Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Suite dreams at The Roger, New York

Suite Dreams at the Roger New York Hotel Review
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WHIITELIST review of The Roger New York, a Madison Avenue boutique hotel in Midtown Manhattan, following a stay in March 2016 with 11-week old son. If you’re looking for a chic New York stay read this review.

As you may have gathered, I absolutely love travelling, usually planning my trips a year in advance! There have been many years when that worked out quite well, the whole planning in advance; and then there is a year like last year where I had to move our usual November anniversary holiday to September and it was aptly named our Maldives babymoon. In fact last year, I might have had 3 babymoons due to my planning in advance...babymoon in Paphos, Cyprus staying at the Almyra here, obviously, our Maldives stay here and the second part of which we spent a few days in Doha, Qatar here.


So, now we’re no longer a twosome and quite happily a threesome, a little more planning is required from me to ensure that I get the level of quality that I am used to, as well as ensuring that our stays our ‘baby-friendly’. These days I find myself quickly flicking between Mr & Mrs Smith the luxury boutique hotel booking site and their sister product Smith and Family specialising in luxury family properties. You may have seen me mention them a few posts back for the 7 most stylish child-friendly hotels during the UEFA Euro 2016 here.


So it may come as no surprise that when we were booking our trip to New York in March early this year (see here), I used Mr & Mrs Smith again as my trusty tool when booking our break via British Airways.

Suite Dreams at the Roger New York Hotel Review
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It stood out to me almost immediately from all the other New York hotels for it’s chic Anna Busta interiors, oh so Instagrammable, and oh so Gatsby Old World. The 15 storey brick hotel oozed the kind of intimacy and luxury that I was after, so I clicked BOOK.


We arrived at the Roger New York quite late in the evening, it must have been near midnight, thanks to the long queues at JFK. We were greeted and concierge began to check us in. To be honest, I was half listening and mostly nodding as I was just so knackered, so completely missed the bit when he said here is the key to your penthouse suite.
It was only when entering the elevator and pressing the PH button did I realise!

Suite Dreams at the Roger New York Hotel Review
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We stayed in PH04, and we navigated the hallways carrying one large Samsonite, 2 pieces of hand luggage and Chance’s Cybex Priam. Mamas and Papas the elevator and the hallways can fit a large pram, so it passed that test. Entering the room, my first thoughts was to run to the window, open the door, and yell from the terrace “HELLO, NEW YORK” instead I decided that the appropriate action to take was to put my 11-week old son to bed.
When you first walk into the room, it’s what I like to call ‘NYC size’ it’s not incredibly big, but cozy! If the room isn’t large, then the bed certainly is and is incredibly comfortable. I wondered whether they had lined the mattress with a quilted duvet as it was just so lush, like floating on clouds...if I knew what it was like to float on a cloud that is!
Above the bed was a beautiful painting of the city, and adjacent was a flat screen plasma TV (with all the best TV shows Real Housewives of Potomac anyone?) and the gourmet minibar which included a much needed iPhone charger and adapter.

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The bathroom, again ‘NYC size’ had the most wonderful CO Bigelow bath products. I fell so much in love with the products that I had to add the apothecary to our New York itinerary. It’s only 26 minutes walk from The Roger and if you cannot make a trip whilst you’re in NYC, then you can find their products at Liberty.

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Now onto the important feature of PH04, is the private furnished terrace...and of course the view of the Empire State building. To wake up to that New York City view every day was amazing, so much so, that we awoke to views of the city daily by keeping the curtains open.
Which leads me to the location.
The Roger is located on Madison Avenue, and although Midtown isn’t slap bang in the tourist areas and requires a bit of a walk to get either uptown or downtown, Mr.L, Chance and I did so daily. We actually didn’t eat at the hotel’s Parlour Bistro, not because the food wasn’t great (I went down every morning to order a large green tea and filter coffee and the breakfast smelt delicious) but because when you’re so close to restaurants such as Eleven Madison Park (for yummy cocktails), Sushi Yasuda (beautiful interiors) and Gramercy Tavern (foods that come straight from farm to table) you want to sample those and nothing else. I also included some other must have spots in my original New York post here.
If you want to do Manhattan, like a New Yorker, then you can people watch in nearby Madison Square park, explore Koreatown, or go shopping on Madison Avenue.

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On Brooklyn Bridge with Cybex Priam
After the long days walking around Manhattan, shopping and acting like a New Yorker, it was lovely to return to our room, our penthouse room, which had been made up and made immaculate by The Roger’s maids.

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Overall, we had a lovely stay! If you are looking for a boutique hotel in New York, not in a central tourist area, but close to the FlatIron district, SoHo, West Village and more (where the New Yorkers hang out), then choose The Roger for a stylish stay in NoMad, boutique and luxury (let’s not forget baby friendly) oh and the most important bit...speedy WIFI.


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SAL xx

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