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post #16 of 93
Some of my favorites: Peninsula Terrific service and accomodations Right in the shopping district Michaelangelo Relatively unknown, West side location, quite inexpensive for a nicer hotel.
post #17 of 93
My favorite hotel in NY is the Tuscany, which is a W hotel in Midtown. I also second Kai's recommendation of the Michelangelo.
post #18 of 93
Well, I'll tell ya....I recently did the same thing you seem to be planning. I have to tell you, I don't think there is a better location for shopping (if 5th ave, 57th, and Madison Ave are on the venue...everything from Bergdorf to Saks to Brioni to Thomas pink all easily walking distance), you really can't beat two locations: The Plaza. Step out the front door to Bergdorf Goodman Men, and a block or two over to Dunhill, Saks, etc. etc. etc. An "old grandmother" of a hotel, though....overpriced for outdated rooms, but an experience I thought. Ritz Carlton Central Park. Not far at all from above location, and brand spankin new and modern...killer. You might even find a deal online.
post #19 of 93
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If the sales clerk is snooty, make him bring you all sorts of crazy stuff you have no intention of buying. Solicit the opinions of the ladies who lunch and the power brokers who shop there whether a particular outfit makes you look pimp enough.
post #20 of 93
I'm hardly the savvy New York traveller, but I've stayed at the Barclay Intercontinental and the Hotel Benjamin, both in Midtown (the Barclay is at 48th and Lex, I think, and the Benjamin is at 51st and Lex or thereabouts). The location has been pretty good, if not spectacular like the Plaza, and the accommodations have been nice enough for my purposes.
post #21 of 93
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Wow. Thanks to all who posted, that's a lot of info to process, I'll post more in the morning. Jon.
post #22 of 93
Best hotels values I've found in Manhattan are the Parker Meridien and the Tribeca Grand. The latter has the potential to be very, very expensive, but it's an excellent value if you can persuade them to upgrade you to a suite.
post #23 of 93
i stay at the flatotel on west 52nd when on buying trips.... Flatotel
post #24 of 93
I used priceline to get the Jersey City Hyatt for $55 a night, which is actually high for them. Kick butt hotel, 5 minute PATH ride to WTC area. Not too shabby
post #25 of 93
imageWIS-- I assume that if you belonged to a men's club--e.g., the University Clubs of Orlando or Tampa, or the Governors Club of Tallahassee--you would already have thought of staying at a reciprocal club in Manhattan.  A related option would be to ask for help from a well-connected friend who has a New York club membership.  He could arrange for club accommodations, which are usually reasonable in cost, attractive (if often somewhat dowdy), well-located, welcoming, and sometimes productive of satisfying and/or remunerative contacts.   I am thinking of places like the centrally-located, architecturally spectacular University Club (across the street from MOMA), the New York Athletic Club (Central Park South, just around the corner from the Plaza), or the Lotos Club (in a converted Vanderbilt townhouse on East 66th Street).  Of course, there are innumerable others, of varying degrees of exclusivity--including clubs associated with most of the Ivy League colleges (and Williams). This goes for women, too.  The Colony Club is one of the most attractive venues in the Upper East Side. BTW: If you do not have a club membership yourself, you might want to consider obtaining one.  It is especially useful if you spend a lot of time traveling, but there are many other advantages in our highly class-conscious society.  (I would be happy to point out some of the benefits whenever you are--or anyone else is--interested in pursuing the matter.) What is more, a men's club provides the perfect backdrop for a well-clad toff's glad rags. Mike
post #26 of 93
I would definitely stay in midtown east or the lower part of the upper east side. Places like the Four Seasons, Pierre, Carlyle, St. Regis are great, but very expensive and good "deals" are not usually available. Best to use a booking service like http://www.quikbook.com/ or http://www.express-res.com/nyc.jsp I find that they are better than Orbitz, AOL, Travelocity, etc., as they charge no commisions or fees to change or cancel. Using one or both I would select whichever of the following had the best rate (listed in order of preference): 1. The Regency; classy and one block from Barney's 2. Omni Berkshire Place; perfect location at 52nd and Madison 3. Drake Swisshotel; two blocks from The Regency 4. Helmsley Park Lane; gaudy & bad check-in but well located 5. Kimberly; mostly very roomy suites; 50th and Lex
post #27 of 93
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Other stores to hit in Manhattan: Downtown: Steve Alan (various locations) Built by Wendy John Varvatos Costume National Jutta Neumann (for unboring, well made leather goods) Mid and uptown: Bloomingdales (it is *the* NYC store, after all. And their prices for designers like Varvatos are often better than at other stores. Plus, they have this crazy sales storeroom that is fun to sift through) Barney's (another NYC insitution) - they'll pretty much leave you alone. Nicole Farhi - sort of like a French/English John Varvatos - but the original. Bergdorfs - it is interesting, in concept and selection. If the sales clerk is snooty, make him bring you all sorts of crazy stuff you have no intention of buying. Solicit the opinions of the ladies who lunch and the power brokers who shop there whether a particular outfit makes you look pimp enough. I'll try to think of more...
