We had an absolutely wonderful time in NYC last week and I admit I'm quite sad to be home. There's so much to tell, some of which you've probably seen already here, so I'll do my best to post some of the highlights.
I love the anticipation of arriving at my destination airport a bit tired and dishevelled, waiting in a taxi queue 40 minutes long but with thoughts of what the hotel is going to be like and with the hope that I won't be disappointed in the room decor and size and of course the service.
At first glance, this 46 storey luxury hotel and condominium is quite simple and unobtrusive, nothing like the glaring gold panelled structures that are synonymous with Trump. It's in a great location, right in the villagey feeling Soho where there's plenty of great restaurants, interesting looking people and quality shopping. It seems more aimed at the business traveller - no frills, but it's ace at luxury, comfort and efficiency.
The foyer exhudes relaxation and luxury - an atrium of reflective marble floors and walls, bronze and hard wood surfaces, sculptural lighting, punctuated with trickling waterfalls, pale pink hydrangeas and orchids and heavy grey silk & wool rugs. The air conditioning was so harsh though, far too extreme for the humid climate out on the sidewalk.
It's reported that Ivanka Trump, Donald's entrepreneurial daughter was heavily involved in the design and decor of the hotel and I think this is reflected in the small details and finishes such as decent flowers, tactile fabrics and statement ornaments.
The boxiness of the metallic leather and velvet furnture and bronze and iron accessories is juxstaposed by the huge double height pillars stretching up through the atrium.
Yep, the hydrangeas are real.
I was particularly impressed by the imaginative use of hard wood and marble cladding, smooth surfaces but cut and displayed to make a textured, angular look that was further showcased by the focal lighting. The only flat surfaces were those clad in bronze, such as the lifts and hotel signage.
We didn't spend too much time here, opting to venture out instead of trying out the many amenities the Trump has to offer, although we did have a cocktail or two in the smart open air bar, situated on the 7th floor pool (tiny) deck and I was thoroughly pampered with a luxury manicure in their elegant award winning spa. I came out armed with beautiful shimmering black finger nails, a must-have cuticle cream and a much lighter wallet.
The cost to stay here was affordable for NYC accommodation, but Mr. L always likes the challenge of searching for a last minute deal. Given the amenities, I think we probably got a good one. However, with NYC you have to be prepared for the additional city and occupancy taxes and of course the not so discretionary service tips at every turn. But with the impeccable service we got from all the staff at The Trump Soho, it wasn't a problem giving, in fact it was a pleasure and actually seemed like great value to do so.
What's your experience of NYC hotels?