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Nestled within a turn of the century Beaux Arts building, The NoMad Hotel was masterfully restored by renowned French designer Jacques Garcia. Situated in the neighborhood just north of Madison Square Park, the Manhattan luxury hotel is close to the Flatiron District and Gramercy Park. Featuring a boutique style setting, the elegant property's 168 guest rooms evoke a residential feel with custom-designed furnishings and original artwork, while public spaces have soaring ceilings and gathering places. The hotel's restaurant serves casually-elegant food and beverages by Chef Daniel Humm and Restauranteur Will Guidara, founders of the critically acclaimed Michelin three-star rated Eleven Madison Park. 

The NoMad Hotel NYC

In addition to New York-infused environment, The NoMad offers guests unique experiences within the hotel and restaurant, including the NoMad Summer Lobster Fest. Available in the main dining room from June 1 to Labor Day, the five course lobster event offers a communal gourmet dining experience, with optional beverage pairings. Plus, the Sundays-only Mamma Guidara's prix-fixe dinner is a celebration of NYC's "red sauce" Italian joints. Continue reading below the photo.

The Nomad Hotel NYC

Additional events include  "The Magician" interactive experience showcasing the art of magic, illusion, and deception, along with the Black Tie Masquerade Ball on Saturday, October 28, 2017. 

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Set within a 45-story prismatic tower, the Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York offers a prime Midtown Manhattan location and exemplifies Baccarat's 250-year legacy of perfect craft and elegance. Featuring the most opulent setting, The Baccarat Suite provides an indulgent retreat with exclusive services such as complimentary hair blow outs by appointment, a dedicated team of hosts, packing and unpacking, plus VIP White Glove Service at the Madison Baccarat boutique. There's a one touch device that controls in-room lighting and entertaining, along with a direct connection to concierge, valet, in-room dining, and housekeeping. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with La Mer Beauty Products and flowers, and presented with a Baccarat gift at departure. Continue reading below the photo.

The entrance of the Baccarat Suite at the Baccarat Hotel NYC

Featuring a series of salon-like spaces, the living area of the Baccarat Suite has custom-designed seating, oversized flat-screen TVs concealed behind smoked mirrors, a powder room for guests, dining area, and a butler's pantry for staff to enter for entertaining. There's an en-suite Baccarat Bar with a curated selection of wines by the hotel's sommelier, a full range of spirits, Ruinart champagne, and Baccarat crystal barware. While the red lacquer minibar has Baccarat crystal stemware and a selection of delicacies from Maison Ladurée.

Living area of the Baccarat Suite at the Baccarat Hotel NYC

The bedroom has floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic Manhattan views, along with a four-post bed with embossed Mascioni jacquard linens and a cashmere throw. Inside the luxurious bathroom is a deep freestanding soaking tub, separate walled shower, and white marble surfaces. Plus, La Mer skincare products, Italian robes, and amenities by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris.

The Baccarat Suite Bedroom at the Baccarat Hotel NYC

Situated across from the Museum of Modern Art, the Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York provides a prestigious location steps away from Central Park and Fifth Avenue shopping. There's a 55-foot indoor marble swimming pool surrounded by daybeds, along with the first Spa de La Mer in the United States. The property also offers three distinct culinary destinations including Chevalier, helmed by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Shea Gallante and famed restaurateur Charles Masson.

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Pet-friendly Hotels

What's a family vacation without the family pet? In honor of National Pet Day, we've pulled together five of the top pet-friendly hotels in the U.S.A. 

1. Hutton Hotel Nashville

Hutton Hotel Nashville

Close to downtown and Vanderbilt University, the Hutton Hotel Nashville offers specially designed pet floors, along with exclusive pet amenities. The Hotel's Happy Tails Pet Program greets furry friends with Hutton Bubba Rose welcome treats, pet bandanas, welcome toys, custom Hutton placemats, bowls, and leashes to use during the stay, bedding, and a special pet-friendly room service menu. 

Check rates at the Hutton Hotel Nashville

2. The Cottages at the Boat Basin

The Cottages at the Boat Basin

Providing a waterfront setting, The Cottages at the Nantucket Boat Basin offers special Woof Cottages along with Bailey, the Pet Concierge. When guests with furry friends check in, Bailey the Black Lab/Britney Spaniel mix is there to greet visitors and show four-legged guests to The Woof Cottages, which are equipped with pet beds, personalized pet tags, food and water bowls, plus a welcome bag of treats. There's also doggie turndown and walking services available. 

