JFK International Airport services most international and West Coast arrivals and departures, and is 19 miles away. Several domestic airlines fly into LaGuardia Airport, just 10 miles away. Although close, travel times to and from both airports vary greatly due to traffic and time of day.
Major Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Amtrak train routes (www.amtrak.com) run out of Penn Station, just 20 minutes away.
With taxis in constant rotation and nearby subway stops plentiful, a car is more trouble than it's worth. However, for those driving, the hotel does have valet parking for $65 per car per day. There may be additional fees for oversized cars or SUVs.
Worth getting out of bed for
Hudson Square (or West Soho) was once known as the printmaking distict and it now borders SoHo, New York's downtown shopping district crowded with tourists and fashion-shoot-ready locals. You’ll find everything from familiar mall monikers and a robust showing of independent boutiques, too. For quirky gifts, fine jewelry and curiosities for the home, pop by Michele Varian on Howard Street (+1 212 343 0033). You don’t have to be swept up in the New York surf craze to dress the part – cruise by the Saturdays Surf NYC (+1 212 966 7875) flagship store on Crosby Street for the latest in shore-to-SoHo fashion. Also, grab a potent espresso from the in-store coffee bar, too. Stroll a few blocks north to Kisan (+1 212 475 2470) on Greene Street, a tempting collection of clothing, accessories, jewelry and goodies for the home that’s like a spin around the globe.
Bright, bustling and a fine people-watching perch, Jack’s Wife Freda on Lafayette Street turns out comforting classics – soft boiled eggs with soldiers, matzo ball soup, tuna salad –– with a stylish twist, three meals a day. Just a few doors down, the 98-seat Osteria Morini (+1 212 965 8777) has an inviting atmosphere, silky charcuterie and luscious pasta concoctions layered with flavour such as the truffled mascarpone ravioli, drizzled with melted butter and studded with bits of prosciutto. Owner and chef Michael White found his inspiration for the menu in the cuisine of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. Chef Einat Admony is the force behind the inventive Mediterranean-meets-Israeli cuisine at Balaboosta, which is Yiddish for 'the perfect housewife', on Mulberry Street in nearby Nolita. Try the ceviche, which changes daily or the grilled lamb chops topped with Persian lime sauce (+1 212 966 7366).
It might not look like much from the outside, but don't let that stop you from popping by the Ear Inn (+1 212 226 9060) on Spring Street for a pint and a dose of New York City history (maybe even a ghost). This Federal-style building claoked in a layer of peeling pine green paint also serves decent burgers, fish and chips and other pub fare. Sneak down the flight of stairs that leads to the wine bar at Peasant (+1 212 965 9611) on Elizabeth Street. Exposed beams, flickering candlelight and a charming cave-like atmosphere might have you thinking you've taken an odd turn and landed in Tuscany.