Want to celebrate your marriage in the city that never sleeps? To help we spoke with Laura Michonski, Editor of NewYork.com, to find out her favorite picks for honeymooners headed to the Big Apple.
Destination42: Where should honeymooners stay if it’s their first time in the city?
Laura: I would recommend either Soho or the West Village. They’re a little bit quieter than Times Square. Obviously you want to go to Times Square and appreciate it and see a show but then you get to come back to something that’s a little more quiet, more romantic. Those neighborhoods are also filled with great shopping, that’s one of the big draws for everyone when they come to the city is the big shopping here. And you’re not just seeing the big mainstream stores that are in Times Square, you get a lot of the tiny boutiques, one of a kind restaurants. I think you get a more local experience in those neighborhoods. They’re really beautiful and have kind of an old New York feel.
D42: What are your top hotel picks for honeymooners?
Laura: For me the biggest selling point for New York City is the skyline. So if you’re coming to New York for your honeymoon or even going to book your wedding here, I would personally go for one of these hotels that have fantastic views and really take advantage of that skyline. The Mandarin Oriental is one of my favorites, it’s very high end so it’s kind of expensive but it’s totally worth it. Many of their suites have floor to ceiling windows that look out over Central Park and look out over Manhattan.
The Peninsula is another one that has fantastic views and they have a great outdoor space as well with heat lamps so whether you’re coming here in the winter or the spring you can appreciate it.
And Le Parker Meridien is another one. Not every room in the hotel has a great view, but they do have plenty. The Estrela Penthouse in particular has 360 degree views of Manhattan and it can be rented for a wedding. One of the great things about all of these hotels is that if you were to book your wedding there you’d get the honeymoon suite for free.
But if you wanted something a little bit different, The Standard is really romantic. They do have views, they’re a little bit different since they’re in Chelsea, so they’re looking over Downtown. But they’re right next to The High Line, which is our park that’s built on an old elevated railroad line. Really beautiful, really romantic.
I also really like the Soho Grand, it’s the first boutique hotel in Soho and it’s designed to mimic a 1940s New York hotel. The speakeasy trend is a big one here and that kind of fits into that theme. They have a private bar where guests can sip vintage cocktails. It’s just really classic, very quiet, very beautiful.