When it comes to booking a hotel in New York City, there are not a lack of choices that will leave your head spinning. The one thing I learned, is that it's ALL about location. I've stayed in hotels all over Manhattan - in Midtown, on the Upper West Side and near Times Square. On my latest trip to NYC, I had a chance to check-in to the ultra sleek, Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District. If you're looking to be efficient during a fun weekend of shopping and partying with the girls, you'll want to be exactly where the action is and the Gansevoort Hotel is the bullseye.
Whether it's taking a dip in the heated rooftop pool, grabbing a late dinner across the street at Pastis, walking along The High Line, eating breakfast at Chelsea Market or heading out to a club - you'll be an easy five-minute walk away from all of it. Just watch those high heels along the cobblestoned streets! Since the location is amazing, I don't mind splurging a bit extra for a room here since you save a lot of time and money on cabs.
The Gansevoort boasts 187 rooms over 14 floors and was built in 2004. My room was pretty soundproof, but I could imagine there is a bit of street noise on the weekend. WiFi is complimentary and the gym is open 24 hours. An Exhale Spa occupies the basement next to the gym.
Large living area (above). You'll never argue about what to watch with two flat-screen TVs, one in the bedroom and one in the living area. The suite felt like our own little condo in the city and the perfect place to unwind after a long busy day of shopping.
A surprise in the bedroom - a quacking roommate and...
My very own monogrammed pillowcases! I've stayed in a lot of swanky hotels and this was a first. Such a unique and memorable idea. I was able to take the pillowcases home with me at the end of my stay - so incredibly thoughtful of the hotel.
If you're flying down for a bachelorette party, the suite is a great little place to entertain and hold the pre-party before a big night out of partying in the Meatpacking District. We found a fully-stocked bar, mini-fridge and glassware ready to go.
A peek inside the bathroom (above) with Cutler toiletries, a soaking tub and a fluffy bathrobe that was waiting for me. It was definitely spacious for New York standards.
A view of the city skyline from the rooftop patio, the perfect place for cocktails before dinner.
For more information: The Gansevoort Hotel, Meatpacking District - New York City
18th Ninth Avenue (212) 206-6700