Battery Park City is a about a mile and a half from my house. I head over there all the time for jogs along the West Side and to visit Brookfield Place. Staying at the new Conrad Hotel felt like an indulgent luxury --and well, I earned it. I was so thrilled with our inspired stay at the Conrad New York.
My older daughter is crazy for the country, but my younger girl loves the city. I carved out a special mommy-and-me overnight for the two of us over President's Day weekend and we had a blast playing tourist in our home town.
On our visit we did some dining, some shopping, and got in a workout. It was action packed. We checked in and headed to the nearby Brookfield Place to shop and watch the skaters at the outdoor ice rink. The hotel is in the perfect location for exploring the city.
After our wanderings, we headed back to our room to clean up for dinner. Our room was fabulous with stunning views of the Hudson River. I was impressed. My daughter was more pleased with her Conrad “Hudson The Bull” left for her. I liked the fruit and fancy water left for both of us (thank you for the healthy treats!). Everything is clean, sleek and urban. I loved it! The hotel has 463 all-suite rooms and you'll see art in all of them, I loved the clean modern decor and the spacious set up.
When it comes to food, you're in the right place. The Conrad has the Atrio restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch on weekends. Located right off the lobby, the space is elegant, but not imposing. My daughter and I dressed up and we felt at ease, but there were plenty of folks that were more casual. ATRIO offers a children's menu (my daughter loved her ravioli) and lots of savory dishes for the grown ups. For more ideas on kid-friendly food in NYC check out these picks.
Before your meal, I suggest sitting in the grand lobby and sipping a cocktail or mocktail. We peered at the art on the walls and caught up on girl talk. Perfection. We studied the big modern work on the ceiling of the lobby. My culture maven adored it.
In fact, one of my favorite things about the Conrad was the collection of contemporary art. There are over 2,000 works in total--some, you can't miss like the large Sol Lewitt Loopy Doopy (also the eponymous name of the rooftop bar) and some are tucked into intimate spaces like the collection of of special lithographs from Mary Heilmann.
Make sure you spend some time with Loopy Doopy--the piece changes colors as the light shifts in the lobby. It's a bold welcome to the space and makes a statement that this stay isn't going to be boring. The piece is 100 x 80--simply massive, and I love that the Conrad thinks big when it comes to art. There's a great NYC story too--the pieces were drawn and conceived in Brooklyn (my borough) and then installed at the site. It took more than 50 people to create the piece. Magnificent.
Don't miss the bold Topsy Turvy at the Gallery Ballroom by Pat Steir. My 9 year old loved this curvy swirly yellow painting. You'll find most of the art here really draws kids in. I was pleased to note, the pieces were selected in collaboration with the Public Art Fund,
Now back to the location, it's so kid-friendly. There's a playground nearby that the kids will love. My little runner and I did a long run taking in the views of the Statue of Liberty. Afterwards, we headed to Le Pain Quotidian near the hotel to grab a quick breakfast.
The Conrad wisely makes use of the prime location with wonderfully city-centric packages. During my stay, they were offering the Stay and Skate package. Conrad partners with The Ice Rink at Brookfield Place for a great learning lesson. The rink is just a few steps away from the hotel (walk thru the Brooklfield Place shopping center or head along the Hudson River waterfront). The rink has gorgeous city skyline views making falls a lot more fun than usual.
Your one-hour lesson will be epic thanks to Olympic duo Gregory & Petukhov. Former U. S. Olympic ice skaters Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov will help you perfect your spins. While you might not get a gold medal, you will get great photos and so many memories. Take home an Olympic-branded drawstring backpack, Olympic-branded gloves, hats, pins and personalized autographs from each Olympian.
The package also include continental breakfast for two at the hotel's ATRIO Wine Bar & Restaurant. Rates for The Conrad Skate Package begin at $599 per night and the package can be booked online at http://www.conradnewyork.com/
Whether you are a local or a visitor, the Conrad New York makes a great home base for your NYC adventures.
This is not a sponsored post. We were given accommodations to facilitate this review.