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Join us as we take Travel Lust to New York City and uncover the best spots to sleep, eat and pamper!
Where to stay
When you go to New York City, it's best to be in the thick of things to get the most unique "city that never sleeps" experience. That's why I love the Cassa Hotel. Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan on 45th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue, this stylish property is part of Viceroy Hotel Group's Urban Retreat Collection. The hotel just opened at the beginning of 2012, but it's already become my go-to spot after a recent stay there.
If you're looking for a haven away from the hustle and bustle of NYC, this hotel is your best bet. The Cassa Hotel offers the best of both worlds: access to the excitement of Times Square and Broadway, but a quiet and peaceful resting place. Perfect for busy business executives and leisure travelers alike, the hotel features chic, modern decor — seriously, the couches are so comfy! — and amazing customer service.
Intrigued yet? Book your last-minute Halloween visit today! Cassa Hotel is currently offering the Halloween at Madame Tussaud's Package, and guests who book will receive two all-access VIP tickets to visit the famous wax museum and a Madame Tussaud's Celebrities Guide Book to direct their visit. Want more info? Check out the hotel's website.
Where to pamper
Every time I go to New York, I always end up walking miles and miles. Sure, you could cab or subway your way through the city, but somehow, when the weather is nice, walking is always more fun! At the end of a long, hard day of walking and sightseeing, every gal needs a little pampering, so I've done the hard work and scouted out a few locations for you to unwind.
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa: If you're looking for results and atmosphere, head on over to this gorgeous spa. There are two NYC locations — one on 5th Avenue and a new one in the Chatwal Hotel. Try the Red Door Signature Massage (seriously relaxing!) and pamper to your heart's desire in your own personal vanity room afterwards.
Arrojo Studio: Women in NYC are serious about their blowouts, so if you're heading into town for business (or pleasure!), make sure you book an appointment at Arrojo Studio. The huge salon has an impressive service menu and gives impeccable results. Want an amazing blowout? Ask for Grace. And ask her to use the brand's new Shine Luxe Shampoo & Conditioner!
Where to eat
You could spend forever uncovering the best spots to eat in NYC. Since you don't have all day, I'll be kind and offer two pieces of food-spiration!
Serafina: Love Italian food? So do I! This restaurant has several locations throughout the city and offers both a fun atmosphere and amazing grub. Try the gnocchi. Seriously, you'll be dreaming about it for weeks.
Blue Fin: Are you and your girls ladies who brunch? Then you'll love this hot spot, located in the W Hotel in Times Square. Perfectly situated for some prime time people watching, and yet still warm and cozy, this location makes a mean omelet!
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