If you're a big Sex and the City fan like me then you'll fully appreciate Hotel Gansevoort, quite literally giving major Carrie Bradshaw and the gals energy, as it's on the street that they saunter across the cobblestone streets at the end of Sex and the City 2.
Conveniently located in the heart of Manhattan's meatpacking district, this New York hotel is a stone's throw to the Chelsea Market, the Whitney Museum and the Highline, and – being one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in the Tribeca – it offers up great restaurants and trendy cafés, but more importantly shopping and designer stores. It's the perfect location to use as a base for busy day activities straight into a night on the town with ease!
First impressions of the sleek modern hotel lobby looks like a city-breakers dream, it felt swanky, sexy but understated and check-in was a breeze which is always a win, and the delightful staff at the front desk brought my attention to the coffee and cocktails concept situated at the side of the entrance, another win, making it an accessible but attractive spot for a quick bite or a cheeky Cosmopolitan in the early afternoon. Win-win.
Stepping into our Manhattan suite was like staying in a grown-up luxury apartment, the full "New York" experience I was looking for, and the more-than-generous square footage meant that squabbling would be kept to a minimum between my significant other half. After a whistle-stop tour of the suite, we noticed it had excellent amenities, even hair straighteners… everything you need to save on precious luggage room.
Feeling slightly tired from our flight, we were keen to get on the rooftop for refreshments and take in the sweeping views of the skyline IRL. Then there's the heated pool, you'll be happy to know that this urban oasis is accessible by guest-only, extra points for exclusive vibes!
With a jam-packed itinerary of restaurants and spots to visit on this short trip, working out was just not on the agenda, but for those who are travelling for work and need to stay on track with fitness goals, the 24-hour gym and smart interactive mirror in the room come in very handy, along with the sizeable workspace essential for those who work are here for business and pleasure.
But enough about work, the time has come for our eagerly anticipated culinary experience at the Saishin Sushi restaurant also on the rooftop, which is accessed through a seemingly hidden entrance revealing a more private area, a very nice touch!
On the menu was the Omakase taster menu, expertly prepared in front of you, the epitome of dining in style. I recommend you try everything, including the sea urchin, you will not regret it. But you might regret not ordering the fusion cocktails to compliment your meal, the Sake-Margarita was my personal favourite.
The only disappointment of our stay was that it wasn't long enough, and the top-notch customer service made us feel like rockstars, and that alone will make me come back, so if you're planning a city getaway with your plus one or the besties, Gansevoort definitely won't disappoint. A lot can happen in a New York minute.