Martha Washington

I came across the hotel very randomly but it just seemed to be a perfect fit for my stay in New York post NYE. Very close to the Empire State Building, walking distance to Fifth Avenue and home to the latest talk of town, Marta.

Once I booked, the Concierge team, Rachel, Gillian and Rene emailed me welcoming me to the hotel and offering to help out with any planning around the city. This was amazing! They realised I loved coffee places and this is what I was welcomed with:

A wonderful coffee tray amenity with coffees from around New York including Stumptown and Intelligentsia. I also got a coffee grinder which I still grind the coffee with. The concierge team added so much to my trip and guided me so well I will always be grateful to them! If you need good guidance, I would say go to them! They are locals, they love the city and you will see that reflecting in their advice!
The next thing that took me by surpise was the amazing view (what more could I have asked for?):
Third surprise, Marta is definitely one of the best restaurants I have been to in New York. The atmosphere, food, service and bar – all ticked boxes for a great meal out especially for somone new to the city. Friends from NYC had already been talking about it but I just cannot get over how welcoming and good this restaurant was. Serving awesome coffee, pizzas, desserts and drinks – this is the go to place in New York. Β I tried the pizza, the croquettes and something unsual – The Rabbit Meatballs. They were divine! Marta is not fussy or overpriced. It just celebrates serving good and fresh food that is affordable paired with good service.
Next the coffee is artisan and not being poured out of an automatic machine which most hotels do. It shows effort here and the fact that guests demand good coffee. If a hotel and restaurant serve good coffee – they’ve won my hear already!
Good old Margarita
Divine Tiramisu
The Rabbit Meatballs

Some Baker and Spice near Ebury Street

It had been a while since I had visited the Floris Boutique on Ebury Street (a unique gem of London) and we Β decided to go for a coffee to Baker and Spice. The first time I had visited was last Spring and Belgravia/Elizabeth Street give off quite a different and nostalgic feel during that time of year!

Well today was a great experience, the place felt cosy and we decided to sit inside an face the lovely boutiques across the street which include Philip Treacy, Mungo and Maud and Tom Tom Cigars! The location is absolutely stunning. Very serene and private. You feel as if tucked away in a village!

Baker and Spice are known for their coffees and hot chocolates! The latte I had today was what I needed to wake me up along with a crisp croissant. I pay high attention to the cups in which the coffees are served as that makes the experience more enjoyable (not to mention the size). The large white cups were perfect for me and just make the experience of sipping coffee on a crispy morning more soothing!

What sets Baker and Spice apart is their wooden yet comfortable interiors – you can pop in at anytime of the day and manage to get a corner to yourself to work, catch up on emails or chat with friends.

The cakes are something I really do want to try next time!