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LIFESTYLE: Travel: NEW YORK, NEW YORK

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For many of us, visiting New York City is just an item on our bucket list. Gerinda Jooste visited the Big Apple

New York – this is the city where dreams are made; where trends are set; where anything is possible. And where you can expect to see anything (or anyone) walking (very fast) down 5th Avenue dodging the traffic while sipping a cappuccino.

This is a city of contrasts – from the concrete skyscrapers on Wall Street and buzzing street corners to the almost surreal quietness and beauty of Central Park’s leafy paths, to the neon lights, and to the never-ending energy of Times Square.

So whether you’re visiting the city for business or pleasure – you’d want to stay somewhere close to all the irresistible attractions but also somewhere you’ll feel at home the moment you get to rest your tired feet.

And I found just that. A five-minute walk from Central Park, two minutes from 5th Avenue – this is when the fashionista in me started to jump up and down. WestHouse Hotel is less than five minutes from Times Square, and the Rockefeller Centre is just around the corner. The rest of New York’s must-sees are a quick and exciting bicycle trip away, or ten minutes by bus.

Your home away from home

WestHouse Hotel is a vibrant boutique residence whose main aim is to make you feel at home. It is infused with the style (and spirit) of 1920s New York – so when you are sipping a glass of champagne while overlooking the Hudson River, you can’t but feel excited by the energy of this amazing city. And the best is that you’re just moments away from the action.

The hotel opened in 2013 and is much more than a luxury boutique hotel. They reinvented the concept of hospitality and created something unique by providing a curated portfolio of upscale services and amenities, as well as service that’s designed to satisfy even the most discerning guests.

There are moments of indulgence every day in WestHouse. You can enjoy breakfast on The Terrance with captivating views of rival rooftop restaurants, and afternoon libations at The Den when their speak-easy cocktail hour unfolds.

Resident privileges

WestHouse  is the first New York hotel to offer a comprehensive selection of benefits for hotel guests to enjoy, as part of a residents’ fee of only $35 per night. This gives you access to a vast array of bespoke and unlimited in residence privileges such as a European sweet and savoury breakfast; high tea in the afternoon; hors d’oeuvres evening canapés; beverages (alcoholic and non- alcoholic); and barista-crafted coffees.

Concierge service

Its concierge service is another defining component of the WestHouse experience. This is a team of in-house specialists tasked with creating distinctive itineraries for each guest. The heightened level of service takes advantage of unique partnerships with other premier lifestyle enhancement brands to provide residents with experiences not found in any other luxury hotel in New York City. The concierge services include dining recommendations and reservations; access to exclusive lounges and nightlife venues; guided tours and itineraries to art galleries and museums; and VIP access to film festivals, Fashion Week, movie premières and parades … the list is endless.

So, when you next visit New York, New York: you know where to stay and feel like a local in this amazing city.

For more information or reservations visit westhousehotelnewyork.com. Follow WestHouse on FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter @WestHouseNY

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