I’m a girl who loves to travel and my latest jaunt included a quick trip to the Big Apple. In my early twenties, I lived there with one of my closest girlfriends from high school. For three months, I slept on her daybed, three flights up from her Korean BBQ restaurant on Prince and Mercer in Soho. During my stay, I interned at ABC, taught figure skating classes to kids at Chelsea Piers, and took a Journalism class at NYU. Even though it was hot and humid, and I lived in her living room (a very large living room by New York and even LA standards), I loved every minute of it.
My girlfriend (Julie, pictured below) still lives in NYC, but moved to Midtown, along with her restaurant which I was lucky enough to visit and eat one delicious meal. If you’re ever in NYC, you should treat yourself to Bann…I promise you your taste buds will thank me.
So where does one stay in Manhattan? During my quick three-night trip, I stayed at two very different hotels. The first was Row, NYC, which is right in Times Square. The second, Trump Soho, located in lower Manhattan.
For me, Row NYC was a little too touristy. However, when you arrive at 9pm from Los Angeles and just want to dive into the hustle and bustle of the city, see the grit and the grandeur, a decent place to sleep is all you need.
The rooms were basic and a bit small for my taste, but I enjoyed the 24-hour gym and City Kitchen, an indoor food market which essentially brings some of New York’s most buzzed about brick and mortars to one space. That means you can get a taste of Brooklyn, the Upper West side, and everywhere in between without leaving the hotel. The result: a one-stop-shop with lots of tasty choices from Japanese to Greek and Italian and more.
There were also a couple of other amenities which made things easy for someone who wants a good workout and blow dry. On the bottom floor of the hotel, there’s a Glam and Go — which is just like Dry Bar — plus Cyc fitness, a NY-based indoor cycling studio which has a few other locations in the city.
For the last two nights, I moved downtown to Trump Soho. It’s located where SoHo meets Tribeca and the West Village. I felt much more at home here; politics aside, I can honestly say this is a great luxury hotel. I truly enjoyed our large suite with expansive views of the Hudson.
The highlight of my stay: a Turkish bath with a private luxury hammam experience. While I couldn’t help but laugh while I was scrubbed thoroughly, after about 10 minutes, the giggles ceased and I relaxed. I allowed myself to enjoy the hot water that was poured and splashed on my body and the foam wash and sudsy massage were delightful. The experience was followed up by a short stay in the relaxation room where my body temperature returned to normal as I sat and enjoyed a cup of tea and plate of fruit (pictured below).
Overall, Trump Soho was a lovely five-star experience. Where do you like to stay in NYC?