New York City


By Shari Hartford Hotel design is a very subjective topic. Some travelers like traditional dark wood furnishings and deep-pile carpet, some want a hotel room that looks like home, clutter and all, and some just want a comfy bed, good lighting and quiet…they’re oblivious to color scheme or décor. Me?


By Shari Hartford Do you spend an inordinate amount of time searching for a place to put your sleepy head when in New York? Need to stay in midtown? Look no further than The Time New York, conveniently located on 49th Street, right near Times Square. Get it? Enter on


By Shari Hartford New hotels, like other new ventures, occasionally need to work out the kinks. Call it opening night (or week) jitters. But once the dust settles and its business as usual, guests and staff alike can relax and reap the benefits of a job well done. Such is


by Shari Hartford And now for something completely different. There seems to be a plethora of new [and new/old] hotels in New York City these days. And, unfortunately, a great many of them are cookie cutter variations on each other. You know? Take a basic sugar cookie recipe and decorate


By Beverly Stephen Photos courtesy of Le District After a solemn and sobering visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum in lower Manhattan, a snack could be in order.  What could be more restorative than steak frites and a glass of hearty red? So why not go to France? Or at

The Whitney Museum of American Art. Courtesy of the Whitney.

By Bobbie Leigh The Whitney Museum of American Art opens May 1 with a flourish of buzzy celebrity gatherings, a block party and free admission May 2. The inaugural exhibition, “America is Hard to See,” is huge, some 600 works by 400 artists tracing the history of American art from

The Benjamin in Manhattan.

By Monique Burns Words like “grand” and “luxurious” rarely describe boutique hotels.  Most are too small for such outsized superlatives.  But they fit The Benjamin, one of New York City’s premier boutique hotels, to a tee. A muscular 25-story Renaissance Revival structure in buff-colored brick, The Benjamin rises majestically in

T-45 Midtown Diner in the Hyatt Times Square New York

  By David McKay Wilson New York City’s hotel boom brought me to midtown Manhattan, where I’d decided to spend a weekend at North America’s tallest hotel, a few doors down from The Late Show studios. I live in New York City’s northern suburbs and typically come into the city

Shari Hartford Location, location, location. Certainly not to be taken lightly, it makes the difference between meh and wow when it comes to hotels. During a recent visit to the High Line Hotel, I had the ultimate New York City hotel experience…trendy location, quirky and unusual structure, fantastic room and

Affinia 50 Guestroom Deluxe with King Bed

By Shari Hartford Sometimes a hotel feels like, well, a hotel and sometimes it feels like home. Home it is for the Affinia 50, a jewel of a boutique property, centrally located in midtown Manhattan, just steps away from Grand Central Station. The Affinia 50 is appealing to both the