This ode to a weekend in New York comes from well-known travel blogger Victoria Brewood – aka Pommie Travels – who shares some stylish and luxurious tips for staying, shopping and snacking in the City That Never Sleeps…
Oh New York. When gazing up at the bright lights of the Big Apple you can’t help but feed off the energy this city emits.
And when it comes to luxury New York has it all – boutique hotels, glamorous rooftop bars, chic restaurants and some of the best shopping in the world.
NYC is a true 24-hour city where you really can get anything you like at any hour – it’s no wonder Carrie Bradshaw has a love affair with Manhattan.
If you’re planning a weekend break and you want to do it in style, here’s the lowdown on how to have a stylish and unforgettable stay in New York City.
Getting There In Style
Flying to New York takes about 8 hours so if you’re only jetting over for a short getaway then it’s nice to fly in business class so you can get some much-needed sleep and be rested on arrival.
Buying a business class ticket on Virgin Atlantic will grant you access to the luxurious Upper Class Wing at Heathrow Airport, which has its own private security channel so you can get from the car to the Clubhouse within 10 minutes. You’ll also be treated to the chauffeur-drive service to and from the airport, as well as flat-bed seats and complimentary sleeper suits onboard the flight.
If you don’t want to break the bank in order to experience the level of comfort that business class offers, SkyClub.com are able to find discounted business class tickets to New York from the UK.
Some people visit New York with an empty suitcase and one thing on their mind: shopping. If you’re one of those people then it’s likely you’ll want to hit the famous shops on Fifth Avenue – or splurge in the designer stores on Madison Avenue.
However, if you’d rather not fight your way through hoards of tourists, the quieter neighbourhood of Chelsea has plenty of designer stores and boutiques too.
Best of all you have an excuse to drop by Chelsea Market, which houses dozens of food stalls serving everything from delicious rotisserie chickens to fresh oysters and homemade Italian pasta. Here you’ll also find Artists and Fleas – a vintage market where more than 30 individual artists sell their unique wares.
Afterwards make sure you stroll over to the Whitney Museum of American Art and walk along the The High Line, which is an elevated stretch of parkland created from 7 acres of train tracks, and one of New York’s most exciting outdoor spaces.
Stylish Places To Stay
An online search for hotels in a metropolis like New York will throw up thousands of options, which means you’re spoilt for choice when booking a place to stay.
There are, however, some great boutique hotels offering plenty of character – you just have to know where to find them.
11 Howard in SoHo combines cutting-edge Scandinavian design with ‘conscious hospitality’, so if you book your stay directly with the hotel, a portion of your room rate will be donated to GPP to help fight extreme poverty and inequality around the world.
Make sure you dine at Le Coucou, the hotel’s world-class restaurant serving French dishes created by accomplished restaurateur Stephen Starr.
11 Howard also boasts a bar/lounge called Le Blond, which is the perfect place to begin a luxurious night out in New York.
For a stylish midtown hotel you can’t beat The NoMad, which features a 12th-story rooftop offering sweeping views of the iconic skyscrapers of Manhattan. Housed inside a turn of the century Beaux-Arts building, the hotel boasts Parisian-inspired interiors and 168 rooms decorated in a chic, timeless style.
Top Tip: Hotels in New York have lots of local city taxes on top that you will have to pay when you arrive at the hotel, so just remember that your room rate will be higher than the price you booked online.
Nibbles & Tipples
If you want to wind down after a day of sightseeing, Bathtub Gin is a modern speakeasy specialising in gin cocktails (although other spirits are available if you’re not a gin fan). The bar also serves a menu of small plates for you to graze on while enjoying your tipple; try the short rib sliders or the best burgers – made with Kobe beef.
Another great venue for cocktails is Employees only; a Prohibition-style bar in the West Village. Tucked behind a fortune teller’s lair, this popular bar is a great choice if you want to continue drinking after dinner.
New York is one of those cities you can keep coming back to again and again but never really feel like you’ve seen it all. Most travel guides will recommend the usual haunts such as Central Park, the Empire State Building and that cupcake shop from Sex and the City, but there are so many things to do in the City that Never Sleeps, that it’s a shame to stick to the cliches.
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