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Valentine’s Day advances… For those seeking a more art-full way to declare their devotion, what could be better than whisking your beloved away for a romantic rendezvous at The James New York, stylishly situated right in the beating heart of Downtown’s art scene?

Style Skyscraping scenester
Setting Southwest SoHo

Why this week? Why not sneak away for a seductive stay on the 14th, or bank some brownie points by booking a mid-March break? To lend a hand, the helpful hoteliers at the James New York are offering Smith members an exclusive Smith offer, including breakfast and two tipples in the Treehouse Bar, for stays before 31 March 2012. And, to ensure your Manhattan trip is a true work of art, pop into the nearby MoMA and satisfy any creative cravings.

Our favourite bits Cool-hunters lured by the James’ art-covered walls won’t be disappointed; curator Matthew Jensen has saturated the space with pieces by local and international artists. Sarah Frost’s keyboard-clad Qwerty 5 crowns the lobby, the glass elevator doubles as an exciting exhibition space, and each corridor has devoted itself to a different artist. For those accomplished in the art of love, head to the huge penthouse where decor by Dutch designer Piet Boon vies for attention with three-walls-worth of stunning Manhattan skyline – the only camera worthy competitor is the striking rooftop bar, Jimmy, a mixologist’s mecca with 360-degree vistas.

Mr & Mrs Smith say…‘The space is contemporary, but not clinical: the James strikes a chic balance between being arty, and edgy, but elegant and warm. Dark wood floors, a lacquered table and chairs, floor-to-ceiling windows and a bathroom with a moveable Oriental panel to separate it from the rest of the room; yup, this is a well thought-out space.

Nestled into my favourite New York neighbourhood, right in Downtown’s beating heart, we’re a short walk or a five-minute cab ride from the most interesting and intriguing boutiques and bars… Although in the end we discover the most eye-popping views and zingy cocktails are just upstairs: at rooftop bar, Jimmy. An outside deck, a swimming pool, 360º skyline vistas and super-accomplished mixologist, Johnny Swet, all await on the top floor of the James. I’ve been coming to New York for years, and this wins a prize as one of the most awesome watering holes.’

Packing tip Bring your journal to jot down the names of the up-and-coming artists whose work is on show in the hotel’s public spaces.

Read the full review of The James New York. Find more New York hotels, or search all our hotel offers.

Copy compiled by Olivia Rawes.

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