Learn more about The Cottages at the Boat Basin

3. Virgin Hotel Chicago

Virgin Hotel Chicago

Offering pet-friendly chambers with porcelain watchdogs outside the doors, Virgin Hotel Chicago provides an array of in-room amenities including dog beds, food and water dishes, plus treats and Virgin Hotels bandanas. Two blocks from the Chicago Riverwalk, the hotel is located within a historic building in Chicago's Loop neighborhood. 

Check rates and availability at Virgin Hotel Chicago

4. Hotel Monaco Portland

Dakota the Director of Pet Relations, Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland

Situated within a historic 1912 building designed in Anglo-Chinois style, the Hotel Monaco Portland is a pet-friendly hotel with no size, weight, or breed restrictions. Dakota, the Director of Pet Relations greets all guests at the door, pets are welcome at the nightly wine reception, and in-room amenities include loaner pet beds, water and food bowls, plus courtesy bags for walking the dog. Don't have a pet to bring along? Guests can request companion goldfish to enjoy for the duration of their stay. 

Learn more about Hotel Monaco Portland

5. Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC

Voted the nation's "Pet Friendliest Destination" by Animal Fair magazine, the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC welcomes pets with Lord Jameson treats at turndown, monogrammed mats with pet's names on it, food and water bowls, Fiji water, toys, and collar tags that read "I am staying at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC." There's additional enhancements available, including name tags, puppy purses, and personalized pet beds. 

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The iconic Waldorf Astoria in New York closed its doors in early March to undergo a massive renovation and restoration. While there's an extensive wait ahead, our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor created an article with more details about the hotel's major renovation. Read more below the photo. 

Waldorf Astoria New York

Waldorf Astoria: What to Know About the Upcoming Renovation

New York City’s acclaimed Waldorf Astoria said goodbye to its last guests yesterday as it will undergo a massive two-year renovation. The hotel was purchased by Chinese Insurance group Anbang in 2015 for nearly $2 billion and is set to be transformed into high-end condominiums and a smaller hotel. 

NYC-luxury real estate expert Victoria Shtainer understands the unique opportunity that residences at the Waldorf will provide to New York City residents. The Waldorf Astoria has housed many celebrities, ranging from Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly to every U.S. president. The hotel also holds many secrets, such as track 61 which runs beneath the hotel and allowed Franklin D. Roosevelt to avoid the press. 

The renovation includes plans to take a portion of the tower and convert them to privately owned condos while retaining a portion of the hotel. Specific details about the condos have not yet been released but comments from Anbang execs hint at similarities to The Plaza, Baccarat and 30 Park Place. The project is an addition to what many call the “Midtown Cultural District” along with newcomers like 100 East 53 Street, which will soon be home to Jean Georges market, a new restaurant in place of the old Four Seasons space and other luxury developments.
 
Shtainer says this could be a push for higher prices, similar to those seen on the 57th Street “Billionaires Row” corridor, since Anbang’s chairman Wu Xiaohui was quoted as saying “a potential buyer needs to have more than money to qualify for our apartments.” 

 


We recently booked clients for a 3 day meeting at the Hotel Plaza Athenee on New York's Upper East Side. The hotel offered experienced hosts and state-of-the-art conference facilities. The meeting space included windows overlooking 64th Street, but with 5 different space options the hotel can host from 2 to 150 guests for any meeting, international business, diplomatic, or social gathering. The catering menu was planned with their culinary team.

Whether you require an intimate space for a standing cocktail reception, or a larger room for a seated meal or presentation, these spaces are guaranteed to leave an impression on all attendees. In addition, the hotel maintains an on-site staff of experienced professionals to assist with event consultation and planning, as well as day-of supervision. 

Meetings or events with 10 or more rooms will be offered special room rates.

Bar Seine at Hotel Plaza Athenee New York

Hotel Plaza Athenee New York's meeting space as of January 2017

Hotel Plaza Athenee New York's example of restaurant meeting space as of January 2017


Set in the heart of Manhattan, at the crossroads of art, fashion, and design, the Langham Place Hotel, Fifth Avenue offers 157 luxurious guest rooms and 57-ultra luxurious suites. In September, the hotel will unveil new suites designed by French design firm and retailer, Roche Bobois. Read more about the designer suites in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor.

