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Ditch Your Luggage and Go Have Fun in NYC: LuggageHero

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Having long hours between connecting flights or arrive hours prior to check-in in your hotel, is surely a hassle! Plus, carrying your luggage around NYC is certainly a challenge, but LuggageHero is the perfect solution to all your problems!

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Having long wait hours between flights during a trip is certainly annoying, but having to carry your luggage with you everywhere go is even worse, right?

Plus, the best way to commute in New York City is on the subway, but these massive stairs are a challenge on their own…imagine with your heavy bags.

So, we have the perfect, safe and convenient solution for all your problems: LuggageHero! And the name says it all!

Jannik Lawaetz founded the company in Copenhagen, back in 2016. From there, he quickly expanded in 2017 to London and, lucky us, to New York City!

The idea was to use local stores, pubs, coffee shops, dry cleaners and even hotels as a temporary storage place for people with long connecting flights or even for those who have arrived earlier than the check-in time or were “kicked out” of the hotel long before the flight home.

So, how it works? Easy!

  • Check in when arriving at the shop
  • Attach security seal that is provided for free, found in the shop, through the zippers of your bag
  • Check-out upon pick-up

And voilá! You’re ready to adventure yourself for a few hours in our beautiful concrete jungle!

BOOK NOW!

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Janni Lawaetz, Founder of LuggageHero.

“I founded LuggageHero as I got tired of not having enough convenient places to store my luggage. As I am a frequent traveler, I couldn’t believe that anyone had not solved a problem so obvious to many people.

I decided to create a concept that was simple to use, trustworthy and where you would always only pay for the hours you spend.” ~ Jannik Lawaetz, Creator & CEO

Everything is stored far from any public access in safe locations, that are also inspected by the team at Luggage Hero. So, don’t worry. It’ll be safe when you go out to have fun!

Oh, it is good to say that the location you’re dropping your back at might request to open your luggage before storing, to guarantee you don’t have any illegal item in it like weapons, etc.

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They offer over 250 super convenient locations and are spread across Manhattan and Brooklyn, making it quite easy for you, regardless of where you’re at or where you want to spend your time exploring.

The cost in New York?

Amazingly reasonable! It’s only $2/hour per bag and the price already includes insurance with coverage up to $3,000 for each bag, against damage, loss, and theft.

But wait! You don’t pay more than $12 per bag for the first 24 hours, so don’t worry.

They do not accept money, which is actually more convenient since you don’t need to worry with having the right currency!

So, just submit your credit card information for swift drop-off and pick-up at a LuggageHero location.

If you decide along to way, not to drop it off, don’t worry! You’re only charged when you actually drop off your bags, so you won’t be charged if you changed your mind.

And last, another great thing is that you don’t need to download any app for this. You can just go online and book everything through their website.

Seamless, fast and safe, the way New Yorkers like it!

If you’re not sure what to do in NYC while you wait for your connecting flight, or to check into you hotel, take a look at all of our amazing BTSNYC Experiences! We’re sure you’ll have a great time!

Book luggage storage in New York.

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10 Lifesaving Hacks to Travel Around NYC

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There is just so much we want to do and explore when we come to New York, right? Check out these 10 lifesaving hacks to travel around NYC!

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These 10 lifesaving hacks to travel around NYC will help you better navigate the city and make your visit memorable!

Check them out below and keep them in mind when you get here!


#1 Drop your luggage off, so you can focus on having fun

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Photo Credit: Winona Ryder by Steven Meisel, Vogue 1999.

For only $6/day you can drop off your bags at over 50+ locations in the city so you can free your arms and not worry about dragging your luggage around during the day.

Book here for a 10% discount or use code “BEHINDTHESCENES”.

https://usebounce.com


#2 Screenshot the subway map before you get onto the subway

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Some subway cars aren’t yet updated to show the next upcoming stops/transfers so use your phone to navigate where to get off.

You can catch a cellphone signal in between some stops, but play it safe with having it already on your phone. This way, you don’t get lost or have to hover over someone to check the subway car map.

And still, if you’re more into tech-hacks, just download an APP called “New York Subway MTA MAP”. It’s works with no wifi too!


#3 Bring a selfie stick

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It may seem like such a tourist thing to do, but if you don’t want to bother a busy New Yorker to take your picture, then this is the best way to snap a quick pic!

Which one we recommend? Try the one from DJI, named Osmo Mobile 2.

Also, for inspiration, follow Fomofeed to find all the cool free NYC instagram-worthy shots.


