It is the holiday that most residents look forward to after the long summer heat, especially when many have failed to take the sweltering months off and have sweat it out with the rising mercury in the Middle East. The majority of residents will be taking at least a week off and will be traveling away to recharge the batteries before Christmas brings in a sigh of relief.
When it comes to holiday bucket lists, it’s all about the unforgettable experience we’ll have when we arrive. It’s the original details that stick out in our memory of adventures had. Ahead, we’ve rounded up a selection of awesome getaways with a unique point of difference – be it an interesting backstory, stunning location or amazing design. You won’t find any cookie-cutter hotel suites among this lot.
From uptown’s bustling avenues to the quiet, cobblestoned streets of downtown, New York is a study in contrasts. The greatest challenge is deciding where to stay. Sleek in their design and warm in their service, Our Selection of Hotels are anything but ordinary in their offering to our savvy travelers. Individual in every sense, these properties are ideal for those who like their stay to be an experience rather than just a bed for the night.
The Hood: Conrad New York is Lower Manhattan’s only all-suite luxury hotel. The hotel inspires global travelers to connect to the financial, cultural and culinary heart of TriBeCa and downtown New York. With views across the Hudson River to New Jersey and Liberty Island.
The Exclusivity: Over 2,000 pieces of one-of-a-kind artwork created by post-World War II masters and contemporary artists line the walls of Conrad New York, from meeting rooms and business center to ATRIO Restaurant and suite interiors.
The Food: Conrad New York is the only hotel to offer the BRUFFIN™, the latest NYC phenomenon from the world of hybrid pastries, with a selection of sweet and savory BRUFFINs at the hotel’s barista counter and two dishes at ATRIO- the BRUFFIN Benedict and BRUFFIN Burger. Conrad New York has also extended it partnership with local favorite people’s pops to serve a new, one-of-a-kind dessert, exclusively at ATRIO.
The Hot Offers: The sailing package, the first of its kind offered by the hotel, offers a chance for guests of all experience levels to sail with highly trained and certified instructors. The Theory Package is available in time for holiday shopping and affords fashion conscious travelers the option of purchasing for themselves, friends and family in a private, comfortable and luxurious retail environment, void of the stresses generally associated with gifting season.
QMIN’s Special: Go digital! Conrad now offers guests who seek out inspired experiences a more customized and curated collection of 1, 3, and 5 hour experiences available through Conrad Concierge mobile app and at StayInspired.com. StayInspired.com, accessible via mobile device through the Conrad Concierge mobile app, offers a modern luxury traveler on any schedule the ability to browse activities in 1, 3, and 5 hour itineraries, or by interests. Using StayInspired.com, travelers can now save and share their Conrad 1/3/5 itineraries, access custom content in the form of photos, videos, and maps, or book a room and an experience through the hotel’s concierge.
Hotel Elysee sits proudly with its own bold signature. A place to engage with the local culture, a place to celebrate French antique style, and a place to enjoy memorable experiences.
The Hood: Built in the 1920’s, the Hotel Elysée is named for one of the finest French Restaurants of that era. Once the playground for the rich and famous, Hotel Elysée has been home to movie stars, artists, writers and intellectuals. Luxurious yet intimate & among all hotels close to Central Park, Hotel Elysée is an oasis of luxury, elegance and calm in bustling Midtown Manhattan.
The Exclusivity: Complimentary wine & hors d’oeuvres reception every evening from 5pm – 8pm. Complimentary afternoon tea, coffee, cookies and whole fruits are available to our guests in the Club Room throughout day.
The Food: One glance at the elegant Monkey Bar, an old New York-style bar on the ground floor of the luxurious boutique Hotel Elysée – nicknamed the “easy lay” in the 40s – will convince dapper patrons they’ve been transported to the era of brandy, cigars, and effortless class that marked the bar’s original opening in 1936. Just beyond the zebra carpets in the marble hallway lies a spacious restaurant offering upscale comfort food and an impressive Ed Sorel mural that pays homage to sixty Jazz Age figures like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, Babe Ruth, Cole Porter, Mae West, and Billie Holiday.
The Hot offers: The innovative and much acclaimed Library Hotel Collection includes the New York properties: the Library Hotel, a haven for bibliophiles, the Hotel Elysée offering a romantic ambiance much like that of a country inn, the Casablanca Hotel, an oasis of calm in the midst of Times Square, and the timeless Hotel Giraffe, which embodies the graceful style of the art moderne period.
