Monday, November 6, 2017

XOXO, Gossip Girl #SLHdoesNYC

About a month ago, I essentially got to live out an episode of Gossip Girl, thanks to Small Luxury Hotels. I hung out with two fellow bloggers, Ellery and Jordyn, and we had an absolute blast together! Our jam-packed day included a lavish brunch, a walking tour of the city, a cocktail-making class at a speakeasy, and a delicious dinner.

Gossip Girl-worthy brunch in the penthouse suite of the Quin hotel, overlooking Central Park in Manhattan, NYC

The day began at the Quin hotel with a luscious breakfast spread worthy of Serena van der Woodsen.* We were very lucky to explore the opulent penthouse suite and enjoy breakfast atop the terrace overlooking Central Park! Talk about an absolute dream. 

(*I always wondered how/why they put out such opulent breakfasts on Gossip Girl - they were never finished!! Seriously, did that drive anyone else crazy?! I hope they fed the leftovers to the crew or donated them to those in need.)

Gossip Girl-worthy brunch in the penthouse suite of the Quin hotel, overlooking Central Park in Manhattan, NYC

Gossip Girl-worthy brunch in the penthouse suite of the Quin hotel, overlooking Central Park in Manhattan, NYC

I Instagrammed a video of the setup because it was too good to be true! Check it out here:

We got to explore the penthouse suite of the Quin, which left me breathless. I want to live there!

You can speed dial a Tiffany & Co or Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper, right from your room. The definition of luxury, these special touches are the embodiment of the Quin.

The Quin hotel has a luxury speed dial for a Tiffanys or Bergdorfs personal shopper!!

The Quin collaborates with various artists to create an intriguing atmosphere. 

Rooms are equipped with all the luxurious necessities, with chocolate covered strawberries (and cookies!!) to boot!

These adorable macarons were a fantastic eating (and flatlay) opportunity! 

Bathtub in the master suite. LOOK. AT. THAT. VIEW. Omg. 

Bathrooms come stocked with delicious smelling Fresh products, which I love!

Central dining/living area was huge and yet somehow still cozy. 

Sitting area living room area in the penthouse suite of the Quin hotel

Celine Tricolor Taupe Olive and Anthracite Nano bag with Fendi Karlito Karl Lagerfeld bag bug charm, atop a bed at The Quin hotel
Chanel coffee table books

After our lavish breakfast, we were whisked away for a walking tour with Hotel Chandler. This was one of my favorite parts of the day, as there's nothing I love more than learning about the hidden history of New York.

We also learned about the Evelyn hotel and its namesake Evelyn Nesbit. A popular American chorus girl and actress, she became involved in the midst of a national scandal when her husband, multi-millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw, shot and murdered Stanford White, who had sexually assaulted a 14-year-old Nesbit years earlier, on the rooftop theatre of Madison Square Garden on the evening of June 25, 1906. This led to what the press would call "The Trial of the Century."

Next, we ventured to Central Park for a Perfect Picnic lunch hosted by WestHouse Hotel. This spread was equally delightful, and left me more than satiated. An absolutely picture-perfect moment!

Perfect Picnic NYC with Westhouse NY in Sheep's Meadow in Central Park

We also got to visit the hotel and check out the views from the rooftop!

NYC rooftop views from Hotel Chantelle!

After our picnic lunch, we were whisked off to The Iroquois hotel for a cocktail-making class at Lantern's Keep, a speakeasy-style cocktail bar tucked away in the lobby of the hotel. This hidden gem has a delicious drink selection that left us feeling happily tipsy, blissful and buzzing.

Cocktail-making class at the Lantern's Keep in the Iroquois hotel, so cool!

We topped off the day with a mouth-watering dinner at The Refinery, where I had a yummylicious burger and lots of tasty drinks!

Dinner at the Refinery hotel, with yummy burgers!

Dinner at the Refinery hotel, with yummy avocado and shrimp salad, mac and cheese, and drinks!

All of the stunning hotels we visited were under the umbrella of SLH (Small Luxury Hotels). I highly recommend browsing their list of hotels around the world when selecting where to stay. The hotels they work with leave a lasting impression with unique personal touches - and, with over 520 luxury hotels in more than 80 countries, you can bet you'll find the perfect one for you.