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!

Why ‘Luxury’ Shouldn’t be seen as a negative word!

It does sound very pretentious at times when you speak of the luxury industry of London but it is a very strong part of what London is about. Working on the 5ive Star London project has been for me a great experience in not just uncovering the luxury brands of London but also the hidden gems of the most influential and sought after areas of London! Along with developing strong Marketing and Sales Skills, I have begun to realise how amazing the ideas behind these niche brands are!
For instance, Rococo Chocolates, a hidden gem of Motcomb Street and Marleybone High Street. The person behind it, Chantal, has been a very inspiring person in my career and she has truly developed my sense of what good quality chocolate is – her latest book is exceptional in every way, be it presentation or the material in it. It’s not necessarily the price that sets the chocolates apart, but the craftsmanship and knowledge invested in creating these luxuries!Β
Next is another unique gem of London:
Beach Blanket Babylon, an institution of Notting Hill, one of the hippest areas of London and also a perfect location for celebrity spotting. But Beach Blanket Babylon is far from just any West London Bar, it is an experience in itself. The Private Dining Room is absolutely gorgeous and the interiors have been given extra detail to attention. The cocktails are delicious and above all the staff is extra caring and down to earth. Being there will actually transport you to a different world and make the experience totally worth your while! A true hidden secret of Notting Hill!
Afterall, I have come realise that even though these brands cater to a niche market, their concepts are very unique and carefully thought through! Location is another aspect that makes them stand apart. London is definitely a place that needs to be truly explored by people coming from all over the world and one needs to really appreciate the effort that is put into these brands!