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Trading Greenwich(es) From CT to NYC

Hotel Reviews

Oct
15
2012

The Greenwich Hotel

Tribeca, New York City

The Greenwich Hotel

The Greenwich Hotel

For an upcoming story on where to eat Italian in New York City, I spent the night at Robert De Niro’s fantastic Tribeca hotel; The Greenwich Hotel. Having heard only good things from friends and colleagues, I was looking forward to finally spending the night in a place that has earned such consistent rave reviews. I was also excited to finally eat at the equally vaulted Locanda Verde, the hotel’s tangential restaurant run by Andrew Carmellini.

The guestrooms at The Greenwich

The guestrooms at The Greenwich

Usually when expectations are set high, end results are lackluster. I am happy to report that this was firmly not the case. Both my overnight at The Greenwich Hotel and my dinner at Locanda Verde were excellent. From the warm, personalized check-in to the buzzing energy at the restaurant (one of the few times a 30 minute wait wasn’t a major irritant), I was delighted the entire time. (This may have something to do with the fact I was spending the night in the city on a school night.) The staff played a big part of my sense of contentment. The woman who checked me in was sweet without being overly so. She noted my clear proficiency with televisions and light fixtures and didn’t dawdle over silly explanations. She also likely noted my big smile when she mentioned everything in the minibar was complimentary. What can I say? Free Minibars are truly one of the best hotel perks (besides Wifi) I can think of. Then there was the woman at breakfast, who sensed my short time frame and brought a cappuccino – perfectly frothed with foam floret and all – in under 2 minutes and then followed up with equally swift service of my eggs dish. I enjoyed my breakfast fireside in the hotel’s cossetting library while thumbing the NYTimes and feeling particularly spoiled with such a decadent start to the morning. Note to self – get up earlier next time to enjoy cappuccino number 2. It’s well worth the loss of sleep.

Fireside Coffee - what's better than that?

Fireside Coffee – what’s better than that?

A few things of particular note about the Greenwich that put it firmly in the must-return category: There’s a distinct aroma in the hallway of the guest rooms that has an earthy, woodsy (likely due to the wood door frames) appeal. It is such an unexpected scent in the depths of NYC that it was instantly intoxicating. Then, my guest room (room 303) was surprisingly cozy despite rather masculine details such as an exposed wood plank wall, iron grate shower door, low-slung mahogany bed, leather settee and simple white linens. Usually a sucker for an abundance of pillows and soft billowing drapes, I was surprised to find how immediately comfortable I felt in the room. Perhaps it had something to do with the free minibar.

Side-note: I know this whole minibar discussion is making me sound like all I want to do is eat candy and drink mini rum bottles, but I do think there’s something intrinsically offputting about sleeping alongside forbidden fruit, which is what the minibar is when it’s so costly for a juice in the morning or a late night chocolate nibble. So, having that issue removed made me feel increasingly more at home.

As with all top-seeded hotels in my book, the bathroom is a focal point that can either make or break its review. Here, the bathroom earned points for being proportionally spaced and having perhaps the strongest water pressure – from an overhead rain shower – to be felt in a long time. The all marble clad bath also featured a small sign boasting that the bath fills in 60-seconds flat – the ferrari of tubs, so it would seem. The bath products are signature to the spa and carry a similar mixed scent of woodsy, orange blossom and ginger tones. You can’t help but smell Asian influences (which are clearly intended given the spa is Japanese). The lack of window in the bathroom was a detriment, but easily overlooked given the thoughtful details like iron windowpane door frames on the shower door.

The marble bathroom in my guestroom

The marble bathroom in my guestroom

Though I’m fortunate to visit hotels often and it’s a professional goal and imperative to stay somewhere different each time – I must admit, I can’t wait to return to The Greenwich.

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Published by Meg, Monday, October 15, 2012 No Comments

