Four Luxe Stays in the Core of The Big Apple
New York City is one of the world’s true melting pots – a metropolis of more than eight million people where it’s said you can hear every language on the planet.
A similar vibrant diversity can be found in The Big Apple’s upscale hotels, which reflect the character of their neighborhoods and also serve as a welcome refuge in the self-proclaimed “City that Never Sleeps”.
We’d like to introduce you to four Luxury Link hotels – three in Midtown Manhattan and one on the Upper West Side – featuring something unique for every type of traveler, but each offering a wealth of amenities to ensure your vacation experience is executed in trademark New York style…
The Benjamin - 125 East 56th Street at Lexington Avenue
It may be hard to believe that in the urban jungle of Manhattan exists one of only five U.S. hotels honored with the ECOTEL Five-Globe Certification. “Green” and gorgeous simultaneously, the 209-room Benjamin wows you the moment you step in from the timeless building exterior to its elegant lobby awash in marble and rich wood. This attention to detail is kicked up a notch as you make your way to Deluxe Studio room and presented choices from a 12-Pillow Menu, selected by the hotel’s Pillow Concierge – yes, such a job exists! Bedding – appointed by Anichini – is serious business at The Benjamin, which strives to make guests feel as though they own a swanky apartment in the heart of the city.
Refined guestrooms are complimented by the refined menu at the on-site James Beard Award-winning restaurant, The National. In the 125-seat dining room, Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian delights plates and palates with his new American cuisine. Before or after your meal, step onto The Benjamin’s 29th-floor terrace for commanding views of the Midtown skyline.
************************Chambers – 15 West 56th Street near 5th Avenue
Chambers, a contemporary amalgamation of glass, stone, and rich woods, is THE Midtown oasis for both art and technology lovers. There are more than 500 works of art on exhibition – both in the hotel’s guest rooms and common areas – while your Luxury Link vacation experience includes complementary admission to the Museum of Modern Art. Meanwhile, guests are provided use of iPads, iPods, laptops, and the hotel’s DVD library throughout their stay.
Spacious, loft-like rooms at Chambers were designed to evoke the industrial architecture of the downtown New York art scene, merged seamlessly deluxe amenities and lavish details. Your 450-square-foot studio features floor-to-ceiling windows and a Japanese soaking tub, with soothing modernist interiors by renowned designer David Rockwell. Exquisite style is simultaneously found at the on-site haute modern-fusion restaurant Má Pêche, part of the Momofuku collection that is the talk of the Big Apple’s culinary scene.
************************The Gotham Hotel - 16 East 46th Street at Madison Avenue
For those seeking a hip yet intimate vibe, consider The Gotham Hotel. A skinny and sleek 26-story tower, The Gotham features just two to four spacious guestrooms on each floor, all boasting private terraces and floor-to-ceiling views for commanding city views and a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. With only 66 total rooms, this boutique property is able to focus on personalized hospitality; staff members greet each guest in the lobby upon arrival without the formality of a front desk. When escorted upstairs, you’ll feel at home in a sleek contemporary space bathed in dark, cool tone, vast bathrooms featuring Italian glass mosaic tile and thoughtful amenities.
With the beating heart of Manhattan at The Gotham’s doorstep, the opportunities for urban adventures are endless. Stroll, bike or paddle through nearby Central Park or head to the top of the iconic Empire State Building. When it’s time to wind down a busy day of exploration, the hotel’s Tenpenny NYC restaurant is a hidden gem; a classically-inspired menu and cozy dining room make it the perfect date spot. Or opt to retire to your loft-like room, where a welcome bottle of wine is provided upon arrival.
************************The Surrey - 20 East 76th Street at Madison Avenue
Reopened and completely remodeled in 2009 yet retaining its original 1920’s Art Deco grandeur, The Surrey represents a perfect coexistence of old and new hotel luxury. An ode to its past, all guestrooms are referred to as salons, and your Deluxe Salon features textured fabrics that are luxurious to the touch, candles suspended from walls that cast a soft glow and bathrooms cloaked in sleek white marble. On the modern side, 37” LCD TVs, iPod docks and an extensive pillow menu are standard amenities. Contemporary art throughout the hotel completes the juxtaposition of styles.
A true oasis on the Upper East Side, The Surrey boasts a 17th-floor rooftop garden with views over Central Park. There guests can enjoy French-inspired cuisine from the on-site, Michelin-starred restaurant Café Boulud and inventive cocktails from the adjacent Bar Pleiades. For ultimate relaxation, The Cornelia Spa at The Surrey opens July 1 offering an indulgent menu of treatments that includes a body scrub called The Champagne and Pearl Sugar Glow. It’s all part of The Surrey’s goal to deliver luxury, location and sophisticated city living to guests with a refined eye for style.