Viceroy New York
Hotel in New York
Luxury Boutique Hotel
I had only been to New York once before when I was 10. I remembered the big things – the Statue of Liberty, the New York Yankees baseball game and eating giant ice cream sundaes, but I couldn’t remember the feel of New York – the atmosphere, the people, the architecture or the distinct neighborhoods, so when I got the chance to stopover on the way back from visiting Florida, I couldn’t wait to return.
My base for my New York stopover was the stylish Viceroy New York, ideally located in Midtown Manhattan, just a few minutes walk to Central Park one way and just a few minutes walk to Times Square the other. From my suite on the 24th floor I was met with incredible towering New York skyline-views and the tranquil Central Park in its centre. It was just the type of view you’d expect to receive on a post card, not the type you wake up to and go to sleep to at night.
My suite felt more like a cosy New York city pad, rather than just a hotel room, complete with a separate snug sitting room, kitchenette area – with those all important tea and coffee making facilities – as well as the bedroom and large sleek bathroom.
After freshening up with a powerful shower and ship-style porthole views, I enjoyed an espresso in my sitting room overlooking Central Park, before heading out to explore it for myself. A few 80s derby roller skating parties, elegant horse and carriages and wacky street theatre performances later and I was ready to go back to the hotel and enjoy a relaxing meal.
After a delicious meal at the attached gourmet American diner-style Kingside restaurant, the evening culminated in the highlight of my stay – The Roof, a unique cocktail bar located on hotel’s roof terrace. Walking out – my elegant bright-orange Negroni cocktail in hand – I entered what looked like a futuristic otherworldly view. I was not just marvelling at the New York skyline this time, I was right in it, amongst the dazzling lights and towering skyscrapers of a scene I’d so often just seen on the big screen. A few magical hours later and I headed down a few floors to my comfortable suite for a peaceful night in the centre of Midtown Manhattan.
For breakfast the next morning, I headed right for the Kingside again. I could have gone for the continental ‘grab & go breakfast’, but I decided in true New York style to try from their vast brunch menu, featuring everything from frittata and oatmeal, to eggs Florentine and pancakes. I predictably went for the pancakes – like a true Yankee. These were no ordinary pancakes however, these were sweet and light lemon ricotta pancakes, served with lemon flavoured crème fraiche and a raspberry compote – the perfect combination of citrusy tang and sweet. I didn’t even add the small pot of maple syrup on my plate for fear of spoiling the intense fruity flavours. These were hands down the best pancake I’ve ever tasted – even better than my American-born grandmother’s homemade creations – and that’s saying something.
Even though I thought I knew what New York was all about, the city surprised me in a way I never expected, it was quirky, gritty, glamorous and surprising all at the same time – full of baffling wonders around every corner. Being located in the middle of it all, combined with friendly staff, delicious food and sumptuous interiors at the Viceroy, it somehow made it all the more enticing – and I can’t wait to go back.
Esme Fox is a freelance travel writer who is based in Spain
Photographs courtesy of Viceroy New York
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Related Activity||Relaxation, Lively Nightlife, Culture / Sightseeing, Shopping, Great local restaurants|
|Services||Free High Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service, Fitness Center|
|Dress Code||Smart Casual|
|Number of Rooms||240 rooms and suites|
Viceroy Superior Rooms (250 sq ft / 23 m²); Viceroy Deluxe (250 sq ft / 23 m²); Viceroy Double (350 sq ft / 32 m²); Viceroy Terrace (250 sq ft / 23 m²); Viceroy Park View (250 sq ft / 23 m²); Viceroy Junior Suite (350 sq ft / 32 m²); Viceroy Park Suite (500 sq ft / 46 m²) and Suite 57 (1,200 sq ft / 112 m²).
Friendly staff and hip New York ambiance.
Breakfast is not automatically included in the room rate, but you can add it on for an extra price.
Last updated on 02-10-2015