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!

Tea at The Promenade

The best thing about being in The Promenade and having a cup of tea there is the leisure that is attached to it. You have all the time in the world (or it makes you feel like you do) and you feel cut off from the outside reality. Above all the Dorchester Blend tea is one of the best I have tasted in London hotels paired with delicious sandwiches and scones.

I would recommend the Dorchester’s Afternoon tea for any occasion, be it a birthday, get together or catch up with friends, this place lets you get on with your own little party.

The movie Chocolat in real life in the form of Cocomaya!

I had the pleasure of spending my Friday teatime at Cocomaya in Knightsbridge. It has to be one of the best Afternoon Teas I have had in a long time. Excellent service, a lovely host Anna and delicious lemon poppy seed cake. What more could one ask for?

Sitting in Cocomaya transported me to the movie Chocolat with the background music, the gorgeous tea cups and amazing art work!

They have a wide selection of teas and coffees and the staff is lovely. You must try this place out if you wish to escape the bustle of London and at the same time experience something divine.