By Robert Aps
Holiday shopping and New York City make up a perfect trip before the holiday season arrives. We have put together some of the hottest shopping centres and districts in The Big Apple to lose yourself in the bliss of world class retail therapy. And that’s not all—we’re matching up our favorite department stores and shopping districts to help you maximize the experience.
Macy’s & Archer Hotel
Macy’s is your choice if you want to combine elegant surroundings with premier shopping opportunities. This is the world’s largest department store and one the most famous icons of New York City (we know you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, don’t deny it). It even attained status as a National Historic Landmark in 1978. Even the most conservative patrons seem to suddenly convert into shopaholics here. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in this behemoth spanning an entire city block and 11 levels, ask for some help.
A beautiful vista of the Empire State Building from the rooftop bar is only one of the reasons why Archer Hotel is definitely worth a visit. The close proximity to Bryant Park and Macy’s will give you enough grounds to partner up with Archer for the next Christmas shopping spree. Surrounding areas are not really famous for the food, but chef David Burke’s fancy Fabrick and a nice Bugatti Bar downstairs will keep you busy during the lunch and dinner hours.
Bergdorf Goodman & WestHouse Hotel
If ultimate luxury shopping is your mission before this Christmas then look no further from Bergdorf Goodman. Being in the premises makes you feel like living in the golden age of department stores, plus you can indulge in the traditional afternoon tea served with delicious sandwiches and cakes. Besides the refreshments, the line-up on Bergdorf Goodman’s shelves is impressive. You can find Prada, Jimmy Choo, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Lanvin among the other top luxury brands.
No doubt WestHouse Hotel raises the bar in Midtown luxe accommodation experiences by carrying the vibes of a private club. Art Deco influenced boutique hotel is tucked away near many gorgeous shopping opportunities. But better yet, you can even use the 24/7 Net-a-Porter service offering same-day delivery for designer clothing, bags and shoes.
Barney’s & The Lowell
Ready to shop like a movie star? Spectacular array of luxury brands, a huge cosmetics department and a wondrous stock of exclusive or limited editions of your favourites. Whether it’s a pretentious scent or an elaborate designer outfit you are planning to wrap up for Christmas, Barney’s is your guy in NYC.
Upper East Side is home to the elegant and classy The Lowell that feels more like a second home in dreamy Manhattan than just another high-class hotel. Museum Mile is not far away and the shopping paradise of Madison and Fifth Avenues is waiting for you to find the rarest boutiques available.
Saks Fifth Avenue & Sanctuary Hotel New York
With a full set of swanky boutiques and cosmetic counters, Saks Fifth Avenue is the ultimate stop for all things that have unique, trendy and luxurious written all over them. More casual than Bergdorf, this shopping centre carries tons of unforgettable gift ideas. Let the shopping spree begin!
How close can you get to Times Square? Two minutes is the loud and clear answer from Sanctuary Hotel New York that all lovers of big city bustle will undeniably appreciate. Modern design, extravagant service and a distinct location near the Broadway theaters might just be it.
Soho neighborhood & The James New York
Soho is the prime neighborhood in Manhattan for shopping and dining. Prada, Chanel and numerous other five-star brands have all set up their retail embassies in Soho. The area south of Houston street is a lively and elegant Christmas shopping destination that makes for a lovely introductory course in buying the most memorable gifts ever.
When checking into The James New York, an impressive art collection scattered throughout the hotel is one of the first things you will notice besides the impeccable service and a brilliant mobile app. Moving on, you will start feeling the warm vibes and atmosphere that almost make the place home away from home. A home opening up the vast shopping opportunities of Soho, that is.
Don’t wait to book your fall shopping vacation up to New York City! And when you’re ready–come visit us at BoutiqueHotels.com.