#4 Pack comfortable walking shoes

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With so many great walking spots in NYC, you will need a good pair of shoes that won’t hurt your feet after a few miles.

Some favorite (and free) walking spots include Fort Tyron Park, FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, and the gorgeous pink Williamsburg Bridge, that has been featured in countless movies!

If you’re into adventure, you might want to explore the beauty of upstate New York or our Behind the Scenes Tour of the Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital! So scary and curious!


#5 Use travel APPs to make your life easier and save some cash

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Here’s a list that may come in handy when traveling around NYC.

  1. Check out Yelp for check in discounts to restaurants around the city and Open Table to make a quick reservation.
  2. Use Juno, Lyft or Uber to share rides and get around the city, or the Citibike APP if you prefer biking around.
  3. Download Splitwise to make it easier to track and split expenses amongst your travel party.
  4. Check out the HotelTonight APP for exclusive hotel deals.

#6 Carry a portable phone charger

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This is crucial, especially because with pictures and social media, your battery will drain in no time. You’ll be out and about all day in New York, so be sure you buy a phone charger so you stay plugged in all day – most will be under $30 and well worth it!

But we love the Mophie products, even though they are a bit more expensive. They have a (RED) Collection where “a portion of the proceeds from every (PRODUCT)RED™ purchase will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa”.


#7 Beware of street food

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NYC is well-known for their delicious hot dog stands and roasted peanuts, but be careful with where you choose to eat! You might have a bad time during your trip if you pick the wrong one!

Find a food cart that has a long line or keep an eye out for the most trusted food cart, like the traditional “The Halal Guys”. We love them, and so does every other New Yorker in town.

You can find them at West 53rd Street corner with 6th Avenue, and a few other spots in the city!


#8 Save money on Broadway tickets

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If you have time to spare, you can find steeply discounted Broadway show tickets the day of at the big red TKTS booth in Times Square, South Street Seaport, Lincoln Center and Downtown Brooklyn. Check their website for queue hours.

Want another secret to the currently most coveted show on Broadway: Hamilton!? They have an APP called “Hamilton – The Official App” where, twice a day, they have a lottery giving out tickets for $10/each and you can buy up to 2! Note: Tickets for the show starts at $199, and skyrocket to over $800 for the premium seats.

Oh! And if you want the true “behind the scenes experience”, you might want to have dinner with 2 cast members from Hamilton before the show, watch the show from the best seats, then go back stage to meet the entire cast! How? See here!

Not a fan of Hamilton? Don’t worry! We have this experience for all Broadway show!


#9 – Don’t fall for street scammers/hustlers

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NYC will always have people hustling outside on the streets so beware of the scam! You may wind up with fake tickets, blank DVDS or something else counterfeit that you just paid for.

Just go straight to the official website or authorized resellers to purchase and be safe.


#10 Research pay what you wish museum days

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Some of the major museums in NYC have donation based nights that can save you some serious cash!

The 9/11 Museum, Bronx Zoo, New Museum, and the Frick Collection all have weekly donation based entrance fee hours to name a few.

Plus, many have specific days/hours with FREE entrance.


The list can go on, but these are probably the top 10 lifesaving hacks to travel around NYC!

If you are looking for any type of help during your travel, let us help you out. But, if you’re a company looking for assistance for your team or your valuable clients, contact our experts.

Have fun and welcome to our Behind the Scenes NYC world!


Text Credit: In collaboration with UseBounce
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Some of the Best Hotels in Williamsburg Brooklyn

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Brooklyn is not only growing and attracting more businesses into it, but it’s also becoming one of the best neighborhoods to stay at, while you visit New York! Take a look at a few of the best hotels in Williamsburg Brooklyn that you’ll have a great time exploring!

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What was once an outcast neighborhood, is now becoming the place to eat, play, sleep and work. Brooklyn, as we all know, is the second biggest boroughs in New York, but is the most populated one by far!

Today, people are moving into Brooklyn, new businesses are opening every week and now, even the tourists are keen in exploring what this neighborhood is all about.

That said, we decided to share a quick post, listing a few hotels and accommodation options to stay, if you’re also looking to spend more time in Brooklyn.

Check them out below!


The William Vale

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Ok. We know that this hotel is a bit touristy, but it’s today the most prestigious and grandiose place to stay in Williamsburg.

The William Vale opened to the public in September of 2016. There is no way to miss it, since it’s the biggest building by the river with a unique architecture. In addition, it’s very well located and easy to commute to and from.

It’s rooftop is today one of the most coveted ones during the hot months, since if offers a 360º view of New York. You can literally see everything from up there – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island and even New Jersey. Phiuf!

