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New York City, an international hotspot for tourists, promises a unique and diverse experience for visitors from around the globe. Dubbed the “City That Never Sleeps”, the city’s hotels are as unique as the place itself.
For the traveler looking for something a bit special, these hotels all deliver.
Live the Dream
The Dream Hotel, with 220 guest rooms, including 15 suites, is the brainchild of socialite-hotelier, Vikram Chatwal. Opened in 2004, the décor lends a sense of the surreal to this luxury hotel and includes a copper statue of Catherine the Great, Neptune and Madonna with child surrounded by mismatched armchairs.
Making it particularly unique though, is the Deepak Chopra Centre – a veritable oasis of ancient Indian healing in Midtown Manhattan. Founded over a decade ago, the Chopra Centre and Spa at Dream is devoted to Ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing philosophy of founder, Dr Deepak Chopra.
The Dream Hotel is located close to some of the most iconic New York attractions, including Times Square, Broadway, Rockefeller Centre, Carnegie Hall and Central Park.
Room and suite amenities include 37″ or 42″ wall mounted Panasonic Plasma TV, preloaded iPod digital audio players, in-room movies and DVD upon request, 300-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, ultra-plush feather duvet, cashmere-feel bathrobes, multiple dual-line telephones, voice mail and data ports, high speed broadband Internet access, in-room safe and fully-stocked mini bar.
The Affinia 50 is an executive club suite hotel with 207 guestrooms and suites. The distinct businesslike feel is undeniable, but that’s not to say that the Affinia 50 isn’t family-friendly, with kids under 12 years staying for free.
Setting it apart from the other New York hotels, it is pet friendly, so the beloved family pooch is more than welcome. Pet amenities and services include food and water bowls, door hanger to notify staff of the presence of an animal, doggie-doo sidewalk bags and kitty litter pans, a directory of local dog parks and runs, list of pet-friendly restaurants and resources, a pet parlor, doggy day-care, pet taxi provided by Pet Chauffeur, and pet psychic. It’s a dog’s life for a hound on holiday.
Room amenities take care of business travelers and include a dataport for computer, fax machine, modem hook-up, wireless high speed Internet, TV Web browser and two-line phones with voicemail. In addition, the hotel also offers concierge, grocery shopping and secretarial services and the use of the fitness centre.
Casablanca: A Timeless Classic
Inspired by the romance of the movie from which it takes its name, the Casablanca Hotel is an intimate family-owned boutique hotel that promises to capture the hearts of its guest with its unique serenity.
An island of gracious, yet glamorous tranquility isolated from the surrounding bustle of the world’s busiest city, the Moroccan décor of this 48-room hotel consists of warm wood panels and mosaic tiles, antique Berber scarves and rugs adorn the softly-lit hallways, with tropical plants and desert cacti completing the North African illusion. Archways, ceiling fans, ornamental moldings, unique tapestries, paintings and murals – the attention to detail is exquisite.
A special offer to guests, the Casablanca Hotel Broadway Package, treats guests to two prime location theatre tickets plus of course, the usual amenities and services like complimentary continental breakfast served each morning, assorted teas, coffees, cappuccino, espresso and cookies throughout the day, complimentary use of the New York Sport’s Club, concierge, room service, secretarial service, shoe shine, laundry and dry cleaning service.
The Waldorf Astoria – the Movie-Maker’s Choice
In 1893, millionaire William Waldorf Astor opened the 13 story Waldorf Hotel. Four years later, his cousin, John Jacob Astor IV built the 17-story Astoria Hotel next door. It became known as The Waldorf Astoria. Demolished in 1929, it was rebuilt and opened on October 1, 1931 becoming the world’s largest and tallest hotel.
You know how sometimes you see a place, and something about it just seems so familiar? The Waldorf Astoria is just such a place; most likely, because you have seen it before – it has been featured in numerous films, such as Arthur, You’ve Got Mail, Maid in Manhattan, Scent of a Woman, First Wives’ Club, For Love of the Game, Analyze This and Serendipity.
Room and suite amenities include, in-room coffee service, mini-bar, fax/copier/printer, two-line speaker phones with voicemail, television with premium channels and Lodgenet video, Frette linens and bathrobe, wet bar or kitchenette, delivery of the newspaper of your choice, safe deposit box, work desk with lamp and chair, marble bath or shower, hairdryer, and alarm clock with clock radio and access to 24-hour housekeeping, babysitting, twice-daily maid service, beauty salon, dry-cleaning, pressing/laundry/valet, fitness centre.
write by Adrianne Bartrum