New York has so many amazing hotels with every street seeming to be filled with at least 2.
There are the grand, opulent ones, with marble floors and doormen. The quirky ones with water beds, and bubble chairs, and ones which you'd rather avoid.
Having never been to New York before, we decided to try two different hotels.
After having loved the quirkier Chambers, we decided to end on a bit of Luxury and settled for The Loft Suite at the Royalton.
The Royalton is a midtown hotel, close to Central Park and Time Square. It is part of the The Morgans Hotel Group, the luxury parent company who own hotels such as the Mondrian and Sanderson in London, and Delano in Vegas.
Morgans Hotel Group is also widely credited with inventing the Boutique Hotel in 1984 when it opened Morgans Hotel, also in New York.
Each of the rooms have been designed by Phillipe Starck a French interior designer who in 1983, the French President François Mitterrand asked him to renovate his private apartment.
Well if it's good enough for a French President, it's good enough for this lass from England.
The Loft Suite was a fabulous size, and whilst minimalist in design, it had that designer feel to it through intricate touches.
The bed was one of the comfiest things I've ever slept on, and I loved how it slightly went into the wall. I don't know what it was about that, but it felt very cosy indeed.
The huge sofa's were a welcomed addition too, and made for an excellent place to munch on midnight pizza we went out especially to get.
I also loved the desk- very exec- and a perfect blogging spot.
The room also comes with a real wood burning fire, not that we needed it in the New York summer heat.
The mini bar was very well stocked, although unlike Chambers which had a huge goodie box filled with crisps, nuts, sweets, chocolate, you name it, I kid you not, there was one lonely chocolate bar in the fridge here, which was a bit of a bummer.
It's why midnight pizza was needed...
I really loved The Loft Suite, it oozed sophistication, yet was also quite homely and comfy too, which is a perfect mix.
Yet the bathroom blew me away a little.
Trying to get pictures was hard I'll tell you, but imagine the hugest round bath the size of a hot tub.
And each corner had a little station, one vanity, one sink.
I need this bathroom- glitzy mirror tiles, check. Candles, check. Vanity unit, check. What more do I need?
I said it in my Chamber post, that hands down Chambers won the hospitality category. Nothing was too much trouble.
This was true. Royalton won the style category for me, as I just loved the room, but they could improve a little on their hospitality. Not that it was bad, just little niggles, like the mini bar for instance, and also we rang down for more bubble bath a couple of times, yet no one ever showed up.
Downstairs in the hotel, it really is quite spectacular. Decked out in a dark wood, moody lighting and some serious leather chairs, it makes a fantastic Friday night bar.
The Forty Four bar has some great cocktails, including a twist on the classic Old Fashioned- a smoking one, complete with lift the lid and receive pouring smoke. As it was Friday night drinks I didn't take my camera, which in this instance I missed a great photo op!
The decor really was quite something, very striking and a little sexy.
Although in the day, it was a great place to come and sit for a quite read- Ok who are we kidding, a quite flick through the Daily Mail app...
The Royalton Loft Suite is a little pricey at around $349 per night, however I'll let you into a little secret of mine. Just keep it to your self ok?
So I signed up to a website called Late Luxury, part of Secret Escapes. It's a newsletter sent to your inbox, with only 4 or 5 star hotels, and they have amazing discounts. I'm talking like 50% off. The name suggest that the discounts are for bookings at short notice. But short notice can be around a month before which is when I booked our hotel.
I honestly can't recommend that newsletter enough, best random discovery I ever made.
Shhhhh our little secret.
Royalton New York
44 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
New York, NY 10036