As the name of the hotel suggests, there is a maritime theme about this hotel. The rooms are designed to look like cabins on a ship, complete with portholes for windows (albeit, and thankfully, oversized portholes).
The bathrooms were decked out in marble countertops, a common feature in Macpherson hotel rooms, complete with luxury toiletries.
Another benefit of The Maritime hotel? IT'S RIGHT ACROSS FROM THE CHELSEA MARKET. Omigod have you ever been to the Chelsea Market? It is one of the greatest indoor food halls in the world, featuring a plethora of mouthwatering dishes across many different food categories and cultures.
I'm so excited to stay at my third Sean Macpherson hotel next week and to explore a neighbourhood I haven't visited yet!
I was in New York last week and had the pleasure of staying at the most beautiful boutique hotel I've ever been to. The Marlton Hotel, built in 1900, home to artists, actors and other creatives, is located in Greenwich Village and was restored by designer Sean MacPherson in 2012. The attention to detail is impeccable. The moulding, the floors, the furniture, the fixtures, the colours - all simply stunning. I spent my first hour in the room taking photos from every angle. The hotel is breathtaking. I'll let the photos do the rest of the talking.
If you're ever in NYC and need a hotel recommendation, I think you know what my advice is. :)
Many thanks go out to Lindsay Souza - it was through this post on her blog The Pursuit of Style that I first learned of The Marlton and it's greatness. I hope that my post will inspire another reader to visit this gorgeous hotel.
Since I'm flying to New York today, it only seems appropriate that I write about the city. And since I still haven't written about my last visit there, I may as well finally share my experiences and photos from that trip. I was in NY on business last September - I spent my days in the office and went out in the evenings to tour areas of the city that I didn't get a chance to see on my first visit. I went to Grand Central Terminal for the first time and was floored by its majestic beauty. I wandered around slowly and aimlessly and took in all the architectural details, all the preserved history.
I re-visited Rockefeller Center because I didn't have enough time to see it properly on my first visit. This time, I took in the building's Art Deco features and drooled over all the black and gold inside.
I'll never tire of the industrial beauty of the wrought and cast iron fire escapes on the façades of all the buildings in Soho/Tribeca and I spent some time walking up and down the side streets to look at them.
I even had time for a little shopping while I was there. I'm not a big spender on clothing or fashion accessories but I allowed myself to splurge on a gorgeous, black leather Michael Kors bag. I also picked up a couple of chic iPhone cases on sale at J.Crew.
As I was looking through photos of my trip after I got home, I noticed that an excessive amount of them were of chandeliers. New York is full of the most gorgeous chandy's and there is so much variety at every turn. There is also so much beauty in NYC's subway stations and I snapped a photo of the mosaic tiles at the Lincoln Center stop. I also stopped for gelato because the decor in the shop caught my eye and drew me in.
|L-R: A bank at the corner of 5th and East 43rd; across the street from this bank; in Grand Central Terminal|
|One of many Edison bulb, industrial looking chandeliers at the restaurant below my hotel.|
|Task Lamp Chandelier at the entrance of my NY office.|
|Walls, floor and ceiling covered in this bookshelf print, herringbone-patterned wood wall, lucite chairs - this small gelato shop is overflowing with amazing decor details.|
|One World Trade Center, nearing completion - September 11th, 2013|
|Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes...NYC rebuilds|
|Beams of light in place of the former towers - lit up for the anniversary|
I was only minutes into my first trip to NYC when I fell in love with it. It's such an amazing place, full of energy and heart, and while there's still a lot I haven't seen it somehow feels like a second home. This will be my third time there, and this trip will be the shortest by far so I won't get to see or do as much this time around, but I plan on returning many, many times in my future. I would even jump at the chance to live there if the opportunity presented itself. Not kidding when I say: I ♥ NY!
I actually saw a lot more than I photographed, but here are some of the moments when I dared to attempt photography with my poor quality blackberry:
|Inside the lobby of the Empire State Building|
|Empire State Building lit up at night|
|Art installation at Rockefeller Center - "Human Nature" by Ugo Rondinone (it was put up the day I arrived in NY)|
|Radio City Music Hall and NBC Studios|
|What a complex subway system. I'm surprised I managed to figure it out and didn't once get on the wrong one! |
I couldn't help taking a picture of this sign. "Please: no smoking, no littering, but especially no boom boxes!"
Ha ha, so 80s :)
|Treated myself to some Magnolia Bakery cupcakes. That's Peanut Butter and Jam on the right, and the one on the left was something like Triple Chocolate Truffle Fudge.|
|Okay, so the bar actually exists, it's called The Brandy Library :)|
|I couldn't help posting this photo - I lay my new fabrics on my couch, walk away for 5 seconds and already kitty has curled up on them. Kitty-approved fabrics, I guess that's a good sign.|