Girlfriend Getaways: Park Avenue Style
By Melanie Nayer
What makes a good girlfriend getaway? Good food, great shopping, gorgeous men, and of course, your girlfriends. There’s one place in the U.S. that’s sure to please single women of all personalities: New York City.
But in a city of over 10 million people, where do you start? Easy: choose your hotel and start at the front door.
The theme of this girl’s getaway was “simple luxury” and Kimpton’s 70 Park Avenue hotel fit the bill. Positioned perfectly at the corner of Park Avenue and 38th, the boutique hotel offered everything single women are looking for on vacation: helpful staff, big rooms, free amenities and complimentary wine every Monday through Friday from 5-7 p.m.
But this hotel was more than just free drinks and a good view.
“We are all about pampering,” said Ericka Nelson, general manager of 70 Park Avenue Hotel. “We want this to be your home away from home.”
The in-room spa treatments, free yoga totes including yoga mats and DVDs and the luxurious bath amenities from L’Occitane are just a few of the examples that help make 70 Park Avenue Hotel a comfortable space to spend your New York City getaway. Good for kids and pets, alike, Kimpton’s policies are relaxed, but with a little luxury.
Kimpton’s Women in Touch programs are run by Kimpton employees who pride themselves on understanding their consumers. Who hasn’t arrived at a hotel to find out they’ve forgotten an essential must-have item from their home? Kimpton’s “Forgot It? We Got It!” program allows travelers to grab must-have items like nail files, curling irons, tweezers, slippers, pre-programmed iPods, noise machines, and other ‘home’ essentials for free or with little charge.
“We like to cater to our guests,” said Nelson. “Three days before your arrival, we’ll send you an email from our concierge with the weather forecast so you can plan your wardrobe, offer to make dinner or theater reservations, and 24 hours before your checkout we’ll send you a note to make sure you’re all set with your flights or transportation.”
Just how good is the service?
It was a rainy Friday in New York when I arrived (read: every cab was taken.) The wait for a taxi outside the hotel was anywhere from 20-30 minutes, and we had 15 minutes to dinner. I quickly ran to Christopher, the hotel concierge, and asked if the hotel had a car service. Note to single women travelers: most hotels work directly with a car service, which can provide peace of mind if you’re in a strange city and don’t know your way around.
Ten minutes later, a black stretch limo pulled up in front of the hotel and announced my name. I looked around, confused and somewhat bewildered by the mode of transportation waiting for me, but as my girlfriend standing next to me pointed out, there’s something to be said for good service in New York City.
The cost? About $20 more than it would have cost in a cab sitting in Manhattan traffic.
The comfort? Priceless.
Melanie Nayer is a travel writer and travel enthusiast who writes about destinations around the world.