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Celebrating daughter's "Sweet 16" in NYC---need hotel & restaurant ideas

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Feb 8th, 2004, 01:44 PM
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katiekate pls let us know what hotel you choose. I am also taking my daughter to New York for her 16th this March. The only difference we have never been to New York before so this will also be our first. I have booked The Benjamin but after reading some of the hotel responses to your post I'm not sure if I made the right choice??
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Feb 8th, 2004, 01:51 PM
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The Benjamin is great, but the Plaza is the Plaza, a true New York landmark.
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Feb 9th, 2004, 04:17 AM
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Thank you all so much. You have given me some great suggestions. I still have not decided, but as soon as I do, I'll let you know. I have been looking at Mandarin Oriental because, number 1 it is brand new (I personally like new over old) and 2nd it offers wonderful,plush rooms. But, my question is how is the location? Isn't it located in or near the new Times Warner building. I haven't been to this area, so I'm not familiar with it.
Please keep the suggestions coming. This is fun!
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Feb 9th, 2004, 04:37 AM
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The new Mandarin Oriental Hotel is within the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, just west of the Plaza on the opposite corner of Central Park. The hotel occupies many floors in the center of the north tower.

The location isn't as good as the Plaza's on Fifth Avenue, but it's really really good. Good hotel choice, katiekate.

The $1.7 billion Time Warner Center features *amazing* shopping and restaurants -- be prepared for serious sticker shock.

I'd say the Mandarin is a good 2nd choice, if you can get a reservation. But my vote is still for the Plaza.
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Feb 9th, 2004, 04:59 AM
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I'd like to enter a vote in agreement w/ MP. The poster said her daughter wanted hip/cool, so I say head for SoHo. Both the Favreau movie "Made" and an episode of the Sopranos were filmed at the SoHO Grand. It's always cheaper than the couple of other hotels in SoHO when I check (cheap is realative). I love the industrial look and the cool staircase. You can look at their website and get a taste of it.

There will be a CD collection in the room and they will give you a goldfish while you're there if you want. Actually, there's barely enough room in a standard for me and my husband, so I have passed on the pet

You might consider Babbo for dinner. Do you think your daughter has seen Mario on TV? The restaurant has an energetic buzz, is not so formal as most other restaurants with that quality of food. If she is not yet an adventurous eater, she can have basic pastas.

While you are in SoHo, your daughter can shop at Armani Exchange, Kenneth Cole, Kate Spade, BCBG MaxAzaria, Urban Outfitters, Sephora...

You have a lucky daugher, I was 29 before I saw NYC.
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Feb 9th, 2004, 05:08 AM
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I think a teen would like to stay downtown, nearer to the village and soho. The Union Square W is a very nice hotel (IMO much nicer than the times sq W). The area is great. There are many fine restaurants in the Union Square area, and Union Square park is a magnet for teens (moreso in warmer weather). There's also great shopping and short walks to the East VIllage (St. Marks PLace), Greenwich Village, and Soho. It's also NYU neighborhood, so there's a college town feel.

What kind of food does your daughter like? Teh E. VIllage is loaded with many excellent, reasonably priced restaurants with all different kinds of food. Also the lower east side is a very trendy place to eat.
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Feb 9th, 2004, 05:17 AM
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The location of the Mandarin Oriental is pretty great - Columbus Circle being a transit hub on the westside, easy access to Times Square, and comfortable walk to 5th Avenue - Central Park at your doorstep is always lovely . . . but the new Time Warner center is just an upscale shopping mall - featuring Williams Sonoma, J. Crew, Sisley, Borders, Eileen Fisher and Coach, among others. Not a particularly "New York City" shopping experience (except price-wise). The restaurants (as they begin to open) will probably be great, but again, will be verrrry expensive. Rooms ant the M.O. start around 400 - but maybe you can get a deal . . . I've heard they are already heavily booked, though. Perhaps, if that is your taste (and budget) you might look into the Four Seasons on East 57th Street. A staggeringly beautiful contemporary hotel - the high floor rooms have stunning views (and prices). A great location if you want to stay in midtown.
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Feb 9th, 2004, 10:18 AM
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"Hip/cool/chic" are not words I'd use to describe the Plaza. For possible celebrity sightings, try the Plaza Athenee or the Lowell. For "hip/cool/chic" the Hudson (although I hate the location) or a W hotel.
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Feb 9th, 2004, 01:17 PM
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What about the Mercer?
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Feb 10th, 2004, 10:08 AM
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After talking to my daughter, I think she would be most impressed with a "WOW factor....jaw dropping" first impression of the lobby with a staff that might make a fuss over the guests. For example, hubby and I loved Hotel Athenee, rooms and service are top nothch, but not much WOW-factor.
I've also decided, room view is not a big issue, of course, I don't want to look out the window and see a brick wall or the back of the alley.
Also, the newer the amenities the better. That's for me....I'm quite picky about the decor. (as if you couldn't tell!)
Thanks.
Anyone agree or have suggestions?
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Feb 10th, 2004, 10:34 AM
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Beats me. the places I think of as hip/cool (Paramount, Soho Grand) are not going to make a fuss over you. Rather the opposite...they're too cool for it, you know? Like you're lucky they'll talk to you.

