The Andaz experience begins the moment you arrive through the bronze-coloured doors of our midtown Manhattan hotel and greeted by an Andaz Host. Have a drink in the bar downstairs while checking in via iPads. The whole experience feels very boutique, plus the welcome drink is a blessing and helps to pass the time while the process takes place. A really nice touch. Rooms are large loft-style rooms, spacious by Manhattan standards and minimalist in design with a great bed. Rooms are between 322 and 404 square feet but the high ceilings make them feel larger. Ask for a room as high up as possible as there is some minor street noise in the lower level rooms. The higher rooms have a superb view and a window seat so that you feel like you are sitting in your very own loft apartment. There are also 47 spacious suites offer private balconies or landscaped terraces. … [Read more...] about Best Hyatt New York: Park Vs Grand Vs Andaz Vs Centric
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“We set these departure times for mainly two reasons. The first one is ensure that once the curfew expires we are at the top of the queue for runway departure. The second is to help the flow into and out of the alley for the gates – it’s already tightly shared space. If all aircraft were set to push back at the same time, it wouldn’t work out very well.” … [Read more...] about Why Is American The First Airline To Fly Out Of New York?
afternoon tea at the gorgeous Oscar Wilde lounge earlier in the year. But it was last year in July (when our Oscar was just a twinkle in the eye) that I first tried the restaurant Laurent. Back then the restaurant was brand new – but I already knew I was fan of the food of Executive Chef Laurent Tourondel having tried his cuisine in Miami a few years ago. … [Read more...] about A New York Inspired Brunch at Laurent at Hotel Cafe Royal
There are dozens of rooms, secret passages, and interactive objects that you can play with. The premise is that something mysterious has happened inside of a Victorian house which has caused it to dissolve the nature of space and time. A highlight for me was entering through one of the passages that looks like a vintage refrigerator! Thankfully, photos and video are allowed and it is open to the public every day except for Tuesdays. … [Read more...] about A Weekend Guide to Santa Fe, New Mexico
Although an ideal starting point, there is a lot more to Chicago’s food scene than pizza. Across the downtown area and spread throughout the suburbs lies the dissemination of a hugely successful and inspiring food revolution. From a base at the Kimpton Gray Hotel in the heart of the central business district, I didn’t have far to go to start my exploration of the diverse culinary landscape. Hitting the heights of the hotel’s 15th floor, rooftop bar Boleo embraces the chilled vibe of the city with outstanding Peruvian inspired street food. Think seriously pimped ceviche, prawns with garlic chips, coriander and lime aioli or char siu pork belly with mustard seeds, all set to the intoxicatingly cool backdrop of Chicago’s skyline. And if you’re lucky, live jazz adds another note of authenticity. … [Read more...] about Chicago, explore the city’s diverse culinary landscape