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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…

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Oh, the Places You’ll Go

This pandemic is the worst – words I never thought I’d say. In a span of six months, we have locked down and sanitized every corner of our lives. Children have been pulled from schools, jobs have been lost, living rooms have been turned into…

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 Gray is grand and lavish, but also timely and accessible. It’s a popular option for weddings and special occasions because of its marble entryway, but also a hip and happening spot for happy hours and hangouts.

Despite being named after the Georgia Gray marble that lines its walls and its grand staircase (a masterpiece), there’s nothing gray or dull about the Kimpton Gray Hotel. On several levels of the property, you’ll find a number of entertainment options. For starters, there’s the nightly wine hour hosted by the hotel – a great way to meet other guests and interact with the concierge team (so friendly, so helpful.) On the same level, there’s Vol. 39, a chic respite featuring bar-cart service and small bites in a bookish setting. A few stories up, there’s my personal favorite, Boleo, a rooftop bar and lounge with delicious South American eats and a sultry playlist underneath the Chicago night sky. As per the Boleo website, “the massive retractable glass roof keeps the vibe warm no matter the season.” Amen, who needs the club?

If chill house music isn’t your thing, no worries. You can always head back downstairs for some quiet reading time in the hotel’s stately lobby. Hmm, just don’t forget to leave before 5pm, that’s when the boozier crowd comes down to get their wine. Or, you can borrow a hotel bike and take a leisurely stroll through town. Down time can’t get any easier.

Another feat, concierge is always ready to help—like really help. Forgot an item at home? No worries, just send them a friendly text and they’ll deliver your travel essential in a beat. Unreal, but fabulous.  

Equal parts elegance and equal parts comfort, the Kimpton Gray hotel is a top choice in the Windy City. Located in Chicago’s historic loop, the Gray hotel is also within walking distance to many of the city’s main attractions. Go watch Hamilton at the CIBC Theatre or grab brunch at The Gage located on Magnificent Mile (order the Corned Beef Hash, it’s heaven). Go to the Art Institute of Chicago to see the best of civilization or plan a picnic along Lake Michigan.

Like most American cities, you’ll soon understand Chicago isn’t a city you visit only once. It’s a city with multiple layers and fragments, rich in diversity – architecturally, culturally and otherwise. It’s a city full of culture, history, food, art, entertainment and natural beauty and the Kimpton Gray Hotel is there to ease you into your fascination with the city and welcome you back each time you return.

Thank you to Kimpton Gray Hotel.

Address

122 W. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603

Call

(312) 750-9012

Web

www.grayhotelchicago.com

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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.…

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 Nomad hotels, LINE Hotels), boasts rich architecture featuring high arches and marble columns, characteristic of the Italian Renaissance, as well as bright walls lined with artwork representing a touch of bohemia and in honor of the many famous writers, musicians, poets and painters that have lived in its walls. While a student at the School of Visual Arts, Keith Haring once lived in the historic Flatiron building. Furthermore, the hotel is integral to the artistic community and invites art majors and alumni from Bard College to create original work and exhibit throughout the property, including guest rooms. They even have yearly fellowships for recent graduates to live and work throughout the space – unreal. Befittingly, the entire hotel is reminiscent of a Pinterest board.

If the cool factor of sleeping in the dormitory of W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood isn’t enough, then, perhaps, the amenities of this hip and beautiful hotel will lure you in. Yep, this property is also the answer to every culture-thirsty millennial’s dream. Located on the 2nd level of the property is a sprawling co-working space retrofitted with beautiful mid-century furniture and lush greens. This space is open to the public, as is Studio, a North African bakery and café offering light bites, George Washington Bar, a dark and moody library bar serving cocktails and fancy eats, and Broken Shaker, a popular spinoff of the award-winning namesake bar in Miami and located on the rooftop. For a heavier meal, go downstairs and dine at restauranteur Gabriel Stulman’s Simon and the Whale, a neighborhood restaurant drawing inspiration from the American coasts.

Undoubtedly, The Freehand New York is a special place representing and honoring a cultural mecca from eras past. This bohemian hangout is an art gallery, co-working space and a cultural oasis. It is the answer to today’s digital nomad lifestyle and, thankfully, does not cut any corners. The Freehand Hotel knows its audience and makes it easy for them to be themselves.

Thank you to Freehand New York.

Address

23 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Call

(212) 475-1920

Web

www.freehandhotels.com

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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…

Black Tail

Black Tail

Located in the Pier A Harbor House in New York’s Battery Park City and brought to you by the makers of Dead Rabbit, Grocery and Grog (also in Lower Manhattan), is Black Tail, a Cuban-esque restaurant and bar inspired by the days of Prohibition when…

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 Trade Center is on its feet and attracting more visitors than ever. There are two reflecting pools and an oculus where two towers once stood each commemorating the nearly 3,000 people that lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. In addition, two upscale retail malls have been added to the area, several new hotels and restaurants have opened for business, both Conde Nast and Time, Inc. have relocated their headquarters to One World Trade, downtown residential and commercial real estate continues to boom and somehow (not overnight) Lower Manhattan has become a destination for both work and play.

The revitalization of the city’s downtown area continues and is no accident. Soon after 9/11, government funding for disaster relief began to pour in, as did private investments, driving a massive rebuilding effort that continues to this day. Nearly $30 billion powers the reconstruction we see years later, along with the spirit and will to breathe life back into an area devastated by loss. Furthermore, a vibrancy that was not there before was born from the ashes and continues to also fuel much of the change we see today.

Now, there are more than double the dining options, world-class shopping, luxury real estate, chic hotels and cultural exhibitions and events than there were twenty years ago. Lower Manhattan is now cool and hip and, while New York will never forget 9/11, there is clearly a continual commitment to rebuild and to keep this part of New York moving forward and into the future.

Manhattan by Sail

Manhattan by Sail

“I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline.” – Ayn Rand Thanks to Manhattan by Sail New Yorkers and out-of-towners can easily experience both the sunset and the sights. Step onboard Manhattan by Sail’s Clipper City Tall…