It has a few dining options from Leuca, on the ground floor, to the rooftop bar called Westlight on the 22nd floor and even the Vale Pool, opened seasonally, exclusively for guests. They also offer great cocktails to start of or end the night.

The rooms are very modern and fully equipped with everything you might need!

Location: 111 North 12th Street

www.thewilliamvale.com


Wythe Hotel

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The Wythe Hotel was probably the first, trendy boutique hotel in Williamsburg. Housed inside a former factory, it’s brick façade gives it’s guests a nostalgic feeling.

Known for hosting some of the best rooftop parties with a breathtaking view of the city, it’s attracts a pretty high-end, hip crowd.

The New American restaurant is called Reynard, is open up through mid-night and welcomes walk-ins. They offer breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, so you’ll be sure to find a time to pass by.

Finally, rooms are decorated with some of the original historic industrial detailing, setting the vibe to the place. But, nonetheless, it offers a full-service mini bar, heated floors, free wifi, beauty products in the bathroom and more! Enjoy!

Location: 80 Wythe Avenue

https://wythehotel.com


The Williamsburg Hotel

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Steps from the Wythe Hotel, you’ll find The Williamsburg Hotel. It’s recently launched in 2017 and has quite a few unique tweaks to it.

It’s 150 rooms, spread throughout 8 floors are fully equipped and many have a great views, so be sure to pick the ones where you’ll see Williamsburg from above.

They offer great little tuk-tuks to take guests to bars, restaurants, to the subway, helping them commute in the neighborhood. Pretty cool, right? If you enjoy biking, you can borrow them at the hotel for a full day too!

The restaurant, Harvey, offers dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Their bread is made in-house and their tea time is a must-go. Ah! breakfast is “their treat” as they explain, and we just love it! Come on, paying for breakfast at a hotel is always quite annoying, right? Bonus points for them!

In addition, if you’re into good Jazz music, stay tuned at their upcoming events!

Location: 96 Wythe Avenue

www.thewilliamsburghotel.com


The Pod Hotel

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Finally, the Pod Hotel is also a new addition to the neighborhood.

With other 3 locations in Manhattan – Midtown, Murray Hill and Times Square, they have finally opened in Brooklyn.

The Pod’s restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with indoor, outdoor and rooftop seating, which we love! It also offers a lounge area and work space, if you’re in the city for work.

This hotel is very budget friendly, while also offering a great experience. The design is very modern, rooms are small, but they all have private bathrooms and it’s super well located.

You’ll be able to explore the neighborhood, while sleeping in the heart of it!

Location: 247 Metropolitan Avenue

https://thepodhotel.com


Here are some other options we’ve written about before:

Explore our website for stores, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and more!

Enjoy the beauty of Williamsburg, and welcome to Brooklyn!

 

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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge: Thoughtfully designed. Intentionally built.

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One of New York’s coolest new hotels is located in the neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights, in Brooklyn. The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is not only gorgeous, but is also considered one of the top sustainable luxe hotels in the world today.

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Many people believe that the best NYC hotels are located in Manhattan. So, we decided to show you one of our favorite hotels in New York, located in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn!

The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge officially opened this past February and in no time, became the new hot spot to stay (and play!), when in NY.

“Thoughtfully designed. Intentionally built.”

It’s the 3rd property of the group, that has a hotel in South Beach – Miami and their 1st NYC location in Midtown Manhattan, steps away from Central Park.

Not only is the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge strategically located by the Brooklyn Bridge – with one of Brooklyn’s prime views of Manhattan, but the entire concept behind the property is pretty cool.

To start, the group behind these properties is active and implements sustainable practices and techniques throughout all their hotels.

We are all about working and supporting Sustainable Travelling – a topic widely discussed this year after the United Nations announced 2017 as the Year of Sustainability.

The idea that travelers today are looking for “smart travel” where you can have fun and, in addition, leave a positive impact in the local community, is growing and what we hope will soon go mainstream.

Moreover, as we discussed at an event we recently sponsored called Travel+SocialGood Summit, sustainable traveling should not be a topic of discussion, since all traveling should be sustainable.

The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is aligned with the 3 pillar of Sustainable Traveling: Social, Economic and Environmental.

So, lets talk about their amenities!

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To start, the gorgeous rooms are decorated reclaimed woods, industrial steel, 100% organic cotton sheets and custom hemp-blend mattress by Keetsa. We enjoy the floor-to-ceiling windows – many of which feature an unobstructed view of New York City!

