop Up Exhibition
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In the kingdom of shape-happy artists, Yayoi Kusama is the priestess of the polka dot while Keith Haring reigns over all things line-made. Recently an emerging artist is entering the fray, following in the footsteps of these two New York legends with her obsessively colorful renderings. Her name is Isabella Huffington. This week Huffington's hyper saturated collages took over Ports 1961 Pop Up Gallery the Meatpacking District. The artist, who is currently in her senior year studying art history at Yale, cited both Kusama and Haring as major influences. Her works are surely reminiscent of the two glorious icons, with Sharpie-colored shapes furiously buzzing in highly detailed patterns. Her swarms of images, which take anywhere from a few weeks to three months to create, are reminiscent of both organic clusters and feverish hallucinations, the latter of which govern Kusama's artistic practice. The opening of Huffington's show lured high profile guests including André Leon Talley ...
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Mary McCormack Outs Chelsea Handler's New Relationship Status On 'Chelsea Lately' (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Mary McCormack dropped by "Chelsea Lately" to hang with her friend, but while she was there she inadvertently broke some news about Chelsea Handler. Handler was talking about how the two go out together when McCormack added, "She’s single now, too, so it’s like, you can’t keep up.” That's right. Apparently, Handler and her longtime boyfriend, hotel magnate Andre Balazs, have called it quits. The two had been in a three-year, long-distance relationship that was apparently going very well at one time. Back in March, she talked with both Katie Couric and Oprah Winfrey about her relationship, and seemed to be indicating that Balazs may well be the one. “It’s going very well. I’ve decided to not fight being in a relationship," Handler said then. "When you really love somebody, you always find your way back to them, so we did. It’s much, it’s much more harmonious now.” She told Winfrey that she felt she'd met her match. Obviously, things have changed. Now, chatting with McCormack, Han ...
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André Balazs sells majority stake in Standard hotel brand
Reuters.com - over 3 years
Sept 4 (Reuters) - Hotelier André Balazs has sold a majority interest in his Standard hotel brand and said the brand's High Line property in New York was looking for new investors.
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Pippa Middleton Brings New Boyfriend On Mustique Family Holiday
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Tracking Pippa Middleton's love life is a full-time job. Just last month, the almost-royal was spotted on a hunting date with Belgian billionaires. Before that, she hopped the pond to cozy up to New York's Andre Balazs. Now, it looks like Pips is getting serious with someone. Want proof? She brought him along to meet the family on the now-infamous Middleton Mustique vacation. The Daily Mail reports that the mystery man snapped holding hands with Pippa on the beach last week is Nico Jackson, a 35-year-old stockbroker, aka a fellow commoner. The British publication got the scoop from a so-called "friend" of Ms. Middleton: "Nico comes from a totally different background from Pippa’s other boyfriends. But he can run well with the best of them. He is tall, good-looking and has the most amazing piercing blue eyes. He is incredibly charismatic and stands out from the crowd. He is a really good catch. Everyone is after him." Pippa's past love interests include banker (and ...
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Giving L.A. a glitzy SPiN on ping-pong
LATimes - about 4 years
Susan Sarandon and hotelier Andre Balazs sit side-by-side watching Pasadena's 16-year-old Olympic pingpong prodigy Erica Wu battle her opponent in a heated game of table tennis. Their eyes follow the tiny white ball, back and forth, back and forth.
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Dowdy Airport Aims for Jet Set
Wall Street Journal - about 4 years
The drab confines of JFK Airport might land a dose of the upscale: a hotel inside the retired TWA terminal by trendy developer André Balazs.
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Susan Sarandon Lines Up Sandy Benefit
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Susan Sarandon is hosting a benefit for victims of Hurricane Sandy on Friday in Manhattan. SPiN for the Cause will take place at her ping-pong nightclub, SPiN New York, and all are encouraged to attend (the cost of entry is a donation of whatever amount the guest would like to pay). "Time and again New Yorkers have proven to be the most resilient and compassionate people in the world," Sarandon told The Huffington Post. "It's a privilege to help support some of the families who have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Ping-pong is a wonderful excuse for a group of people to come together for a good cause." The night kicks off at 8 p.m. and will feature cocktails, a number of DJs and, naturally, ping-pong. HuffPost's Entertainment Editor Kia Makarechi will be providing music from 9 to 10. Also available are raffle prizes from SPiN, Flex Mussels and Andre Balazs' Standard Hotel (Balazs and SPiN have teamed to open SPiN L.A. at the Downtown Standard). There will also be an ...
