Three trendy hotels to visit in NYC
© Douglas Lyle Thompson
Fall is the perfect time to make the most of a long weekend with a little getaway in New York. The city is full to the brim with wonderful shows, enticing restaurants, inviting boutiques, marvellous exhibits, as well as fun hotels with an original style and cool atmosphere, all ready to charm you away. So without further ado, here are three hotels located in three neighbourhoods I would definitely encourage you to explore!
Ace Hotel, Gramercy and Flatiron
If you’re a musician at heart, enjoy energetic nights, and have a thing for vintage furniture, you’ll love the Ace Hotel. It doesn’t get much more urban or trendy than this. From morning to night, you’ll come across ultra-stylish, ultra-hip travellers.
The lobby is elegant and filled with comfortable velvet couches. The decor is somewhat industrial, not unlike our image of that perfect New York loft. It’s a place to hang out, have a drink, and end the night among friends.
I also love the rooms – surprisingly decorated with guitars and vinyls, decked out with generously filled Smeg fridges acting as mini-bars. You’d think you were staying with friends!
Yet another reason to come here is the John Dory oyster bar, with views of Broadway Street, the famous Stumptown Coffee Shop, and the popular Opening Ceremony boutique. Like I said, it doesn’t get much cooler than this.
Mondrian Hotel Soho, Soho
Located at the heart of Soho, this flamboyantly decorated boutique hotel was inspired by The Beauty and The Beast, and has everything it takes to surprise and seduce. Playful furniture, hidden bookshelves, magic mirrors, giant sofas, and whimsical lanterns add to the surrealist atmosphere.
The giant glass wall is spectacular, with enormous sculpted glass chandeliers, heavy curtains, and patina bar. Plus, there’s no complaining about the food there.
This boho-chic hotel is particularly popular among the French. Proof: I once encountered ex-tennis champion Yannick Noah there.
Standard High-Line Hotel, Meat Packing District
No matter the time, this place is always buzzing. This hotel quickly became the epicentre of the Meatpacking District, and is today a favourite destination among young hipsters and trendy folks.
From its rooftop terrace, the views of New York and the Hudson River are unparalleled. And in the winter, come by to enjoy the outdoor skating rink, mulled wine or homemade cocktail in hand.
Enjoy your stay!