We are still in AWE of our recent honeymoon stay at the Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca, NYC from May 7-13, 2013. Read on...
My boss wanted to treat me to a perfect honeymoon in NYC. We mentioned that we love "boutique" hotels or places with character. His research found the Greenwich.
Originally we were slated to stay in a corner fireplace suite. We had arrived on a very early flight so we had to wait until 4pm when the room was to be ready. With the hotel in walking distance to Soho and the West village, killing some time was no problem.
When we returned to the hotel, the sales manager, Katy, informed us that they were able to give us an "upgrade". The gentleman that took us to the room said, "I wouldn't normally boast about the room but I believe you will not be disappointed". Seconds later we walk through a giant, thick reclaimed-wood door and into a 2000 SQAURE FOOT PENTHOUSE with 30 foot tall windows! We couldn't believe it. The gentleman gave us a quick tour of the 2 level, 2 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom, full kitchen dream hotel room then left us alone. My newlywed and I just stared at the windows and I kept saying, for the next 2 hours, "This is ridiculous!".
This room features 30 foot high windows with retractable electric shades, a push button fireplace, 2 cozy bedrooms with short balconies that overlook the hotel's courtyard. Both full bathrooms feature an amazing marble tub with antique brass hardware. I think the stone floors were even heated because I never noticed them being "cold" to the feet. Actual bath salts in a small brass bowl were tub side. There was a full kitchen with small fridge, state of the art stove, microwave, Nespresso machine fully stocked, and great italian kitchen style plates and cutlery. The giant rustic wood dining table was velvet to the touch and could easily seat 10 people. The furnishings were very cozy and "lived in". Everything was soft to the touch - from the heavy wood dining table to the soft worn giant couch. We felt like we were staying at someone's private cottage since every piece of furniture and decoration was hand selected just for this room. A basket of snacks and goodies was complimentary and refilled each day. Book shelves were filled with interesting selections of art, photography and fiction.
All the high-tech bells and whistles were there - Starting with the electronic "key" that allowed us to access our floor in the elevator as well as the door. There was a nice flat screen TV in each room (3). A surround sound Bose system filled the giant living room with sound from the TV or the ipod connector. The TV and ipod were both controlled by the same remote. Courtesy ipad's were in every room including a small wireless Jambox speaker. Smart light switches all over the suite had a labeled push button for various lighting scenes - from daylight to a romantic evening.
The Greenwich Hotel website's photography does not convey how comfortable and cozy this place is. The website's photo shows the lounge in bright clean colors. In reality, this lounge is seductively dark and dozens of candles bring a luxurious and romantic mood to the whole place. We sat in every couch in the lounge and each one just sucked us in and made it very difficult to leave. Any request for drinks was attended to. We were treated like celebrities. The heated pool was down in the basement and felt like a giant private japanese pool. Dark lighting and rich wood everywhere made me wish I actually new how to swim. The gym was gorgeous and unusually large for a luxury boutique hotel. What was unusual was the dark, rich wood that surrounded the gym. With so much to walking to do around the streets of NYC the gym, unfortunately, was not in my schedule. The restaurant, Locande Verde was packed everyday, all day. We were able to grab a quick lunch there and the food was stellar.
Sitting in the lounge almost every night was a treat. One night I look over to my right at an adjacent couch. I look twice. It's Robert De Niro. I know that this is Robert's Hotel. I did not expect him to be sitting in the lounge. And he was sitting with Harvey Keitel. The next night we sat next to Ed O'Neill (Married with Children). We were truly in a special, private place. The lounge is only open to guests of the hotel, so privacy is preserved for it's guests. Also, any food from the popular Locande Verde is available to guests in the lounge since it is often booked solid.
This was our first experience in Tribeca. What a great location. Broadway shows were a quick cab ride up the West side. Tribeca feels like a quiet neighborhood with million dollar lofts, but there are enough great restaurants and little, hip bars to keep you busy for the night while not feeling like a tourist. There are several art galleries and unique shops for gifts and clothing within walking distance. A very short walk takes you right to Soho and West village.
For the average traveler, the Greenwich Hotel might seem like a more expensive option than most choices. However, I believe that this is one of the few hotels were every dollar spent is returned not just in value, but with the hotel's service, exclusivity, comfort and take-home experience.
I do not always have the budget for a hotel like the Greenwich, but I certainly will try to stay here again!
It was very difficult to leave this Hotel.
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