In Europe both the Aria Hotel Prague and the Aria Hotel Budapest create the perfect duet of music and luxury, with rooms dedicated to musical legends throughout the four main genres of music: Classical, Opera, Contemporary and Jazz.
Their hotels are just as culturally rich on the outside as they are on the inside, and when you venture out into the nearby areas, you’ll find that you’re superbly located in the heart of the city.
QMIN’s Special: Each of the 3 beautifully appointed Presidential Suites have their own style and flavor. QMIN has stayed at The Presidential Suite honoring Vaclav Havel with a spacious living room with a baby grand piano, a non-working fireplace and a round dining table. The fully equipped kitchen off the living room has a full size refrigerator, microwave, stove with four burners, large sink and sufficient counter space. The late Czech Republic President was a frequent guest of the Hotel Elysee. In his memory we honor him with his literary works and photos of his life in this suite.
The Hood: A thoughtful balance of contemporary style and traditional elegance, these luxury suites evoke the hotel’s rich history and sense of place on Park Avenue with a decidedly modern sensibility.
The Exclusivity: Individuality is the hallmark. Every property of Loews Hotels & Resort is one of a kind with unique design and flair. Distinctive and chic, this property in NYC is charming renovated building influenced by the local history, culture and art. Character pervades not only the external facade but also the locally-oriented furnishings, artwork, social spaces and dining. Staff are genuine and attentive, service is customized to each guest, and the focus is on creating a stay with a difference.
The Food: For most of the New Yorkers, the power breakfast is a ritual. Mr. Preston Robert Tisch – co-founder of Loews Hotels & Resort with his brother Laurence, began inviting city leaders to breakfast during the 1975 stock market crash in an attempt to inspire ideas for New York’s regeneration. Until now, on any given weekday morning—from 7 AM to 10 AM—a collection of shiny black town cars are lined up three-deep outside Loews Regency Hotel.
The Hot Offers: QMIN team was attracted by Ultimate shopping package.First, you will have a private styling appointment at Bloomingdales so you can learn what best suits your body type, then the hotel will give you with a $50 Bloomingdales gift card to get you started on your shopping spree. Once you’re shopped out, come back and join in The Regency Bar & Grill for cocktails. Sounds like the perfect day!
QMIN’s Special: #TravelForReal: Loews Hotels and Resorts uses real guests’ Instagram photos rather than staged, professional shots under the hashtag #travelforreal, these candid photos provide a quirky, intimate window into Loews properties. These are real-life images of actual guest experiences –most of them were taken by guests themselves, and none were commissioned by the brand. So you can easily share your experience #TravelforReal and be part of Loews’ colorful, diverse, unique community! #QMINtravel
The Hood: The area surrounding Knickerbocker Hotel is ideal wandering territory, day or night, and an urban photographer’s dream. Like the location, the hotel does a good job of combining local flavour with a cheerful slickness. The aim is that when you step off the street into the small, bright lobby, you don’t feel you’re moving away from what’s outside. Commanding an enviable address in the heart of Manhattan, edging the glow of Times Square and the calm of Bryant Park, an iconic New York City landmark is reborn.
The Exclusivity: The beauty and uniquness of the hotel is a living time machine, littered with countless reminders of its rich history; a legendary monument created by John Jacob Astor IV in 1906, now re-imagined into a sophisticated urban sanctuary. Where names like Rockefeller and Fitzgerald gathered in what was known as The 42nd Street Country Club.
The Food: The contrast between the chaotic streets behind the Knickerbocker and its carefully-nurtured, contemporary interior – complete with musicians soothing afternoon-tea drinkers– could hardly be greater. You can never go wrong with the show-stopping view at St. Cloud rooftop, even if you’re not staying at the hotel, for its excellent food and views.
The Hot Offers: Over the top and under the ball, ring in 2017 150-feet beneath the Times Square ball during an exclusive rooftop celebration on St. Cloud. This package includes 2 tickets to the New Year’s Eve event on St. Cloud, complete with top shelf open bar, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, and a champagne toast at midnight.
QMIN’s Special: Our beautiful room took our breath away as soon as we entered and our eyes were drawn straight to the incredible Time Square view from the corner window. The rooms in general itself have a gorgeously classic design with light wood, dove-coloured soft furnishings and plenty of places to sit and admire the view.
And the last and not least…
An atmospheric Gallow Green perched on the top of the magical and illusive The Mckittrick Hotel -home to wacky performance artist troupe Sleep No More, the bar includes a garden area and ample seating. From the outside, the rundown exterior is completely unassuming, making this a great hideaway. For the more details on Sleep No More show-experience, read more here.