July 20 2010
In New York, the expansion of two local hotel brands provides an opportune excuse to get oneself into an Empire state of mind. Trump International Hotel & Tower (www.trumpintl.com; doubles from $895) – itself soon to be fresh off a $30m refurbishment spearheaded by none other than The Donald’s multitalented daughter, Ivanka – has opened a second property below Houston Street, Trump SoHo (www.trumpsohohotel.com; doubles from $449). With 391 sleekly handsome hotel rooms in a 46-storey skyscraper, the hotel radiates the signature NYC-by-way-of-Vegas Trump style: panoramic views over Manhattan, world-class dining at its Italian restaurant (pictured), a cocktail lounge, a luxury spa and furnishings by Fendi Casa.
And the Gansevoort Park Avenue (www.gansevoortpark.com; doubles from $457), which opened on July 19, is taking its Meatpacking District creds (slick design married surprisingly successfully with business-hotel service standards) to the burgeoning lower midtown business district; the rooftop pool and tri-level bar will provide a perfect redoubt from the heat of the streets.