Trendsetting and shopping capital of the world, New York is an incredible city and the perfect choice for a romantic break. With an endless variety of exciting activities and attractions, no matter what you enjoy doing together, whatever the season, The Big Apple has it!
Soak up the hustle and bustle of Times Square, head to the top of the Empire State Building or ride the Staten Island Ferry for breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.
Don your walking shoes and enjoy some culture with a trip to one of the city’s many superb museums, marvel in its architecture, take in a Broadway show, stroll along the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and enjoy the street performers in and around Central Park.
Choose how to take in the unique ambience and atmosphere of this world-famous oasis. Walk, hire a bike or opt for the ultimate romantic way to journey around the Central Park’s 843 acres, in a horse-drawn carriage.
I will be delighted to suggest where you can shop and happily guide you through the incredible diversity of restaurants, bars and even where to find the best late-night bagels.
Perhaps, the most important question for your adventure is, where should we stay?
New York, of course, has an abundance of great hotels to choose from no matter what your personal choices and budget. I can personally vouch for the haven of refined elegance that is The Knickerbocker Hotel as THE place to stay.
The hotel enjoys a privileged location in the heart of Manhattan, edging the glow and vibrancy of Times Square and the calm of Bryant Park.
With the iconic Grand Central Terminal just a short walk away, I can share with you the mystery of how to secretly whisper to your partner when they stand by a certain acoustic arch!!!
The Knick, has the most wonderful history. Originally built in 1906, it played host to the world’s biggest names in entertainment, politics, culture and high society. Its legendary barroom, The 42nd Street Country Club, was often frequented by the likes of John D Rockefeller and F Scott Fitzgerald.
It is here, legend tells, that bartender Martini Di Arma Di Tagga first mixed dry vermouth and gin together and... the Martini was born. This is one of many stories and legends that make up the truly fascinating history of The Knickerbocker.
There is an opportunity to join a guided tour by the hotel of its architectural treasures which I can organise for you when booking.
After being open for only fifteen years, the onset of Prohibition forced its closure, and in 1921 the hotel was converted into offices. Years later, in 1988, the stunning Beaux Art building was designated as a New York City Landmark before reopening its doors as the reborn Knickerbocker Hotel in February 2015 after a $115 million refurbishment, placing it back at its rightful place as a premium luxury lifestyle hotel.
Along with the subway and the New York Times, The Knickerbocker was one of the three entities whose arrival at the crossroads of 42nd Street and Broadway transformed the previously sleepy Times Square into New York City’s biggest tourist destination.
The hotel’s modern and spacious rooms will come in handy to store all the inevitable extra shopping bags that you will acquire on your trip.
They are well designed and furnished in contemporary colours, and with their six foot, soundproofed windows, you can be assured of a peaceful night's sleep in the city that never does.
Choose from either a room or a corner suite with an incredible view overlooking Times Square. I highly recommend the fascination of simply watching and enjoying the hubbub of this wonderful city.
The dazzling culinary experience at The Knick is led by renowned Master Chef, Charlie Palmer. He creates contemporary dining options served with a twist in the understated ambience of the hotel’s stylish fourth-floor restaurant.
Charlie Palmer at The Knick also offers a modern take on the classic rendezvous, where guests can not only enjoy exquisite dining but will also be consumed with live music from some of the most creative and exuberant jazz musicians in New York City for a truly special night.
Crowning The Knickerbocker experience is the hotel’s spectacular and legendary rooftop bar, the St. Cloud. Cuddle up together and sip cocktails in a private sky pod overlooking lively Times Square and Broadway.
Whatever the motivation for your romantic holiday, I will be delighted to help plan your surprise. The Knick, with its unique history, provides a perfectly romantic backdrop to your getaway.