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!

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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