Tag Archives: New York

The Bernic opens in New York

New York, New York — The Bernic, a 96 room, 22-story newly-built hotel, is now open on 145 East 47th Street, with a new restaurant and sky lounge in tow. The property lies just blocks away from the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, Rockefeller Center and Times Square.
Floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies in almost every room offer a view of the city’s iconic skyline. Blind contour artist Ian Sklarsky added works to the lobby, public areas and in every guest room, inspired by the nearby United Nations building.
Rooms feature radiant floor heating, bath amenities by Beekman 1802, complimentary coffee via an en-suite Nespresso machine, Apple TV, luxury linens and terry, Sterns and Foster luxury bed, turndown service via Chocolat Moderne and a book collection curated by Strand Bookstore.
The restaurant, Allora, features house-made pastas, grilled whole fish and throwback tableside preparations like Steak Diane and Zabaione. The Bernic’s sky lounge is due to open this coming Spring, 2017.

For more info: thebernichotel.com

Photo credit: BabiloniaFoto

Hilton Westchester makes you feel at home (especially with HBO)




Rye Brook, NY — It might be 2016, but there is something strangely comforting about finding HBO on your TV in your hotel room. The Hilton Westchester is a warm and inviting hotel, especially at this time of year when it’s all dressed up in fall foliage through its extensive grounds. But, even in these days of On Demand and taking your own movies with you when you travel (what’s the point of that?), there is something about clicking onto HBO that feels like home when you are away from home!


Millenium Hilton, New York, NY


Millenium HIlton - exterior

Location Lower Manhattan is where modern, bustling, commercially driven New York City began in the 1600s — firstly as a Dutch Colony, before the British finally took control in 1664 — and it remains the city’s financial center, and that of America, too. It is the home of the notorious Wall Street and the World Trade Center site. Within steps of the hotel is One World Trade Center, which was initially dubbed Freedom Tower, and is the tallest building in the western hemisphere. The reflecting pools and 9/11 memorial are also on hand. Lower Manhattan is also home to Columbia University, which was founded in 1754, and the first Congress of the United States sat at Federal Hall on Wall Street, circa 1789, while New York City was the nation’s short-lived capital. To the south, towards New York Harbor, lies both the new-built community of Battery Park City and the historic South Street Seaport. Northwards, the SoHo, Meatpacking District, West Village, Greenwich Village, Little Italy, Nolita, and the East Village offer a myriad of bars, restaurants, and shopping, much of it boutique and individual to the city — if you get off the main, more subscribed streets, that is. Lower Manhattan is referred to as Downtown and since the 1950s offered lower rents and became the home and work space for artists and musicians. The massive development has threatened the area culturally, pushing artists over the Brooklyn Bridge, which connects Manhattan and Long Islands in Lower Manhattan.


The Hotel Millenium Hilton opened in the Fiancial District in 1992 after two years of construction. Rather childishly, the developers chose to deliberately misspell the name, leaving off one n and perhaps rendering its title meaningless. Nevertheless, the hotel’s 55 stories and monolithic smoked black exterior have a late-20th century grandeur, both modern and minimal. The hotel has 569-rooms and suites. Less than a decade after its opening, the Millenium Hilton was severely damaged by the events of 9/11, which unfolded right in front of the hotel, right before some guests’ eyes. The flag that flew outside the entrance up until that day was recovered by some staff members. It now hangs discreetly in the lobby. The lobby is a bright area with a corner bar and lots of seating.  Check in and the concierge desk, as well as a small shop, complete the ground floor space. Notably, by the Fulton Street entrance, the hotel’s American flag, which was rescued by staff after the 9/11 blasts tore up the hotel’s frontage, hangs, framed on a wall.


View of a Room: 4711 This corner suite offers views far up the west side of Manhattan — construction, ever ongoing, has blocked off some of the magnificent city vistas, though. The bedroom has views over the Hudosn to New Jersey, too, but the sights are dominated by One World Trade Center, whihc is smack bang in front of the picture window. Look down from that window and the North Pool, part of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, glistens below, surrounded by dozens of fledgling trees. It’s an oasis of calm, and a much vivisted one.


Besides astounding views, the bedroom also offers an amazingly comfortable king bed with a large flatscreen on the dresser. The bathroom has Philip Thomas Roth toiletries, and robes and slippers await in the closet. The separate living room has a couch, a work desk, coffee/tea station, mini bar, and another TV. The decor is muted: beige, caramel, and brown. The art work is understated, too. This stylish, but neutral interior contrasts well with the complex city backdrop all around the room. At the night, the city lights never cease to astound.


