Every commercial for travel, wine, restaurants, tourism, etc. all end up being about lifestyle, hospitality and the extraordinary lengths to which the hosts will go to take care of you during your stay with them. Once you have the essentials met, a comfortable bed, room essentials (iron, mini fridge, mini bar, toiletries, wifi, i-home …) it becomes a matter of not just making your stay comfortable, but extraordinary. To me, this includes anticipating your needs, going the extra mile, and a kind of unassuming kindness that’s subtle and authentic. If you’re heading to New York that place exists in mid-town Manhattan. That place is the Roger Smith Hotel.
The bar & restaurant, Lily’s, looks like an avant garde art gallery and feels like that artist’s family room. The bartender Paul (see smiling bartender, Paul, pictured below) makes you feel like most great bartenders and hair dressers…you can tell him anything and he’ll not only have humor, compassion and words of wisdom, he’ll know exactly what cocktail to make for you. I couldn’t get enough of the house plum infused gin and tonics he made for me. Brunch on both days were delightful twists on traditional fare: I had granola crusted french toast one day, vegetable frittata with fingerling potatoes the next …I’m not admitting to any morning cocktails.
The weekend I was there also happened to be the start of Social Media week in New York: A set of meet ups, openings, releases and social media focused gatherings that includes Twestival NYC and the regular Social Media Breakfasts at…you guessed, The Roger Smith Hotel. So on Sunday, Mr. Hospitality (see Brian Simpson pictured at top) hosted a Tweet Up (#tweetuprsh)…and since @ChrisBrogan was also staying at the RSH for the week, we amassed an impressive gathering that went for over 12 hours including a raucous, impromptu Grammy watching party to close out the evening. Some attendees include: @coffeewithian (going for 100 hugs by Feb 14 and documenting them all on twitter via i-phone), @sukifuller (completing her MBA), @emilyspearl, @rachelreuben, @nexeus (NYC DJ, U-Streamer), @robbin_g (East Coast wine goddess), @hvwinegiddess (managing the Hudson Valley Wine Competition this spring), @chazfrench (winner best T-Shirt at the meet up…ask him), @davekerpen (ZBuzz Marketing), @sandraschubert, @robblatt, @nadiapayan, @daveyarmon, @chrisbrogan, @bsimi, and me…@winedivergirl. Though there were 20+ tweeters there, if I missed you, please let me know and I’ll add you right into this list!
An additional set of concierge services from RSH pointing me to fabulous shopping, restaurants, great bars and transportation back to the airport made my weekend overflow with something beyond satisfaction. New Yorkers are the friendliest f*cking city people ever (RSH and beyond). While I was in NYC for an Art Opening at the Walter Wickiser Gallery, my time there was jam packed from end to end with the best of what New York could offer me in a 3 day weekend with only 10 hours sleep total. I made the most of it. Now it’s your turn.
Photos from my Blackberry Storm
P.S. I didn’t even get to Henry, the RSH mascot (see below left…) That will be it’s own post altogether!
Yamile, Chief Restaurant man at Lily’s…demonstrating hospitality pictured below right.
For the best photographic pictorial : visit @BSimi ‘s Flicker page.