Discoveries

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 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,

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

Shari Hartford Parts of the midtown area known as the Garment District was, until recently, a jumble of old office buildings (some housing less-than-credible factories), wholesale-only showrooms and an assortment of parking garages and small stores. But there has been a slow revolution for this area of prime real estate.

By Shari Hartford Photos courtesy of Archer Hotel What more can you want from an urban hotel? Great location? Check…two doors down from Lord & Taylor, in the shadow of the Empire State Building, excellent proximity to all transportation venues. Cozy without being overly intimate? Check…with 180 rooms, Archer New

By Shari Hartford I just love quirky, out-of-the-way hotels. And when I can find one in New York City, I feel as if I have found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Such is Gild Hall, a Thompson Hotel, located on tiny Gold Street in very-lower

  By Shari Hartford As I’ve stated time and time again, New York City is chock full of hotels: big ones, small ones, luxurious ones, budget ones and practically one of every chain that there is. And, contrary to the wishes of a certain former mayor, there are still those

By Shari Hartford One of the first hotels I visited for this column was the Conrad. And, I loved it. That was in early 2012 when the landscape of downtown was changing, but not yet changed. That was then. With the opening of the September 11 Museum and Memorial, the

By Shari Hartford Stepping into the new Quin hotel is like entering a very hip art gallery. In this opening year, the hotel will host a series of artist salons in addition to the 15-foot video wall that graces the lobby. That artistic theme, in keeping with the artistic history