I used to stay at The Carlyle on 77th between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue for many years very happily but there are definitely other hotels in NY which I like as well; the Crosby Street Hotel in the middle of Soho being one of them. Location is so important to me, I am an Upper East Side kinda gal, so when the Loews Regency reopened its doors after a hugely expensive and total renovation I thought I should check it out.
Everything about this hotel works for me. It’s located on 61st and Park Avenue and is the best location I have ever stayed in. I can flounce out of the door and walk everywhere I want to go within minutes: Central Park, Fifth Avenue, John Barrett’s hair salon at Bergdorf Goodman, the Rockefeller Centre, Bloomingdales (a ten minute walk away tops), Donna Karan around the corner, it’s easy to walk up to The Guggenheim, close to MOMA, need I say more? They also have a Mercedes house car which will drop you at any destination within a 20 block radius on a first come first served basis, or you can book one of their two Fiat 500L cars for a transfer anywhere in Manhattan, so if you need your downtown fix one way is complimentary.
I arrived at the hotel after a transatlantic flight and check in was speedy and efficient. You are offered nice touches like the complimentary pressing of two items of clothing on arrival, free Wifi, complimentary Fiji bottles of water and a paper each morning. If you choose the turndown service your water is replenished and you get free cookies from Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar.
Part of the renovations include 379 all-new apartment style rooms and 58 suites. The signature suites, designed by the likes of Nate Berkus,are beautifully appointed with their own kitchenettes, drawing rooms and dining areas. Many rooms are interconnecting so you can create three bedroom apartments, perfect for families. All the bedrooms are really spacious; each room has a work desk (there are plug points everywhere), the beds have fantastic linen and bedding. Bathrooms are huge and well lit with double vanities and most have big walk in showers. The hairdryers are fantastic so leave yours at home – they practically blow you out of the bathroom.
The gym is unusually large for a hotel with Matrix equipment. There are two Julien Farel spas; one for men (a traditional barber shop) and a large one for women that includes a steam room and hair salon.
The staff are cheerful and helpful and nothing is too much trouble from booking a manicure to arranging an airport transfer or restaurant booking.
With a partnership with Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar (which has a separate entrance on 61st Street), you can satisfy your jet lag needs, (if like me, you wake early having travelled from the UK), and grab a nice cup of hot coffee and a croissant from 7am. They serve delicious sandwiches, pastries and salads throughout the day, and in the summer they have a little gelato cart on the street. You can sit outside if it is warm and then charge it all to your room. Serafina Always is a minute walk away serving great Italian food and good pizzas. Perfection.
The Loews Regency is known for its famous ‘Power Breakfast’ in their Regency Bar & Grill. Ask anyone in the know about where to have breakfast in Manhattan and they will tell you this is the place. This iconic restaurant is where politicians, bankers and New York’s movers and shakers come to observe a morning ritual that started during the financial crises in the mid 1970’s. Bob Tisch, the hotel’s founder, took it upon himself to invite the city’s business and political leaders to the breakfast at the hotel in order to discuss how they could get New York back on its feet. The people who attended were so significant and powerful themselves that he named it the ‘Power Breakfast’.
The bar buzzes with people meeting in the early evening as it is such a great location up town for a drink after work. Whether you are travelling on business or for pleasure this hotel ticks the boxes.
Rooms start from $399.00 per night plus tax. Please email us for further information and we can make your reservations – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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