Sleeping Around NYC

By Shari Hartford Tucked away on 39th Street and just steps away from Grand Central Station is the comfortable Tuscany—A St. Giles Luxury Hotel. Whether you are a business or a leisure traveler, the ambiance feels more like a homey New York City apartment than a hotel. With just 124

By Shari Hartford I’m in a constant New York State of mind. Born and raised, thank you very much. I do, however, occasionally venture far afield to experience what the rest of the world has to offer. But I am embarrassed to report that what is contained between the two

By Shari Hartford It’s not often that I extol the virtues of chain hotels. But I have never stayed at a Kimpton that didn’t meet my high standards. I love their excellent staff, attention to detail, quirky décor, and yes, those signature animal print robes. Add in free wine in

By Shari Hartford So here’s the scenario. You’re stressed, overworked and need a quick getaway, but there are no wheels to take you out of town. The answer is the Montauk Manor. In just three hours, by either Long Island Railroad or Hamptons Jitney, you can be gazing at the

By Shari Hartford In my quest to find chic boutique hotels in New York City that fit my very subjective criteria – small, elegant or funky, decidedly non-cookie cutter, sensual – I’ve unearthed some real gems. New among those is The Muse (a Kimpton hotel), situated in a renovated historic

By Shari Hartford The Elysée and the Giraffe, both members of the Library Hotel Collection, are small boutique properties that offer a residential ambiance in a city filled with giant impersonal chain hotels. In keeping with the country retreat feel of Library Hotels, a generous continental breakfast is served in

By Shari Hartford The area around Penn Station and Madison Square Garden in New York City is most notable for the James Farley Post Office, the line-up of bargain busses that take travelers to Philadelphia and Washington, DC, Macy’s Herald Square and for the constant stream of commuters coming and

  By Shari Hartford Back in the day, ladies wore hats…everyday, everywhere and the center for the millinery trade in New York City was 38th Street. Number 63, built in 1912, housed a factory where these hats, and their respective feathers, ribbons and bows (otherwise known as “trim) were manufactured.

By Shari Hartford Take a stroll down quiet tree-lined 13th Street in Greenwich Village and you will come upon…a hotel !?! The Jade NYC, a new boutique property, was designed to mirror a fine European establishment. With only 113 rooms, the elegant ambiance permeates every inch of the townhouse-like setting.

By Shari Hartford Now that the hipsters have landed in  Montauk – a fact simultaneously bemoaned and regaled by locals alike – those of us “old-time visitors” are hard-pressed to find the touch of old Montauk that we wax poetic about. Gurney’s Resort & Spa is just such a memory.