Northeast Travel: New Destinations

One of the terrific suites at The Revere Hotel Boston Common.

One of the terrific suites at The Revere Hotel Boston Common.

Attention, museumgoers, Carnegie Hall fans and 5th Avenue fashionistas: Two new luxury hotels just opened on 57th Street. First, on the corner of 6th, is the Quin, a “refined urban sanctuary” designed by Perkins Eastman that offers 208 rooms and suites, many with views of Central Park and all with Dux beds, state-of-the-art technological enhancements and Bowers & Wilkins audio (used by Abbey Road sound engineers). One exclusive amenity is attachés who plan exclusive guest perks, like private, preopening tours of Met or MOMA exhibitions or the chance to preorder from Bergdorf trunk shows. The hotel’s duplex Wayfarer restaurant features regional seafood.

Vying for newbie honors between 6th and 7th, in the Carnegie Hall block, is the Viceroy New York, the first full hotel façade and interior design project from Roman and Williams, known for its strong masculine styling. The hotel features a 29-story façade of glazed windows that appear to glow at night, 240 stylish accommodations including luxury suites overlooking the park, and a street-level restaurant, Kingside, showcasing New American fare.

For a total change of pace, consider the new Old Stone Farm, a one-of-a-kind horse farm/luxury spa in Staatsburg, N.Y., whose focal point is a wellness and education center dedicated to personal growth and spiritual enhancement (think Kripalu in Stockbridge, but more intimate and luxurious). The “Field of Dreams for Mind, Body and Spirit” offers solution-oriented workshops (e.g., “When You Are Falling, Dive: Thriving Through Adversity”) in a 200-year-old farmhouse furnished with antiques and fueled by solar and geothermal energy. Ten guest rooms, a spa, library and yoga barn are nestled among acres of rolling pastures and gardens, woods and hiking trails. Guests enjoy organic gourmet cuisine; they are also free to “experience time with the horses”—feed, pet, walk and, yes, ride them.

Boston is experiencing a genuine hotel growth spurt, and its latest luxury property (on Stuart Street, a block from Boston Common and the Public Garden) is the Revere Hotel Boston Common. The hotel boasts 356 coolly sophisticated rooms and suites with balconies, a Mediterranean-style Rustic Kitchen restaurant, a bathed-in-green-light Emerald Lounge, an indoor pool, and a plush theater that makes it unique among Boston hotels. It’s a short walk or T ride to theaters, sports venues and museums, as well as Newbury Street, Beacon Hill, Quincy Market and the happening South End. And of course, your inner patriot is bound to be stirred by walking the nearby Freedom Trail—whose revolutionary spirit inspired this hotel, which opened on the anniversary of Paul Revere’s Ride.

Also with a nod to history is the new 120-suite Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Downtown/Seaport Hotel, a “hip and historic” transformation of an early 1900s warehouse. Best of show: the stunning six-story atrium lobby overlooking the harbor—a Residence Inn with character.

A northern New England classic has reopened after a $15 million renovation. Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vt., continues to offer a true North Country experience, now with 21st-century upgrades including a new lobby with dramatic views of Mt. Mansfield, renovated guestrooms, new treatments in the 35,000-square-foot spa and two new restaurants, the more formal Flannel and the casual Roost, which opens onto a patio with a fire pit and bocce court. Other amenities that put Topnotch in a class by itself:  year-round tennis, downhill and cross-country skiing, an indoor pool with a cascading massage waterfall and two outdoor pools (one heated year-round). Your top-notch pooch is also welcome.

Recently opened in D.C. (actually Georgetown) are two boutique hotels. The Graham, with Georgetown’s only public rooftop deck, offers splendid views of Georgetown University, the Kennedy Center and even the Washington Monument, along with 57 guest rooms and a casual restaurant, AGB (named for onetime local resident Alexander Graham Bell, for whom the hotel itself is named). It’s on the site of the old Monticello, where Sinatra stayed when he was in town, but sings a whole new song.

The 49-room Capella Washington, D.C. is North America’s first Capella, a brand known for giving all guests VIP treatment, with flexible check-in/check-out, complimentary minibars, a grand living room to call your own, an indoor/outdoor rooftop pool and rooftop Pilates, and a “resident stylist” with all manner of tricks up her sleeve—for example, she might wangle you a walk-on role in the Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker. The hotel’s Grill Room prides itself on locally sourced fare, while its Rye Bar serves up Manhattans that are barrel-aged before mixing.

Some reasons to visit D.C. this season: Anchorman: The Exhibit runs at the Newseum Nov. 4 through Aug. 31; If/Then with Idina Menzel plays at The National Theatre Nov. 5 through Dec. 8; and Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life dances onto Arena Stage Nov. 15 through Dec. 29.


Northeast Travel: New Destinations

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