The Iroquois Hotel – New York, by Liz Granirer

Iroquois Exterior Building Night

Hotel: The Iroquois New York

Location: Midtown Manhattan, close to Times Square, 5th Avenue, Grand Central Station, Rockefeller Center, the Theater District.

Highlights: Lantern’s Keep bar, Triomphe restaurant, complimentary wifi, complimentary guided walking tours. Central location less than five minutes’ walk from Times Square, Grand Central Station, the Diamond District, Rockefeller Center, Broadway theatres and 5th Avenue, The Iroquois exudes old New York charm and luxury with all the amenities of the 21st century.

Iroquois Suite (2)Epitomising the luxurious, old-school world of New York’s belle epoch (think a rich, early 20th-century history of famous visitors, including James Dean, who spent so much time here, there’s even a suite named after him), with wood-panelled public rooms; genuinely pleasant, helpful service and the sort of amenities you crave in a hotel, it gives off a boutique vibe, belying its 117 well-appointed rooms and suites, restaurant, bar, fitness centre, meeting rooms and private dining room.

There are two inviting in-house venues you’ll want to spend time in:

  • Lantern’s Keep. A cosy cocktail bar where the tradition of producing the world-renowned classics exactly as they’re meant to be made is as celebrated as allowing the bar staff’s creativity to curate banging new concoctions. Not ‘just a hotel bar’, this is a destination venue your clients will appreciate being invited to..
  • Triomphe restaurant. Critically acclaimed by The New York Times, The New York Observer and others, Swiss-born chef Florian Wehrli has devised a delicious French-inspired menu with an emphasis on local suppliers. The ambience is relaxed fine dining and makes an impressive place to entertain associates. Butter poached Maine lobster, anyone…? Triomphe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while Lantern’s Keep bar is the perfect spot to slip into come evening, especially if you just feel like a small plate or two, or to settle in with a chummy client and try some of those delicious cocktails… And, if you’re working in the hotel during the day, you can pop down to the lobby and pick up a complimentary cup of coffee during the afternoon – just the ticket when you need a little break.

Suite Parlor (2)Why go? The central location means you’re close to absolutely everywhere; plus the old-school charm of wood panelling, white tablecloths and lickety-split service combined with 21st-century must-haves, like fast wifi, comfortable meeting rooms and onsite fitness centre mean it’s a perfect base to conduct business from. The rooms are luxuriously comfortable, the massive beds feature Simmons Beautyrest mattresses and Frette linen; the bathrooms are well-stocked with Molton Brown products and include shower and deep bathtub with nonstop hot water and deliciously pummelling water jets to soothe tired muscles and wash away stresses. And, if that doesn’t relax you, head for the in-house fitness suite featuring a Finnish sauna or use that equipment to stay in shape. The hotel will also book you a yoga or Pilates session with a licensed instructor if you can’t miss a day…

My top tip: Take advantage of one of the six free walking tours on offer to guests, run by Streetwise New York. There’s a different one every morning, they last 90 minutes, and each tour focuses on a different New York neighbourhood. I went on the Midtown one, which met at nearby sister hotel The Edison. Our knowledgeable guide told us all sorts of info that gave me a fresh insight into the city and stayed with me long after the tour ended. Even though I’m a born and bred New Yorker, I learned heaps I didn’t know about the city!

Final thought… The Iroquois has taken steps to make sure solo women travellers have a safe stay, with liveried – ie, easily identifiable – doormen on 24-hour duty, a well-lit front entrance and chain locks on the guest-room doors.

Need to know: Check in is from 3pm and check out is 12 noon. Rooms start at $289 (approx £190) per night room only. offer:  10% off Best Available Rate, please use promo code MAIDEN when booking your reservation either by phone or online at Members also receive a welcome amenity and a pair of Iroquois slippers during your stay.  (proof of membership is required.  Register Here)

Maiden-voyage insider info: Find out more about what New York has to offer, read our city guide and meet New York Ambassador Somi Pak


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