We love cool bathrooms. You can expect bathrooms equipped with robes, socks and soft cotton-knit towels. Plus, their design is pretty unique and integrated perfectly into the room. The interesting and sustainable aspect of it, is that they use triple-filtered rain showers, that come from the rainwater tank built beneath the hotel.

If you want to stay their in grand style, check out the Riverhouse Room, a.k.a. Presidential Suite. It has 3 bedrooms in a 2,000 square foot space, carved stone tub and artwork by fantastic local artisan. And still, a super cool curated minibar where you’ll find some house-made cocktail recipes. How much better can it get? Well, from your bed you have a priceless view of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan’s skyline!

See a few pictures of this room:

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In addition, the hotel offers some delicious restaurant and food & drink options!

Their main restaurant is called The Osprey. As they explain, they serve “market driven American comfort food” and just recently opened early November. The restauranteur behind it is the expert, Matt Abramcyk, known for places like Yves, Warren 77, Tiny’s and Beatrice Inn, where our Insider Interviewee, Natalie Klein, recommended a while back. Matt partnered with chef Michael Oliver and brought in chef Mike Poiarkoff to run the cuisine. The décor, of course, if fabulous with floor-to-ceiling windows and a great view of Brooklyn Bridge Park. They are open daily for dinner at 5:30pm.

Their café, Neighbors, worked exclusively with local Brooklyn purveyors offering super fresh, healthy and seasonal products.

Located at their lobby area, the café receives natural sunlight – a perfect scenery. Their menu offers countless beverages, smoothies and Devoción coffee. In addition, for breakfast they have delicious sandwiches, pastries, granolas, bagels and eggs. Lunch and dinner menus are abundant with soups, salads, sandwiches, sweets and options for the kids. And, they have a fantastic curated selection of ready-made Brooklyn artisanal goods.

The 1 Rooftop is the place to be, especially during the hot and deliciously humid months of the year. Yes. We love “humid” day. They have outdoor seating, full-bar service, great music, beautiful and energetic crowd, tasty bites and a seasonal rooftop pool. It’s a great place to go for drinks or celebrate a birthday with friends! The view? Yup. Priceless! Seeing the sunset and the Manhattan lights lighting up is surely the ultimate Brooklyn sunset experience. They’re open daily from 6am – 10pm.

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View from the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge rooftop.

And still, the Lobby Lounge is an excellent option for drinks before dinner or before going out at night. They focus on local botanicals, local beers and seasonally foraged ingredients. We love it! They open daily from 4pm through 11:30pm.

After spending a long and exhausting day exploring New York, we can’t forget to mention the Bamford Haybarn Spa!

Open daily from 10am – 8pm, the spa offers a tempting selection of holistic treatments focused on nourishing you from inside out: body – mind – sprit, as they say. All products are made with natural and organic ingredients organically certified. Treatments happen in one of their 12 treatment rooms start with a default hand-and-foot ritual. They range from facials, body treatments, massages, manicures & pedicures and grooming.

Also, this is most certainly a place we recommend to consider if you’re planning a NYC Wedding, a birthday, an important celebration or even a work event. If you’re not certain where to start organizing it all, let our experts help you out and for Corporate Requests, we can assist you too.

For the pet-lovers, they are pet-friendly! Just note: your pet should be under 40lb (18kg). They also state that you have “another kind of pet”, they’re happy to try and accommodate them! And, if you want to see other pet-friendly places to stay – mostly apartments to rent – check out the post by Alltherooms talking about the “6 Lovable Dog-Friendly Places in New York“.

Finally, stay tuned for their upcoming openings: West Hollywood in California (2018), Sanya in China (2018), Cabo in Mexico (2019) and Sunnyvale in California (2019).

Location: 60 Furman Street

www.1hotels.com

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

11 Howard: One Of The Coolest NY Boutique Hotels To Stay

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The 11 Howard, in SoHo, is one of the coolest NY boutique hotels to stay in New York City. Not long after opening, the place became one of the city’s hot spots to dine, party and sleep.

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We love uncovering some unique, behind the scenes places to stay. Some of them might not be a secret anymore, but they are still relatively new and hosting only a pretty cool crowd. The 11 Howard is one of the coolest NY boutique hotels, located in SoHo.

So, lets start talking about it’s location. The 11 Howard hotel is at one of the best neighborhoods in the city: SoHo. It’s is one of the busiest neighborhoods, but perfect for people that come to New York for shopping, for good dining spots and that enjoy a never ending nightlife.

As soon as you enter the hotel, you can immediately feel the upscale, trendy vibe. The décor is quite minimalistic, but the design elements are all around. As they say: “where Danish minimalism meets New York realism”. We love it!

