99 Washington StreetThe world’s tallest Holiday Inn, a 50-story, 490-room, full-service hotel at 99 Washington Street, three blocks south of the World Trade Center, will open its doors this Friday, October 24, 2014. The hotel was designed by Gene Kaufman Architect (GKA) in collaboration with Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects (GSKA), which created the façade.

The 176,600-square-foot Holiday Inn has a low-rise base that complements the surrounding streetscape. It is topped by a dramatic tower with graduated setbacks that enable an usually large number of rooms to have striking views of the city, the harbor and the Hudson River. The jewel-like multifaceted façade, with its silver cladding that captures and reflects the light, creates a striking image while brightening the street-level pedestrian landscape.

Said Gene Kaufman, founder of GKA and principal of GSKA, “This arresting and monumental structure will play a critical role in completing the transformation of Lower Manhattan from a daytime-only business area to a 24/7 destination for residents and travelers alike.”

The hotel offers state-of-the-art conveniences and amenities, including a guest lounge, a full-service restaurant and bar, a fitness center, meeting facilities and complimentary in-room internet access.