Fowler & Wells

Located on the ground floor of The Beekman Hotel, this restaurant proved extremely handy during the early hours of jet lag. We spent most mornings here grabbing our first coffee and pain au chocolats. A Tom Colicchio restaurant with opulent interiors; the mirrors and chandeliers are my favourite. A definite plus for me was the good quality coffee – rare in hotels but the supplier they use is very unique and their own cafe is located in Fulton station – Irving Farm Coffee Roasters.Β 

If I weren’t short of time and always on to the next thing in New York – I would spend many hours here staring at the interiors!

Definitely recommend it for breakfast!

The Beekman

I knew The Beekman was opening in New York but I wasn’t sure when I would get the chance to experience it. When my friend Kate suggested we book a trip to New York in May tied in with my birthday I knew I had to find something different and exciting for her since she is an interior designer and always looking for interior design inspiration.

Now being back in London and looking back all I can say is that I have been thrilled with the experience of the hotel, the restaurants, the service and the ambience. It is a gem and has transformed the experience of being downtown. It is walking distance from Fulton Station – connecting you to most subway lines, walking distance to West Village and conveniently located to some great shops.

The 9 story atrium is one of the key features of the hotel. Every morning coming out of my room and looking down at the bar from the 5th floor was a treat. Though you may feel that rooms overlooking the bar would lose their privacy – it was right the opposite. You instead felt a part of a private residence with stunning architecture and connectivity between the spaces.

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The room itself was a great mix of vintage and modern furnishings complimented by a spacious marble bathroom. Our room overlooked Nassau Street with views of stunning red buildings making us feel a part of a neighborhood.

 

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It is the small details that make a huge difference. The rooms aren’t equipped with coffee machines but the lobby offers a complimentary coffee service in the morning which you can help yourself too and it is great coffee! Additionally, the hotel is home to a stunning bar, Fowler and Wells (a Tom Colicchio restaurant) and Augustine (all of which I will feature in a separate blog.)

My advice to those who feel downtown is isolated or cut off from midtown and beyond – it is not. You must stay there next time – it is the place to be and definitely worth staying at for a few nights!

For more information visit The Beekman’s Website

I would definitely go back!

The Chatwal Hotel New York

5 star hotel in New York, The Chatwal Hotel

I have usually stayed at the Lowell Hotel during my previous visits to New York but this time I decided to stay a few nights at The Chatwal Hotel near Times Square. I had heard so much about the hotel from friends and colleagues in London I just had to visit.

The Chatwal reminds me a lot of 45 Park Lane in London. The interiors have been done by Β the same person – modern, classy and upbeat yet not compromising on luxury. The hotel has an ideal location and for those who are scared of being too close to Times Square I can guarantee you – you won’t even feel it! It is definitely close to it but the location on the side street keeps the traffic away. Also, it’s very handy for those who need to go shopping at Fifth Avenue, visit Rockefeller Center and some other major attractions in New York. The hotel is also walking distance to Macys. Additionally, it is only a 25 minute walk to the Upper East Side. You get the best of both worlds! If you are up early enough (which I was due to jetlag) you must visit Times Square in the early hours of the day – it is surprisingly a serene place to be and you might catch a glimpse of the ABC Morning Show and New York generally waking up:

Mornings can be fun!

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Back to the hotel, I loved the interior of the room – it isn’t traditional but it has the charm of an established New York hotel. It was modern, comfy and the bathrooms are to die for! Service isn’t too stuffy but attentive and the only regret I have is that I didn’t try The Lambs Club which seemed like an amazing restaurant with an old school New York charm to it.

I would highly recommend it to those looking for comfort and a buzz during their visit to New York – you can get both!

Summer at The Lowell

The Lowell is one of those hotels that keeps getting better with service, attention to detail and warmth. This was my second visit to the hotel since January this year and I had one of the best times ever!

I got the opportunity to stay in a lovely Michael Smith designed Junior Suite. With it’s own kitchenette, lounge area and spacious bathroom it is perfect for a summer getaway. I have to say The Lowell did not forget my choice of newspapers from last time and the staff still remembered my name. I cannot emphasise enough how genuine the service and friendliness of the Lowell family is. It is privately tucked away on a street off Madison Avenue yet close to all major shopping attractions and museums of the Upper East Side.

A Michael Smith Designed Junior Suite
The Beautiful Lobby of The Lowell Hotel

My Stay at The Mark Hotel

I had heard a lot about the Mark Hotel from friends and colleagues in London and it was definitely on my hit list for places to vist/stay in NYC.
Little did I expect to be visiting in September and spending a night there. I have stayed at some amazing resorts worldwide and more recently the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland.
The luxury hotels in the UK offer the best service and quality that I have come across in recent years. I had also heard that hotel rooms in New York would not be spacious or as glamorous as those in London. The Mark Hotel experience proved all these assumptions to be wrong.
I was greeted with a very warm and elegant staff on the Friday morning I arrived there. It was 8 in the morning and I was definitely quite early before check in time. I was immediately escorted to the reception where they took my details and ensured that would call me as soon as the room was ready.
The entrance of the hotel is charming. Black and white marble flooring of the lobby gives it a very retro yet refreshing look. Despite being 3 years old the hotel still looks brand new!
I was headed to a meeting in Madison Avenue but before that I wanted to get a coffee at a local place. The Hotel Manager was kind enough to walk me over to Sant Ambroeus, a local and elegant Italian brasserie/cafe, a local hang out spot for those living and working on the Upper East Side.
The location of the hotel is definitely exclusive and very much has a neighborhood feel allowing you to feel at home instantly. The shopping on Madison Avenue is on your doorsteps.
When I returned I was escorted to my room, The Seventy Seven Kings Room. A beautiful room overlooking East 77th Street and featuring some of the best interior designs I have come across by Jacques Grange. The bathrooms were breathtaking! I say when you are on holiday you must get a decent and clean bathroom to ensure that you are pampering yourself and this was exactly what one needed!
The time I spent in the room was as enjoyable as in the surrounding areas. The advantage is you could go shopping down the road and come back for breaks. Central Park is 5 minutes up the road and the choice of restaurants is ample. At night time the serenity of the area really allows you to relax and enjoy the area.
My newspapers arrived with my morning coffee the next day at 6 am sharp allowing me to kickstart my day with great energy. The room service is of a high standard and the staff is super friendly and yet professional. My check out time was extended for my convenience and this really reflected that the hotel wanted to build a relation with their guests which is what one would expect from a 5 star property.
I couldn’t recommend this hotel enough. I would say that the service matches that of the Iconic London Hotels and is definitely going to take this hotel a long way!
For more information visit The Mark Hotel