No matter how you may feel about TripAdvisor and the reliability of its crowd-sourced reviews, it’s impossible to ignore “the world’s largest travel site.” And this year we wouldn’t dream of ignoring it: for the first time TripAdvisor users voted a New York City property the #1 hotel in the U.S.
It was a dark, bitter winter weekend in New York. Prime time, in other words, for the New York Times Travel Show to roll into town with the promise of escape. I spent a day at the show, nibbling Vermont cheese, sampling New York maple syrup, listening to app pitches and seeing the world as packaged by the travel industry, ca 2016. Here’s what caught my eye.
As an ardent trade show enthusiast, I look forward to the annual arrival of New York’s two big hotel shows — HX: The Hotel Experience and BD Boutique and Design Fair, aka Coming Soon to a Hotel Near You.
Like anything at the fathomless, soulless Jacob Javits Center, the shows demands energy, resilience and comfortable shoes. Check, check and check. I set out early on the first day and didn’t see daylight for hours. But I saw the future, or a semblance of what you might expect to see when you next check into a hotel. Read more
It’s safe to say any number of New York City hotels would be thrilled to roll out the white carpet when Pope Francis breezes into town for a much anticipated 40-hour touch down.
But following a custom begun in 1979 with Pope John Paul, home base for the Argentinian pontiff on his first visit to New York will be a five-story townhouse on the Upper East Side. Read more
The streak is over, and we’re not talking about Serena.
When President Barak Obama comes to New York later this month for the opening session of the UN General Assembly, he and his considerable entourage will check in at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, the elegant 55-story glass tower behind St. Patrick’s Cathedral that was renovated top to toe in 2013. Read more
Back in the 1980s you had to check your weapon before entering the Manila Hotel, the ritziest hotel in the Philippines. Another grand dame hotel on the other side of the world may want to follow that example.
No one was seriously injured in the shooting at the Waldorf-Astoria during what has become the Wedding of the Weekend, never mind that no one knows who actually got married. Still, “Hotel Hell,” as the Daily News put it, isn’t exactly the front page headline hotel PR people dream about. Read more
Along with Canadian Club, the Oyster Bar and the commuter train from Grand Central, New York city hotels figured big in the lives of Don Draper and his Sterling Cooper cohorts. Here’s where they checked in — and what you’ll see today if you check in (or check them out). Read more
Family vacations can be a richly, rewarding for all concerned, but no one ever said traveling with kids was easy.
The challenges increase when a child has special needs. But that hasn’t stopped Meg Harris, an inveterate traveler and mother of a six-year-old son and an eight-year-old daughter with Rett Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that causes cognitive and developmental problems. Read more
Call it the day-cation. You arrive at your hotel in the morning and check in. After ordering room service, you take a bubble bath then curl up in a big bed to read a book, watch a movie, nap. Maybe you visit the fitness center or duck out for a stroll around the city. In a pinch you do some work (quiet surroundings, sturdy desk chair). By the time afternoon check-out occurs, you’re relaxed and ready to go home. Read more
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