Travel Tuesday

Travel Tuesday | The Spectator

My best friend from college is getting married this September in Tuscany, but before she gets hitched we are all meeting in Charleston to celebrate her bachelorette. Having never been to Charleston I am very excited to visit this quaint town that I have heard nothing but rave reviews about. While there is plenty to do in Charleston such as, experience the Neoclassical architecture that abounds, eat at the many world renowned restaurants, wander through some of the country's oldest gardens, and shop along King Street, I am very excited to check out the Spectator Hotel. 

Currently listed as the number one hotel in the US it is conveniently located between Charleston's French Quarter and the Market Street Districts. A very boutique hotel- there are only 41 rooms, the hotel exudes roaring 20's throughout and its charm and lux can be fully credited to lead designer Jenny Keenan. 

 

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Travel Tuesday | Gramercy Park Hotel

It has been a little over two years since I made my west coast return after spending half a decade away in NYC. As I spent my day yesterday deciding when the best time to plan a visit would be (obviously not right now, this state of emergency is completely unappealing) June or July, or wait until September/October I realized that by the time I get back to New York it will have been a full year since my last visit. After much contemplation, and yesterday's announcement of the 2017 Kips Bay Showhouse designers, I've made a decision that June it is. 

I loved New York while living there and still do, but for the last year or so I have just had little urge to make the 6 hour flight over...but absence makes the heart grow fonder and I'm definitely counting down already (although no flights have officially been purchased).

New  York is the mecca of interior design as I've mentioned before, and while not the ultimate city for hotel lusting (other cities in Europe take that prize), there are more than a handful that are not to be missed and admired. One of my favorite hotels of all time is the Gramercy Park Hotel. I love the GPH so much that when I was scouting a new apartment years ago I limited myself to the prestigious address of Gramercy Park so that I could be a stones throw away from the hotel and its famed Rose Bar - never did I devour a lychee martini more quickly. 

The hotel originally opened in 1925 and was sold to Ian Schrager in 2003 who collaborated with artist Julian Schnabel to transform the hotel into the luxury and art hot spot it is today.  Although Schrager no longer has any affiliation with the hotel he was the mastermind in creating this boutique gem. For those who have yet to witness GPH for themselves, it is an absolute must and for those who have, it is always a treat to return.