Tag: America

The Nolitan

The Nolitan

There are few things more cool than the downtown neighborhood of Nolita and the eponymous The Nolitan hotel. Located at 30 Kenmare Street and within walking distance to other exciting New York City neighborhoods (SoHo, Little Italy, Lower East Side), The Nolitan is an urban…

Kimpton Gray Hotel

Kimpton Gray Hotel

Considered one of the best hotels in Chicago, the Kimpton Gray Hotel, also known as The Gray, is best known for its opulence and exquisite on-site dining and amenities. Situated in the Financial District and located in the historic New York Life Insurance Building, The…

Kimpton Nine Zero

Kimpton Nine Zero

New York City may be America’s cultural tipping point, however, Boston is the birthplace of the American Revolution. It was in Boston one fateful night that Paul Revere set off into the midnight to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of the approaching British troops. If it were not for this famous ride and the disgruntled colonists who fought for freedom from British rule, then, perhaps, American History might be much different.

Sure, many subsequent battles were lost and won in New York City and it is where General George Washington became the First President of the United States, however, no battle did more for the American Revolution than the one that began it.

It’s hard to visit Boston and not see this action play out before your eyes. From the architecture, to the tours, to, even, the restaurants (go to Union Oyster House to visit the longest running restaurant in America; also known for regulars John F. Kennedy and Daniel Webster), everything in Boston is rich in history.

On a different note, it’s also a very modern city with vast dining, shopping, nightlife and entertainment options. It’s one of few cities that can offer the charm and quaintness of a quintessential New England town and, also, the vibrancy and effervescence of a metropolis.

During a few warm and sunny days in February (unusual, I know), I was lucky to stay at Kimpton Nine Zero, a chic boutique hotel located in the Downtown Boston area and down the street from Boston Common. Located at 90 Tremont Street, Kimpton Nine Zero is close to many of Boston’s main attractions, but also offers swanky amenities and services for those that’d rather never leave the hotel (totally possible), such as a daily wine hour in the lobby for guests, in-room spa services and a dedicated pet concierge. While I love a good spa day, this was certainly not going to be the case on this trip, as the New England Patriots had just won the Superbowl and the entire city was getting ready to celebrate. Yankee or not, I’m no party pooper. Coincidentally, I got to the city in time to catch the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl Victory Parade, which was my first and, probably, favorite sporting event of any nature. Bostonian’s sure know how to party. Also, coincidentally, my hotel was located directly on the parade route meaning I had a good chance of viewing the parade from my hotel room. Touchdown.

Going to Boston is always a treat, especially when a stay means checking in at the Kimpton Nine Zero. The 190-room property is beautifully designed and features rich velvet drapes, deep dark leather and gold details to elevate your lodging experience – you’ll feel like royalty by the time you leave. While there are plenty of dining options in the area, a trip to Better Sorts Social Club is definitely worth some consideration – especially since it’s on the second floor of the hotel. Yep, this hip, gastropub is a member of the Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group and, therefore, is within the building. As you can imagine, the restaurant is also beautifully designed with plush velvet chairs and tufted leather booths – it’s the perfect place to befriend a stranger or to try with a dinner companion.

There’s so much to love about Boston, as well as Kimpton Nine Zero – each new discovery is icing on the cake. Whether it’s the amenities, the stunning views of Boston at night or the fervor of sports fans, a trip to Boston is always a win-win.

It’s one of my favorite modern old cities in the U.S. and an easy destination to travel to and explore.

 

Thank you to Kimpton Nine Zero.

Address

90 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108

Call

(617) 772-5800

Web

www.ninezero.com

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Simon and the Whale

Simon and the Whale

There’s something about the American coast that evokes a sense of longing and nostalgia — something about growing up in a sleepy New England town meant for whale watching and harvesting the day’s catch. Imagine smoke, fog, cliffs, light houses and the crash of waves…

Freehand New York

Freehand New York

Located in the historic George Washington Hotel (a former boarding house and boot-legging distillery), the Freehand New York is a modern-day bohemian enclave providing locals and out-of-towners with a trendy and affordable lodging option. This 395-room property brought to you by the Sydell group (also…

The Frederick Hotel

The Frederick Hotel

If you’re flying into New York for a few days or desperately in need of a staycation, stay at The Frederick Hotel in Lower Manhattan.

Centrally located in Tribeca, but easily accessible to any part of New York City through a multitude of options (try the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C trains or hop aboard a shuttle or bus for some sightseeing), The Frederick Hotel is the perfect option for exploring Lower Manhattan on foot, as well as other parts of the island.

