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northamerica onsitereview F E B R U A R Y 2 0 13 new ways to savor new york lane nieset Truth be told, we don’t do enough U.S. city-focused onsites at Recommend. So in 2013, we decided to change that up a bit and offer a few first-hand accounts of some of our own backyard’s most magnetic cities. For example, take a look back to March 2013, where you can read the “Hard Rock” Chicago-Style: Rock Out in the Windy City story, and then look out for an onsite on San Francisco— where we are headed for a stay at one of the city’s Kimpton properties—in an upcoming issue. We’re on it, and we’d love to hear what you have to say about these new U.S. city-focused features (drop our editor an e-mail at For now, here’s New York, and you’ll see we’re in a hipster state of mind. “New York City is always evolving and changing,” says Christopher Heywood, senior v.p. of communications for NYC & Company. “There is a unique magnetism about New York. People come here from all over the world because they feel at home.” Last year, the city, in fact, welcomed 52 million visitors, 80 percent of which were domestic, and plans on hitting the a taste of europe Travelers seeking a Greek- or Roman-style bath can turn to the streets of New York with Aire Ancient Baths in Tribeca. While New York City is filled to the brim with day spas and fabulous hotel spas (like the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza), Aire offers a quiet respite from the quickpaced New York City way of life. Housed inside a former textile factory dating to 1883, the 3-story spa is set on a side street in Tribeca. The space has a romantic feel, with lanterns offering dim lighting and natural teas and freshly made organic juices for guests. Aire is also a more intimate experience since the spa limits the number of visitors to only 20 people at a time, so your client will never feel like the spa is too crowded or rushed. Guests can choose a 90-minute bath treatment in either the warm-water pool; hot-water pool; one of the cold-water pools; propeller jet bath; or salt water pool. The thermal sessions can also be combined with a massage, which varies depending on the time your client chooses and whether they would like a 2- or 4-handed treatment. 22 may 2013 22-23 NA NYC.indd 22 55 million mark by 2015, Heywood says. With the variety of neighborhoods in Manhattan alone—not to mention those other boroughs that seem to be more and more on travelers’ radars— coupled with the wide range of restaurants and hotels, the options for places to explore are endless. grupo habita’s NYC property If you are familiar with the uber-modern and hip Mexican hotel brand Grupo Habita you’ll understand why NYC was the city of choice for its first hotel outside Mexico, Hotel Americano. This is the group’s 11th property, and general manager Marco Cilia says, “it was time to look outside Mexico and certainly there is no better place than New York.” It doesn’t hurt either that the group’s owners, Moises Micha and Carlos Couturier, have both spent time living in the city. Opened in 2011 in Chelsea, the hotel’s design focuses on “a colder and industrial exterior that resembles the area, coupled with a warmer interior design (all of the furniture is from France, Italy and Brazil) and hospitality,” says Cilia. The 56-room hotel is set in a former parking garage and is perfectly suited to the rest of the neighborhood’s creative vibe, even winning the ARTRAVEL “City Hotel” award this year for its design. The interior is also a showstopper—designed by Arnaud Montigny, who also designed Paris’ boutique hotspot Colette. “Hotel Americano attracts a creative clientele of all ages and nationalities, generally interested or somehow connected to the worlds of art, design and fashion,” Cilia explains. “The hotel is certainly a home-away-from-home for South Americans and Europeans due to the hotel’s Latino atmosphere and hospitality.” Rooms, which tend to be on the small side—this is New York, after all—offer views of uptown or downtown and feature barelyoff-the-ground beds cozying up to minimalist furniture, as well as modern luxuries such as iPads featuring playlists and hotel recommendations, to Loden Dager-designed denim bathrobes and Aesop bath products. Looking for arm candy or forgot your musical instrument at home? Nestled into the minibar along with the usual liquor and pistachios, are items like a bracelet, harmonica and candle. That handy in-room iPad can also be used to order room service, which like the rest of the hotel, is not the typical menu of standard fare. Guests can order breakfast, lunch or dinner bento boxes, or stop by the restaurant downstairs, The Americano, for Latino cuisine with French flavors. The restaurant, which always 4/23/13 12:33 PM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend May 2013

Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
Tour Talk: PerryGolf
Viking Aegir
A-ROSA Cruises
New York City
United States
UK & Ireland
Fairmont Mexico
The Road to Ruins-Peru's Northern Kingdoms
Kush Kelibsiz!: Welcome to Uzbekistan
Touring Israel & Jordan

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