Boasting a long list of great things to do in New York during the holidays, the Big Apple is a must-visit this season to get in the festive spirit. Shopping reaches a fever pitch this month, from crafts and artists’ markets to sample sales with big bargains and unique items. A Holiday Lights Tour is definitely a must-do, as are the department store windows on Fifth Avenue and The Tree at Rockefeller Center. Top it off with Radio City Music Hall and a broadway show and score tickets to one of the several long awaited shows, including The Cher Show, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Choir Boy. For those who prefer sports over arts & culture, New York City is home to six winter sports teams in the NFL, NHL and NBA teams (the Knicks and the Nets, the Islanders and the Rangers, and the Jets and the Giants), so the options are endless.
With so much to do, there is somewhere for everyone to stay in the city that never sleeps — we’ve rounded up four hotels to check-in to and why you should this season.
Where to Stay:
Cachet Boutique NYC is a full-service hotel for travelers eager to experience the vibrant energy and diversity of New York indoors and out. Located right in Midtown West, guests can enjoy this urban cultural oasis with 105 contemporary rooms and suites set amidst three discreet outdoor gardens — including the property’s stylish and lively haven, the Sky Deck. Recently launched Summer 2018 and the perfect hideaway for chilly city nights, curl up on the contemporary lounge furniture with blankets and feel the warmth through the hospitality as you gaze up at the sky littered with skyscrapers and stars and relax in a tranquil environment, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets outside the premises. Enjoy the colorful mural by JPOArt — the perfect backdrop for your next Instagram post. Sip on speciality cocktails such as The Bitter Truth made with Angel’s Envy bourbon or seasonal wine including full bodied Cabernets or an earthy dark yet ripe flavored Malbec from the property’s on-site restaurant TreadWell Park (opened Fall 2018), delivered right to you on the patio. Those looking for somewhere to celebrate NYE in the city can extend their stay and book the “Champagne Suite Package,” and celebrate in style in the “Cachet Suite” — the property’s newest unveiled all-marble luxury accommodation. Located a few blocks from Hudson Yards, Gotham West Market, The Highline, the Javits Center, and Times Square — the hotel serves as a breezy refuge in the neighborhood with a focus on modern muralists and up-and-coming creatives.
Where to Chill:
Having just unveiled the first phase completion of this historic Central Park hotel’s reawakening, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park is the perfect place to relax during the holidays. With the property’s reawakening, newly reimagined guest rooms and suite, Club Lounge, and serene La Prairie spa were fully transformed just in time for the season. Spend your days relaxing in your redesigned guest room or suite overlooking stunning Central Park, or visit La Prairie and enjoy an extensive menu of facials, massages, body treatments and nail services including in-room indulgences and travel-inspired journeys. The hotel is right in the middle of the holiday action, whether you’re looking to take a horse-drawn carriage through Central Park, visiting The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, or taking a peek at the grand Rockefeller Centre Christmas tree. Visiting for Thanksgiving instead? The parade marches directly in front of the hotel!
Where to be a tourist:
Merrion Row Hotel + Public House
The genuine nature of Irish hospitality warms Manhattan’s modern boutique hotel experience beginning December 1, 2018 with the opening of Merrion Row Hotel and Public House – an intimate 28-room boutique hotel with lively pub and restaurant in midtown Manhattan. Close to Bryant Park, the Theater District and Rockefeller Center, Merrion Row Hotel and Public House is just steps away from all of NYC’s top holiday attractions and Broadway shows. After a full day of exploring and holiday cheer, retreat to the hotel for a ‘home away from home’ experience as the hotel has been designed to feel like a welcoming townhome. Thoughtfully designed spaces throughout present the opportunity for private dinners and intimate celebrations for the holidays, or host own holiday property buy-out for a New Year’s Eve celebration with your closest friends and family.
Where to Play:
Conveniently located just a block away from Penn Station near Madison Square Garden and all massive public transportation transits, Renaissance NY Midtown offers an appealing retreat from the city’s bustling surroundings, especially over the busy holiday season. Easy to access and centrally located, the hotel is the perfect place for travelers to stay and play, or grab a quick bite to eat and drink before heading out to finish holiday shopping. Set high above the bustling city streets, VERSA is the hotel’s new indoor / outdoor bar and restaurant that celebrates the melting pot of New York City with a diverse menu that is meant to be shared. With a retractable roof (perfect for that unpredictable holiday season weather), the patio boasts views of Fashion Avenue and the downtown skyline. If visitors plan to stay the entire weekend, they can check out one of the several events at Madison Square Garden: Chris Stapleton on Nov. 2; UFC on Nov. 3; and the New York Knicks on Nov. 5. Insider tip: the hotel is the only hotel sponsor of Madison Square Garden and official hotel partner of the NY Rangers and NY Knicks, which means easy access to exclusive experiences and hard-to-access tickets.