ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN: I felt immersed in New York luxury immediately upon my arrival at JW Marriott Essex House. From the moment the doorman opened the front entrance and welcomed me to the lobby, I sensed the history of the building and the whirlwind energy of New York in the modernized Art Deco décor. Immediately to the right I found the check-in desk adjacent to two full-time concierges. The front desk staff welcomed me and seemed to be familiar with my name when I presented my identification, as if they study the check-ins of the day … a welcoming feeling! After sorting out my reservation and providing me with room keys, the desk staff guided me to the elevators while pointing out the club lounge I could access during my one-night stay.
GUEST QUARTERS: I stayed in the Central Park View Suite, on one of the top floors of the hotel, with only five or six rooms accessed by the elevator. The suite comprised two rooms; one containing a couch, television and dining table flowed into the bedroom, where my king-sized bed sat between two large nightstands. The marble bathroom off the bedroom provided plenty of full-sized towels and washcloths and Aromatherapy Associates products. I am not sure if every room offers this feature, but my suite included a Peloton machine in the bedroom, should I have decided to work out prior to my day in the city. The suite also includes a tiny kitchenette with a personal ice machine and sink. The star of the room was the view of Central Park. From above, I saw Central Park Zoo, horse rides and Wollman Rink.
SERVICES/AMENITIES: In addition to the two beautiful ballrooms within Essex House, public spaces include SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant, located off the lobby and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This proved a great spot for a bite to eat or a glass of wine before a night out. JW Marriott Essex House also boasts PRIMP spa and fitness center, filled with more Pelotons for those who do not have them in their room. The hotel also provides in-room services like massages and hair styling. For top members and guests, the club lounge on the first floor is also available, providing complimentary meals, coffee and drinks for breakfast and dinner.
- In a top-notch location, with more than 100 rooms facing Central Park, the property offers guests private curated tours of the park.
- Essex House receives hundreds of requests each year for Thanksgiving, as the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade passes the front door, and guests get a front-row seat.
- The perfect location for business or leisure, Essex House caters to travelers’ needs.
There is something magical about sipping a glass of local wine while watching the sun slip into the Aegean Sea as the afterglow tinges traditional, white-washed Cycladic houses with glorious shades of rose, purple and gold. Ancient Greeks believed Helios, the Sun God, caused sunsets by driving his fiery chariot into the sea. Standing at water’s edge in Mykonos, watching the sky slowly turn from purple to inky black, you almost believe it.
The prospect of a post-visit treasure hunting session inside the shops of landmark museums such as the Louvre in Paris, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and The British Museum in London can be irresistible. However, some of Europe’s smaller and more unusual museums boast retail spaces with a surprising “wow” factor, often as well-curated as the galleries.
Hyatt Hotels recently announced plans to add more than 30 new luxury and lifestyle hotels and resorts to its U.S., Canada, Latin America and Caribbean portfolio through 2025. These new hotels and resorts span many of Hyatt Hotels’ brands including Park Hyatt, Dream Hotels, Thompson Hotels and Destination by Hyatt.
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I hadn’t even made it to my first cup of coffee when I got an early phone call from my sister, who lives two time zones away. “OMG, Kristy, Patsy Cline came on twice while I was driving the kids to school today,” she laughed. “You know what that means, right?” We both gasped and then instantly began singing the lyrics to “La Bamba,” an inside joke we’d shared since our family’s Alaskan cruise decades ago when we, unintentionally, won the ship’s karaoke contest among a sea of Patsy Cline tributes.
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Reconnecting the World: GBTA Convention 2023 Spotlights the Vital Role of Business Travel and In-Person Connection
In an increasingly digital and interconnected world, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Convention remains an indispensable platform for business travel industry professionals seeking to make the most of the power of face-to-face connections. Taking place August 13–15 in Dallas, the 2023 GBTA Convention provides the unique opportunity for professionals and companies to join visionaries, thought leaders and industry experts for meaningful networking, cutting-edge insights and inspiring innovation.
In partnership with Nobu Hospitality, SODIC, Egypt’s leading real estate developer, recently announced plans on the expansion of the Nobu brand in Egypt. This expansion entails the development of luxury hotels, branded residences and the acclaimed Nobu restaurant.