Gramercy, United States

Some New York residents crave a Birkin on their arm, some court-side seats at the Barclays Center or a front-row bike at SoulCycle, but the most coveted city status symbol is a key to Gramercy Park – only a handful exist, those that do are bestowed on the lucky residents of the brownstones surrounding it. The rarefied, fenced-off patch of trimmed lawns, blossoming trees and ‘watch the world go by’ benches sits amid the bustle of the Gramercy district, just a few blocks from NoMad and the East Village. The neighbourhood has a village-y feel, and a vibrant dining and nightlife scene; although it’s likely you’ll head further afield to party. People who’ve already seen the big city and bright lights and want to feel more at home stay here, and – it so happens – Smith stay Gramercy Park Hotel holds one of those holy grail keys…

When to go

You have access to an outdoor spot that even native New Yorkers struggle to enter – if you don't spend summer in the city you'll be deeply disappointed.

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  • Smith Extra on arrival

    Enjoy extras such as a picnic lunch, champagne or spa treatments, on the house

Getting there

  • Planes

    JFK and Newark airports are between 25–35 minutes away by car (allow for traffic at busy times).
  • Trains

    Grand Central Station is a five-minute drive down Park Avenue. From here, you'll be able to board Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) services to other destinations all over the USA. Penn Station is around the same distance – jump on the Long Island Rail Road (www.lirr.org) to escape to the Hamptons.
  • Automobiles

    From JFK, take the Van Wyck Expressway then the Long Island Expressway, before heading over towards Murray Hill in Manhattan on the Queens Midtown Expressway.