What is a boutique hotel, and why should you stay in one?

What is a boutique hotel, and why should you stay in one?

If you’re a traveler or follower of trends in hospitality, you’ve probably seen the term boutique hotel pop up frequently. What is a boutique hotel, and why should you consider staying in one on your next trip? Boutique hotel can be broadly defined as “a small luxury hotel offering premium services, often located in a fashionable location.” The term was coined by American entrepreneur Steve Rubell in 1984, in reference to the Morgans Hotel he then owned with his Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager. Boutique hotels began appearing in major cities around the world in 1980, and continue growing in popularity today. Even large international hotel chains are opening boutique hotel sub-brands. So why choose a boutique hotel for accommodations during your next adventure? Here are four things that make them stand out from traditional hotels. 1. A personalized, hands-on guest experience Hotels large and small deliver extraordinary guest service, but at a boutique hotel, hands-on, individualized, detail-oriented service is the norm. With fewer guests staying at a time, boutique hotel staff members are highly accessible and able to dedicate more time to each guest. This means a more personalized experience during your stay, whether it’s a hand-written message for you on a chalkboard, a dozen cookies with your name on them or a bottle of champagne for the special occasion you’re celebrating. 2. Unique amenities and perks Boutique hotels pride themselves in being one-of-a-kind, and that includes the amenities and perks they provide. Examples include complimentary WiFi, pet-friendly policies, grocery delivery, unique fitness offerings, bike rentals, guest events, in-room massages and more. Many boutique hotels also offer loyalty...
5 Tips for Cooking and Grocery Shopping in NYC

5 Tips for Cooking and Grocery Shopping in NYC

Of all the questions to ask a New Yorker about life in the big city, one of the most common is “How do you cook and do your grocery shopping?” While other major city dwellers are used to transporting a bunch of groceries in the trunk of their own car, most New Yorkers walk, take the subway or hail a cab to and from the grocery store. They’re also more reliant on small corner stores or markets, and often have tiny kitchens. Understandably, grocery shopping and cooking in NYC has become somewhat of a mystery to many, leaving visitors with access to a kitchen wondering what to do during their stay. Follow these five tips to avoid eating out for every meal during your stint in the city, whether it’s long or short. 1. Shop more often, but purchase less each time It’s much easier to carry just one or two bags of groceries if you’re walking or taking the subway home from the market. Even if you take a cab or rideshare, space is limited. The obvious remedy is to purchase fewer groceries at a time. It may require you to shop more frequently, but at least you won’t be stuck trying to lug pounds of groceries through the subway turnstile. Speaking of buying less… 2. Use a basket instead of a shopping cart The smaller capacity of a basket keeps you from purchasing more than you can comfortably carry home. Additionally, it’s much easier to navigate through a crowded NYC market or grocery store with a basket than with a clunky cart. Your fellow shoppers will thank you....
Discovering NYC Series: Best New Nightlife Spots in Lower Manhattan

Discovering NYC Series: Best New Nightlife Spots in Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan has seen explosive growth in its drinking and dining scene as of late, with the city’s hottest restaurant and nightlife moguls flocking downtown to open new establishments. In addition, existing restaurants and nightlife spots in the neighborhood are staying open later and on the weekends. For those looking for a new locale to see and be seen, “down is what’s up.” Here are five buzzy Lower Manhattan nightlife spots opened within the last two years. The Tuck Room Situated in the newly rebranded Seaport District above iPic Theaters, The Tuck Room is a modern speakeasy with handcrafted cocktails and small plates by James Beard Award-winning chef Sherry Yard. This spirited drinking and dining den is an ode to the liquid history of New York City, with a rotating menu of cocktails from different eras. Try the Tuck Old Fashioned, nosh on Reuben Croquettes or share a bowl of Rum Rum Punch with your friends. 11 Fulton Street www.thetuckroom.com Mailroom The buzz around Mailroom has been difficult to ignore, with Haute Living magazine calling it “the cocktail bar for those in the know.” As the name suggests, this kitschy yet tasteful space evokes your local Post Office, with old P.O. boxes adorning the walls and a red, white and blue color scheme. Although certainly a hot spot, Mailroom’s cocktails are (relatively) affordable, running from $9 – $14. 110 Wall Street www.mailroomnyc.com The Roof at Public Hotel Any nightlife destination by Ian Schrager, co-owner and co-founder of the legendary Studio 54, is bound to be extraordinary. The newly opened Public Hotel on Manhattan’s Lower East Side is Schrager’s latest...