Warwick Hotel NYC

I was lucky enough to live in New York once, and one thing I learned is that each neighborhood has its own charm. There’s the trendy West Village/Meatpacking/Soho district for the fashion crowd, the East Village for the music lovers, Upper East Side for museum junkies or those who love their Louboutins. But Midtown is the heart of the city, making it easiest to explore all the different parts of Manhattan. That’s why when we visited years later for a friend’s wedding, my husband and I chose to stay central.

I chose the Warwick because it was affordable, had massive rooms, close to subway stations and views of central park from your bed if you’re lucky. It’s also a stone’s throw from the city’s best museums, shopping, the park, and has the added bonus of being a historic hotel. Since 1926, it’s been a favorite of high profile guests including Elvis Prestley, Ed Sullivan and the Beatles. The hotel was built by a tycoon for his love, actress Marion Davies.  Just look at these classic elevator cars!

Sweet Suite

The rooms are so big for New York, where ‘shoebox’ is considered a big size. Our standard room felt like a suite.

They are modestly decorated in taupe and cream shades, with lots of lamps to add soft lighting. Even the bathrooms are stately, all marble and ornate faucets.

Fine Dining

The chef they have now is of Greek origin and the reviews are fantastic, but to be honest, we didn’t stay in to eat while we were in town because New York was just calling from outside! NYC is a serious foodie town so the competition is stiff. The hotel’s main restaurant is definitely on my wishlist next time.

Overall

In a buzzing town like New York, it’s hard to make choices, particularly about where to stay. I really enjoyed my stay at The Warwick. It added a touch of elegance to a chaotic trip. Look at the historical pictures they have hanging on walls to enjoy while you wait for the elevator – spot your favorite star!

 

#WhatToPack

What to wear in the city that never sleeps? Mix casual and standout pieces to turn heads, whether you’re strutting down Fifth Avenue or hitting the bars in the Meatpacking district. Have fun (and stay warm – the nights get cold in the fall)!

New York, New York

 

 

Banana Republic scoop neck tee
130 AED – bananarepublicfactory.gapfactory.com

Leather jacket
955 AED – amazon.co.uk

H&M stretchy pants
120 AED – hm.com

Stiletto shoes
135 AED – zaful.com

Betsey Johnson brown handbag
130 AED – macys.com

 

Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Welcome
 
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
 
The rooms
 
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
 
Eating
 
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
 
 
Location
 
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
 
Don’t miss
 
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
 
 
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at www.hotel-bedford.com
 
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450

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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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