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If you're in the Boston area and happen to get a case of the munchies, you'd do well to hop over to the new Hyatt Place Braintree, opening on May 15. The 204-room hotel, which is located 12 miles from downtown Boston, will offer guests free WiFi, one of the brand's 24-hour Stay Fit fitness centers, and a 24-hour "Guest Kitchen" with made-to-order snacks like soups, burgers, hot sandwiches, pizza and salad.
The Guest Kitchen, reminiscent of Aloft's re:fuel pantry except with an actual server, is available at other Hyatt Place properties, and is in fact just one of a few dining amenities designed for guests on the go.
Guests can also choose from a free hot breakfast, a Bakery Cafe with fresh-baked muffins, Starbucks coffee and Hyatt-branded Mondavi wine, and a Grab 'N Go case with packaged sandwiches and juice bottles. But if it's something more...personal you're looking for, simply place an order with the Kitchen Host, have the food sealed up in a to-go container, and bring the comestibles up to your room.
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Like to people watch? Hotels are good for that. And even better than a high-traffic lobby is an outdoor sidewalk cafe, which is exactly what just opened on Smith Street outside of Nu Hotel in Brooklyn yesterday.
The hotel (which isn't so "nu" anymore) boasts on its Facebook page that Brooklyn recently "scored an impressive 97" on its walkability compared to other US cities. And now with summer about to get underway and everyone in the city coming out to play, they've certainly got nothing to lose by plonking down a few tables and chairs and letting guests take front row seats to the daily spectacle that is Downtown Brooklyn.
Though, as the NY Times plainly points out, the hotel happens to be in the unfortunate position of being directly across the street from a newly re-opened city jail. Which, we can all agree, doesn't exactly make for the best people-watching.
A quick look at the Facebook page of French-based luxury hotel group Relais & Chateaux reveals the kind of qualities they seek out in a hotel: Caractère, Courtoisie, Calme, Charme et Cuisine. But after a recent press event held in New York, it seems one of those Cs holds a little more weight than the others.
Celebrating the newest members to their grand collection, which include two top New York restaurants—Del Posto and Marea—plus The Surrey (which happens to be the first NYC hotel to be inducted in almost 20 years), the company's chairman declared that for R&C, "Food is at the heart of all of our properties. Without a good food experience, Relais & Chateaux wouldn't exist."
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Considering the super-high standards of hotel restaurants in New York (Maze at The London NYC, Maialino at Gramercy Park, and The Ace's The Breslin all come to mind), no one could possibly fault you for ditching the entire fam and taking yourself to a nice dinner in midtown (or Wall Street, as the case may be).
Check out these delightful dining options. With expertly-crafted menus and warm, inviting dining rooms to match, we can think of at least a few things you'll be grateful for: among them, not having to do the dishes.
The London NYC: First up, Gordon Ramsay's Manhattan jewel on West 54th St. The 2-Michelin Star Gordon Ramsay at the London is doing it up with caramelized Long Island duck breast, served with sweet rutabaga, potato rosti and Szechwan consomme. While that menu is going for $185pp, a slightly more affordable option is at Maze, where $95pp gets you a four-course meal with slow-roasted turkey, confit leg a la creme, or roasted cannon of lamb.
For a few days this week, New York was actually feeling pretty pleasant. Blue skies, cool breezes, and plenty of sunshine. But this morning's humidity is just a harbinger of the pit-stain-inducing, ninth-circle-of-hell-reminiscent city heat wave that will soon be upon us. Worry not, HotelChatter is here to help! Here are our top picks for refreshing room service treats:
· Above the LEED-certified Crosby Street Hotel in Soho is a rooftop garden lovingly tended to by head chef Anthony Paris (above). All produce that's grown in the garden—and they harvest everything from melons to tomatoes to blueberries to herbs—directly serves the hotel's kitchen. Make use of the Crosby's sophisticated English Afternoon Tea menu, which includes a "Fresh Fruit Tea" ($31). Pick from a platter piled with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, orange, mango, pineapple, papaya, kiwi, and caramelized banana—oh, and, lest we forget the most important part, loose herbal tea.