The Strand Hotel NYC: New Year’s Package

The Strand NYC

This New Year’s Eve, the 177-room Strand Hotel NYC on West 37th Street in the heart of New York’s fashion district, has announced its value-added New Year’s Eve celebration – The New Year’s Eve Fashion-Ganza.  The package offers fashion forward guests an opportunity to ring-in 2012 En Vogue in the fashion capital of the world without completely breaking the bank. Well, we’re not saying it’s cheap, but we will say, priced at an all-inclusive $799/per room (for a couple), the package features:

A Room at The Strand

Live entertainment, deluxe king room with view of the Empire State Building, flowers upon arrival, valet parking, a four-course chef tasting menu for two prepared by Executive Chef and star of Food Network’s Chopped, Kelvin Fernandez, a bottle of champagne, party favors, and special Midnight toast.  If priced separately, the package would total $950; a cost savings of nearly $200.

Happy New Year!

The package is exclusive of tax, gratuities, service charges, and can’t be combined with any other offer. It’s also limited so if you’re looking for an all-in-one exclusive and romantic one-on-one New Year’s with your honey, you can reserve it by contacting the hotel at or (212) 484-1024

The Hamptons by Helicopter

We're so posh as we HeliFlite to the Hamptons with the Setai on Fifth Avenue...

Because, apparently, you’re worth such extravagance.

As many New Yorkers already know, this year was the inaugural year of StndAir‘s seaplane flights to the Hamptons. Departing from Kips Bay’s Skyports Marina on Thursday and Friday afternoons with flights returning to the city on Sunday evening and Monday mornings, Andre Balazs, the brainchild of this luxe way to land in East Hampton (and head of the hip Standard Hotel), decided that seaplanes, rosé, and Swedish fish meant chic convenience.  We agree, but we also sorta love the idea of the private helicopter ride to the Hamptons.

Enter: The Setai Fifth Avenue‘s Hamptons by Helicopter Package.

Setai's King Suite

This romantic package includes:

  • A two-night stay in a luxurious “Avenue Apartment” at The Setai Fifth Avenue . This one-bedroom suite features a separate kitchen, dining and living areas, a Duxiana king size bed, Pratesi lines, an oversized Zuma deep soaking tub, glass enclosed floor to ceiling rain shower, an Espresso maker, and a host of other amenities.
  • On the morning after your first night’s stay, following a sumptuous in-room breakfast, guests will be whisked to a nearby helipad via the hotel’s Maserati for the 45-minute helicopter flight to East Hampton . This luxury helicopter from HeliFlite, is reserved exclusively for you.
  • In East Hampton , a car and driver is at your service throughout the day. A gourmet picnic basket awaits from Race Lane restaurant, in order to enjoy a foray on the beach in style.
  • Follow your beach outing with shopping in East Hampton , at Cynthia Rowley, Magaschoni, Gucci, Ralph Lauren or the off-beat Turpan, among many others.
  • To complete the unforgettable day, an intimate table has been set for you at Race Lane in East Hampton, where guests will enjoy cocktails by the fire and a fabulous four-course dinner before heading back by helicopter to the bright lights of New York City and The Setai Fifth Avenue.
  • Before settling in for the second night of their stay, guests can enjoy inspiration (and a nightcap) at Bar on Fifth, where a bottle of champagne has been chilling for their arrival, and “cool” jazz performances are in full swing
The “Hamptons by Helicopter” is available now through Dec. 30, 2011, from a starting rate of a mere $15,000, based on double occupancy.*
So, if you’re going to do luxurious New York City in quintessential high rolling fashion, this might the best way for you to see the city in true luxury and style.

New York City Grace

The Grace Hotel Pool - New York City

We love this little Spanish hotel chain founded under the philosophy that the best way to travel is visiting friends in each city. With this in mind, they established, Grace, a Room Mate Hotel, located in the heart of Manhattan, to offer leisure and business travelers an affordable, yet stylish solution to experience the sophistication and energy that New York City has to offer. The property features 139 uniquely designed rooms, all with modern layouts and, at night, the mezzanine at Grace connects to the pool and GIFT New York, a uniquely sophisticated lounge and aqua bar, creating a private haven for those who love to socialize. Did we also mention that the bar/lounge features top-shelf liquor and an expansive beer and wine list?