All around the hotel, you’ll be able to find unique works of art and design furniture that gives it that cool, trendy aspect.

On the first floor, that you can access by going up a black staircase to your left side, as you walk into the hotel, you’ll find two different areas. The first is the coveted bar and lounge, The Blond. Our contributor, Joey Zauzig, wrote about it as soon as it opened.

At The Blond, you’ll probably bump into models, famous actors, famous designers, kids with big last names and a very stylish, high-end crowd. So, be prepared to mingle (or not). The ambience is quite intimate, with dim lights, dark décor and furnishing, red and blue velvet sofas, a beautiful and massive full bar and a mix of wood and golden details.

Right beside The Blond, you’ll see another room called The Library. This social space is actually open all day and is free to the public. They offer free wifi, communal and private tables and a nice menu for bites and drinks. Décor is really great and welcoming. Many people there are working, having business meetings, or just relaxing for a while before hitting the crazy New York streets. The walls are filled with the photographic work by the renowned Japanese artist, Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Oh! And every Saturday, from 6pm – 7pm, they offer complimentary wine.

The hotel also boasts itself for housing one of the top New York City restaurants, named Le Coucou. The menu offers a selection of classic French dishes. Simple, but amazing, after all “less is more”. The space is very charming and easy on the eyes. Every corner was thought out with great attention by the renowned NYC-based design studio Roman and Williams. Entrance is on 138 Lafayette Street.

Their infrared spa, HigherDOSE, is certainly something to experience. They explain that:

“DOSE stands for dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins. These are the feel good chemicals that can get released by your brain when you are inside of an infrared sauna—helping you high off of your own supply. In addition to feeling euphoric, infrared saunas help detox heavy metals from your body, promote healthy sleep cycles, promote a healthy glow for your skin, reduce muscle tension, and help you burn calories.”

Pretty interesting, right?

The Rooms and Suites are fantastic. The decoration is definitely up our alley. You can expect a clean décor, with neutral colors, oak floors, 11-foot ceilings, art works by international sculptures and artists, bamboo details (like the rugs) and custom-made furnitures. In addition, the bathroom is stocked with amazing organic beauty products. You can also create-your-own minibar featuring products from Conscious Commerce and Thrive Market.

And still, there is an additional and maybe the most important element of all, in our point of view!

The hotel works with Conscious Hospitality. What does this mean? They are part of the Global Poverty Project:

“11 Howard is a partner with Global Poverty Project whose mission is a world without extreme poverty by 2030. By Booking your stay directly with us, a portion of your room rate will be donated to GPP to help fight extreme poverty and inequality around the world.”

Lastly, they have a few additional collaborations with companies and organizations like: Oliver Gustav Studio – with a unique curation of modern, design, limited edition pieces and Feed Project – founded in 2007 ‘with the simple idea of creating products that would engage people in the fight against hunger in a tangible way’.

We love it all, so enjoy and be sure to indulge yourself in the entire experience offered at 11 Howard. Certainly one of our recommendations if you’re looking for the top behind the scenes NY boutique hotels.

Hours:
Each area has different functioning hours, so please check online.

Location: 11 Howard Street

www.11howard.com

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of 11 Howard

6 Boutique Hotels In NYC For The Cool Crowd

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We contribute with Glamour Brazil  magazine with posts about the hottest spots in town. In this posts we listed 6 Boutique Hotels in NYC that attract some of the coolest guests.

We’ve translated the article, that is originally in Portuguese, so everyone can understand!

We selected of some boutique hotels in New York – some newer, some older!

Unlike traditional hotels in the city, these boutique hotels attract a young, modern crowd, who appreciate art and like to have fun. Therefore, they offer great restaurants, hype bars, a fantastic décor with art works and design pieces, plus a bustling nightlife!


Paramount Hotel

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Built in the 1920’s, the hotel was considered one of the best in town. At the time, everyone passing through Times Square (between 1938 and 1951) would certainly enter the hotel to go to Diamond Horseshoe – a club / theater serving dinners in the basement of the hotel.

After being sealed and closed for 62 years, the hotel was repurchased by a millionaire by $20 million and reopened in the New Year’s Eve of 2014.

One of the great attractions at the hotel is the show Queen of the Night, which takes place inside the famous Diamond Horseshoe which was also revitalized. Giovanna Battaglia is the Creative Director of this “theatrical dinner” that mixes theater, music, circus and design. The Dress Code? They ask you to “Dress for the Queen”, so only formal attires, cocktail dresses or luxurious costumes are accepted.