Romance and Restoration in Bedford, NY

Hotel Reviews

Feb
12
2011

A mere 40 minutes from Manhattan, tucked along one of the area’s many winding country routes, Richard Gere’s lauded, <strong>Bedford Post</strong>, an intimate, 8-room country Inn in Bedford, N.Y offers just the backdrop for an elegant and bucolic Valentines Day celebration. For those who’s eyes alight at the combination of ‘easy’ alongside Valentine’s Day plans (yes, I’m talking to Dudes, here), Bedford Post is a no-brainer, particularly for those time-pressed Manhattanites that want to impress, but have little time to investigate nor travel far.
Having just spent the night myself, I can assure you that Bedford Post is sure to delight any princess or prince who favors manicured surroundings, delicious, well-executed dining and fresh, fireplace-adorned guest rooms with excellent linens and fresh and spacious bathrooms.
Dinner at the Inn’s pleasant, leather-accented restaurant, the Farmhouse, where white-tablecolothed tables surround a roaring fireplace and each table is looked after by at least three waiters, will certainly appease your Valentine. In honor of cupid’s holiday, the chef is offering a special, three-course <strong>Valentine’s Day Menu</strong> ($90 a head) featuring such treats as oysters, black-truffle risotto, steak tartare with pecorino (yum!) and of course, the decadent chocolate torte with passionfruit caramel. Ask for either of the corner banquets, preferably the one just to the right of the fireplace for extra canoodling space.
Tell your Valentine to enjoy his or her gastro-indulgence because your overnight stay includes <em>complimentary yoga classes</em>, to which my sore hamstrings can attest, are not your average hotel-yoga stretch-fests. Instead, the yoga roster at the the Bedford Post offers invigorating Vinyasa and Hatha-style practices led by competent and encouraging teachers. Further, the classes are taught in an inspiring, light-filled studio refashioned from an old Barn where the angled ceiling, exposed beams and asian light-box lanterns allow for, again, an easy, zen-like experience. The majority of the classes are filled with local regulars who have made Bedford Post’s Yoga Barn <em>the</em> in-town studio for devout yogis. Of course, the Inn’s freshly baked breakfasts and organic lunch menu served in the Barn restaurant just below the studio may also play a role. The location and occasional waft of cinnamon and sausage make the Barn an ideal after-practice hangout. As an overnight Guest your stay also includes an assortment of the Barn’s tempting, home-cooked pastries, coffee/tea and juice, which is best enjoyed fireside in the cozy, country-style cafe where complimentary wifi keeps those iPad users (and HuffPost readers) happily entertained. <a href=”http://www.bedfordpostinn.com” target=”_hplink”>Bedford Post Inn</a>; Rates start at $395 a night and
The exterior of the lovely Bedford Post Inn

The exterior of the lovely Bedford Post Inn

A mere 40 minutes from Manhattan, tucked along one of the area’s many winding country routes, Richard Gere’s lauded, Bedford Post Inn, an intimate, 8-room country Inn in Bedford, N.Y offers just the backdrop for an elegant and bucolic Valentines Day celebration. For those who’s eyes alight at the combination of ‘easy’ alongside Valentine’s Day plans (yes, I’m talking to Dudes secret in their eye english torrent, here), Bedford Post is a no-brainer, particularly for those time-pressed Manhattanites that want to impress, but have little time to investigate nor travel far.

Having just spent the night myself, I can assure you that Bedford Post is sure to delight any Princess or Prince who favors manicured surroundings, delicious, well-executed dining and fresh, fireplace-adorned guest rooms. Plus, the rooms are like fresh interpretations of a traditional, Connecticut-style guest room featuring top linens, streaming natural light and most importantly, wonderfully spacious bathrooms with clawfoot tubs and heated marble floors.

A Guestroom at Bedford Post. Be sure to request one with a fireplace!

A Guestroom at Bedford Post. Be sure to request one with a fireplace!

Dinner at the Inn’s intimate, leather-accented restaurant, the Farmhouse, offers fine dining in a charming, cozy space. White tablecloths surround a corner fireplace while each table is catered by at least three waiters, ensuring the attentive service will appease your Valentine. In honor of cupid’s holiday, the chef is offering a special, three-course, Valentine’s Day Menu ($90 a head) featuring such treats as oysters, black-truffle risotto, steak tartare with pecorino (yum!) and of course, the decadent chocolate torte with passionfruit caramel. Ask for either of the corner banquets, preferably the one just to the right of the fireplace for extra canoodling space.

The zen-like Yoga Barn

The zen-like Yoga Barn

Tell your Valentine to enjoy his or her gastro-indulgence because your overnight stay includes complimentary yoga classes, to which my sore hamstrings can attest, are not your average hotel-yoga stretch-fests. Instead, the yoga roster at the the Bedford Post offers invigorating Vinyasa and Hatha-style practices led by competent and encouraging teachers. Further, the classes are taught in an inspiring, light-filled studio refashioned from an old Barn where the angled ceiling, exposed beams and asian light-box lanterns allow for, again, an easy, zen-like experience. The majority of the classes are filled with local regulars who have made Bedford Post’s Yoga Barn the in-town studio for devout yogis. Of course, the Inn’s freshly baked breakfasts and organic lunch menu served in the Barn restaurant just below the studio may also play a role in the studio’s popularity. The eventual waft of cinnamon and sausage floating through the studio’s open doors after class make the Barn an ideal after-practice hangout. It’s no surprise the tables are often full. As an overnight guest your stay also includes an assortment of the Barn’s tempting, home-cooked pastries, which can either be delivered to your room or enjoyed fireside in the cozy, country-style Barn cafe, where complimentary wifi keeps those iPad users happily entertained.

So, even if you can’t make it this Valentine’s Day – the Bedford Post suits well to any romantic or celebratory occasion, ideal for the modern couple who appreciates a morning tree-pose alongside their goose-down comfort and fresh cooked breakfast. (Rates start at $395 a night.)

Those delectable pastries

Those delectable pastries. The Barn is open all week long and is already a clear, local favorite

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