Guests will have access to New York’s famed Theatre District in one of the top level suites which feature a cosy seating area, European-style soaking tubs and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the beating heart of the Big Apple.
Gym bunnies should pack their trainers to take advantage of the 24 hour fitness centre when they’re not too busy being dazzled by the bright lights in the big city.
Next door, the Premier Hotel has an additional 124 luxury suites with access to food and drinks all day in the Premier lounge.
With 64,000 square feet of space, including 43 function and exhibition spaces, the standout space is the Manhattan Room with its large bay windows. Dedicated catering and production teams can take the hassle out of events.
Food and beverages
Bugis Street Brasserie, located on the ground floor, serves traditional American breakfast in the morning, and pan-Asian cuisine when night falls. I enjoyed a slap up breakfast of pancakes with golden syrup and raspberries on my first morning and french toast with blueberries on the second day.
Dinner with the hotel manager gave the group a chance to sample several of the pan-Asian dishes on offer, including Mee Goreng and Singapore Laksa, paired with shots of premium whiskey and cocktails from the bar.
Post-dinner drinks at the Magic Hour rooftop bar gives stunning views of the Empire State Building and is especially beautiful at night when the city lights up.
Location and activities
Part of my trip included a wonderful tour of the iconic Hudson Theatre next to the hotel, which has been faithfully restored to its 1903 splendour. Of its numerous claims to fame, Ethel Barrymore, direct ancestor of Drew Barrymore, made her theatre debut here the year the theatre opened. I was treated to modern day star Uma Thurman treading the boards in The Parisian Woman as part of the preview week.
We were also lucky enough to be given a city pass, which gives access to all the top attractions around the city. After checking out the amazing cityscapes from the ‘Top of the Rock’, we headed over to the 9/11 Memorial Museum to reflect on the moving exhibits remembering the 2001 attacks.
New York is also famous for its diverse cuisine – check out Red Farm in the West Village for dim sum brunch (including the famous Pac Man shrimp dumplings), or the Burger Joint, hidden behind a red curtain in the lobby of The Le Parker Meridien Hotel.
If you fancy venturing out of Manhattan, a tour of the Brooklyn Brewery provides a fun educational element to offset the guilt of enjoying one too many craft beers.
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