Tribeca Living at The Smyth Hotel

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I love Instagram. Why you ask? Well because of Instagram I won a Staycation at The Smyth Hotel which is a Thompson Hotel. It couldn’t have come at a better time either. It’s so funny how I was just speaking to Rose about how I want to do more hotel reviews and a few days later this fell into my hands. It’s true that what you put out into the universe can come at you fast…within a matter of days in my case. The Symth Hotel is a chic and cozy hotel located in Tribeca. I must admit I’ve never spent to much time in Tribeca. I occasionally come down for  a visit to Century 21 a few times a year but other than that, I’m never in the area. This staycation gave me the opportunity to really explore Tribeca is all it’s shopping glory.

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The Smyth Hotel’s entrance is like a secret society door. You could walk right past it if you weren’t paying attention. But once you’re inside you feel the warmth of the space. The wood floors and the dimly lit front desk, all scream mysterious retreat. The check-in was seamless taking all of 2 minutes and I took the elevator to a King Deluxe on the 6th Floor. I opened the door and walked into a modern haven. The room is huge compared to the New York standards. The first thing I noted was the smoked glass incased bathroom with a huge wooden sliding door. The bathroom is insanely gorgeous with modern finishes. Not to mention this bathroom has the most perfect makeup light I’ve ever experienced. Flawless makeup on deck! It was my

business to step into the shower and inspect the shower head, which was massive. I made it my business to use it whenever I had the chance and it did not disappoint. The water was hot and the water pressure absolutely amazing. I’m pretty sure I was in there for a good hour on my first evening. In addition to having an excellent shower, the bed was also divine. The bed was large, white, low and super comfortable. My body literally melted into the bedding and I had the most peaceful sleep I’ve had in a good while. I also love the workstation and the fantastic view of One World Trade and a lovely twinkling skyline at night. Luckily my room faced the street and I awoke to beautiful light flooding my room every day. It’s the best way to wake up naturally.

PicMonkey Collage-2IMG_2513The Smyth Hotel has a wonderful restaurant called Little Park and I had the opportunity to eat breakfast and dinner there. The decor is so amazing especially the plants. I always love when businesses incorporate plants into the scenery. I had the fried egg croissant sandwich for brunch and it came with a salad. It was delicious! The croissant melted on my tongue and the gruyere cheese with the egg and speck (very much like prosciutto) was the perfect combination of flavors. I highly recommend it. In addition to Little Park, The Smyth Hotel has a cozy Evening Lounge with a fire place and an assortment comfortable seating arrangements as well as a sexy bar. I had the pleasure of having a drink with a friend in the lounge one evening and after 8pm the seating was practically non existent. The crowd was attractive and stylish. The lounge was bustling with groups of people chatting while sipping wine, people popping in after work to relax by the fire and cute couples out for the evening. Even if you’re not staying at The Smyth Hotel, I’d highly recommend visiting the Evening Lounge and bar and ordering a Bog on Fire. It’s a smoky and slightly sweet drink with Mezcal and grated cinnamon.

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I am now completely in love with Tribeca! Who knew there were so many great things to do and see in this neighborhood? I’ve always known about Century 21, but now there’s Brookfield Place (the only shopping center with marble steps and live Palm Trees in NYC), Westfield Shopping Mall with its stark white clean design with an Eataly, as well as the best damn Zara in the city. I’ve been craving to go to Brookfield Place and on the coldest and windiest day in March, I made my way there. It was absolutely worth freezing my ears off. The Saks is brand spanking new and the shoe collection is stunning. The mall is open and airy and clean with stores ranging from J. Crew, to DVF and Gucci. It’s worth a visit just to window shop and of course see

those amazing Palm Trees. There’s even an ice skating rink at the moment. On certain days they have Pictures Under The Palms when they show a movie and provide free popcorn as well as a live DJ set before the screening. Make sure to pop by Jo Malone for incredible fragrances and candles. After checking out Brookfield Place cross the street and head into Westfield World Trade Center, where you can eat, shop and play all under one MAGNIFICENT ROOF! And a magnificent roof it is. It’s quite awing in fact. The stark white of the roof and inside of the mall is an instagramers dream. Everything is so clean! Thank goodness for their Apple store, which I put to good use during my stay. I needed my battery changed.

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Photography by Rose Lazare

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I also spent a hefty amount of time in Moleskin because I love a good notebook. I spent even more time in Eataly. One evening I shopped there picking up some beautiful roses for my room at The Smyth Hotel. I also had a mouthwatering prosciutto and arugula bread sandwich. I managed to order 2 delectable desserts from their dessert bar and devoured their pistachio gelato which was the best I’ve ever had in my life! I dinned for lunch at La Pizza & La Pasta a restaurant inside Eataly and it was the best meal ever. I had the margherita pizza with a side of roasted mushrooms (so freaking good) and a delightful Rosato Spritz. Eataly is a wonderful place to pick up a few knick knacks too from bread bags (that can be used as clutches), to artisanal soaps and cooking tools. The best Zara of all time is right there as well at 222 Broadway. It has to be the cleanest and calmest Zara in the city at the moment, so run there before it’s corrupted by the masses. Another great place not two blocks from The Smyth Hotel is Tenoverten nail salon at 112 Reade St. If you’re in need of an indulgent Luxe Pedicure with a 10 minute hot rock massage, this place is THEE place! Tenoverten products are also cruelty free, vegan and made in the USA.

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and the impeccable service at The Smyth Hotel. Special Thanks to The Smyth Hotel for providing this amazing 2 day staycation!

xx

Monroe

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