Luxury Hotels: Fashion is to New York what red wine is to Bordeaux. Itís a symbol of the city. During the twice-yearly Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, designers, models and fashion followers descend on the city to attend shows, openings and parties. But when the lights go down where do most out-of-town fashionistas rest their weary stiletto-clad feet? This season, it will be at Fashion 26, A Wyndham Hotel.
Opened in mid-April, Fashion 26 has quickly become a go-to spot for fashion-forward New Yorkers. The affordable, four-star, 22-story hotel near the Fashion Institute of Technology was built from scratch in a space once occupied by a one-story store and has a distinctly stylish theme that mirrors the hotel name. Doormen, clad in custom-designed uniforms, greet guests as they enter the modern lobby with its pattern-cutting table-cum-check-in desk. The check-in area also showcases colorful spools of thread stacked atop one another and unique art pieces such as ďAfter Mondrian (Fashion 26),Ē by artist Devorah Sperder as well. Try one of the complimentary fashion-themed Crumbs cupcakes before heading to your room.
The rooftop bar is one of a growing number in the neighborhood. RARE View is small but stylish, serving up carefully crafted cocktails and light snacks. Get there early to get a spot otherwise youíll be tarrying with the rest of the throng, gazing longingly at the seats.
Guests at a loss on where to eat in the neighborhood can head downstairs to dine at RARE Bar & Grill, a high-end burger joint. RARE crafts delicious burgers topped with artisanal cheeses, some made from choice cuts of meat such as filet mignon and rib eye, as well as prime steaks, and its "frickles," a.k.a. fried pickles, are reason alone to eat there.
Shandana A. Durrani
Shandana A. Durrani is a travel and lifestyle journalist based in New York City. She is the author of "Day Trips from New York City" (Globe Pequot Press, 2011) and co-author of "Insiders' Guide to New York City" (Globe Pequot Press, 2011), both travel guidebooks. She was Cigar Aficionado magazine's Travel Editor for more than 10 years and has visited such far-flung locales as New Zeal...(Read More)