Langham Place, New York, Fifth Avenue has partnered with Roche Bobois, a French design firm and retailer, to introduce the new Roche Bobois Suites. The new suites are slated to debut this September, coinciding with both New York Fashion Week and the United Nations General Assembly.

The Roche Bobois suites (#2503 and #2603), have two full bathrooms, an additional half-bath and a combined living and dining area, as well as a full-service kitchen, washer and dryer and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the New York skyline and Empire State Building.

Inspired by the brand’s collaborations with fashion houses such as Jean Paul Gaultier and Missoni, the new suites also incorporate elements from Roche Bobois' most recent collaboration with Christian Lacroix.

Design elements of the new Roche Bobois Suites at Langham Place, New York include:
- Living room furniture, such as a Presence Sofa, a Profile tufted leather ottoman and an Epoq sofa from the Nouveaux Classique collection
- Aqua dining table, which can seat up to 10 guests
- Courchevel King Size beds in each bedroom
- Artwork using materials from Maison Christian Lacroix
- Mounted TV units by Chicane and Logos in each bedroom - Drapery by men’s fashion designer Paul Smith
- Accent pillows and throws throughout the suites by Maison Lacroix

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Langham Place, New York Exterior View

If you've ever dreamed of camping without leaving the city, here's your chance...

The W New York partnered with Laurel & Wolf to temporarily transform the patio of its Extreme Wow Suite's terrace into an Outdoor Glamping Suite. 

Glamping at the W New York

Featuring a whimsical approach to urban glamping, the suite offers a 12-foot yurt decorated in colorful fabrics and textures with glowing lanterns. Finished with rattan hanging chairs for lounging, and a fire pit that ignites with the flip of a switch. Surrounded by a canopy of twinkling lights, the rustic-luxe oasis is a chic glamping option in the city.

Located in the center of Manhattan, the W New York is steps away from Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, the Theater District, and Rockefeller Center. Plus, there's a FIT Gym and Bliss 49 Spa, ideal for relaxing and pampering during your glamping getaway.

Note: this special suite will be available until fall 2016.

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Glamping at the W New York

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Sparkling in the summer sun, Cunard's Queen Mary 2 is docked in the New York Harbor. Following a $132 million investment, the luxurious ship is boarding its first group of passengers, and embarking from NYC to Southampton on July 6, 2016. Completely transformed inside and out, the revitalized Queen Mary 2 features new public spaces, including the Carinthia Lounge, The Verandah specialty restaurant, and the refreshed Kings Court buffet area. Staterooms have been redesigned, and there are 10 additional dog kennels with Liverpool lamp posts and New York City fire hydrants so dogs can feel right at home. 

Queen Mary 2 departs from NYC on July 6, 2016

Images courtesy of Ruthanne Terrero.

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The Magician is a collaboration between the NoMad Hotel, in the heart of the cutting edge and historic NoMad neighborhood, and theory11 starring famed illusionist Dan White. The intimate performance showcases in the Johnston Room features the art of magic, illusion, and deception. Around the world, Dan White has been preforming magic on stage and screen for over 20 years. From the notes, "Most recently, Dan was featured on the Discovery Channel special The Supernaturalist and White Magic on the Travel Channel. In 2014, Dan served as a creative consultant to Kanye West, collaborating on iconic, magic visuals for the YEEZUS tour. Prior to that, Dan consulted on-site in Las Vegas with legendary illusionist David Copperfield."

Tickets are available throughout 2016, shows are currently at 7 and 10:30 pm. You can have dinner or bar reservations prior to the show at both the NoMad Bar (on 28th street) and the Elephant Bar, which are first-come, first-served. As a hotel guest, you can also visit The Library, which is reserved for guests of The NoMad Hotel in the evening. 

Learn more about The NoMad Hotel in New York City >>

The Magician at the NoMad Hotel NYC

 


Gansevoort Meatpacking
What better time to say "I Do" than Spring? And what better place than NYC? Lovebirds of all kinds should head to Manhattan and take advantage of the "Mr. + Mr." or "Mrs. + Mrs" package. The offer, which is available at Gansevoort Park Avenue and Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC.

Gansevoort's "Mr. + Mr." or "Mrs. + Mrs" package includes: 

-Room accommodation
-Two couples one-hour Fusion Massage at Exhale Spa 
-Taxi to city hall
-Champagne upon arrival
-Custom Cake
-Rose Petals in room
-Suit Press or Dress Steaming

Prices starting at $642.00*

Package is subject to availability and pricing is exclusive of tax and based on double occupancy. 


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