My daughter and I just came back from a weekend getaway in NYC. We love our NYC getaways. For a few days, we roamed the city fancy-free, popping into movie theaters, cafes for lunch, Broadway shows, shops and holiday markets. There is nothing like the city during this time of year and we felt so lucky to experience it like natives for a few days. To rest our head at night, we chose Hotel Giraffe, located in the Flat Iron District. We weren’t familiar with the hotel before we went, so I can honestly report that we were very satisfied and very impressed with the hotel’s amenities, offerings and service provided during our stay. From the moment we saw the chocolate chip cookies and milk awaiting our arrival, and other kid-friendly items on the bed including a print out of a giraffe and map of the city for her to find all her favorite places, we knew we were in for a treat.
Why I Recommend Hotel Giraffe
Hotel Giraffe is a small, cozy hotel, with just 72 rooms, many with a small balcony. Every day from 5-8pm they offer a marvelous wine & cheese. The night we were there they had a pianist playing lovely tunes. There’s complimentary breakfast, free umbrellas by the door in the chance of rain, free entrance to the local New York Sports Club, free Wi-Fi and the rooms are ultra-comfortable. Most of all, the location is supreme. My teen and I walked to Times Square to see Dear Evan Hansen, we walked to Union Square, we walked to shops on 5th Avenue, we walked to the Lower East Side. If you are with an adventurous child or partner, like I was, you don’t even have to use public transportation. Plus, there are free bottles of spring water in the room, something I always love and find very considerate from any hotel.
Breakfast is included and is served on the main floor. The hotel even offers breakfast delivery if visitors wish to enjoy their morning in the comfort of their own room for a $5 service fee. The Rooftop Garden at the Hotel Giraffe is the perfect spot to enjoy al fresco drinks under the summer sun or the NYC nighttime sky, in a relaxed and informal setting. Their local eatery Bread & Tulips offers Italian homemade food and there are many walkable options including Sarabeth’s, Wagamama, Max Brenner, Shake Shack and Eataly.
Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary stay to facilitate this review and others, but all opinions are my own.