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Pippa Middleton, Andre Balazs Spend Labor Day Weekend Together
Huffington Post - over 4 years
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Pippa spends weekend with hotelier in USA
USA Today - over 4 years
The sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has been seen with businessman Andre Balazs in Shelter Island, N.Y.
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SPiN L.A. At The Standard Downtown: Susan Sarandon & Andre Balazs Announce New Club (EXCLUSIVE)
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Susan Sarandon has something she'd like to tell the good people of Los Angeles. The ping pong-obsessed actress is bringing her nightclub-cum-sports venue to their town. Sarandon and her partners at SPiN, the company behind swanky table tennis/bar hybrids in New York, Milwaukee and Toronto, have teamed up with hotelier Andre Balazs for an expansive new location, right in the heart of L.A.'s downtown. The space will occupy the entire mezzanine floor of Balazs' Standard Downtown and be open all seven days of the week, providing both daytime availability for serious and casual ping pong players and a vibrant evening and night party scene. SPiN L.A. at the Standard, Downtown L.A. will launch early this fall. "This is really hands-free, worry-free," Sarandon told HuffPost Entertainment in an interview. "Andre really knows what he's doing, so I have complete trust in his ability to make this the best ping pong club ever in L.A. for sure." The actress and SPiN co-owners Franck Raharinosy, ...
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SPiN L.A.: Susan Sarandon Has Done It Again
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Susan Sarandon has something she'd like to tell the good people of Los Angeles. The ping pong-obsessed actress is bringing her nightclub-cum-sports venue to their town. Sarandon and her partners at SPiN, the company behind swanky table tennis/bar hybrids in New York, Milwaukee and Toronto, have teamed up with hotelier Andre Balazs for an expansive new location, right in the heart of L.A.'s downtown. The space will occupy the entire mezzanine floor of Balazs' Standard Downtown and be open all seven days of the week, providing both daytime availability for serious and casual ping pong players and a vibrant evening and night party scene. SPiN L.A. at the Standard, Downtown L.A. will launch early this fall. "This is really hands-free, worry-free," Sarandon told HuffPost Entertainment in an interview. "Andre really knows what he's doing, so I have complete trust in his ability to make this the best ping pong club ever in L.A. for sure." The actress and SPiN co-owners ...
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Do You Want to Be on The Courtney Love Diet?
Beleb Dirty Laundry - almost 5 years
I know so many of you have looked at Courtney Love and thought “man, that’s an enviable woman!” And this morning, I’m here to tell you that it’s entirely possible, that you, too, can have all the majesty of Courtney Love. Just start by following the Courtney Love Diet, which she described, in exquisite detail, to Grub Street. It involves lots of chicken potpie, potato salad, unspecified forms of sugar for an hour every single morning, and heaping amounts of delusion. Here’s Courtney describing a typical week of eating: Friday, April 27 This is all you need to know about me and food … Every day I have my house manager, Hershey — who I stole from the Mercer Hotel with André Balazs’s blessing — wake me up with a hot washcloth for my face, a leg rub, and a plate of toast soldiers. Then someone always gets chicken potpie and potato salad from D.D., you know, Dean & Deluca. If I can’t afford D.D., I just don’t eat. One thing from living next to Paris Hilton in L.A. … she ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Andre Balazs
    FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 54
    Formerly The Cooper Square Hotel, The Standard, East Village is André Balazs' 5th Standard Hotel, acquired in November 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Located on the corner of East 5th Street and Bowery, the 21 story building offers 145 spacious rooms and suites with sweeping views of Manhattan, thoughtful comforts and stellar service in one of New York’s most exciting neighborhoods. The Standard, East Village provides a more intimate, residential alternative to The Standard on the High Line, on the West Side. Beyond his achievements as an hotelier, Balazs has placed a strong focus on the culinary programs for each of his properties. The restaurants at the properties include the acclaimed Standard Grill at The Standard, New York, under the helm of Michelin chef Dan Silverman; The Lido Restaurant and Bayside Grill at The Standard Spa, Miami and Sunset Beach, with Executive Chef Mark Zeitouni; Bar Marmont and the terrace restaurant at Chateau Marmont with Carolynn Spence; and The Standard Beirgartens in New York and Downtown LA with Kurt Gutenbrunner. Other chefs in the company stable include Jean-Georges Vongerichten at The Mercer Kitchen and Micah Fields at The Standard, Downtown LA.
  • 2008
    Age 51
    The fourth and largest Standard hotel (337 rooms, 18 floors), opened in 2008 and is located in Manhattan’s thriving Meatpacking District.
