These Luxury Travel Consultants have arrived at the final leg of our ‘We Love New York’ virtual tour. This week we are exploring Lower Manhattan where, in the 1600s, before the skyscrapers and cultural landmarks, the original City of New York started. Take in the views from the top of One World Trade Center, admire the cast iron in Soho, invest in the history of Wall Street or marvel at The Vessel in Hudson Yards. All throughout Lower Manhattan you will find gleaming new buildings mingling with landmark architecture just waiting to be admired. So here we go again to New York, New York and some of the very best in trendy five-star luxury lodging.
The Beekman Hotel
Located in the heart of Lower Manhattan, where iconic architecture meets modern luxury, is The Beekman Hotel. Surrounded by some of Manhattan’s most cherished attractions, including One World Trade which stands as a shining beacon for the “new Downtown” and is a dramatic and meaningful addition to the skyline as the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building. The Beekman has been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as both the 2019 #1 hotel in New York and #8 in the United States. Housed in the 1883 Temple Court building, the entire space has been lovingly restored to its former beauty and is now one of the city’s most exceptional destinations. At the center of the hotel is the stunning nine-story atrium whose upper levels are decorated with Victorian wrought-iron railings and balustrades. On the main floor the atrium forms a focal point where guests can meet to enjoy the intimate, lobby seating areas below. Each of the 287 rooms and suites are fun and funky with hip décor that includes leather headboards, wood armoires, and blue Chinese dragon lamps. We love the two penthouses located in the building’s two distinctive turrets. They are sure to impress with their own private entrance, separate rooftop terrace, over 1,200 square feet, and the most amazing views of the Brooklyn Bridge. Let WIT set you up in pure style and comfort here.
The Dominick Hotel
Located in SoHo is The Dominick Hotel, the only independent hotel in New York with the exclusive Five Diamond accolade from AAA, and one of three premier hotels in New York City prestigious enough to be part of the Preferred Hotel & Resorts Legend Collection. This hotel’s mid-century design esthetic is realized in the 391 rooms and suites offered hosting a variety of sizes. We love the exclusive SoHi and Penthouse Suites on the top floors that serve up incredible views of New York City’s gorgeous skyline, including landmarks such as the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, and magnificent sunsets over the Hudson River. New York City’s Soho neighborhood is known around the world for having the largest collection of historic cast iron architecture. Before the neighborhood received its name, Soho was referred to as the ‘Cast Iron District.’ A wonderful example of early Soho cast-iron architecture is the Gunther Building at the southwest corner of Broome and Greene Streets. Griffin Thomas, an architect who created a large number of the neighborhood's historic structures, designed the building in 1871, and completed it in 1873. As you meander the streets of SoHo, you will be astounded at the detail on these beautiful buildings.
Crosby Street Hote
Between SoHo’s Prince and Spring Streets, find the intimate Crosby Street Hotel. As you enter the hotel you will be greeted by Crosby the Cat, a cheeky 12ft bronze cat from world-renowned sculptor Fernando Botero, which sets the stage for this truly fresh and hip 86 room hotel. The brainchild and creative vision of Kit Kemp, Creative Director and Owner of London based Firmdale Hotel, we love the floor-to-ceiling warehouse style windows and the individual style of every room. The public space has the feel of an artist’s home with an airy lobby that leads to the drawing room and out to a secluded sculpture garden. When at the Crosby, let WIT secure for you the one-of-a-kind Meadow Suite. This incredible two-bedroom suite on the second floor comes with its own private American woodland meadow terrace, complete with a living apple tree and green lawn connected just outside the suite. So unique!
The Conrad New York Downtown
The Conrad New York Downtown is ideally positioned in Lower Manhattan overlooking the Hudson River and minutes from TriBeCa, Greenwich Village and Wall Street. The 463 all-suite hotel offers luxe comfort and spaciousness. The impressive Conrad Suite feels more like a posh New York apartment with over 1,500 square feet of space which can be converted into a family, two-bedroom suite. Located on the top floor of the building, here you will delight in the panoramic views of Lower Manhattan and beyond! WIT is happy to put together a trip on a historic tour of Wall Street guided by a former financial expert for the best insider tips. Begin with landmarks like New York Stock Exchange, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Building, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank. Learn about the more than 400 years of history that led to today’s Wall Street — from the Dutch trading outpost of the 1700’s to the simple start of the New York Stock Exchange, to the current financial epicenter that Wall Street has become. You will be in awe of this area’s rich history and architecture to include Federal Hall where George Washington became President, and Trinity Church, the burial place of Alexander Hamilton. Plus, you can snap a selfie with the famous Charging Bull!
The Greenwich Hotel
The Greenwich Hotel is located in one of New York City’s most hailed downtown neighborhoods, at the corner of Greenwich Street and North Moore Street in TriBeCa. Here you’ll find yourself close to the trendy areas of Soho, the West Village, the Meatpacking District and Gramercy Park. This boutique hotel presents a total of 88 exclusive rooms, of which no two are alike. In addition, the Greenwich Hotel has thirteen suites. We love the two duplex suites that are meant to evoke the feel of an artist’s ateliers, both have soaring 30-foot skylights, chef’s kitchens, two master bedrooms with two bathrooms, stone fireplaces, and offices with separate entrances. When traveling with the family or a group of friends, each of these duplex residences can be expanded to accommodate up to five bedrooms. You must check out the hotel’s intimate, lantern-lit swimming pool which is housed in a 250-year-old pine farmhouse transported from Kyoto. This high design, concept hotel is truly distinctive (like its owner Robert DeNiro)!
Situated on the west side of Manhattan where the acclaimed ‘High Line’ begins and ends, is Hudson Yards, New York’s newest and trendiest area. Here you will find more than 100 shops and culinary experiences, 14 acres of open public green space and Thomas Heatherwick’s celebrated (and IG worthy) The Vessel, an interactive public landmark spanning 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs. The centerpiece of Hudson Yards is the brand-new Equinox Hotel, offering 212 spacious, scientifically curated guest rooms and 48 suites. This hotel is a fitness enthusiast dream come true, as you have access to the 60,000-square-foot Equinox fitness club, offering signature group fitness classes and personal training programs complete with a 25-yard indoor saltwater lap pool, heated and cooling plunge pools and outdoor leisure pool. Walk the High Line, marvel at The Vessel and check out the incredible dining options within the Hudson Yard’s complex.
WIT has very close relationships with these properties, so we can extend exclusive perks and special amenities to our clients. Typically, you will receive complimentary breakfast for two daily, $100 or more resort credit to be utilized during your stay, room upgrade, either at the time of booking or arrival, and early check-in/late checkout, both subject to availability.
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