Thanks for the list of stores, is there anything else you recommend that you did not put on the list? Jon.
post #28 of 93
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If money is no object I would take the Four Seasons on East 57th street. Brioni has its store in the Building, T&A exactly across the street, next door to the AP store and Tourneau is next block. You are half a block from Madison, BG is around the corner, Barneys & Borrelli 3 blocs up (3 minutes walk). The Four season is IMHO the best hotel in NYC, the room rate as high as the reputation. The Peninsula on 5th Ave and 54th street is a close 2nd. If you want something lower key there is the Lowell which is located right behind the Four seasons, so location is great. The carlyle is close to RL on madison and 75th Street but it is more of the old guard. The Pierre next to BG is maybe as good as the Four Seasons but much snobbier. As for Downtown, the Mercer is great but the tourist crowd on Broadway kills the experience for me. All the designer boutique in Soho are nice to look at but I rather do my shopping uptown since Barney's and BG carry the same merchandise and I can do both of these in 2 to 3 hours, Soho grand is another alternative. The Maritime hotel in Chelsea is the Hip hotel of the moment. I am not a big fan of the downtown Hotels too hip too happening, I am way too old for service with an attitude problem and rooms no bigger than my broom closet at crazy rack rates. I would take an uptown Vs dowtown hotel anyday for a few reasons, the first one is availability of cabs, during the WE much easier Up/Midtown. Secondly, You can have most store deliver your bags directly to your hotel room if you are located midtown than if you are downtown. It is summer and NYC is not the most pleasant city to walk around with huge bag when the Humidity level is high and the pollution level up. This is not a Downtown Vs Uptown thing since I have been living below Houston St since 1995, this is a convenience thing. William
Great advise. I already decided on a midtown hotel, and have already planned by routes for the various days. East Upper Midtown hotels seem to be the best place to stay when trying to mostly visit museum mile / 5th and Madison Ave shops. Jon.
post #29 of 93
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Well, I'll tell ya....I recently did the same thing you seem to be planning. I have to tell you, I don't think there is a better location for shopping (if 5th ave, 57th, and Madison Ave are on the venue...everything from Bergdorf to Saks to Brioni to Thomas pink all easily walking distance), you really can't beat two locations: The Plaza. Step out the front door to Bergdorf Goodman Men, and a block or two over to Dunhill, Saks, etc. etc. etc. An "old grandmother" of a hotel, though....overpriced for outdated rooms, but an experience I thought. Ritz Carlton Central Park. Not far at all from above location, and brand spankin new and modern...killer. You might even find a deal online.
Since The Plaza costs about double what the Helmsley Park Lane costs, I decided to stay in the Park Lane. Of course it is only half a block away, west of The Plaza, so the location can't be any better. Jon. EDIT: Well, actually, let me edit that (happily, I have yet to actually book my room), apparently The Benjamin has an offer for $200 per night, and The Regency has a special of $229 per night. Are the hotels better than the Helmsley Park Lane?
post #30 of 93
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imageWIS-- I assume that if you belonged to a men's club--e.g., the University Clubs of Orlando or Tampa, or the Governors Club of Tallahassee--you would already have thought of staying at a reciprocal club in Manhattan. A related option would be to ask for help from a well-connected friend who has a New York club membership. He could arrange for club accommodations, which are usually reasonable in cost, attractive (if often somewhat dowdy), well-located, welcoming, and sometimes productive of satisfying and/or remunerative contacts. I am thinking of places like the centrally-located, architecturally spectacular University Club (across the street from MOMA), the New York Athletic Club (Central Park South, just around the corner from the Plaza), or the Lotos Club (in a converted Vanderbilt townhouse on East 66th Street). Of course, there are innumerable others, of varying degrees of exclusivity--including clubs associated with most of the Ivy League colleges (and Williams). This goes for women, too. The Colony Club is one of the most attractive venues in the Upper East Side. BTW: If you do not have a club membership yourself, you might want to consider obtaining one. It is especially useful if you spend a lot of time traveling, but there are many other advantages in our highly class-conscious society. (I would be happy to point out some of the benefits whenever you are--or anyone else is--interested in pursuing the matter.) What is more, a men's club provides the perfect backdrop for a well-clad toff's glad rags. Mike
I think I should be flattered if you imagined that I belong to a men's club (not in the least that your opinion was formed by only my random musings on this forum). But, you have sparked my interest and wish to learn more.... Jon.
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