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I’ve lived in New York for 10 years and I have never stayed in a hotel in the city. There are some of the best hotels in the world here. I’ve frequented many for events and for drinks or even dinner, but never for a staycation. With the 3 day weekend on the horizon I am dreaming of escaping into a lush hotel room, with a popping bar and lavish outdoor, preferably rooftop space. It would be even better if there was a pool. Pools are so hard to come by in the city and now that I’m rocking my natural curls, I have no fear of water and what it will do to my hair! A definite bonus of going natural.

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I’ve been researching New York City hotels and a few have really stood out in my mind for a great staycation.

The Ludlow Hotel: Perfect downtown scene on the lower east side (Paarrrrtay). The area is really cool with lots of great nightlife and bars as well as the mecca of grocery stores Whole Foods. But the real draw is the sexy Dirty French restaurant, set to open on July 4th! We all know I am a francophile and I can’t wait to try this place out if only for their tantalizing cocktail lists! I love the ambience too from the exposed wooden beams and plush couches, to the bright and airy rooms with soaking tubs (I’m in desperate need of a bubble bath). Some of the rooms have terraces and my favorite room is their Skybox Loft with 180 degree views of Manhattan. So perfectly instagramable for a gramar like me.

The Nomad Hotel: This hotel is a slice of understated decadence right in the heart of Manhattan. It of course also has a little french flare being that the interior designer is French! Each room is filled with different art and textures and pieces and I love how personal the rooms feel. I’m all for a luscious brown leather chair that cradles me as I write blog posts and a generous and classic claw foot tub. The mahogany french writing desks are picture perfect for flat lays and for actual writing! My favorite rooms are their Atelier rooms and of course their Suites which look and feel more like a Parisian apartment in the Latin Quarter than an actual hotel room in Manhattan. Dinning at The Nomad Hotel looks as if its more of an experience than your normal meal. It’s low lit and sultry and the menu speaks for itself.

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Photography by Rose Lazare

Dress: DVF via Saks OFF 5th | Shoes: Tibi via The Real Real

Boro Hotel: This brand spanking new (actually they are about 1 year old to the day), is a minimalist dream. Located in Long Island City it has stunning views of New York City. The hotel has a heavy industrial feel from the exposed concrete beams to the stark fire pit in the lobby. Their studio terrace rooms are perfect for decompressing from fast paced city life. I haven’t spent much time in Long Island City and love how they incorporated into their website local eateries to explore. I’m now craving Dutch Kills Centraal if only to continue my search for the perfect deviled egg.

New York EDITION: Location Location Location and if I were a hotel, this is who I’d be. I used to work on 23rd street and I loved going to Madison Square Park during lunch, sitting in front of the flatiron building and people watching. Just thinking about it takes me to a place of happiness and a feeling that I belonged to New York City. The views at this hotel are nothing short of amazing being that its located inside a 41 story historic clock tower building! If you want to feel like you’re in the heart of the city than this is where you want to be with views of Madison Square Park and The Empire State Building. The interior is sleek, refined and sophisticated which is to say is very New York, New York! My favorite rooms are their lofts with views of everything you want to see. They also have enclosed rain forest showers and I can feel like I’m back in Mexico. For dinning they have so many options and their all so so good from The Clocktower with their plush velvet chairs to the Lobby Bar which is perfect for an after dinner drink.

Needless to say, I have been doing a lot of research and when the time comes for the perfect New York City staycation, I’m well prepared to be a tourist in my town.

xx

Monroe

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