Hi folks. Wondering if you might help me - I'm drowning in a sea of review sites and, having comprehensively researched what feels like a billion NYC hotels, I've narrowed down the search.
A short summary: planning a summer proposal in fabulous NYC. 5 day trip. I appreciate that we'll be out and about every day but having a fabulous hotel room is important, especially because I want to propose in the room - flowers, candlelight, after a brilliant day in NYC, just us (as Big might say to Carrie). I'm lucky enough to have saved up a decent budget per night - up to $1,000 per night.
The choices (and my misgivings) are these...in no particular order:
The Chatwal - junior suite - great reviews of hotel, but room on the small side (550sq ft) no separate dining room. Expensive for what it is?
The Surrey - ultra deluxe salon - has a terrace, but exterior works may or may not be finished by our trip, so afraid scaffolding might blight the views. Small room (460sq ft) no separate living room. Great upper east side location and Chanel inspired bar.
The Carlyle - deluxe suite (750 sq ft) so great sized with separate living room, hugely chic hotel with great history, great bar, woody allen jazz, but while the room appears good value, the bar/restaurant appears to be monumentally expensive compared to the others. Again, upper easy smart.
The NoMad - suite, or perhaps the Nomad Suite at 1100sq ft if we push the budget. Hot list new hotel, great reviews, restaurant that's apparently a more casual version of Eleven Madison Park, superb looking rooms but.....reviews suggest location seedy?
I've rejected The Greenwich, Crosby St and Trump Soho because for my budget, the rooms are on the small side and I think the four choices above offer better value for money.
We're a couple in our mid-30s so nothing too old fashioned, nothing too hipster, looking for something chic in the middle. My head says Nomad for the room and service, my heart says Carlyle for the old-school chic, my romance says the Surrey for the terrace, my bad side says the Chatwal for the glamour.
New Yorkers, I'm counting on you for the inside track. Thanks in advance for your advice. TLISM