Restaurant and bars The first floor lobby bar, Liquid Assets, the title a nod to the hotel’s location, is accented by sunshine yellow and has views to the bustling street. There’s complimentary WiFi in the lobby area. Church & Dey Restaurant, the hotel’s signature restaurant, is located on the third floor. Both the restaurant and lobby were renovated in 2012.


Fitness, pool There is a fitness center and an indoor pool.

Parking There is valet only parking at the Fulton Street garage, but no in-out privileges.


55 Church St, New York, NY 10007

Phone: 212-693-2001
Photo credit: Hilton Hotel Group/Hotel Junkie

Have a Perfect Day at the Hilton Westchester, Starting with Breakfast



Rye Brook, New York — Wandering through acres of wooded grounds, swimming in the outdoor or indoor pools, a game of tennis perhaps? These are a few of the things to do at the Hilton Westchester.


There’s also this wonderful thing called doing nothing, so about simply relaxing on the terrace adjacent to Härth restaurant?

Harth Restaurant (outdoor patio area)

There’s lunch and dinner to be had at Härth, of course: locally made creamy burrata tops an arugula salad and is served with pillow-y flatbread; pan roasted salmon is glazed with white wine; and the succulent succotash has butter beans. It’s all very tasty. Then, later, curling up with a glass of wine or a cocktail and a cheese plate, and sitting by the fireplace in the lobby lounge, well, that’s a dose of bliss.


Can there be anything as pleasurable than starting the day with a wonderful breakfast in the privacy of your room? The breakfast menu includes what has to be the best Eggs Benedict ever. Yes, the eggs are nicely poached and perch on a bed of fresh, wilted spinach. For meat lovers, there’s a generous layer of ham, omit that if you like. And the hollandaise is lovely and lemony, and the color of marigolds. But the secret weapon is a brioche bread pudding “bun”underneath it all. Beats a muffin any day of the week.


For more info: HIlton Westchester

Win win win: Hilton Westchester’s private NYC helicopter package


Hilton Westchester - Main Entrance - NEW Rye Brook, New York — See New York City without the heat and hustle: the Hilton Westchester’s special NYC helicopter package deal adds a birds-eye view of the city and, this summer, the hotel has a contest for a lucky prize winner to enjoy the ride. The prize includes:

  • One night stay for two at the Hilton Westchester hotel
  • Transportation to and from the Port Chester and Rye train stations
  • Buffet Breakfast for two
  • 30-minute private Helicopter Tour of NYC for two compliments of Wings Air Helicopters
  • Transportation to and from the hanger from the Hilton Westchester
  • Bottle of Champagne upon your return to the hotel

To enter, go to the hotel’s Facebook page. The winner announced on Facebook on August 16, 2015.

The 443-room Hilton Westchester is nestled on 37 naturally landscaped acres in the suburban town of Rye Brook and has two pools (indoor/outdoor), the Harth restaurant and bar, and is close to many popular historic and recreational Westchester County attractions including the following: Rye Playland (the 1928 Art Deco amusement park designated a historic NYS landmark and where the Tom Hanks movie “BIG” was filmed); Rye/Oakland Beach located on Long Island Sound; Port Chester – home to many hip and trendy ethnic restaurants from Peruvian to Italian (including Mario Batali/Joe Bastianich’s Tarry Lodge); Historic Hudson Valley tourist attractions including Sleepy Hollow, Sunnyside (Washington Irving’s ancestral estate), Kykuit, the historic home of the Rockefeller family located in Pocantico Hills, and the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers. The package costs $899 for two and includes the following:

For more info: Hilton Westchester

Harth Restaurant (Hilton Westchester)

Sofitel New York extends its New York City Restaurant Week lunch and dinner menus through to August 14


Exterior at night

New York City, New York — Gaby Brasserie Française, the charming restaurant at the decidedly French Sofitel New York, extends its New York City Restaurant Week lunch and dinner menus through to August 14. Offered Sunday-Friday only, wine pairings are available for an additional charge.


