Luxury holidays in East Village

Gentrification may have smoothed the East Village’s rough edge, but it wears the ripped jeans and battered leather jacket of its punk past with pride; even if the legendary CBGB bar – the spiritual home of NYC rockers – now sells decidedly more groomed garb as a luxury menswear store. The days when iconic acts such as Patti Smith, the Ramones, Blondie, Television and more played for the price of a beer may be gone, but there are dive bars aplenty, indie record stores, raucous stand-up shows and avant-garde theatre. Hang out in the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, dine very well for your dollars and wander past graffiti-clad tenements and get swept up in the neighbourhood's little-diminished bohemian attitude.

When to go

All-year round – if you start to feel chilly warm up with a beer and whisky chaser.

Getting there

  • Planes

    The closest airports are JFK, Newark and La Guardia, all within an hour of the hotel (if the traffic's behaving).
  • Trains

    Grand Central Station and Penn Station are both under 10 minutes away by car. You'll be able to board Amtrak ( services to other destinations all over the USA. Penn Station will also get you out to the Hamptons on the Long Island Rail Road (
  • Automobiles

    From JFK, take the Van Wyck Expressway then the Long Island Expressway, before heading over towards SoHo from the Queens Midtown Expressway.