Transcend to the Hudson

by Louise, Community Manager

Whenever I have the opportunity to go visit one of our hotels, the first question I ask myself is “Would I stay here?” Living in NYC, I don’t have much opportunity to actually stay in the hotels here, but from my visits and tours I will say that they have more character than a lot of the hotels in cities that I’ve visited around the world. Yesterday we took a trip to the Hudson Hotel and I know I will be recommending it more often to not only clients but friends as well!

First of all, there’s the location. The Hudson is located on 58th street between 8th and 9th avenue, just one block from Columbus Circle, one of the main transportation hubs of the city where you can catch the A, C, E, B, D or 1 trains, making it easy to access pretty much anywhere in the city you might like to see. The amazing Time Warner Center is also just one block away, with upscale shopping and incomparable dining options like A Voce, Per Se, Landmarc, Barmasa and the ridiculously yummy Bouchon Bakery. The southwest entrance to Central Park is two blocks away, and Lincoln Center is just a few blocks north. Times Square is one subway stop or a short walk, pleasant walk if the weather is nice. Basically, what I’m saying is, in terms of location it is pretty prime.

When you walk into the Hudson you first encounter a long escalator that takes you up to the lobby and check-in desk. The escalators are house in quiet tunnels, giving you the opportunity to decompress from being outside in the city’s craziness before you enter the tranquility of the hotel. The lobby has an arch overhead decorated with leaves, and giant crystal chandeliers over check-in, drawing you immediately into the ambience of the area.

I won’t mince words: the rooms at the Hudson are small. They have everything you need but if you are the type of person who likes to spend a lot of time in your hotel room, the Hudson may not be the hotel for you. But also, if you’re the kind of person who likes to spend a lot of time in your hotel room, why are you coming to NYC? The hotel is undergoing room renovations this year (but don’t worry, construction noise is not a problem) with a completion date of early September. The new rooms have higher beds to provide more storage space for your luggage, new lighting, and near air conditioning units. The wood paneling on the wall provides a cozy atmosphere. But really, you’ll only be sleeping in there. One of the things I love most about the Hudson is the multitude of public spaces to relax, socialize, and have a drink.

Hudson Hall is the Hudson’s on-site restaurant, serving breakfast and dinner daily in a setting that one of my colleagues said reminded her of Hogwarts. Long, communal wooden tables are the primary seating offered and the serving is cafeteria-style – though the food is definitely not: a combination of ethnic cuisines celebrating the melting pot of NYC is served.

Hudson Bar is open Thursday-Saturday from 7 PM to midnight and is an elegant, glamorous spot to start your evening with a few cocktails or enjoy a nightcap before retiring to your room. The décor of the room is delightful – the reversed floor and ceiling décor invokes the feeling of being upside-down (in the most pleasant possible way), and the eclectic array of furniture is both comfortable and visually pleasing.

The Library is probably my favorite public space at the Hudson. With a giant fireplace,  lots of comfy places to sit, and an elegant pool table in the center of the room, it’s definitely a spot to come and unwind – plus there’s a bar, of course! The cocktails at the library sound particularly delicious to me – sipping a “Maple Mojito” (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Maple Simple Syrup, Lime, Mint & Soda) in front of the fireplace sounds like a beautiful way to end the day to me!

The Hudson also has two private outdoor spaces to relax and get some fresh air if it is a nice day and you don’t feel like taking the walk to Central Park. There is also a gym in the basement accessible to all guests, and spa treatments can be booked on-site as well. What more reason do you need to spend your NYC vacation at the Hudson?

Want to book a trip that includes a stay at the Hudson Hotel? E-mail info@newyorkguest.com and we’ll start planning today!

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