Like an embarrassing Time Out-wielding tourist I asked the doorman of the Metro how much I should tip him for hailing me a cab. “You just need to smile”, he replied. Really cheesy I know but this encounter probably summed up my experience at this underrated West 35th Street hotel.
From the outside you’d be forgiven for not noticing The Jade. Unlike most new hotels which stick out like a slickly shiny soulless sore thumb, this newly opened Greenwich Village boutique hotel blends in effortlessly with the brownstones of tree-lined West 13th Street. But appearances can be deceiving and behind the darkened doorway lies a 113 room property with a fashionable Prohibition-era speakeasy feel. If you’re looking for somewhere cool and artsy to call home on your next NYC getaway, look no further.
Location, location, location: New York has a head-wrecking choice of hotels but if you want to stay in an enviable location, the newly opened Westin New York Grand Central gets my vote. Located slap bang in Midtown Manhattan, the hotel is close to its namesake Grand Central Station and pretty much all the touristy ‘must-dos’ like the fluorescent horror that is Times Square and it’s a great base to explore the city’s busy streets.