“Our complimentary wine and cheese reception begins at 5 o’clock.” was the highlight of my check-in at Hotel Giraffe. After a three-hour commute and Google mapping to the Park Avenue hotel, that welcome energized me. My weekend-long stay continued to hit more high notes.
Yes, I loved the idea of freebies. But the nightly reception is just a nod to the overall accommodating tone of the hotel. From the moment I arrived, the outdoor greeter, front desk crew and bellhop were all radiantly happy and welcoming. Eager to share their knowledge of the property and neighborhood. Judging by their excitement, this is not just a “job”, but a passion.
My paranoia and the hotel’s thorough satisfaction came to a head my first night. I checked in around 3pm. Hours later, I left my room to attend an event. When I returned, I noticed a few items in my room rearranged. My immediate thought was, “who the flip was in here, how and why??” Hotel maintenance had most likely already made its rounds by the time I departed, so there was no logical reason for anything to be repositioned. Unless. Maintenance comes twice a day… When I went to the front desk to inquire, they kindly let me know one of the cleaners was in and out – even went through the security tapes to confirm. My bad.
I stayed in the king suite. I imagined my room would be decked out in animal print, but the design is simple with a classic feel. The blush-colored velvet chairs catch your eye upon entering. Small touches make a world of difference. Rooms have a small shelf of reading material. I didn’t have time to crack any books, but I did spot one about giraffes. When I opened the closet door, I spotted one thing that melted my heart. An umbrella. It was nice and sturdy. I, for one, always forget mine or rarely have room to pack one. Fortunately, the weather was great during my stay. But that was one time I wished for a few drops, just so I could use my new accessory.
Random fact: a giraffe only needs 5-20 minutes of sleep per day. One thing’s for sure – if its neck ever touches one of Hotel Giraffe’s beds, lights out. They’re like quicksand into the field of dreams. It knocked me out, and I’m a part time insomniac. Comfort. Comfort. Comfort!
NoMad district for us nomads. The hotel is a few blocks behind Broadway, so it’s quiet yet close enough to the bustle. The NoMad district has been called “the hub of life in New York.” It’s home to an array of unique shops, rooftop bars and tasty (and affordable) restaurants. Attached to Giraffe is the Italian bistro, Bread & Tulips. Next-door is one of my favorites for guacamole, Dos Caminos.
Getting around is very convenient. My walk from Penn Station was about 15 minutes. Beyond walking, all the main metro lines are in reach. And of course, taxis and Ubers abound.
Food is available around the clock, beginning with the continental breakfast buffet. When that’s done, there are pastries and fruit for the taking in the lobby. And again, there’s a wine and cheese reception every evening from 5-8pm. It was in this reception that I discovered my new favorite snack pairing: almonds and olives. Don’t knock it. While you sip and nibble, you’ll also enjoy the melodies of a live pianist. Classy. If you happen to overdo it with the cheese, you can work it off at the New York Sports Club. Passes are free for guests. The best perk is what every traveler searches for once he/she arrives to a new building – free WIFI!
During my stay, I encountered a couple from Texas. They shared that they had visited Hotel Giraffe seven times prior and won’t choose any other hotel. In summary, if you visit, it can become an addiction. Find out more on their website.
Note: This visit was sponsored by The Library Hotel Collection.