New York City offers a plethora of things to do, sights to see, places to dine and hotels to stay in. I’ve been to the city many, many times and have always tried a different hotel. So far, my favourite ‘brand’ or chain is the Library Hotel Collection. Formerly known as HKHotels these boutique style hotels offer so much more than your regular accommodation and do so with a European style and exceptional service all their own.
If you read our review of the Casablanca Hotel in Times Square, you are already familiar with their outstanding service, but I’m about to introduce you to yet another of their hotels, this one offers a touch more suave and sophistication.
Located in Madison Square Park/Park Avenue area in the heart of New York City, the Hotel Giraffe offers a class and sophistication suitable for business travellers, singles and small to larger families who are looking for luxury and space. So why the name Hotel Giraffe? The hotel says “Hotel Giraffe embodies the gentle power, grace and beauty found in one of nature’s most beloved animals.”
That is the exact vibe that I experienced as I walked through the doors of the hotel a couple of months ago with my infant son. Luxurious yes, but without any airs. The lobby is spacious and large, a place where you can relax, mingle or enjoy the sound of the pianist in the evenings. Which comes to one of the shining qualities of this hotel.
Every morning you are provided with a deluxe continental breakfast including hot oatmeal, boiled eggs, pastries, bagels, muffins, fresh whole fruit and fruit salad with berries, assorted cereals, yogurt, juices, freshly brewed coffee, tea, espresso and cappuccino served daily with a selection of Newspapers.
In the evenings you are treated to a Wine & Cheese Reception from 5-8 pm (Monday – Saturday) with live piano music. After running around the city all day, I can’t even tell you what a welcomed treat this was. There were suitable snacks for my son as well as myself and the wine and cheese was a nice treat for mama.
Bread & Tulips is a Italian style restaurant located in the lower level of the hotel and although I had plans of dining elsewhere, a full day of running around the city convinced me otherwise. The dim lights and a single tulip in a small vase placed on every table was a nice touch and sets the scene for a relaxing/romantic dinner. I opted for the brick oven pizza which did not disappoint and the dessert was wonderful as well. Definitely recommend this restaurant!
The One Bedroom Terrace Suite is a shining star in accommodations for New York City! My husband is a stickler for balconies (he LOVES his balconies) and not only did this room deliver, it was incredibly airy and felt ‘open’ thanks to the numerous windows. The Juliet style balcony overlooks Park Avenue – gorgeous view! The suite is quite large measuring 424 square feet and in regards to bedding you have a king size bed a full size sleeper sofa. As you can see in the room tour, there is plenty of space for a family with small children.
A couple of the other perks that are much appreciated (and included in your rate)
- High speed DSL/Wi-Fi Internet access
- Passes to New York Sports Club
- Evening turndown service, bottled waters and daily newspapers
As you know I met with Kristin Davis last week during an event in the city. Did you know that Hotel Giraffe was featured in Sex and the City; The Movie? Mr. Big had The Piano Suite transformed into his apartment. Other scenes were shot at the hotel as well. This hotel has won numerous awards and continues to stand strong as one of the top 10 hotels on TripAdvisor (currently #7).
*Disclosure: The Hotel Giraffe hosted us during our stay in New York City and provided us with complimentary accommodations for our media tour. All thoughts and opinions are ours alone. My love for the Library Hotel Collection is strong!*