Monday, July 25, 2016

Roger Smith Boutique Hotel Review

My stay in the city in June was at the Hotel Roger Smith, a three star hotel on Lexington Avenue. I have stayed in this area before, at the InterContinental New York Barclay, it's a fabulous area. I wanted to see what the difference from a 3 star and 4 star would be. This hotel has been around since 1929, purchased from the Roger Smith Group in 1938. 
This is the lobby. It's a very quaint design, old fashioned kind of hotel. 
They offer granola and yogurt in the lobby. One couple took a look at the yogurt, and the guy said to the girl "oh you don't want this it has 11 grams of sugar" and put it back. I just chuckled to myself. 
This very cool mailbox or letterbox was right near the vintage elevators.  
My junior suite was not ready when I arrived, so I was upgraded to a deluxe suite but didn't get in until close to 4pm. I had things to do, and couldn't wait at the hotel for the room to be ready. The decor was interesting, to say the least. It was pretty large, I will say.  
When I walked in, the air was not turned on, so it was an oven. I was not too happy, and turned on both air conditioners, and headed out again shortly after I unpacked.  

A mini kitchen area, microwave, Nespresso machine and fridge.  
The bedroom area was pretty large, photos above and below plus another tv.  

My view from one of the many windows.  
The extremely small bathroom 

  • Room service (delivery from local restaurants and option to charge to room)
  • Gym passes to New York Sports Club
  • Assorted Greek yogurt and granola bar and fresh seasonal fruit
  • Apple computers and printer in lobby
  • Seasonal rooftop bar with city views, plus another bar with happy hour
  • 10 minute walk to MOMA and Rockefeller Center
  • Lexington and Fifth Avenue shopping 
  • Short walk to several subway lines

I am not one to be looking for a cookie-cutter chain hotel, but things like above should not be in your room. It's just common upkeep of a hotel to not have peeling wallpaper, peeling paint on a table, and some kind of large mark on the dresser in the bedroom. These are easy fixes in my opinion. 

  • No Fitness Center on site 
  • No Restaurant on site 
  • Very worn furniture, wallpaper peeling in room 
  • Old fashioned air conditioners in rooms
  • No outlets in lobby to charge devices 
  • Bathroom very tiny, no space for toiletries 
  • Outlets in room not near chairs or bed 
501 Lexington Ave @ 47th Street 
New York, NY 10017


136 rooms, guest rooms - junior and deluxe suits -   
Location: Midtown East 

Three Star Hotel 
Established in 1929 as Hotel Winthrop, purchased by Roger Smith Corp. in 1938
Valet Parking
Non Smoking Hotel  
Free WiFi
Pets are allowed, under 20 pounds, fees involved 
Trip Advisor Ranking 156 of 475 (as of 07/09/16)
Trivago Rating 80 out of 100 (as of 07/09/16)
Price Range: $199 - $440 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room) US Dollars

Hotel prices are at their lowest in the months of January and February; their highest September and October. Sunday nights are the lowest prices for hotel rooms, in most cases. My go to places for checking prices for hotels are TrivagoTrip and Travelzoo. I am learning quite a bit about booking hotels during this process of featuring different hotels on this blog. 

Always remember to check the hotel's website itself, they are really trying to have you book direct and sometimes offer specials or a discount with AAA that is cheaper than the websites I mentioned above. I am also finding that if you book on your mobile device, you can save some money as well. I actually got a better rate via my mobile phone than using my AAA discount online direct at the hotel. You should really do some research on your price for hotel a few different ways, and ALWAYS book a room that you can cancel, you never know what may happen in the future. 

Remember to take into account for your total cost the NYC Hotel tax of 14.75% plus Daily $2.00 per room occupancy fee.

Would I stay at the Roger Smith Hotel again? I don't believe so. Even though a clean hotel, and excellent location, just not my type of hotel. The worn furniture in the rooms, the peeling wallpaper and just overall dated look didn't impress me. If you need a stay in the city, and funds are limited, you will be okay staying here. The funny thing is, I actually paid less for my stay at the amazing Giraffe Hotel than this hotel. Do your research, always book when you can cancel, and keep your options open when choosing your New York City Hotel. I would not pay more than $200 per night to stay here, you can do much better. 

My rating for this hotel, on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being perfect in every way, is a 5. 

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Disclosure: This stay was paid for by me. I will always state at the end of each review whether my stay was paid for by myself or if I was hosted by the hotel. I will honestly tell you about my experience at this hotel, not being swayed in any way by complimentary services. I know you value my opinion, and it is important to me to be as honest as possible. All opinions are my own. Thank you so much.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology Extended through September 5 at The Met

Exhibition Dates:
May 5–September 5, 2016 (extended from August 14)
Exhibition Location:
The Met Fifth Avenue, Robert Lehman Wing

(New York, July 7, 2016)—Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology at The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been extended by three weeks through Labor Day, Monday, September 5. The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, opened to the public on May 5, and has drawn more than 350,000 visitors in its first nine weeks.

