Five Fun Fashion Week-Worthy NYC Hotels
September 4, 2014
After over 16 seasons attending shows at New York Fashion Week, in addition to regular bi-weekly commutes, I have stayed in more New York City hotels than I can remember. But the unique homes-away-from-home are the ones I return to time after time. Here are five Big Apple hotels to suit every personality and mood in anticipation to NYFW.
For the Theater-Lover: The Paramount
The landmark Paramount, which originally opened in 1928, is hotter than ever, thanks to a 40-million-dollar renovation under its belt and the most fabulous dinner show in the city, Queen of the Night, a genre-crossing fusion of theater, cuisine, magic, fashion and nightlife.
The hotel is just half a block from Broadway-show-packed Times Square, so you have the ultimate convenience for hitting all the plays and musicals (the Paramount is also the official hotel partner of the Tony Awards). But it’s the Paramount’s legendary Diamond Horseshoe, recently revived 75 years after its original opening, that’s the place to be for a subterranean dinner theater. Fashion fans, be sure to try and stay in the 950-square-foot “Couture Suite,” which celebrates New York’s fashion history.
For the Grown-Up Eloise: The West House
I feel like I’m on a cruise ship every time I check into the West House NYC – in the best way possible! An additional daily resort fee covers all meals (breakfast, afternoon tea and aperitivo) and beverages (alcohol, bottled water, assorted teas and barista coffee). Needless to say, it’s totally worth it. Staying at this luxe boutique hotel is like going home to a luxurious New York townhouse, complete with art deco accents. It’s filled with amazing scents, slick interiors and decadent 400-thread-count Sferra sheets. (If you stay in any of the “Terrace Suites,”they’re outfitted high-tech Sleep Studio “bedding system”beds, for maximum comfort.) But my favorite element is the unique terrace dining area that boasts a breathtaking view of the city.
For the Trendsetting Escapist: The NoMad Hotel
Leave the bustle of the city behind when you enter the NoMad (an acronym for the area North of Madison Square Park), a lushly converted turn-of-the-century beaux arts building. Think a Parisian-inspired lifestyle hotel that juxtaposes old-world European grandeur with downtown edge, for the best of both worlds.
French architect and interior designer, Jacques Garcia is best known for transforming the interiors of Parisian hotels, including the famous Hôtel Costes, and he’s brought his unique aesthetic to the States. Freestanding clawed-foot bathtubs to luxuriate in after a long day at the shows or shops, hardwood floors of reclaimed maple, ultra-tall ceilings, handmade vintage Heriz rugs, decadent custom-designed furnishings, double-bay historic windows with views of the Empire State Building – the list of small enchantments goes on. Make sure you take in a few moments in the Atrium, an airy, sunlit space like that of European courtyards. Natural light filtering through a pyramidal glass roof provides an inviting space for dining throughout the day and into the night.
For the Uptown Girl: The Surrey
If you’re looking for a neighborhood hotel that makes you feel like Gossip Girl’s Serena van der Woodsen, or more simply, a posh local, look no further than the Surrey’s ultra-luxe property on the Upper East Side. At close proximity to Central Park, prime Madison Avenue designer boutiques, and museums like the Met and Whitney, this hotel satisfies a multitude of desires, while the location is also great for kids. Not to mention delicious Boulud dining and a stunning rooftop garden with magnificent view of the city. On my last stay there, I walked to local cafes and wandered around the quiet neighborhood. Who knew the city could be so soothing?
For the Downtown Hipster: The Standard High Line
In case the pulsing, nightlife-packed Meatpacking District location doesn’t give you any indication, maybe the stark floor-to-ceiling windows in each room of the Standard will. This hotel is not for shy, wallflower types. Exhibitionists will revel in the windows that don’t just offer incredible views of Hudson River and city skyline, they also let onlookers from the sidewalk and High Line see you. Other features include an outdoor skating rink in the winter; free WiFi all over the hotel; Le Bain, an AstroTurf-coated rooftop club; the Standard Grill for power breakfast meetings; and, of course, the super-exclusive Boom Boom Room, where all the best parties are held.