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!

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

My first visit to the Rosewood London and first few impressions!

I knew the Rosewood Hotel would be something special but my visit to it as soon as it opened in November, Β did and has still kept me swept off my feet! It is something out of the world of London and a refreshing addition to the 5 star hotels landscape of the city.

Located close to my heart i.e. next door to where I spent 3 years of my life, The London School of Economics, it felt a bit surreal walking out of the station heading towards the hotel.

The Rosewood Hotel’s entrance is unique, you feel like you’re entering a townhouse with a private entrance and courtyard. The eye catching feature of the hotel is the way it has been decorated to resemble one’s home. You will be greeted with hundreds of coffee table books from all walks of life be it Peyton and Byrne or a book on the art of wooing women!

On the way to the main restaurant we were greeted with the hotel’s very own parrots which are so refreshing! I was taken to the Mirror Room by my friend where we enjoyed some delicious starters my favourite being the feta cheese gnocchi and fois gras.

I was lucky enough to experience a band playing live acoustic music, another rare feature not common among London hotels. The music blended in extremely well with the atmosphere of the room. I believe The Rosewood London has not only appealed to me but will appeal to people from all walks of life who would like to take a break from the hustle and bustle of London and relax in an understated luxurious environment. I say understated because The Rosewood is not screaming luxury but rather redefining it by blending traditional British heritage with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly service.

Unfortunately I have to finish here, but I will be writing in detail about the Afternoon Tea which I had on a separate occasion (I didn’t feel right to fit it in here) but for the time being, below is a sneak peak of a delicious cappuccino resting on the beautiful coffee table of the Mirror Room!