"With the transformation of the Robert Lehman Wing into a breathtaking cathedral to couture, we want to give as many people as possible the chance to experience this exhibition," said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Met. "The show invites visitors to explore the artistry of over 170 haute couture and ready-to-wear ensembles. It is a wonderful way to discover the magic behind the making of fashion."

To date, the exhibition's attendance is just behind China: Through the Looking Glass (2015) andAlexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011), the Met's fifth and eighth most popular exhibitions respectively, both of which were also extended. All three were curated by Andrew Bolton, now Curator in Change of The Costume Institute. China: Through the Looking Glass attracted 815,992 visitors in total, and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty drew 661,509.

Though the gallery space is slightly smaller than the China exhibition's footprint, Manus x Machinahas 30 more ensembles, and visitors from around the world have viewed it without waiting in line.

Museum Members will have early-morning private access to the galleries on Friday, July 15, and                                      Saturday, July 16, from 9 to 10 am before the Museum opens to the public.

On July 22, MetFridays: Extreme Measures (5–9 pm) will include a number of related activities, including a special Drop-in Drawing session featuring live models wearing clothing inspired by the exhibition, a wearable art-making program on creating extreme hair accessories, and a participatory nail art workshop.

 Originally scheduled to close on August 14, the exhibition explores how designers reconcile the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. It addresses the distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) as discordant tools in the creative process, and questions the changing delineation between the haute couture and ready-to-wear. The exhibition is made possible by Apple. Additional support is provided by Condé Nast.
The exhibition is featured on the Museum's website, as well as on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter using #ManusxMachina

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday "Triangle Waist Fire 1911"

I have been watching a very interesting documentary about New York City. From it's beginnings to modern times. I wanted to know more about this city I love so much, and it's history.

On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City burned, killing 145 workers. It is remembered as one of the most infamous incidents in American industrial history, as the deaths were largely preventable–most of the victims died as a result of neglected safety features and locked doors within the factory building. The tragedy brought widespread attention to the dangerous sweatshop conditions of factories, and led to the development of a series of laws and regulations that better protected the safety of workers.

Learning of this horrific incident made me rather sick, these poor women. Some of those who died in the fire were as young as 14 years old. Thank goodness in 1913 child and labor laws were made so this would never happen again. All those who lost their life in the fire were true heroes.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Paris Baguette Bakery and Cafe Summer Selections

One of my favorite new places in the city is Paris Baguette. When I stayed at Hotel Giraffe, they actually had a location a few streets down on Park Avenue South which was great to pick up some items and take back to my hotel. Their savory items are very good, I actually had a salad, but the summer strawberry desserts were something I had to share with you! 

This is a very unique item, I have yet to try one but really want to. I love unique food items that I have never tasted before. The desserts you find here are always so gorgeous and fresh.  

Paris Baguette Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Stroll on the Upper East Side with Me

I know how many of you love taking walks with me in the city. This was my stroll after I visited the Charles James exhibit press preview. Being in the city on a Monday is nice because you really don't have as many crowds as on the weekend. How fabulous is this view?? It was a gorgeous day! 
A light breakfast at Sant Ambroeus is a MUST. Trust me, and I know that you do, make a reservation so you are not disappointed if it is really busy. 
When I look up, and see views like this, I just smile 
How gorgeous is this architecture? 
This amazing place is the Harry F Sinclair House, or the  Ukrainian Embassy on 79th and 5th As many times I have seen this in person, it is always a joy each visit! 
This door is extraordinary! And very, very large, too!! 
Another view looking up which makes you go WOW ! 
You have to appreciate all these gorgeous homes on the Upper East Side. In person, you can see the size and such detail in the work in such a fabulous way! 
Doors in New York City are always stunning. This one was really one of my faves for the day and I just had to share with you! 
In the summer, flowers abound outside most of the residential buildings 
The work on this door was just unreal. Beautiful. 
Details are never far from you when you walk around the Upper East Side. 

What a marvelous brownstone! Details all over the place here. 
I wish my home could have flower boxes as I find them so lovely. 

I hope you enjoyed this little walk with me around the Upper East Side. Be sure you add this amazing area to your "to do" list when you visit the city. It is a great area to just take your time, walk around and explore the beauty. 

Today's Words of Wisdom: "New York is not a city. It 's a world" - Unknown 

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