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 Little Owl

Greenwich Brunch Places, The Little Owl NYC

The concierge at The Lowell helped me discover some new brunch places and one of those was The Little Owl. I wanted to explore some new places in Greenwich Village and I am so glad I came across this gem. A wonderful corner restaurant perfect for weekend brunch classics and some Mediterranean inspired dishes. I went for the safer option, the burger but the coffee, desserts and ambience were really nice. I would highly recommend to those looking for something with a local touch in Manhattan followed by a walk up Bleecker Street!

 

 

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!

Ralph’s Coffee aka Ralph Lauren’s very own cafe on fifth avenue!

Post breakfast at the wonderful and breathtaking St Regis, I ended up outsideΒ Ralph’s Coffee Shop. It had started snowing. It was my second last day in New York, slightly melancholic yet refreshed with all the wonderful experiences I’d had so far in this city; I needed some shelter as I was getting snowed under (like literally!). So I knocked on the doors of Ralph Lauren Fifth Avenue at 9:58 am. It was still 2 minutes to go till they opened but they came rushing towards me as if they knew I needed a roof above my head. I politely asked ‘Are you open? I was hoping if I could just go to the cafe above?’

I led myself upstairs – and there it was – the gem of a coffee place overlooking fifth avenue, still adorned with Christmas decorations and a welcoming staff! I had never heard of Ralph Lauren’s cafe till I had reached New York. Yes, they are brewing their own branded coffee, branded cups and a chic branded cafe. Being in New York made me appreciate the tall black American style coffee as long as I was getting half and half with it (another addiction which I can’t seem to find in London?). Somehow the taste of plain coffee was growing on me. I didn’t want the latte everytime.

I enjoyed my cup of coffee looking over fifth avenue wondering when I would be back again – yet tried to seize the moment. The view was magical!