MY 4 REASONS TO VISIT HELL’S KITCHEN JUST MAY SURPRISE YOU! I WAS DELIGHTED WITH THIS FRESH AND EXUBERANT MANHATTAN NEIGHBORHOOD. WHEN I FIRST MOVED TO MANHATTAN 35 YEARS AGO, THIS WAS A SEEDY LOCATION AND A FAIRLY DANGEROUS ONE. FAST FORWARD 3+DECADES, AND WE HAVE ONE UBUR CHIC LOCALE.
About two weeks ago we had a delicious sunny day in New York. Likely you remember it; this sunny day visited many other cities, if briefly. As lovely as that warm day was, it was not so appealing , in my non-air conditioned co-op. Trivago provided good search results for an outstanding boutique hotel right in the midst of this lively part of the city . Cool features promised a fun weekend, and would most certainly provide a different vibe than my Upper East Side perch.
4 Reasons to visit Hell’s Kitchen !
- The energy is young and diverse with its own rhythm and a lively art scene.
- Delicious global cuisine : Japanese Ramen, Thai street food, highly acclaimed restaurants and Argentinian empanadas– just for starters!
- Location, location, location! Here we are a stone’s throw to Broadway, the High Line’s northern entrance, proximity to the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, and the Hudson River Park Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise– set sail early from this point!
- A good variety of relatively inexpensive boutique hotels.
Happily , I ended up at the Cachet Boutique Hotel, a chic and urban hotel that oozed a COOL vibe. Below, the entrance to this airy space which illustrates, better that words, the artsy style in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen.
Vivid art on the walls is what struck me first, accenting so decorously the ultra modern decor. This shot below is my favorite. Okay, ONE of my favorites! It is a fashion photo , hence my attraction. Cool and commanding, this piece is one of many pieces that grace the hotel and provide a “dose of culture” according to Kevin Fenton, managing director of Cachet Boutique NYC.
Culinary masterpieces are served up at the Eden Local. I enjoyed delicious fare, surrounded by plants and paintings, all while enjoying a fresh breeze from the outside. The sugar snap peas tempura was a delight to the palate and the pecan pie looked so tempting!
Luxuriant outdoor spaces was one of the features of this hotel I most appreciated. On this perfect sunny day I sat out and enjoyed my Starbucks at “The Retreat”. I was dressed very causally , with most of my summer clothes miles away at a house I am renovating. My Gucci tote held some of my sundries so I could pack light for the weekend away. I packed two kinds of sunscreens, remembering that the last time I truly needed SPF was here.
When I could finally tear myself away from this arty oasis, I wandered the streets soaking up the local flavor and abundant sunshine.
Nearby, an antique store caught my eye and I found several items I just needed! I can not remember the last time I saw a store selling books – and not just any books here! Classics, old volumes , art books and even some vintage encyclopedias caught my eye. This for one spoke to me. I have plans this weekend to go back and pick up some of books I have on hold.
I even found a Sex in the City DVD collection! Right? This find alone should be one of the 4 reasons to visit Hell’s Kitchen!
A local gourmet grocer has an appealing artisanal cheese display. I bought a wedge and enjoyed it with berry flavored seltzer and fresh lime.
Now this! Even the spools of thread were arranged with creative flair at a local dry cleaner’s and tailoring shop in Hell’s Kitchen.
Back in the hotel for the night I eye the nibbles for sale! Now these are snacks! Forget the stale candy bars and cans of Pringles in most mini bars. Tate’s Cookies, a favorite of mine, are offered along with Salty Road Salt Water Taffy, and other locally sourced delish bites. YUM ALERT!
Jay Godfrey rose gold amenities nourished my hair- no tangles with the excellent conditioner, and a wonderful fragrance greeted my nose when I used the gel in the large rain shower bathroom. When I say large bathroom, I mean very large!
The air conditioning worked perfectly and was quiet. My view did face a city street- not ideal for most, but a welcomed site for me, I like being reminded where I am. I am a true New Yorker ! The pillow-top Keetsa bed was very comfortable! I slept well there!
My hubby stayed at home braving the warm day, which ended in a cold night. He slept in the guest room which is cooler and I missed him. But I managed a wonderful weekend in a part of the city I never experienced before!
I think I described more than 4 reasons to visit Hell’s Kitchen, but I tend to over deliver, or so I hope. Speaking of exceeding expectations, this boutique hotel certainly exceeded mine. The staff was gracious and the loft life space such a welcome contrast to my elegant, traditionally – well transitional would be more of my eclectic decor style- appointed upper east side home and haunts.
My neighborhood , by contrast is busy but quiet, full of upscales stores, design shops, banks and Starbucks, but devoid of the smaller stores that give a neighborhood a unique feel. How I wish these kinds of stores were more common in my neck of the woods. I loved the vibrant energy of Hell’s Kitchen and am looking forward to returning soon.
One thing that New Yorker’s tend to do is to stay within their little enclaves. Or perhaps that is just the people I am friendly with , who enjoy settled lives and are older.
Now that the flu season is finally behind me, I plan to explore more of my diverse and wonderfully nuanced city. I would also like to spend more time in Brooklyn, Dumbo, Harlem, and the Lower East Side.
I close with a snap of a pony vanity stool from the Cachet Boutique Hotel and my, new to me, vintage enamel bracelet bought at the little antique store in Hell’s Kitchen.
***This is not a sponsored post. All opinion are my own.*** To know more about this spot, and 4 reasons to visit Hell’s Kitchen, and more- please read this.
