Christmas in New York? Yes please, Santa (we’ve been ever so good this year). Located in the heart of Midtown, Chambers hotel is perfect for a December getaway in the Big Apple. If the glittering shop windows of Fifth Avenue fail to tempt you, this hotel’s arty interiors will…
Style Elegant, affluent
Setting Midtown west
Our favourite bits Chambers combines the best of New York’s many worlds, capitalising on its unbeatable location. Art-lovers can enjoy installations by John Waters and works by Sheila Pepe, merely by strolling down to the bar. If your eye for art is drifting, the city’s most famous shops are at your disposal, and Central Park awaits (winter stroll with a pretzel from the Wollman Rink vendor, anyone?) Don’t forget to get your skates on at the Rockefeller Centre and glide underneath the world’s most famous, Swarovski-topped Christmas tree. Most importantly, the service at the hotel is impeccable and we love the creative minibars.
Why this week? You won’t need to visit the gift shop when you go and see the only privately-owned version of Munch’s The Scream, currently on loan to the MoMa. Not only is the visit free for you and your other Smith; you’ll also get to take home a signed, limited-edition John Newsom print when you book the two-night modern art package at Chambers. What better way to remember a stay at New York’s most art-savvy hotel? And if the under-12s were hogging the step-activated piano at FAO, get in front of the light box and strike some poses at MoMA’s ‘Shadow Monsters’ – only on until 31 December. If you can’t get enough of the seasonal magic or the 500 works of art displayed throughout Chambers, you can prolong your visit and get an extra 10 per cent off the best available rate.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Our quarters are very comfortable and very cool. The room is designed to feel like a loft apartment, with concrete in the bathroom, an unplastered ceiling and exposed pipes for the fire sprinkler. The furnishings are cosy, and heavy suede curtains block out the outside. Industrial lamps match the concrete ceiling for contemporary edge, but underfloor heating means the urban look never gets chilly… With its relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and sophisticated but not intimidating design, Chambers makes a suitably stylish backdrop to our own movie cult classic: a shopping-themed love story with a happy ending.’ (Read the full review.)
You say… ‘Chambers was phenomenal. The rooms were huge and the rain shower was the best shower I have ever experienced. Everyone at the hotel was welcoming and paid attention to every detail. Our stay would not have been the same without José the doorman – he knew Manhattan like the back of his hand, and made us feel like queens.’ (Read more from our Guestbook.)
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