Sleeping Around NYC: Park South Hotel
By Shari Hartford
Let’s start at the top. Park South, an intimate and contemporary hotel conveniently located on 28th Street and Park Avenue South has jumped on the rooftop bar bandwagon that seems to have taken on a life of its own this summer in the city. Like everything else, some are more appealing than others. This bar is one of the success stories. Called Roof at Park South, the venue is both cozy and inviting. In the warm months of summer you can sit back and take in the spectacular city views and as the weather wanes, the fireplaces will be lit and blankets will be available to ward off the chill. (The Roof is closed in the winter and during inclement weather.) A friend and I spent several hours on a recent Thursday night, hobnobbing with the after work crowd and the tourists just out for an evening under the stars. The cocktail menu is extensive and inspiring and extends to a variety of wines and beers. My pina colada was creamy and refreshing while Margie’s strawberry daiquiri was lush with the taste of fresh berries. In both cocktails there was no skimping on the rum…they packed quite a punch. Oh, and there’s also a selection of scrumptious lite bites. We chowed down on grilled garlic shrimp, individual pizza with wild mushrooms, eggplant pomodoro with goat cheese and grilled romaine with corn and tomatoes (a personal fave). And since every meal, no matter how small, should end in a sweet, we didn’t pass up the tiny ice cream sandwiches!
Before we overstayed our welcome, it was time to make our way downstairs. Margie to the subway and I went to my home-away-from-home-for-the-night…room 519; one of the 131 available. This beautifully appointed king-bedded accommodation had a little something extra. There was a tiny foyer at the room’s entrance, with sturdy brass coat hooks, which created the illusion of an apartment entry rather than a hotel room; nice design touch. There were expected standards like good reading light, flat screen television, free WiFi and electrical outlets next to the bed. And there were unexpected niceties…a towel warmer in the bathroom, a very funky crystal chandelier in the middle of the ceiling, electronic privacy and housekeeping buttons (no paper signs flapping outside the door) and the most comfortable desk chair ever…done in white leather. And one more thing. Although the window had a black out shade and drapes there were also sheer white curtains that were dotted with tiny rhinestones which caught the light and sparkled. Not Vegas-y at all, just twinkling like indoor stars.
The small hotel lobby is inviting and has a continental breakfast set up in the mornings. The acclaimed Japanese restaurant, o ya, is located off the lobby and coming very soon will be California/Mediterranean restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, usurping the lobby breakfast.
Although my 24 hours was up quickly, The Roof will be seeing me again soon. There’s another pina colada waiting for me with my name on it.
For more information, see parksouthhotel.com