Sleeping Around NYC

By Shari Hartford One of the great things about New York City – and I do mean one of many – is the wide variety of hotel accommodations. No matter your taste, budget or area of interest, there is a place for you to rest your head. When I am

By Shari Hartford In the not too distant past, the Lower East Side was synomous with immigrants and crowded apartments buildings that were cold in the winter and broiling hot in the summer. The fire escapes that draped the structures provided the only indoor/outdoor amenity. That was then. The now

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

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

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

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