Photo Credit: Sofitel New York

Spring into Central Park at The Pierre package launches



New York, NY — This iconic Gotham hotel, located directly opposite Central Park, gets ready for spring with a Spring into Central Park at The Pierre package. Launching on March 20, in time for the vernal equinox,  the package is available until May 31, 2015. This special two-night springtime package includes:

  • Two nights at The Pierre, based on two guests sharing a room/suite
  • One customized 60-minute walking tour of Central Park led personally by Central Park Conservancy Historian Sara Cedar Miller for you and your friends (up to 15 guests if walking, up to 6 guests if taking a private Hybrid Toyota Highlander–but who wouldn’t to walk in this beautiful park?)
  • One signed copy of Cedar Miller’s book Central Park An American Masterpiece
  • One Molton Brown Black Peppercorn and Pink Pepperpod Shower Gel gift set
  • Continental breakfast for two guests served in-room daily
  • One dinner for two at Sirio Ristorante

From $879.00 for a Room or $1199.00 in an Executive Suite based on two guests sharing two nights, subject to availability, valid March 20th – May 31st, 2015. Reservations: thepierre.ny@tajhotels.com; toll-free: 1.800.743.7734. www.tajhotels.com/thepierre


Photo credit: Taj Hotels

The Plaza Hotel launches Plaza-opoly


The Plaza Hotel

New York, NYThis summer, The Plaza Hotel launches Plaza-opoly, a new board game exclusive to the hotel. Copied from the original Monopoly game, this version celebrates the property’s culturally rich history and most celebrated spaces and moments. Players can buy, sell, and trade coveted suites, restaurants, services, and shops. However, gamers have to play their cards right to avoid being sent to Hotel Security. Surprise stops include The Terrace Room, where Marilyn Monroe once had an infamous wardrobe malfunction, The Beatles’ Press Conference, or  an invitation to the coveted Black & White Ball.

Plaza-opoly is available at The Plaza Boutique in The Plaza — cost: $60.00.

For more info: 888-240-7775, www.fairmont.com/theplaza.


Photo credit: The Plaza Hotel

Hyatt Times Square adds two holiday timed packages

Hyatt Times Square

Hyatt Times Square

New York, NY —  Manhattan’s newest (for now) hotel, the Hyatt Times Square, has two inspired Holiday Packages that pull together some of the city’s best experiences appropriately themed for romantics and foodies.

The Romance Package includes:

  • Accommodations in a spacious George Wong-designed room that features an eclectic collection of city-themed artwork and breathtaking floor to ceiling windows
  • Champagne and a special “Taste of New York” treat
  • A couples massage at the hotel’s indulgent 4,200 square foot spa
  • An al fresco small plate dining experience for two at the avant-garde rooftop terrace lounge, with panoramic city views and cozy fireplaces
  • A picturesque carriage ride through Central Park
  • Late checkout, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy all that the hotel and the city have to offer.
A Taste of New York includes:
  • Accommodations in a spacious George Wong-designed room that features an eclectic collection of city-themed artwork and breathtaking floor to ceiling windows
  • A “Taste of New York” gift basket with locally made goodies such as maple syrup, tea, wine and cookies upon arrival
  • Private dining experience for 2-4 guests including:
    • Meet and greet with the Executive Chef
    • Wine pairing with dinner prepared by the chef
  • Lounge experience featuring gourmet al fresco small plate dining for two on the spectacular rooftop terrace with panoramic city views and cozy fireplaces
  • A basket with grab-‘n-go items and a blanket for a picnic lunch, perfect for Bryant Park or Central Park
Each package, priced from $499 per night, features access to all the amenities that this cutting-edge hotel offers. Bookings can be made now for travel throughout 2014, subject to availability. For reservations and gift certificate, email salesnycts@hyatt.com.

The London NYC joins Fashion Week as official preferred hotel


DCS 002


New York, New York – It is a match made in someone’s idea of heaven. The stylish and glitzy London NYC is an official sponsorship of Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week for both the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 season. Located just off Seventh Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, the hotel has created The Runway Package, an exclusive deal that allows grand accomodations and entrée to some of the most coveted fashion shows of the week. The Runway Package  includes:

Two invitations to a glamorous Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway show 
previewing the spring’s hottest trends during the week of September 5-12, 2013

VIP behind-the-scenes backstage tour of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and a VIP 
gift bag full of the season’s fashion must-haves.

Two DreamDry blow-outs at the 
newly opened location on West 57th Street

Two non-diet threatening cocktails (100 calories or less cocktails) at the London 

Luxurious London Suite accommodations featuring 500 square feet of 

The package is priced at $750; call 212-468-8706 or e-mail rkang@thelondon.com.

Photo credit: the London NYC


The Gansevoort Park Avenue, New York City, New York


Location Staying in New York City is tiring, to say the least. That’s why a location with ease of use – that is, has the places to acquire the things you need and enjoy close by — makes for a better, more fun trip. Located in the Flatiron district, The Gansevoort Park Avenue is nicely positioned on Park Avenue South with Midtown on its doorstep, and Uptown, Lower Manhattan, and its annex – oops! – Brooklyn are no big schleps either.

