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New York’s Greenwich Hotel offers Ultimate Downtown Chic

The  Greenwich Hotel epitomised Downtown cool.

The Greenwich Hotel is a delightful Downtown New York boutique hotel in the heart of a cool entertainment hub in TriBeca. It is owned by New York actor Robert de Niro and other partners who also own Locande Verde, Nobu and the TriBeca Bar and Grill all on the same hipster block.

It is a one-of-a-kind space full of intelligent craftsmanship and design, not to mention great food and wine and a sublime authentic Japanese-style spa.

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New York City Boutique Hotels: Soho, Midtown, Upper East Side

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The lobby of the Chatwal Hotel

New York City: so much to do and see, so little time. The general idea is find a good base and sally forth but that almost misses the point. Even though Manhattan is home to 1.6 million people, the island is tiny, just 21.6 kilometers long and 3.7 kilometers wide. But it is far from homogenous and is really a series of small villages that are completely distinctive.

A cool way to explore the city is to base yourself in three interesting boutique hotels that each define their particular neighborhood for three completely different Manhattan experiences. Here is my guide to Soho staying at the Crosby Street Hotel, Midtown staying at the Chatwal, and the Upper East Side staying at The Surrey.

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Mr & Mrs Smith: The World’s Boutique Hotel Specialists

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Have you heard of Mr & Mrs Smith? No they are not Brad and Angelina but Brits James and Tamara Lohan who founded the award-winning Mr & Mrs Smith hotel website, booking service and free-to-join travel club that specializes in finding the world’s most inspiring boutique hotels.

Now with offices in London, New York and Melbourne, Mr & Mrs Smith has a detailed website and has published nine coffee-table guidebooks. Its hand-picked and anonymously reviewed collection features 900 of the world’s most stylish stays.

And what about the name, Mr & Mrs Smith? Well, they are all about great escapes with your other half — a wink to couples everywhere, especially those who fancy checking into a fabulous hotel under this classic dirty-weekend pseudonym. In a nod to the changing times, however, they have added a Smith Family range of hotels too.

There are some wonder...

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