New York is a city that needs no introduction, but it’s also one that will defy your expectations. Do you picture blinking lights, speeding cabs and bustling crowds when you hear its name? Midtown may fit that billing, but it’s only one pocket of a much wider experience, from verdant Central Park to the historic brownstones of Brooklyn, and the rarefied museums of the Upper East Side
Opened in 1930, The Pierre has built a reputation as one of New York’s grand properties, with notable guests including Elizabeth Taylor and Yves Saint-Laurent. Overlooking Central Park and featuring a stately exterior and ornate public spaces, The Pierre offers a taste of old New York with subtle touches honouring the Indian heritage of Taj Hotels Resorts And Palaces, the group that acquired the hotel a decade ago
In a city that’s constantly evolving, Manhattan’s Garment District is suddenly in vogue. Archer Hotel, located amongst Midtown’s trimming stores and bead shops, opened in May 2014 to become one of the area’s trendiest addresses.
Located on a stretch of 57th Street now known as Billionaire’s Row, The Quin has something many new luxury high rises can’t boast: a top-level open-air terrace.
The star of the show is undoubtedly the incredible view of Central Park, and with floor-to-ceilings windows flooding the vista in, it’s hard not to spend your entire stay simply stood, staring out.
New York’s music scene is far from over thanks to The Roxy, which put the swagger back into Manhattan’s step ever since revitalising the former TriBeCa Grand Hotel.
Marvin Gatling 69, is a Martial Arts Grand Master (Sensei) and Vietnam Combat Vet, who has lived in Harlem all his life. He says: “I have lived in New York for 69 years, besides my time in the military. I was born in Harlem Hospital and have lived in Harlem the entire time. New York is the Big Apple. It’s the best place on the planet"
The gritty urban exterior of Hôtel Americano conceals 56 rooms coming in three types, each offering the feel of an urban ryokan. The work of Parisian interior designer, Arnaud Montigny, a beautiful Kengo Kuma bed dominates while black vinyl Zanotta beanbag chairs and denim Loden Dager robes emphasise the design-led experience.
For a taste of Russia in New York, head to Brighton Beach, less than an hour's subway ride from midtown Manhattan.
Trump SoHo New York, a hotel named for, well, you know who (now, of course, as the rather outspoken Republican candidate as well as retail magnate), is becoming something of a jewel in downtown Manhattan.
It’s for good reason that US presidents over the past eight decades have stayed in this Art Deco icon on Park Avenue.