    More Details Hide Details The riverfront hotel bridges over the elevated High Line Park allowing for unparalleled views of the Hudson River, the New York Harbor, and the Manhattan skyline. The Standard, New York features The Standard Grill, the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant as well as an outdoor Biergarten, serving traditional German food and beer, and Le Bain and Top of The Standard, the 18th floor famed clubs which boast 360° views of the city.
  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 50
    In 2007, Balazs began a collaboration with Wölffer Estate Vineyard on Long Island to create his own vintage of rosé.
    More Details Hide Details The André Balazs Réserve Sunset Beach Rosé has been produced yearly since 2007, and is offered at all of his properties. Additionally, Balazs purchased Jean Prouvé’s La Maison Tropicale at Christie's auction house in 2008. A masterpiece of modernist architecture, he presented it to the public in London in collaboration with the Tate Modern and Design Museum. Most recently in 2011, Balazs launched a sea plane service to the Hamptons, StndAIR, an 8 seat plane operating scheduled flights and charters from Manhattan.
  • 2006
    Age 49
    Opened in 2006, The Standard Spa, Miami Beach is a holistic and hydrotherapy spa hotel inspired by global bathing cultures, self-teaching, community and healing.
    More Details Hide Details Located on Belle Isle, a lushly landscaped residential island on the waters of Biscayne Bay, The Standard is Miami Beach’s destination spa and wellness center. The spa’s philosophy encourages the communal, shared rituals of ancient bathing traditions, offering a Turkish Hamam, Roman Waterfall, Aroma Steam Room, Sauna and Mud Baths. Guest rooms feature private terraces with outdoor soaking tubs.
  • 2002
    Age 45
    The Standard, Downtown LA is the second of Balazs’ Standard collection, which opened in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The property revitalized downtown LA, establishing the area as not only a corporate destination but a cultural and social hub. Originally constructed in 1956 as the corporate headquarters of Superior Oil, the Carrara marble-clad building is regarded as one of the finest examples of Mid-Century Californian architecture. With a rooftop pool and bar with stunning panoramic views of LA, a new Biergarten, a 24-hour restaurant and extensive business facilities, the 207-room Standard, Downtown LA once again revolutionized the concept of a business hotel and set the standard for a unique hospitality experience.
  • 1998
    Age 41
    In 1998, Balazs expanded his hotel collection when he purchased and restored The Mercer hotel in downtown New York.
    More Details Hide Details Designed by French designer Christian Liaigre, The Mercer is Soho’s foremost luxury hotel, offering 75 guest rooms on six floors of a landmark Romanesque revival building in one of New York’s most exclusive neighborhoods. The Mercer epitomizes elegance, subtlety and intimacy and is the first hotel to offer an authentic taste of loft living. The Standard, Hollywood is the first of Balazs’ Standard hotels. Opened in 1998 in the heart of the Sunset Strip, the 139-room hotel redefined what guests could expect from a hotel experience, offering a pioneering and irreverent take on the concept of hospitality. Featuring a 24 hour restaurant, shag carpeted floor-to-ceiling lobby with nightly DJs and video art, The Standard’s offbeat sensibility has had consistent global appeal for sophisticated, stylish travelers and firmly established the hotel as a Hollywood classic.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 33
    In his early years, Balazs worked at Biomatrix, a New Jersey based bio-tech company founded by his father. In 1990, he purchased Chateau Marmont, subsequently launching his career as an hotelier.
    More Details Hide Details Located on Sunset Boulevard, the building was initially built in 1929 as apartments, modeled after Chateau d’Amboise, a royal retreat in France's Loire Valley. After carefully curated renovations, Balazs transformed Chateau Marmont into a legendary hotel, and it has since become an iconic Hollywood destination. Its 63 generously proportioned suites and bungalows, set amidst lush private gardens, offer stunning, panoramic views of Los Angeles and world class service. In 1997, Balazs opened Sunset Beach, a luxury boutique hotel and restaurant, open seasonally and located on Shelter Island in New York. The property features 20 rooms and also houses a boutique featuring designer pieces of apparel, jewelry, and beach accessories.
    He subsequently became a developer and hotelier with the acquisition of Chateau Marmont Hotel in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Andre Balazs Properties currently consists of eight hotels across the US. The luxury group comprises of The Mercer in New York, Chateau Marmont in Hollywood and Sunset Beach on Shelter Island. The Standard hotels, which revolutionized the US boutique hotel market and redefined the concept of an affordable hotel experience, include The Standard, Hollywood; The Standard, Downtown LA; The Standard Spa, Miami Beach; The Standard, New York and the newest addition, The Standard, East Village. In addition to the hotels, André Balazs’ residential properties include 40 Mercer Residences, One Kenmare Square, and William Beaver House.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Age 0
    Born on January 31, 1957.
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