Rachel Bowie

Correspondent

  • New York City, New York, USA

Rachel Bowie is a correspondent who lives in New York City and covers hotels, restaurants, spas and luxury travel trends for Forbes Travel Guide. Bowie is a writer, editor and blogger and has previously worked as an associate editor for Boston Common and edited its travel, entertainment and philanthropy sections. She has also written for Gotham, Hamptons and Parent & Child, among other publications. Bowie received her master’s degree in journalism from Emerson College and earned her undergraduate degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She is currently on the executive board for New York Women in Communications.

  • On September 9
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    What’s the best time to visit Andaz Wall Street?

    There's no bad time of year to visit the Andaz Wall Street hotel in New York. The city always has plenty to see and do, so you can't go wrong visiting year-round. But if we had to choose, we'd recommend the spring and summer months for your stay. Blame the heat, but Manhattan comes alive during this time, and all of New York seems to move outside. This goes for Andaz Wall Street, too. During the summer months, the hotel's onsite bar called Bar Seven Five turns its outside terrace into a beer garden, where drinks and light bites are served. Better yet, the hotel hosts its own farmers’ market in the summer. The idea is the brainchild of Andaz Wall Street's purchasing manager — the same guy who started the Union Square farmers’ market, which is now a New York institution during the warmer months. You can venture away from the hotel, too — walk the Brooklyn Bridge, dine alfresco in nearby Tribeca or window shop in Soho. Like we said, New York is better when the heat is on.
  • On September 9
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    What are the rooms like at Andaz Wall Street?

    The rooms at Andaz Wall Street are best defined with one word: Cool. The loft-style setup makes you feel like a New Yorker with your own tricked-out apartment in downtown Manhattan, not a guest who is visiting from out of town. Choose from a variety of room options when you book your stay. The Andaz King is your most basic — a spacious and comfortable room affixed with amenities including a complimentary mini-bar that contains snacks, soft drinks and water; a Geneva Sound System dock to play your iPod; and bath and shower products from local brand C.O. Bigelow. The high ceilings, window seat and full-length mirrors make the room seem huge. And you'll love the details, from indented trays on the night tables to hold your jewelry while you sleep to blackout window shades that can be opened and closed with the touch of a button located beside the bed.

    It gets better. Upgrade your reservation to an Andaz Large King and you'll see even more of the extensive thought that went into this hotel's design. The multipurpose furniture is clever and functional, too: A rotating armoire reveals a full-length closet, mirror and mini-bar setup. Even cooler, the flat-screen TV in front of the bed turns into a vanity on the other side, complete with a mirror and a pull-out bench for sitting. You'll also love the extra-large soaking tubs in the bathroom (the water closet is separate), visible from the main room in many cases through panes of glass. Suites are available if you require more space, but many of the amenities remain the same. One additional plus of Andaz suites: They come with a corner view.
  • On September 9
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    What is the design style of ANdAZ 5th Avenue?

    The design style of ANdAZ 5th Avenue keeps it functional but chic. Each area of the hotel is named to be as user-friendly as possible. For example, make a drink reservation at The Bar Downstairs; grab a coffee or meal at The Shop; allow time to work out at The Gym. The casual naming conventions are designed to mirror the ease and comfort of home. Don't get us wrong — the hotel is sophisticated (there's a reason Vogue has hosted Fashion Week parties here) — but the low-key, slightly edgy vibe takes the pressure off. Designed by Tony Chi, the 184-room hotel boasts high ceilings, tall glass doors, rich woods and original modern art. There's even an outdoor mural — part of the entrance to The Bar Downstairs — that changes every three months, thanks to an artist-in-residence program at the Midtown Manhattan hotel.

    There are two main themes within ANdAZ 5th Avenue: The first pays tribute to the New York Public Library (located across the street) with a mini library inside the lobby lounge. Sip a complimentary glass of wine and peruse the books with other guests. The other theme is fashion. It’s an obvious connection given the Fifth Avenue address and proximity to the some of the world's best shopping. As with all ANdAZ hotels, it's all about the details. For example, the floor-to-ceiling windows lining all of The Shop’s walls provide a breathtaking view of the library, while the speakeasy ambiance of The Bar Downstairs makes you feel like you went off the radar for a bit. The bottom line: Make sure to explore during your stay at the New York hotel.
  • On September 9
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    What are the rooms like at ANdAZ 5th Avenue?

    Rooms at ANdAZ 5th Avenue are like personal pre-war apartments in the city. Design by Tony Chi, each room is minimalistic, but with floor-to-ceiling views of either Fifth Avenue or the New York Public Library, there's no need to be heavy-handed with the décor. Choose from a variety of room configurations, from the 322-square-foot, loft-like ANdAZ King room to the 787-square-foot corner Splash Suite. Expect spacious accommodations, complete with porcelain foot baths, a complimentary mini-bar with non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, and free Wi-Fi. Out of the 184 guest rooms, there are 42 suites, many of which come with private balconies or landscaped terraces that offer nice views of the city. Simply explain your needs to the reservations desk when you call, and the agent will find you the best room for your stay at the New York hotel.
  • On September 9
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    What is the design style of Chambers Hotel?

    Like all good things in Manhattan, Chambers Hotel is tough to spot from the outside. But as soon as you step through the front doors, you’ll be transported to an urban oasis — one that’s sleek, sophisticated and demure. The loft-like design of the lobby makes you feel like you’re in an apartment downtown, not a boutique Midtown hotel. Expect dark, earthy tones, all designed to complement the bright and vibrant collection of modern art. Even the hallways have style — one floor is painted hot pink, while the walls of another floor are decorated with photographs of feet walking the streets of New York. The rooms extend the downtown vibe with a look that’s rustic, and industrial too. Every detail has been carefully thought out, from the personal library of art books to the architect’s table, which comes complete with a roll of paper that runs the length of the table, perfect for jotting down notes.
  • On September 9
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    What are the rooms like at Chambers Hotel?

    Choose from a range of room and suite types during your stay at Chambers Hotel. Whether you’re traveling alone or with a family, you’ll be impressed by the variety of room configurations — a rarity in Manhattan — all designed to accommodate your needs. For example, the terrace suites include your own private balcony complete with sweeping views of the city skyline, and lounge chairs for relaxing outdoors. The deluxe queen is another gem; it provides you with a corner view of the city. There’s even a studio double featuring two double beds, a setup that’s perfect for families and one that can be hard to find in a boutique hotel of this kind.

    Designed by David Rockwell, Chambers Hotel captures a downtown vibe with an artful edge. Expect to find apartment-like features in every room: metal keys instead of electronic keycards, your own personal library of books in the suites and an art collection that includes more than 500 pieces sprinkled throughout the hotel. Another unique feature we love? You can open the windows in every room and let the fresh air in, an amenity that’s hard to come by, especially in New York. Bask in the space, the décor and the charm — Chambers Hotel is the perfect spot to slip indoors and away from it all.
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