However, the doormen ARE often a Wow-factor.

One recent trip to NY I started out at SoHo Grand on the weekend and then moved uptown to the Michaelangelo for business. I was struck by the price you pay for chic downtown. Smaller, less comfortable, less luxiourious room, staff not as helpful for apprx the same money. I'd still rather be downtown, though...guess I'm a slave to fashion.
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Feb 12th, 2004, 07:36 AM
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I agreee with the name recognition idea of The Plaza, but the last time I stayed there we had an awful, "tired" room. We begged and begged for another room and they finally changed us for more $$$.
Any suggestions how to be assured a great room and to know what ask for?
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Feb 12th, 2004, 08:25 AM
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Try 60 Thompson. http://www.60thompson.com/

It's in Soho, very trendy, very modern, very hip. You'll be in a great area for exploring all the downtown spots - Soho, Tribeca, Chinatown, Nolita, LES, Village, etc.

I also think Soho or Tribeca Grand would fit the bill, but I think your daughter would have more fun in Soho. Tribeca is good for going out occasionally, but it's definitely not as busy as Soho.
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Feb 12th, 2004, 10:22 AM
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Gekko -- GREAT suggestion re: Suba. If I was a sixteen year old, that would excite me quite a bit.
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Feb 14th, 2004, 09:23 AM
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katiekate, have you decided yet?
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Feb 14th, 2004, 09:46 AM
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I think people have posted that suites at the Plaza are all good. It's some of the rooms that are tired. I also think it makes a difference if you belong to the hotel's affinity program. They're part of the Fairmont group. I'd join. I'd also phone & tell them it's your daughter's sweet 16.
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Feb 16th, 2004, 09:09 AM
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mclauire: Great idea. I joined their program this morning. Maybe this will help with upgrading to a better room catagory.
madisonV: What have you decided? I'd love to hear about your plans. I haven't made a final decision yet because I don't have a definite date.
mp: Great idea. I am going to let her look at the top 3 choices and let her decide. (as soon as I can narrow it down to 3!!!) Ha!
Thanks everyone. Please keep the suggestions coming.
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Feb 16th, 2004, 08:32 PM
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The Plaza is a great in terms of famous,lots of movies filmed there. You should do the TRL thing, if not tickets, then go when Carson is shooting the show (check for times.I stopped by and got to introduce a video on the street with the crowd screaming behind me. Very exciting and was 27 at the time! THe camera crews and producers are out there with all these fans who couldn't get in to the show so if it is her b-day, she may get a shot at being on TV. That, in my opinion is a WOW factor. (Time square) the TRL shop is okay, very pricey but I'm sure she would like a shirt from there. Don't miss Canal Street (do not go on Sunday) for some great knock of stuff (chanel/parada etc.)if she likes that and SOHO. SHe would probably like french connection(SOHO?) and Canal jeans. Serendipity is a MUST do. I think the carriage ride may be boring for her but how about a haircut at a great NYC salon? Maybe she'd like that. Great present for your daughter! You guys are really sweet. As for hotels, maybe time square, because of all the activity and excitement would be better than the plaza, when I think of a teen, because the Plaza on fifth is kinda old skool. So the Marriott I think is frequanted by celebs, many stretch limos out front and maybe a chance spotting, plus on time square, there is virgin records, which she probably would enjoy. Drag her to the UN for a tour as I think it is the best NYC has to offer and promotes a sense of world peace and she will gain insight about the world she lives in. A manicure and pedicure is so cheap in new york that I'd add that to the list of pampering for her! Do NOT get a portrait made by those sidewalk vendors. They suck! Have fun!
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Feb 17th, 2004, 04:08 AM
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topping for 'beeper'
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Ellen_G what is topper for beeper mean?
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