Long before my daughter and I arrived in New York City for our girls getaway, I had fallen in love with Hotel Giraffe. I would like to say that I am a flexible, go with the flow traveler. I am not.
I love every detail of the travel itinerary to be checked off my list. For this first time jaunt to New York and special mom daughter time together I wanted everything to be just right.
As my question filled emails flowed to the staff of New York’s Hotel Giraffe with such things as airport transfers, the best place to buy Broadway tickets and instructions and directions for subway use, each query was patiently and enthusiastically answered within hours.
What sets Hotel Giraffe above other New York hotels?
Rated by Trip Advisor as #7 of 463 hotels in New York, you know there must be some special things happening at Hotel Giraffe. It turns out there are no live giraffes wandering about. A bit disappointing but understandable I suppose.
What we did find was the beautiful surroundings and kindness that one of nature’s most adored animals embodies and for which the hotel is named.
Set in the Flatiron district of New York, the Hotel Giraffe is one of four of the Library Hotel Collection hotels in the city. At the time of this post all four hotels are rated in the top 10 hotels of New York according to Trip Advisor.
Complimentary wine and cheese reception
Arriving at 8:30pm we had missed the complimentary wine and cheese reception that runs daily form 5-8 pm. Yes you read that right. Included daily. The staff immediately offered to get us a glass of wine since we had missed the event for the day. Perhaps it was the crazed ‘I have been traveling all day’ look in my eye but I prefer to think of it as outstanding service.
Free Wifi/Internet Access
In our years of travel I confess the elusive search for Ms Wifi has practically driven me mad. Hotels will often charge for Wifi and those that offer free internet access are referring to a two foot square area next to the front desk.
There one must actually crawl on hands and knees at the feet of the staff to bring up Mr. Google. I find staff are always annoyed when I do this. Go figure.
At Hotel Giraffe the Wifi worked instantaneously and everywhere throughout the hotel. My eye did not twitch once and there were no reports of me crawling about the lobby muttering. My daughter was most pleased.
Continental Breakfast, Cappuccinos and refreshments 24 hours a day
Breakfast included is a feature I am always looking for in a hotel. I wake up hungry, and some would say (not mentioning any husband names) there is a 30 minute window before a serious case of cranky fever sets in.
As I sipped my delicious latte at Hotel Giraffe and gazed at the healthy options available, it was all smiles for this girl. Having complimentary refreshments and snacks available 24 hours a day kept mother and daughter fueled up for our New York adventures.
A Rooftop Oasis in the Middle of New York City
I have visited a lot of cities but the pace of NYC left me feeling a bit frayed around the edges. To find Hotel Giraffe’s peaceful rooftop garden high above the rush below was such a surprising find. A good place to put one’s feet up and take a deep breath.
Super Sized Service New York Style at the Hotel Giraffe
Walking into our spacious suite were hand written instructions with directions for the following two days, maps and some lovely welcome gifts. Can you say super sized service?
Hotel Giraffe is located between midtown Manhattan and downtown with easy access to multiple subway lines. For more information on the hotel or to book your own New York getaway click here.
To the staff member who stood in the midst of Park Avenue for 10 minutes to hail us a cab during rush hour, you sir know how to super size service in New York.
Do be careful out there. You make this Mom rather nervous.
Disclosure: We were guests of Hotel Giraffe however all opinions are my own.