Mondrian Soho: contemporary design hotel in New York City

If you are looking for a cool place to stay in New York City’s SoHo neighbourhood, consider the Mondrian SoHo (now called NomoSoho) which is celebrating its second anniversary this year. The advantage of staying in Soho is you are steps away from the city’s coolest boutiques, restaurants and cafes. The 26-storey hotel’s rooms have amazing […]

Latest on where to eat in New York City: Korean, southern Indian, Japanese and more

I have just returned from a fantastic two-week holiday in New York City where I indulged in my favorite ethnic food (Japanese, Korean, southern Indian, Italian, Vietnamese). Here’s where I ate: (1) Sakagura: Japanese sake bar (over 100 types of sake) and restaurant that serves small plates of very creative combinations of raw fish, tofu, vegetables, […]

Aloft’s stylish high tech hotel concept comes to New York City

If you like the high style, high tech Aloft hotel in Brussels, you will love Aloft’s latest outpost, this time in New York City’s Harlem district (Aloft Harlem). The hotel is close to the legendary Apollo Theater, Columbia University and the 125th Street subway station. Aloft is part of the Starwood Group and is positioned as […]

W Hotel opens in downtown New York City

The W Hotel has opened in downtown NYC, just minutes from Wall Street and the NY Stock Exchange. With amazing views of the Hudson River and fabulous interiors, it’s an excellent place to stay if you have to be in this part of town for business. Between August 11 and October 11, 2010, the W […]

Desmond Tutu Center: reasonably priced rooms in NYC

Did you know that you can book a room at the Desmond Tutu Center in New York City even if you are not attending a conference there? I had no idea until friends of ours told us that they had stayed there last week. Room rates hover around $160 per night. The Desmond Tutu Center […]

Crosby Street Hotel: stylish address in Soho (New York City)

Starting 29 September 2009, visitors to New York City will have another option for accommodations in Soho. The Crosby Street Hotel (part of the Firmdale Hotels Group based in London which own the Covent Garden Hotel and Soho Hotel, both of which are Mapplr favorites) will be opening its doors. It is located between Prince […]

Hotel on Rivington: luxurious boutique hotel with sweeping views in Lower East Side (NYC)

After my enthusiastic review of The Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca, readers have been asking me about other hotels I like in NYC. One particular hotel comes to mind: the Hotel on Rivington. It’s a modern, 21-story glass “tower” in the Lower East Side. My favorite feature: large guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and magnificent views […]