Three Star New York Hotels
The Belvedere Hotel
I thought we would start off with the Belvedere as this Manhattan hotel is perfectly positioned to use as a base for a New York theatre break, located as it is in the centre of the theatre district. The hotel’s spacious rooms and up-to-date amenities provide a relaxing retreat from the big city just outside its doors. Its Art Deco design makes for very stylish surroundings, harking back to the New York of the 20’s – a particular iconic era in the cities history and one that visitors will be pleased to recognise from all those old films.
The hotel does have a fitness centre but have you really come all this way to sit in a room without a view? Save the space in your suitcase and leave your gym gear at home!
The Belvedere Hotel facilities are topped off by a friendly and helpful staff.
International JFK Airport Hotel
If your itinerary doesn’t allow for a central hotel then do consider the International JFK Airport Hotel. Its clean, business-like accommodation close to the airport is a good alternative if you need to be off early in the morning or if you are arriving late at night.
Basically it is handy (if not particularly romantic! Speedy check-in, complimentary wi-fi, on-site bar, restaurant, meeting/conference facilities, indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre and lounge etc are perfect if you are not looking for “cosy” or a typical New York break. Room facilities include bathroom/shower, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron, telephone, internet and TV.
Four Star New York Hotels
One of New York’s hippest hotels, the Hudson, promotes itself as ‘The’ ultimate lifestyle hotel for the 21st century. Located in midtown, just steps from Central Park, Columbus Circle and the theatre district, Hudson is a brilliant reflection of the boldness and diversity of the city, stylish, young at heart and utterly cool. Hudson’s main entrance features a classic Philippe Starck play on proportions, a small door leads into a neutral, low-slung foyer that functions brilliantly as a decompression chamber, transferring guests from the buzz of New York to the separate reality within. This i zone contains a singular, intriguing element where a thirty-foot tunnel of vivid chartreuse-coloured light pierces the room at an oblique angle. This luminous glass tunnel houses an escalator that transports you, both literally and figuratively, to a dream world that is both captivating and unforgettable, Hudson’s climactic lobby. With forty-foot ceilings and rampant climbing ivy, it
is a soaring and magical space unlike any other.
The ethos of the Hudson is one of sharing space, while it should be mentioned the rooms are small by New York standards, this is more than compensated for by the inspired choice of public areas, ranging from the splendid sky roof terrace with loungers, perfect for enjoying a cocktail in the sun enjoying views across the Hudson river, the outdoor Arabian themed terraced bar area, the Hudson Cafeteria; a soaring and dramatic, yet warm and intimate midtown Manhattan restaurant with oversized communal wood tables and benches of a homely pantry style. and the Hudson Bar, one of New York’s hottest nightspots from the moment it opened, a dazzling venue decorated in a riotous collection of styles. It features a glass floor lit from beneath, a hand painted ceiling by world-renowned artist Francesco Clemente, and furniture design that looks like Louis XV meets 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is the perfect place for drinks, lively conversation, people-watching, celebrity spotting and experiencing the undeniable excitement of New York.
Rooms at the Hudson are compact but exceptionally cool, richly panelled Makore wood walls and floors imported from Africa evoke the spirit of travel to an exotic destination. Every detail emphasizes a sense of adventure, including
furniture upholstered in steamer trunk fabric and finished with brass rivets.
Bedside lamps with allegorical images hand-painted by renowned artist Francesco Clemente lend a spirit of dreamlike fantasy. Crisp linens, entertainment on demand, in-room wireless and luxurious bath products from agua by Korres assure every guest need is met in consummate style.
The Carlton Hotel
The Carlton Hotel on Madison Avenue offers a relaxed, exclusive retreat in opulent surroundings in the Madison Square Park district of Manhattan, in the heart of midtown.
From the waterfall that greet guests as they enter the hotel lobby, to the fine dining experience available at its Michelin star restaurant, bringing together the grandeur of old New York and the style and practicality of modern cuisine, guests will find a luxurious hotel designed to soothe and relax anyone who visits.
These standards continue on to the guest bedrooms which are counted as some of the largest found in New York’s luxury hotels and feature custom designed furnishings, modern facilities and luxuririous toiletries.
All in all the chic Carlton Hotel offers an oasis in the centre of Manhattan – just what you need after a day shopping, sightseeing and theatre-going!
Andaz Wall Street
As a building the exclusive Downtown hotel, the Andaz, is remarkable. The only hotel on famous Wall Street it is light, airy and stylish, with an innovative design centred around natural materials of stone, bamboo and oak. Elegant rooms, with high ceilings and plenty of room, are decorated with local artwork and offer unique features such as bay window seats for reading and relaxation. All rooms feature a mini-bar with complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks too
But the service is what makes this hotel stand out. Their Andaz Hosts will look after you from the moment you walk through the door. From making sure you are comfortable in their hotel lounge, offering complimentary drinks to offering check-in services as you sit at your table or sofa. They say that checking in is “less like a procedure and more like a conversation“.
Paramount Hotel is one of the hottest, most vibrant places to be in the heart of all the action that defines New York City.
The buzz, the captivating setting, the historic architecture, the distinctive modern art and the glamorous decor combine to create an atmosphere that typifies the New York state of mind.
Rooms are extremely well kitted out with all mod-cons to hand: from the 32-inch Flat Screen HDTV with Cable and Paid Programming available, High Speed Wired and WiFi, iHome iPod Docking Station to Digital Temperature Control.
70 Park avenue
More intimate style and luxury is on offer just yards from Grand Central Station through the welcoming doors of this boutique four star midtown Manhattan hotel. Rooms benefit from chic decor and detailing and some offer fabulous views of the Empire State Building. Guests enjoy complimentary coffee and the New York Times in the morning and a nightly wine reception in the evening.
Within walking distance are Fifth Avenue shopping, the theatres of Broadway, museums, the United Nations, Rockefeller Center and plenty of nightlife.