Seventy-three percent of summer trips will head to U.S. destinations, according to Allianz Partners. The travel insurance company analyzed more than 1.6 million flight itineraries booked between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day and found New York ranks among the most popular cities.
If you plan on visiting NYC this summer, check into Conrad New York Midtown. With 562 renovated suites, a popular restaurant and a full event calendar, the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel is a world of its own in the middle of Manhattan. Here are the five reasons Conrad Midtown is where you’ll want to stay.
Upon rebranding from The London NYC to Conrad Midtown in 2019, the 54-floor hotel underwent an extensive Stonehill Taylor makeover that reinvigorated a building that opened back in 1987. Contemporary art and hand-tufted rugs fill the common spaces. Herringbone flooring, custom furniture and Carrara-marble-covered baths accentuate the rooms.
Fawning couples who visit will love the stylish Sky Suite overlooking Manhattan. Solo business travelers will appreciate the one-bedroom Park View Suite with a living area, dining corner and other reminders of home. And the family of five in town for a few days won’t get enough of the 1,800-square-foot Apartment Suite and its soaking tub, sofa bed and remarkable city views.
The hotel’s restaurant, Dabble, with its royal-blue accent walls, half-circle booths and glossy floors, looks like something from a Humphrey Bogart movie. Play out a scene of your own over sparkling champagne and a plate of sea bass and sauteed spinach. If you’re ready for your close-up earlier in the day, the restaurant also serves breakfast and lunch.
The well-equipped fitness center is open 24 hours, giving those who’d like to take advantage of the gym’s Kinesis equipment and Peloton bikes the flexibility they need.
Art can also be appreciated any time of day here. From the life-like Leda and the Swan lobby sculpture to numerous works from 30-plus artists around the property, Conrad Midtown is a gallery that never closes its doors.
Central Park looks almost close enough to touch when you peer through the curtain in your suite. Even on your most sluggish morning, you can get to the park in a breeze. Columbus Circle is a mere eight-minute walk from the hotel lobby. Radio City Music Hall is even less than that. And if Carnegie Hall were any closer, you’d need earplugs in the bedroom to muffle the sounds of violins coming from the stage. A host of other attractions and restaurants sprinkles the immediate area. Even Times Square, which sits just six blocks away, begs for a quick visit.
Most days, the lobby library is but a tidy reading nook, just big enough for a few shelves of books and a couple of reading chairs. But when it’s not feeding guests’ appetite for books by Scott Turow or Michael Eric Dyson, the corner (and the lobby area just outside of it) turns into a multi-use space that hosts events like calligraphy classes or jewelry welding (June 21-22).
If you prefer some tunes, catch Jazz Night at Dabble (May 26 and June 7 and 23) or the ongoing live music at the restaurant every Wednesday and Friday.
The Seasonal Offerings
Conrad Midtown celebrates the season with new offers. Everyone in your group will like The Summer in the City package, which includes a coloring book, MOMA tickets and a $100 credit to the off-site spa. The NYC Pride Package includes two themed cocktails at Dabble and the opportunity to get all dolled up by the hotel’s in-house makeup artist before the June 25 parade.
And for all the Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo fans, there’s the Yankees Grand Slam Package (August 1-24), which consists of Yanks memorabilia, two baseball caps, stadium snacks and a gift certificate to the MLB Store, which, of course, is only a 10-minute walk from the NYC hotel.