International Woman of Mystery: elusive and mysterious. The goal of any urban mommy I would think. If this is how you define yourself and insist on introducing your kids to the funky and luxurious accommodations, you must stay at the Gansevoort Park. The new Gansevoort Park is in Manhattan’s NoMad district is the second property in the chain. The original meatpacking district location frequented by A-list celebrities who party on the roof has helped to define downtown and flanks our favourite strolling place: The Highline Park. This newer property is like an uptown oasis with a twist of sass.
The lobby is extraordinary, rooms palatial (especially for New York), with tubs to die for. I could have hung out in the lobby all day. Oversized chairs, benches and great music welcomed me upon check-in. My room was slick and filled with clean lines, minimalist taps and luxurious bath products. Art-wise, I was stunned and even tried to duplicate a photograph so it could be my screen-saver.
Gansevoort Park Tips:
1. The roof is THE place to be – for parties and instagramming awesome shots of racing NYC cabs.
2. Rooms have a minimalist almost masculine feel with a huge tub for bathing.
3. Rainbow coloured shampoos made me smile and would have delighted my kids.
4. The Gansevoort offers a Cutler color-coded shaving kit for the urban dad.
5. Rooms feature the BOWERS & WILKINS Zeppelin mini iPod docking station.
6. Provocative artwork and fuscia curtains just make you feel, well.. Sexy.
7. The rubber ducky in the bathroom was a great touch.
8. It’s a quick subway ride to Century 21.
9. Breakfast in the ASELLINA restaurant has an incredibly expansive menu that would appeal to the pickiest eaters.
10. The hotel offers complimentary cribs, protective bumpers, pack and plays, disposable diapers, bath amenities including body wash, lotion, powder and diaper cream. Not that I forget all of that stuff on EVERY trip. Ok I do.
The roof pool area, with lemon/cucumber ice water and monogrammed towels was the spot to be in the New York heat. I took neat photographs of the stunning bar area and the New York streetscape beneath, with yellow taxis racing past. When in New York, this is where you’ll find me. The only danger is that I may not leave my room.