Most importantly, there are great restaurants to be had within steps of the hotel. Nearby on Madison Ave. there’s Milleseme at the Carlton Hotel , and a Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. This adorable little park is nice respite where you’ll often find native New Yorkers to chat to. There’s a great dog run, too. So for people with pooches, the pet-friendly Gansevoort PAS is really perfectly positioned. Check in with the local Mad Park News for all the goings on in the area

The Hotel The lobby is an airy space with gigantic purple “crystal” chandeliers, which play off purple striped Louis-whomever chairs, and contrast in color, though not generosity of size, with the oversized hound tooth print fabric that covers high back armchairs. This Mad Hatter tea party look is calmed by clean cool marble and stone.  A flickering fireplace adds a homely touch. Euro pop and 1990s rock and pop hits play loudly.

Guest rooms are also airy and basically neutral, but with bold splashes of psychedelic primary colors: Schiaparelli pink drapes, acid green cushions, and an electric blue throw. Junior suites are very spacious with a small balcony to experience that New York street life. The room functions and flows nicely: a sitting area with velour covered couch; a spacious work desk loaded with the essentials: paper clips, a pencil, and a pencil sharpener. An eye to details makes the gorgeous marbled bathroom work for you as well: a sewing kits, cotton buds, and good toiletries; robes and slippers make for easy relaxation.

Restaurants and Bars Good food is just steps from your room. Asellina, the hotel’s on site restaurant, has a modern Italian theme and features a DJ on some evenings – tasteful lounge-y electronic and eclectic pop and rock seems to be the play list. There’s sidewalk seating and a  patio at the back. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and provides room service too. There’s a rooftop and also a poolside bar, which also serves food and offers city views.

Fitness rooms, pools, and spas There is an Exhale spa and Cutler hair salon. A 24-hour fitness room is on the third floor and a small pool with pool deck is on the fourth. A swim with a view of the empire state building makes for a nice New York moment. Summer events can open the pool up to non-hotel guests, but generally, it’s guest-only.

Tech Free WiFi is easily accessed throughout the hotel via a code provided at check-in. There is cable TV.

Highs Great all round service and amenities; helpful and friendly staff.

Lows No coffee or tea making facilities in the room (a Starbucks is next door).

420 Park Avenue South, New York, NY. 212-317-2900/877.830.9889. http://www.gansevoortpark.com

Photo credit: The One Group/Pool photo: Hotel Junkie

High Style, Low Price Lunch at Conrad New York


New York, New York — Just steps from the Financial District, Atrio Restaurant and Wine Bar in the new Conrad New York hotel has a deal that’s a complete steal. Not in the accepted Wall Street way, mind. Atrio’s Express Yourself Bento Box lunch pairs high quality and high style – the restaurant is a futuristic vision of minimalism – with low cost – really, $25 for lunch in Manhattan?


Whether it’s for lunch or any other time, Atrio’s Chef Anthony Zamora cooks up sophisticated takes on Italian food and among his dishes are spaghetti and meatballs straight from his Italian grandmother’s original recipe.


For more info: www.conradnewyork.com

Photo credit: Conrad New York/Hilton Int.

The Garden City Hotel Hosts Spooky Weekend


Long Island, New York — Children — and adults — can maximize their Halloween costumes this year: the Garden City Hotel kicks off Halloween early with a Spooky Halloween Tea Party, Saturday October 27, between 2 and 5 p.m. Located in The Polo Room, families will enjoy  teas, Witches Brew Hot Chocolate, and Rotten Apple Punch. Spooky tea sandwiches and themed desserts such as Dark Chocolate Graveyard Pots de Crème will be served amidst eerie Halloween decorations, fog machines and spooky music. “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” will be playing on the plasma screens and a Garden City librarian will read a Halloween story to the children. Tickets: $41 per person adult or child.

Also, the hotel’s   acclaimed restaurant Rein, a Halloween Brunch buffet takes place, Sunday, October 28.  Adults: $64 per person (include two hours of unlimited brunch drinks). Children under   12: $32. For more info: www.gardencityhotel.com

Photo credit: The Garden City Hotel

Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park Offers Sleep-Over in City That Never Sleeps


New York, NY — This is no ordinary sleepover! The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park’s Sunday night sleep over package includes

Overnight luxury accommodations in a deluxe guest room

Unlimited in room movies

$100 hotel credit for in-room dining, Spa, food and beverage or other hotel purchases

In-room dining Movie Munchies Package

12 noon early Sunday check in

2 p.m. late Monday check out

Earn Triple Ritz Carlton Reward points

Club level access

The sleepover package starts at $475 USD per night


For more info: 212-344-0800, www.ritzcarlton.com/batterypark

Photo credit: Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park