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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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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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
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend May 2013
Hotel Desk: Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
Tour Talk: PerryGolf
New York City
UK & Ireland
The Road to Ruins-Peru's Northern Kingdoms
Kush Kelibsiz!: Welcome to Uzbekistan
Touring Israel & Jordan
Recommend May 2013