USA New York City
The Crosby Hotel - 79 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012 www.firmdalehotels.com/new-york/crosby-street-hotel
You know a hotel is popular with the jetset when you’re sitting having breakfast in the lobby with friends from Australia, and a woman taps on you on the shoulder and it’s your best friend’s aunt, also from Australia. The appeal of the Crosby is the eclectic design of each room a combination of bohemian and modern tones make for well designed rooms, a sitting room that I would substitute as my living room any day of the week and a relaxed and comfortable bar/restaurant. It’s conveniently located in the centre of Soho so that if breakfast is not included you can literally hop over to Balthazaar or Cafe Gitane. If you are planning to spend most of your time downtown the Crosby is the place to be.
Trump Soho - 246 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013 www.trumphotelcollection.com/soho/
The Trump Soho is a great hotel for allot of reasons. It is conveniently nestled in between Soho and the West Side downtown, has very well appointed, well designed and sizable rooms and last but not least, it has a pool. Anyone who has a spent a summer in the city knows that the single most valuable asset one may have in the city in summer is a pool. So if you are planning on staying in the city in summer and have friends visiting The Trump Soho is the way to go. Sundays Jazz sessions are not uncommon and they recently welcomed a delicious Japanese restaurant, Koi. The staff are very helpful and the rooms impeccable. All in all I would highly recommend a visit to the Trump Soho.
Thompson LES - 190 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002 www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/nyc/thompson-les
The Lower East Side is famous for the old tenement buildings and what was once a thriving jewish community and of course the pastrami sandwiches at Katz’s Deli. well if you want to be a stone thrown from those infamous pickles and Pastrami the Thompson LES is the hotel for you. The Thompson LES is minimalist in design and aesthetic and offers a great deal of space in each room. They too have a pool for summer sunning although it lacks comfortable seating space around it. Blue Ribbon just installed their latest Sushi restaurant on the first floor which attracts a great crowd as does the members club on the seventh floor. Summer parties are constantly being held here from May through September for those not venturing out to the Hamptons so if that is your thing, then the Thompson is the key. Although I did stay here with my mum a number of years ago, and although pool parties were not her thing she did indeed enjoy her stay. It must have been seeing Kevin Spacey in the bar :)
The Ace Hotel - 20 West 29th Street, New York, NY 10001
If you are on more of a budget and looking for something that is a bit different and quirky then i would highly recommend the Ace Hotel in the middle of Korean town. It is quirky in style and grandeur and although I find the lobby a bit awkward for drinks and meetings every time I have visited the ACe it has been full of laptop users during the day enjoying the space and trendy hipsters at night. The sister restaurant to the Spotted Pig, the Breslin is housed here, and serves a mean Burger and the coffee from the cafe is actually very good even by American standards. Rooms are available as singles, doubles and even for four persons and is very reasonably priced. It is in a funny area of town but is a short taxi ride up and downtown and given taxis are a dime a dozen The Ace provides an interesting option for those wanting to try something cool and different.
The Whyte Hotel - 80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Originally a Brooklyn snob after three years in the city I know fully appreciate the relaxed atmosphere that Brooklyn has to offer and the different aesthetic that a ton of bearded hipsters can offer :) The Whyte Hotel is a great option for accommodation if you have been to New York a number of times and want to try something different. It is a 72 room hotel in an old factory in the tres cool area of Brooklyn, Williamsburg, and situated near the waterfront. The rooms offer a minimalist design aesthetic and are a reasonable. The most appealing factor of the Whyte is the rooftop bar and restaurant that offers spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline and delicious cocktails day and night. It is close to the epitimous Bedford so you can stroll on a Sunday with the rest of the hipster crowd.