The hotel is also the home of a restaurant called Paramount Bar & Grill and the Corso Coffee, an Italian bar with coffee, cakes, pastries, sandwiches and salads.

The rooms have contemporary decor and modern design with flat-screet televisions, internet, iPod docking station…and your floor tells you what is the temperature out there to help you get dressed.
Interesting, right?!

Location: 235 West 46th Street

www.nycparamount.com


The Refinery Hotel

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The hotel was built inside a former hat factory of the early 20th century. Located in Midtown, it has 12 floors with 197 rooms and offers a really cool entertainment.

Parker & Quinn, the restaurant with seasonal foods offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and for those who want a good cocktail, its nostalgic décor recalls the early 1900’s in NYC. They offer live music with pianists, jazz singers and even DJs in certain week nights.

The Winnie’s Wine Lobby Bar recalls the era of the US Prohibition when the production, sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages was prohibited. With a beer and wine menu for every singular possible taste, the bar also offers live music.

Since all true New Yorkers love a rooftop, the hotel did not forget to make its own! The Refinery Rooftop is cozy, with a rustic space and an amazing view of the Empire State Building. The cocktails created by Alex Ott are made from natural ingredients and certainly will make a difference in your night!

Location: 63 West 38th Street

www.refineryhotelnewyork.com


Marlton Hotel

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Located in Greenwich Village,The Marlton Hotel is a hotel with small rooms, yes. But, it did become one of the most hip spots in the city where the cool gang hangs out.

In the past it hosted poets, artists and writers such as Jack Kerouac, Julie Andrews, Carmen McRae seeking work in New York and that enjoyed the neighborhood.

After a revival, it was reopened in September 2013.

The restaurant called Margaux, has a menu with influences blending cuisines from California, France and some of the countries bordering the Mediterranean. It offers dishes with fresh seasonal ingredients.

The Cocktail Bar is opened from 7pm through 2am. It attracts the cool NY crowd we mentioned above, for after hours. Something that is pretty common in the New York nightlife scene…

Location: 5 West 8th Street

http://marltonhotel.com


Ludlow Hotel

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The Ludlow Hotel, inaugurated in 2014 in the Lower East Side, instantly became one of the coolest places to stay in New York.

The hotel has 184 rooms and 20 suites – that can cost up to $2,000/night. But, the other suites do have good, affordable prices, so don’t worry!

The very unique décor has marble tiled floor, handmade silk carpets, handcrafted lamps from Morocco and giant industrial windows.

We guarantee the hotel has everything you might want…even a mini bar with gluten-free products. WOW!

The restaurant, Dirty French, is also a “must-go” when you come and visit. Be sure to make a reservation!

Location: 180 Ludlow Street

http://ludlowhotel.com


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Located on a terrain where apples were once cultivated, the hotel offers 60 rooms in a beautiful brick building bordering the High Line Park – an old train track that was turned into a suspended park, in Chelsea.

The rooms are large, with beautiful décor mixing American and European styles, vintage looking furnitures. In addition, generous windows overlooking the High Line Park and the private garden of the hotel.

Unlike other boutique hotels, it does not offer famous restaurants or bars, but it does host the 1st Coffee Bar in New York, Intelligentsia. They have a wonderful coffee that you can enjoy in their garden area.

In front of the hotel you can find a coffee truck with coffee and delicious sweets that are perfect to enjoy during the summer.

In the evening, Champagne Charlie’s, their outdoor lounge on the hotel’s patio, is a great option to have some appetizers and a great selection of beer, wine and champagne.

Location: 180 10th Avenue

www.thehighlinehotel.com


Viceroy New York

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Located in Midtown, the Viceroy is one of New York’s hotel that blends the cool Downtown style, with the luxury of Uptown, in a subtle and intelligent way.

The rooms have amazing views of the city, mainly of Central Park. The design was created by the renowned duo called Roman and Williams, famous for decorating other luxury hotels too.

The Kingside restaurant brings the creations of Chef Marc Murphy. In addition, the famous and always crowded rooftop, The Roof, is definitely an attraction.

With a lounge and outdoor terrace, the drink menu is great and offers handcrafted local beers, wines from every corner of the world. The cocktails are made with fresh ingredients and the food menu offers small snacks and dishes – the most popular dish is surely their burger.

Enjoy any time of the year to visit the Viceroy. Go up to the The Roof to be “awed” by one of the most beautiful views of Central Park and Manhattan!

