Get a real taste for the energy and buzz that New York is so well known for, at this boutique Top Secret Hotel in the heart of the trendy Flatiron District. Celebrated for its abundance of design, photography and independent clothing stores, as well as alternative drinking holes, the Gramercy area attracts an artistic crowd during the day and well-heeled sophisticates after dark. The convenient location also means that Park Avenue, the Empire State Building and the West Village are only a short distance away. For the rest of the city, you can catch the subway or take a train from the nearby Grand Central Station to destinations and attractions further afield.
As with much of the architecture in the neighbourhood, the hotel occupies a gorgeous cast-iron building built at the turn of the century. The design-led interiors reflect the creativity of the property’s surroundings, and are sophisticated whilst still retaining an air of relaxation and homeliness. The multilingual staff are friendly and always happy to help new visitors to the city with recommendations and advice, and are available at the reception desk 24 hours a day. They also offer services such as dry cleaning, WiFi connection and safety deposit boxes. Every morning, start your day with a delicious continental breakfast at the hotel’s own restaurant, and if you’re feeling energetic, pay a visit to the gym and Health Club for a rejuvenating work-out. For excellent value and a great location in the Gramercy area, look no further!
Named after the striking Beaux-Arts skyscraper at the meeting of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, the Flatiron District is famed for its distinct architecture, quirky design and clothing stores and booming restaurant scene. It is also the home of Madison Square Park, where you can expect to see outdoor concerts, art exhibits and recitals during the summer months. Treat yourself to some retail therapy with a difference, and pop into Adorama; a mecca for all photography lovers. Whether or not you’re looking to buy, this pared-down, sleek store is the archetypal Flatiron design and the friendly, informed staff are always happy to chat with like-minded art enthusiasts. You can also get all your favourite holiday snaps printed here for very reasonable prices.
The neighbourhood picks up after dark as the wealth of bars, lounges, speak-easys and pubs open to crowds of discerning drinkers. One popular joint nearby is the Flatiron Lounge, an old-world lounge bar with art deco design and impeccable cocktails. Coming inside is like taking a step back in time, thanks to the original 1927 mahogany bar, tinkling of jazz and penguin-dress waiters and mixologists. The expert staff can concoct anything, given your preferences of taste and style, or stick to all-time favourites such as the Southside Royal (made famous by the 21 Club) or the No Jacket Required.