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Visiting the Big Apple is in the DNA of most Jersey girls, and one on the brink of nuptials will surely enjoy the perks of NYC’s proximity—shopping, entertainment and fab dining and cocktails—as she celebrates. But, as any Jerseyan also knows, the only downside to kicking your heels up in Manhattan is getting said heels back across the river. Why not plan an overnight stay at the Westgate Grand Central for a worry-free girls’ trip with your besties? Centrally located in Midtown, the Westgate has the charm of old New York and all the hipness and conveniences of today.
From the door, the Westgate lets you know the kind of a treat you are in for with glistening marble floors, high ceilings and vintage-look ornate, metalwork screens updated with a fresh gold gild. Despite the soaring ceilings and imposing polish of the lobby, jewel-toned furnishings in sexy shapes, funky chandeliers and open brick walls are at once sophisticated and playful. The mood of grandness without taking itself too seriously continues in the guest rooms.
Let’s face it, it’s Manhattan, there’s much to see and do, but the Westgate’s rooms will tempt you to lounge longer. Luxe King Suites feature sitting areas, queen-size sleeper sofas, desks and large flat-screen TVs. Herringbone floors; regal, carved headboards and glitzy, colorful reproductions of Gustav Klimt paintings lend an elegant touch. While details like ironwork consoles and retro lighting keep things modern and chic.
Balcony rooms are available and for your bachelorette soiree, a balcony is a must. Whether you start your day on the terrace overlooking the city with a cup of coffee, or end it with cocktails as you watch the city’s twinkling lights, this private outdoor space in the heart of the metropolis is a bonus hangout spot, bar none.
With all of Manhattan just outside your door, you can create an itinerary of cultural sites, fine dining and shopping, or simply stroll the beautiful neighborhood of the Westgate Grand Central, stopping at bistros and shops along the way. What ever you choose, be sure to make time for cocktails at the hotel’s Tudor City Tavern, which features a generous offering of specialty cocktails and a long list of whiskeys and bourbons, including private reserves. So, sit back, relax and enjoy, you don’t have to trek home!—Deborah P. Carter
Westgate Grand Central, 304 East 42nd Street, New York, New York, 877-878-9873. Luxe King Balcony rates from $268.52.