So let me ask you, do you travel outside of your own neighborhood often to discover what nearby places have to offer? Or do you stay within your comfort zone and visit favorites that you frequent time and time again?
LET ME KNOW. YOU KNOW HOW! XOXO, ELLE HAPPY WEEKEND DEAR READERS!
Every time we went out to visit NYC, we’d make sure we stayed in a different area just to see the uniqueness!! We never made it to Hell’s Kitchen, but I can see that we should!!
That is very smart Jodie, it is fun to immerse oneself in different parts of the city. Yes, I do think you would like Hells kitchen.
That looks like a fantastic designed hotel! Very cool!
It was, the designer is gifted! Thanks for reading!
Your weekend sounds delightful! And I know exactly the day you’re referring to, because it was so beautiful and I had to spend it at a work event in the downstairs room at a catering venue, boohoo. I love nothing more than going on little adventures, getting out of the small box of my day to day life. I find it so refreshing to see new things, try new restaurants, walk through new parks and gardens and see new landscapes. Last weekend I visited a favorite museum In Queens on Saturday followed by lunch at a yelp-recommended cafe, and on… Read more »
It is fun to go on little adventures. I do agree with you very much. I’m so glad that you got to go to cold Spring and enjoyed a fun lunch and garden visit outside of your neighborhood.
That is a shame that you were not able to be outside that day, but there is going to be beautiful weather coming up this week! Yay!
Trying to get a jump start on some things now so I’ll have some free time this week to enjoy the nice weather after work! Do you have some nice things to look forward to this week?
Always make time for fun activities. Yes I am having a dinner party with my neighbors on Wednesday and am looking forward to that. I plan to wander the city a bit also, near my doctors office. ❤️Enjoy
Yes Hells Kitchen has change sooooo much. And this hotel looks amazing we should meet here for brunch one Saturday. Love your snaps!
Allie of ALLIENYC
Yes it would be a perfect spot to meet. I think you would really enjoy it. I hope to see you soon and catch up.
Good for you to venture forth for adventure. Like you, I’m surprised at how far this neighborhood has come since its wild days.
Yes, Wild it was, once upon a time! Now it is just so vibrant and fun. I did enjoy my little adventure, especially since I don’t travel very often.
It sounds like such a fun place to explore, thank you for sharing! that looks like a beautiful place to stay too. I like little unexpected stores where you can find treasures, it’s great you could fund sme there even if there aren’t a lot of these kind of stores in your neighbourhood.
Hope you are having a great weekend! 🙂 Yesterday was a productive day for me and today we went out to a festival with the kids.
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I am so glad you were able to take the children to the festival. That sounds like a lovely way to spend the day. This neighborhood was quite a fun destination. Enjoyed the whole weekend there.
What an amazing place you visit great images
Thanks Jackie. It was a really great place and there were so many fabulous snippets to take pictures of . Everything was artful. ❤️ Elle
This looks like such a sun and classy place. I love the interior deco. 💖😘💞
It was a fun and beautifully decorated place. It had a very chic vibe, but still it it was also relaxed. I agree, the decor was fabulous.
What a great post dear, looks like you had a blast
I truly did! Bisous !
What lovely places you visited! I would love to hang at that cool boutique.
It was a really fun location. When you come to New York you should check it out. Thanks so much for reading,❤️ Elle
I love discovering little gems of my own city, pretending that I am a tourist and it is always surprises me with some unexpected places
I think that is the trick. Pretending you are a tourist and seeing everything with fresh eyes. Thank you so much for reading my post. ❤️ Elle
The last time I went to NY, my mom and I stayed in a small hotel in Hell’s Kitchen – it was lovely! Such a great area and close to everything in downtown Manhattan. You are a great advertisement for NY, Elle! You make me want to go back again! You certainly gave yourself a wonderful gift with this mini-vacay. I don’t drive, so I’m limited to bus/taxi/walking distance here, but fortunately my city is quite small! I do like to spread out in the immediate vicinity, but there are neighbourhoods that I’m totally unfamiliar with! Wishing you a happy… Read more »
I am so glad that you when your mother went there and enjoyed it. I can drive but do not like to drive in the city. I love to walk and explore. And that is exactly what I did on this wonderful weekend. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I do hope to persuade you to come visit. Hint, hint! ❤️ Elle
Sounds great! Thanks for sharing this. Have a great week.
Thanks Gemma, you too doll ❤️
You’ll never run out of adventures in the Greatest City! Love that you chose Hell’s Kitchen, which is so inviting. Love your new bracelet too! xo
So true Patti!
I can’t wait to go back,
Have a wonderful week.
I love NYC! I’ve only been once and I’ve never been to Hell’s Kitchen but it looks absolutely fabulous. Definitely on my bucket list!
You would just love it!
This hotel looks so chic. Loved the outdoor space in the hotel.
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Thanks Nina, the outdoor spaces were heavenly.
Ok first of all, this place decor goals! I mean how brilliantly is this place designed, totally smitten by it! Looks like you had an amazing time there! I have never been to Hell’s Kitchen but it seems like I am missing out on a lot by not visiting to this place! Adding it to my list now!
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!
Ankita | Real Girl Talks
Thanks so much Ankita!
Yes The design was superb. I really appreciated all the spaces of this wonderful hotel and thoroughly enjoyed this part of New York. Definitely put it on your list. Thanks so much for your lovely comments .
very great post!
Thanks so much Sandra!