There are 2 types of people in this world - those that get it and those that don’t (and can’t be bothered to). Sooner I realize this, the happier I will be.
Oh where to travel this spring?
SPRING TRAVEL SERIES: New York City Hotels
Alright, moving right along in my seasonal guide to some of my favourite places to rest my head and hang out, let’s hit everyone’s favourite - New York City. Here goes:
The Ace Hotel being a little bit of a lobby freak, the people watching is second to none. There’s a Stumptown outpost and well, they know their formula and it works just as well in NYC as in their West coast counterparts. The area is also up and coming and great for walking and discovering.
Americano is the first US outpost of the ultra designer Habita group out of Mexico. I love the discreet, in-the-know location, Aesop toiletries and in room iPads. Minimalists will love everything.
Gild Hall with it’s financial center location it’s very out of the way for the traditional sights, however this is exactly why I love it. Plus its design is very masculine, staff very friendly, beds very comfy and on weekends especially, rates very affordable.
The James I’m a big fan of this little art/design chain and their NYC outpost does not disappoint. From complimentary wifi, coffee in the lobby to local car service, this is a design hotel that gets it. The rooftop pool with a view is just gravy.
The Nolitan the hood this hotel is located in is one of my current favorites, so the complimentary bikes and skateboards come in really handy. Not a big fan of how it looks from outside, but the inside is suitably sleeked up and to minute (including the peek a boo showers).
Six Columbus is a sixties retro cool flavored spot with some of the nicest (and seriously best looking) staff in town. Rooms are tight but you cannot beat the Central Park/Warner Center location and excellent rates (hint: Hotel Tonight features them a lot). I’m also a fan of their discreet, non scene rooftop lounge.
Standard High Line is a hip hotel that cuts a bold architecture statement along the river straddling the Meatpacking District and Chelsea. Major scene, great views and an exhibitionists dream (if you are into that and no I don’t object).
The Wythe unless you’ve been in hiding you very well know that Brooklyn has been stealing quite a but of Manhattan’s thunder lately. So of course this borough needs its own serious boutique hotel and this one is a stunner. Get a room with the view.
- that all said, NYC has seen a slew of new and cool places to stay recently that I just haven’t got around to staying at “yet” but from what I can see are worth your consideration so if you stay let me know how they are… They include:
*images in order: pooches at the Standard, 6 Columbus, Gild Hall, Ace, Nolitan, Wythe, James, Americano. via respective hotels.
**I’ve stayed at all these hotels on my dime, no complimentary nights were either requested nor granted for inclusion here.