Travel: This New York City Hideaway is Perch Perfect

Travel: This New York City Hideaway is Perch Perfect

Visiting New York is supposed to not be an emotional experience, right? Manhattan doesn’t “do” feelings and yet, somehow, when you momentarily lose yourself in the crowded sidewalks or look up from your slice of damn-is-that-good pizza to see the mirrored mass of the Freedom Tower you do feel different than you would almost anyplace else. You may not be a movie star, but being in that New York state of mind means being a part of the most magnificent and maddening metropolis in the world and your provisional participation is part and parcel of the magic. But as any New Yorker past or present will aver—and anyone hunting for an elusive cool hotel in this crowded town can attest—where you stay matters. My recent Gotham hotel quest started with the habitual, desultory searches on Expedia and a couple newish hotel apps including the much-hyped Hotel Tonight (which, honestly, I can’t recommend). But then I shut it all down and let emotion do the heavy lifting: Where would the best place to stay be if I wanted to dodge tourist-choked Times Square and the Eurofash hordes of Soho but still be in the very heart of it, preferably with a dash of Empire State Art Deco panache? I thought back to a time when two tall towers rose, and where they did the rising, and I had the answer: the Wall Street area, or FiDi as the burgeoning Financial District is now called. Enter the Q&A Residential Hotel by Furnished Quarters. It’s tucked inside the City Services Building, which soars almost a thousand feet over slender Pine Street, itself...
New York’s apartment-like hotels that are a great alternative to Airbnb

New York’s apartment-like hotels that are a great alternative to Airbnb

Last year was a busy year for Airbnb’s lawyers. In September, they filed a lawsuit against Santa Monica, arguing that a new law making unsupervised short-term rentals illegal violated the United States Constitution’s First and Fourth Amendments. In July, they sued Anaheim, challenging a law that fines short-term rental sites. And in June, they sued the company’s hometown of San Francisco over a law that penalises websites for posting properties by owners who don’t have a city permit. And that’s just in California. The company has hit similar opposition outside the US. Iceland has a new law that means apartments rented out for more than 90 days need a special licence, Berliners can’t rent out their entire flat (only a room), and Amsterdam has banned apartment rentals for more than 60 days a year. AKA Sutton Place Hotel, New York.  Arguably the biggest blow came in October, when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law making it illegal to rent out apartments for fewer than 30 days. If you’re someone who likes the convenience of having a kitchen and the savings that come from self-catering, your options in the Big Apple just dwindled. Or did they? It turns out that several New York hotels already offer apartment-like facilities and many more are jumping on the bandwagon. Here are some worth checking out. AKA AKA has five luxury long-term residences in Manhattan. Its flagship property is AKA Central Park, nestled behind The Plaza Hotel and just one block from the park. The property’s entrance on 58th Street is surprisingly discreet – perhaps because of the many celebrities and high-profile...
Q&A Hotel celebrates NYC Pride 2017

Q&A Hotel celebrates NYC Pride 2017

Q&A Residential Hotel is Proud to Host NYC Pride Visitors (New York, NY) June 1, 2017 – Q&A Residential Hotel welcomes LGBTQ visitors to NYC Pride 2017 June 16 – 25. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Lower Manhattan in a historic Art Deco landmark skyscraper. Q&A will be providing a special to accommodate guests during this time who have traveled to New York to partake in the festivities. **PRIDE WEEK SPECIAL DETAILS**   Guests receive every third night free in honor of NYC Pride.  To redeem this offer, book direct by visiting Q&AHotel.com and entering promotional code PRIDE17.  This promotion may not be combined with any other offer. With 132 spacious residences, every apartment-size suite is fully equipped with a full-sized kitchen and luxe hotel amenities including robes, plush towels and L’Occitane bath products. Guests have access to complimentary Wi-Fi, a 20,000 square foot fitness and wellness center, business center, and an artisanal Australian coffee shop.   About Q&A Residential Hotel The Q&A Residential Hotel, located at the iconic 70 Pine in Lower Manhattan, is designed to serve the needs of today’s extended stay business and leisure travelers. With 132 apartments, Q&A’s accommodations are on average three times larger than a typical New York City hotel room. Q&A is also unique in that every accommodation has a full-sized kitchen. Designed by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz—the designer behind the Mondrian SoHo Hotel in New York and the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles—and the Furnished Quarters’ in-house design team, Q&A offers a blend of upscale contemporary décor and custom furnishings. For more information or to make reservations, visit QandAHotel.com. About...
Golden Sleeps: New York, Houston and Chicago boast best hotels in US

Golden Sleeps: New York, Houston and Chicago boast best hotels in US

Golden Sleeps: New York, Houston and Chicago boast best hotels in US 969 US hotels scoop gold in Hotels.com Loved by Guests Awards 2017 New York, Houston and Chicago have the most award-winning hotels in the US chosen by guests Reviews out power star ratings as influence of guest reviews is on the rise US hotels named best for LGBT, business, ski, new and family NEWS PROVIDED BY Hotels.com Apr 03, 2017, 12:35 ET DALLAS, April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — 969 hotels in the US have been revealed as the country’s ultimate hotel hotspots, according to the Hotels.com ®™ Loved by Guests Awards 2017, where the hotel guests are the real judges. New York, Houston and Chicago topped the list of award-winning cities in the US, but travellers can check into prize-winning properties in more than 608 towns and cities across the country. Travelers visiting the Big Apple had plenty of top rated options, with 15 hotels receiving 4.7 stars or higher. The Mark, Hotel Giraffe, The Library Hotel and Baccarat Hotel and Residences New York all received 4.8 stars, with the Q&A Residential Hotel, The Peninsula and 1 Hotel Central Park coming in with a 4.7 star ratings. Down south, Houston travelers were big fans of the SpringHill Suites, which received 4.9 stars. Other options for travelers are Hotel Granduca, which received 4.8 stars, and the Houstonian Hotel, which received 4.7 stars. Chicago visitors had some of the best options, with The Sono Chicago receiving a perfect 5 star rating. Other highly rated options were the Langham Hotel with 4.9 stars and the Talbott Hotel with 4.8 stars. Top...
Clean the World

Clean the World

According to the World Health Organization, millions of lives could be saved with access to soap and proper hygiene education. In fact, pneumonia and diarrheal disease are two leading causes of death among children ages five and younger.  Every day over 2 million partially-used hotel soap bars are thrown away in the United States. Clean the World aims to save the lives of many by hygienically recycling soap and other related products discarded by hotels. In November 2016, Axel Fischer, General Manager of Q&A Residential Hotel, started a new green initiative by partnering with Clean the World (CTW). While serving as Hotel Manager for The Chatwal Hotel, Axel was first introduced to CTW. “It was a no-brainer when I came onboard at Q&A to partner with a charitable organization such as CTW, especially since I had already worked closely with them at my previous hotel. They’re well organized and exceptionally professional,” said Fischer. During the first four months of the program, Q&A has donated roughly three full totes of discarded soap. At Q&A, we collect the leftover soap bars from departing rooms, package them, and ship them to CTW. Our housekeepers and staff members are aware and excited to participate in this amazing program. “Our guests expect green initiatives and it is in our corporate DNA to be socially responsible and engaged in good causes,” Fischer emphasizes. Q&A hopes to continue working with CTW and other impactful non-profit organizations. Next time you visit Q&A Residential Hotel, located at 70 Pine Street in Lower Manhattan, ask any of our team members why they’re delighted to be part of such an...