Location: 120 West 57th Street

www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com


We are sure you will enjoy any of these Boutique Hotels in NYC. And, even more, your experience in the city will be unforgettable!

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Photo Credits: Courtesy of all the hotels, Floto & Warner, Curbed NY and Jesse David Harris.

The Marlton Hotel: Hot Spot In The Heart Of Greenwich Village

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A recently restored historic building houses a hot spot in Greenwich Village, called The Marlton Hotel. You’ll surely find the most stylish folks.

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This luxury boutique hotel has small, nevertheless incredibly decorated rooms, but the news here is the dining experience and the cool people the cocktail bar invites after hours.

The Margaux restaurant serves dishes with very interesting flavors. Influences come from cultures and cuisines of the southern and eastern Mediterranean, France and California. Their menu varies seasonally, so ingredients can change according the local availability. The restaurant Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, year round.

After dinner, walk to the Cocktail Bar that is opened daily from 7pm through 2pm. You will probably find some pretty interesting and stylish people hanging stopping by!

Curious about the rooms? As they explain:

“All Guest rooms feature herringbone wood floors, brass fixtures, crown moldings, and private marble bathrooms. Each room benefits from bath amenities by Côté Bastide, luxurious custom linens, plush towels and bathrobes, LED TVs, closet or armoire, complimentary wi-fi, fully stocked mini bars and in-room safes.”

If you are in the city for a few days, we recommend a couple places to visit in the neighborhood.

For a super trendy nightlife with drinks, cocktails, lots of fun and overflowing with a gorgeous crowd, visit The Happiest Hour. Want more nightlife? Wilfie & Nell is a great bar to hang out this friends or to meet new people, since it’s not so big.

We love vegan food and if we hadn’t said it was vegan,  you’d probably never guess, so try By Chloe. Check out the upcoming events at Webster Hall – this place was owned by the one and only Al Capone during the Prohibition Era.

Oh! And you’re less than 2 blocks away from the gorgeous lively Washington Square Park, so do go take some pictures there! It’s been the set of countless movies, like the famous August Rush!

Yup! A true hot spot!

Location: 5 West 8th Street

http://marltonhotel.com

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Marlton Hotel

Gurney’s Montauk Resort: A high-end experience in Montauk

Day Trips and Travels Gurneys Montauk Resort

People that know us well are aware of how we’re huuuge fans of summer time! So yes, we can’t wait for the NY summer and head to Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa. It’s a fabulous high-end experience in Montauk.

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In that spirit we’d like to help you guys get your itineraries ready when you come and visit. If you’re a New Yorker, this is a fantastic spot to go if you’re looking for high-end places to spend your summer weekends.

So, this resort is a place you should definitely experience once in your life!

Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa is around 2.5h away from Manhattan. It’s located at almost the very tip of the peninsula of Long Island.

The suites are gorgeous, with a sophisticated and clean decor. Be sure to ask for the ocean view!

Their spa offers an indoor pool with water extracted and filtered from the sea, heated up to a warm nice temperature. It’s also great of a late afternoon chilling spot, or a morning exercise, if you’re into swimming.

There are a few activities in the pool like Aquatic Yoga, which is pretty cool and great to stay in shape! The spa also has a rock sauna, a steam room, fitness center and numerous different services you can book.

Plus, the Resort has several dining options which you won’t get tired of.

Tillie’s has an American kitchen with comfort food for breakfast and lunch. For a classy seafood dinner, make a reservation at Scarpetta Beach. If you want to have a quick grab-and-go during the day, Corso Coffee is an Italian-style coffee bar located at the lobby of the hotel.

There’s nothing better than having a beach bar right at your feet. The Beach Club will set up a great spot for your beach chairs and umbrellas. If you need a snack while enjoying the beach, they have a nice menu with sandwiches, appetizers, saladas and drinks you can pick from.

Lastly, the The Regent Cocktail Club has a lounge and bar area for drinks. A great spot to relax before or after dinner.

The nightlife in Montauk during the summer is pretty amusing and parties are endless in the Hamptons. That said, if you need help getting ready for your party, book an appointment at their hair salon. You’ll be surely the most gorgeous girl in the party!

They have a concierge service to make your life easier too, to don’t hesitate to ask for assistance! Take advantage of this service to had a fantastic experience in Montauk.

Oh! Are you looking for a place to get married? This is a definitely a great place to have a wedding and they do offer a wedding planner to help you out! Check out Kamila Presti’s wedding to see how gorgeous it was!