Walk a few blocks South and spend the day at Westfield World Trade Center, the largest shopping complex in Manhattan and part of the Oculus transportation hub, or spend a quiet day at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and experience the calm and tranquility of the reflecting pools.

Walk west in the direction of the Hudson River to catch sailboat season in full swing, as well as come upon several lovely outdoor eateries. Or, discover more shopping at Brookfield Place and stroll through the atrium – it’s absolutely breathtaking.

If shopping isn’t really your thing, go on a few sightseeing adventures. Climb to the top of the tallest building in the United States (in 47 seconds, unreal) at One World Trade Center/ One World Observatory. Experience New York how you’ve never seen her before (360º) and See Forever™. If heights aren’t your thing, hop on a double decker bus (plenty depart from Lower Manhattan, off Broadway) or hitch a ride with Downtown Alliance’s Downtown Connection Bus, free bus service connecting Battery Park City to South Street Seaport through 36 destination stops, to get up close and personal with Manhattan while never leaving the ground. For more information on Downtown Alliance’s free shuttle bus, please visit www.downtownny.com/programs/downtown-connection-bus and download their Downtown Connection Map today.

If it’s your first time in New York, you’ll quickly discover New York has something for everybody. However, if a low-key experience is more up your alley, then The Frederick Hotel is right for you. If you wish, never leave your room at this 4-star hotel and enjoy amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, Frette linens, C.O. Bigelow bath products, state-of-the-art TV, complimentary daily newspapers, and, most importantly, in-room dining brought to you by Serafina Restaurant. If a long trip requires a long rest, then The Frederick Hotel is the right place for you.

Thank you to The Frederick Hotel.

Address

95 West Broadway, New York, NY 10007

Call

(888) 895-9400

Web

www.frederickhotelnyc.com

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The Revitalization of Lower Manhattan

The Revitalization of Lower Manhattan

It’s difficult talking New York without talking about one of the worst tragedies in New York’s history, as well as modern day American history. However, if New Yorkers are anything, they are resilient. Sixteen years later, New York City’s Lower Manhattan is reborn. One World…

Gild Hall

Gild Hall

Fact: New York City offers a plethora of dining, shopping, hotel, art and cultural options, but if you want to experience how the other half lives (and, by other half, we mean bankers, brokers, you know, your typical 20-something finance guys), then plan a stay…

The Time New York

The Time New York

Located in the heart of Times Square at 224 West 49th Street is The Time New York – an urban oasis providing both shelter from the hustle and bustle of Times Square, as well as the ideal headquarter space for a busy night out on the Great White Way.

Since its inception, The Time New York has been regarded as a sanctuary from the busy streets of New York and underscoring that notion is a recent renovation by the Rockwell Group.

Inspired by the element of time and sometimes, lack thereof, this property manages to hit the snooze button and suspend time from a distance. Enlisting the help of monochromatic pastels and soft watercolor texture, the godly and dramatic elements of time make their appearance in all 193 rooms of the hotel. Despite busy Broadway nearby, time transcends and, ultimately, wins as a stay at The Time New York almost always means quietly watching some of the busiest streets below from a surrealist day dream.

If adventure and play are more of your thing, no worries, as there are several world-class options just steps from your door. Enjoy a cocktail or two at the opulent LeGrande Lounge, just off the hotel’s lobby. Discover the many layers of this beautiful space in a dimly-lit, barely there way! Ideal for a night cap or lingering conversation.

If the mood strikes (and, by that, we mean hunger), take a walk downstairs and discover delicious cuisine inspired by Northern Italy and brought to you by Serafina (the hotel’s partner restaurant and your response to room service – #yum). Conceived by long time friends Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato while lost at sea, this small chain restaurant with outposts throughout the globe is known for its colorful walls, unique design and vibrant ambiance, as well as for its extensive menu serving up an excellent variety of thin-crust pizzas and mouthwatering pastas.

If you find yourself needing some razzle dazzle after dinner, go check out a show. Both the Ambassador Theatre (re: Chicago the Musical) and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre (re: The Book of Mormon) are located just steps from the hotel. However, no matter what you do, prepare for magic – it is Times Square after all.

When you’re done exploring the Crossroads of the World, return home as you left it and continue to indulge in the ultimate luxury of all: time.

– … because time spent at The Time Hotel is time well spent.

Address

224 West 49th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

Call

(212) 246-5252

Web

www.thetimehotels.com

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Serafina at The Time New York

Serafina at The Time New York

Located in the heart of Times Square at 224 West 49th Street is Serafina at The Time New York – a restaurant as chic as it is delicious. Conceived by long time friends Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato while lost at sea, this small chain…