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From journal Christmas in New York
July 29, 2001
From journal New York City
Bayside, New York
September 30, 2001
New York''s Essex House has been around for awhile. I don''t know how long it has been under the Westin umbrella, but to New Yorkers, this is still the Essex House. It faces Central Park, and is considered to be one of the ritzier hotels in the city. With reason. It was built in the 1930''s in art deco style which you can experience in the confines of the elevators. I was charmed by the presence of a single white orchid in one of the elevator corners. It still has its original rooftop sign, and was previously owned by Mariott, the Nikko hotel chain, and now Westin.
It rises 43 floors above the city, and our room was only on the 6th floor! Hotel was sold out for the weekend, as apologies came to us that an upgrade couldn''t be had. The fluted black marble columns adorn the main lobby where there are portraits of what looks like Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, he with a sports car and she with a dog by her side.
Our room was small by comparison to Westin''s other properties, but it does not leave you for wanting for anything. The bed was queen-sized and offered a wonderful night''s sleep on down acessories. TV, exquisite snack bar with, gulp, macadamia nuts! Two safes for my non-existent jewels; an in-room fax machine, 2 telephones (one in the bathroom, ultimate decadence), a small chest of drawers, and a low armoire in the hallway in addition to the clothes closet which had an iron, ironing board and dry cleaning rates.
Room service available as well as all-night dining menu. Concierge was helpful on a couple of occasions for restaurant recommendations. There is a business center on the premises, however, I did not see cable or DSL computer lines in the room.
The bathroom, although small, had a divine hand held shower, as well as a conventional overhead one. The soaps and bath liquids and lotions were all English and smelled like heaven. Yes, hair dryer and magnifying magnificent mirror. None of the original 1930 fixtures here, with the exception perhaps being the shower and bath knobs. They have restaurants on the premises, including the famed Ducasse, and Café Botanika which appeared quite busy on Friday night. I recommend this only to the affluent and business traveler on an expense account.
You are minutes away from quite a few of Manhattan''s landmarks; Carnegie Hall is within a stone''s throw.
From journal Weekend in Manhattan - still magic
April 19, 2006
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