Location: 290 Old Montauk Highway, Long Island, NY

www.gurneysmontauk.com

 

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Gurney’s

An Artful Luxury Boutique Hotel Called The Renwick

Renwick Hotel Boutique Entrance

New York is overflowing with countless hotels for every style and every budget. If you’re looking for an Artful Luxury Boutique Hotel, you might want to try, The Renwick.

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“Like many travelers, I look for a place that is quiet, clean, and has free Wi-Fi. Furthermore, location is key: it could mean the difference between spending a $30 cab ride to get across the city and being right where the action is (and I’ve done both).

With the vast selection of hospitality companies offering standard and specialty accommodations there is no need to visit anyone place twice. Until now! Say “Hello!” to The Renwick, an intimate 173-room boutique hotel, and full of big city dreams. This brick and mortar classic is packed with stories from the early 20th century.

Built in 1928, the hotel is named after its architect, James Renwick, Jr., who is best known for his design of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Although not a formally-trained architect like his father, Renwick Jr. studied engineering and was influenced by his world explorations.

Originally, the building was comprised of oversized artist’s studios and lofts that were eventually turned into a long-stay hotel.

This was home to many creative types and prominent literary figures, such as John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Mann.

Plus, it’s charming to pause at the doorway of The Renwick, to soak in the inspiration of the streets of Midtown New York. Just like the title character in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

Eventually reimagined into an “artful luxury hotel”, the Renwick offers inviting guest rooms designed as its own ’artist studio’, equipped with ’blank canvas’ white walls. The TV stand is fashioned to look like a painter’s easel.

In addition, for window shades, local artist Ben Cowan produced unique renderings of the New York skyline for each room, using a dry brush technique on painter’s drop cloth. From Erin Lass’ wall quotes to the ceramic pen cup by Yuka Uchida of OVO Ceramics, each guest room has a unique curation that begs to be noted.

However, the art theme does not end there. The stairwell leading to the fitness center has drawings by Heather Heckel as motivation. Moreover, even the housekeeping staff dons outfits that replicate an artist’s smock!

To conclude, there is much at The Renwick to acknowledged and admired. The design is in the details, and the details are everywhere. I look forward to my upcoming stay, so that I can continue to revel in the history and draw on creativity for my future endeavors.”

It’s surely and artful luxury boutique hotel in Manhattan!

“People don’t take trips. Trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

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Are you a company, organizing the agenda and activities for your executives? Or, do you need a local production team for an event, meeting, seminar or a dinner? Learn about our Corporate Services and contact us to be your local team.

Location: 118 East 40th Street

www.therenwickhotelnewyork.com

 

Guest writer: Elena Murzello
Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Renwick Hotel

Baron’s Cove: Getting ready for the Summer in Sag Harbor

Barons Cove Hotel Sag Harbor Pool View

Located in a village, in the town of East Hampton and Southampton, Baron’s Cove is an amazing place to visit if you’re looking at options for this upcoming summer in Sag Harbor.

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Founded in the 1960’s Baron’s Cove frequently hosted big names like Truman Capote, Jackson Pollock and Paul Newman. The hotel recently passed through a 2 year renovation and is at full speed ready for the Summer Season!

To start, it’s located around 100 miles from Manhattan. In a few hours, you’ll get there to have a fantastic time!

They offer 67 super charming rooms and villas, a heated salt water pool, tennis court, fitness studio and spa services. What else? Complimentary beach service with transportation.

Also, their dining options and experiences are fantastic. They have an all-American restaurant where you can enjoy your meals and take advantage of the gorgeous view from their porch. There is nothing like an outdoor meal, right? Chef Matty Boudreau uses fresh and local ingredients to prepare his delicious dishes.

In addition, the Lobby Lounge is great for drinks, while the outdoor terrace is perfect for enjoying some small bites to hold off ’till dinner!

The hotel offers everything for a perfect Summer at Sag Harbor. From an outdoor pool, spa and fitness center, to the beach just steps away, they have it all! If you forgot something at home, they have a small store to purchase anything you might need.

“On foot, stroll up and down Main Street to discover singular boutiques, galleries, and local museums, or dine at the most widely-acclaimed restaurants in the Hamptons.

By boat, explore the stunning local waterways, coves, and marinas. Or drive just minutes to the freshest local farm stands and some of the finest ocean beaches on the East Coast.”

In short, do visit them during this upcoming summer in Sag Harbor.

It’s surely one of the best times of the year to enjoy all the outdoor activities. And also, watch a gorgeous sunset, explore the North Fork lavender fields (Yup! We have lavender in New York!), and experience tastings in the local wineries.

Location: 31 West Water Street, Sag Harbor

www.baronscove.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Baron’s Cove

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