Grace, A Room Mate Hotel

125 West 45th Street

New York, NY 10036

NYC: Night Hotel

The Night Hotel - Midtown Manhattan

A study in urban Gothic, we just heard about a discount at The Night Hotel New York, a discrete boutique hotel and member of the Epoque Hotels Collection located in the heart of Manhattan. With bold and dark colors that appear both sexy and comfortable through the selection of rich textures and patterns, we were drawn to the the property’s modern custom-designed bathrooms designed in jet-black, off-set by a gleaming white floor. Think 1920’s meets Mr. Big (and a pair of hot red heels dropped shamelessly in the corner).

The special package – a 20% rate reduction now available at Epoque Hotels – requires a booking of 7 nights and the total price of the reservation will be charged on the day of booking and is non-refundable. So, if guest departs early, full stay will be charged, but we’re pretty sure you won’t mind with a savings of several hundred. The Night hotel New York is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan – minutes away from the theater district, excellent restaurants, nightlife, and walking distance from Times Square, Central Park, and Rockefeller Center. The Night Hotel is an Avantgarde Superior boutique hotel in the Epoque Hotels Collection, but visit the Epoque Hotels website to know more about the Night Hotel and Club Epoque, the program that allows members to get a percentage of their booking back towards future reservations.

The Night Hotel
132 West 45th Street
New York

NYC: Dishing Fashion & The Flat Iron

For the Love of Fashion…

Sarah Ivens, Jaunt Magazine Contributor

Sarah Ivens, Founding Editor-in-Chief of the US version of OK! Magazine and Jaunt Magazine Contributor Extraordinaire, heads back to her (not so) old stomping grounds of NYC to fill our readers in on the latest treats.

New York’s Fifth Avenue has just been voted the No 1 shopping destination in the world and it’s gar-mental fervour explodes across the whole city twice a year when it celebrates fashion week; when the good, the bad, the ugly and the just plain crazy descend on the angry, concrete streets of Manhattan to fight the throngs, predict the future and hunt for bargains.

The Fashion Hotel, NYC

If you are a fashionista who’d rather spend your hard-earned dollars on handbags than hotel rooms during this busy time in the city (but you still desire life to be beautiful) head to the recently opened The Fashion Hotel in Chelsea. Not only is the lobby constantly filled with free, delicious Crumbs cupcakes (Katie Holmes favourites!) but the garment theme plays a major role. The furniture and art displays are assembled from over-sized cotton wheels and needles and the staff are dressed sharply to match the service. The Fashion Hotel is perfectly situated for the world’s largest (and scariest) department store, Macy’s, which is a mere five minute strut up 7th Avenue.

Fashion Hotel, NYC

If you fancy something a bit more local and low-key and are all clothed-out, make your way past the Flat Iron to 19th and Broadway (a five minute strut in the opposite direction) for a visit to Fishs Eddy.  A treasure trove of quirkly ceramics and cutlery, this hidden away oasis of kitchen cool is the perfect place to style-up your own house or buy a fabulous gift for a forward-thinking friend. Their latest design features beautiful illustrations of same-sex wedding couples celebrating their big day. The cups are selling out so fast I had to pick up a few right there and then – and you will too if you have a gay wedding to attend in the next year!

Once rested back at the hotel and looking for fuel for the fashion ahead, cross the street to new burger joint BGR at 27th and 7th – opposite the Fashion Institute. The hip crowd gathers here for small talk (guessing the waist size of the models they’ve just met) and large patties and portions of crispy fries. If you want more beef, stay inside the hotel for a trip to RARE. Although only just opened, its quickly becoming one of New York’s coolest steakhouses, with a ‘Who cares if I miss the first show in the morning?’ kind of wine list. If you must stick to salads, at least make it amazing by going to Dishes – the media crowd’s lunchtime secret – near the bustling tents of Bryant Park at 44th and 5th. This should keep you going till you return, laden down with bags, to the cupcake display at the hotel.

Prices at the four-star Fashion Hotel start from $233 per night.