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Despite the title of this post, I was in New York for more than 48 hours, however during my recent trip to the city of all cities, we packed a whole lotta stuff into two full days and I thought I’d share what we did in case you have a short but sweet trip coming up soon.
I’ll be sharing all of my other highlights from New York soon. It was a week of so much food, walking around the city and discovering new gems with my travel buddy Carrie.
With thanks to La Compagnie for flying me out and the Viceroy Central Park for hosting me.
Flights from London and Paris to New York for £1000 return.
The whole purpose of visiting New York last month was to experience the joys of travelling with La Companie. A boutique business class only airline which flys from London and Paris to New York. It’s such a simple concept and I still can’t believe anyone had thought of this before.
The flight itself is a refreshing approach to the more traditional setting of an airline, seating just 74 people rather than the usual 300, you can really expect great service, which if you travel as often as I do, is something that is truly welcomed. Especially on long haul flights.
La Compagnie is a french brand so of course, you can expect lots of attention to detail. I loved going through my welcome kit to find one of my favourite skin care brands, Caudalie, provided.
I’m never usually a fan of the food on airlines, if you’re an avid follower on Snapchat, you’ll notice that I tend to buy everything I need from the airport and avoid plane food at all costs, however, I was pleasantly surprised by the choice of fresh food offered on board, but it doesn’t surprise me that their culinary selections are top of the line with all menus created by renowned chef, Christophe Langrée.
If you’re a regular traveller to New York from either London or Paris, I would highly recommend flying with La Compagnie.
LOCATION- 120 W 57th Street
I love staying in hotels. I know Air BnB’s are the thing to do, especially in Brooklyn, but I love the idea of checking into a hotel and in all honesty, having someone else do everything for me. I have enough to do at home, so when I travel it’s so nice to have someone else make the bed. Who’s with me?
When we checked into the Viceroy, the location initially had me a little nervous as it’s only a couple of blocks away from Times Square, but actually, it wasn’t too touristy at all and in fact was a great center point for all the stuff we had going on over our first two days.
The rooms were amazing, super Mid-Century, very masculine, lots of brown leathers and gold fixtures and I absolutely loved it. Of course, food is a big thing for anyone looking for the perfect stay in a new city and Viceroy’s restaurant, Kingside is somewhere I’d recommend eating at, whether you’re a guest of the hotel or not.
Finally, no New York hotel is worth noting unless it has a cool rooftop bar with an amazing view of the city and on our first night, despite the jet lag, we headed to ‘The Roof’ and enjoyed some snacks and drinks before getting into the comfiest bed for a good night’s sleep.
To put it short, Viceroy Central Park is a hotel I can’t wait to return to, it’s cool, the rooms are spacious and the service is great.
LOCATION- North Cove Marina
Sailing is something I wouldn’t usually think of doing when visiting a city like New York, it’s probably more in tune with the beach destinations I find myself in. However, getting a lesson in sailing as well as an opportunity to see the Statue of Liberty without piling into a jam-packed ferry, was actually a lovely experience.
It was a beautiful day and the views all around us were so pretty. If I hadn’t gotten motion sick half way through and had to have my eyes shut the entire way back, I would have loved it all the way. But, if you’re into trying something different, this is definitely something for your list.
LOCATION-30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor
Eating at the Rainbow Room will definitely be one of the most memorable meals I’ve had in a while.
Set on the 65th floor of the Rockefeller Center, brunch here is worthy of its strict dress code. The room is absolutely breathtaking and boasts 360-degree views of Manhattan.
One of my favourite elements of brunching here was listening to the live band whilst enjoying our huge feast, you can choose form an enormous buffet or an a la carte menu which is all included in the set price, all whilst taking in the picturesque scene below you.
If you have a special occasion coming up, I couldn’t recommend Rainbow Room more, and if there are any brides-to-be reading this, I couldn’t imagine a prettier setting for a Manhattan wedding.
Top of The Rock
LOCATION- 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112
After brunch, we headed to Top of The Rock which is in the same building and something that has been on my list of to-dos since my last trip to New York.
If you want an epic view of Manhattan, especially Central Park, this has got to be on your list. The design of the viewing deck is so well thought of, and whoever did it definitely knew how important Instagram was to everyone, because in between the huge glass barriers keeping us all safe, there are gaps big enough to fit your camera lenses through to capture that all important money shot of the big apple.
Huge thanks to NYC & Company for giving me a city pass.