No matter what New Yorkers think of Trump the Man, there’s no denying Trump the Brand is one of the world’s top names in luxury lodging. Those who thought that Trump International Hotel & Tower New York was the last word in luxury were forced to raise the bar higher when the hotel completed a $30 million renovation in September 2010. But last year also saw the opening of a remarkable hotel that would give Trump International a run for its money: Trump SoHo New York, a downtown take on the traditional Trump luxury hotel.
Trump International, located at the juncture of Columbus Circle, Broadway and Central Park, is the epitome of that “traditional” hotel but that in no way is a knock against it. Guests enjoy first-rate hospitality and detail-oriented amenities, including a personal Attaché service exclusive to Trump. The 176 hotel suites and guest rooms feature fully equipped kitchens, and floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing views of Central Park and Manhattan.
If they can tear themselves away from the comforts of their room, guests can also take advantage of The Trump Spa, health club and indoor lap pool. As for dining, Trump International offers guests not one, but two restaurants from world-renowned, award-winning chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Enjoy a five-star gourmet experience at Jean Georges, often called the best restaurant in New York, or settle in for a more casual but sophisticated meal at Nougatine where the acclaimed chef can often be seen cooking in the open exhibition kitchen.
New York’s Upper West Side and SoHo may only be 20 minutes apart by subway, but worlds apart in style and attitude. At one of the city’s most desired locations–where SoHo meets Tribeca and the West Village with art galleries, restaurants, destination boutique shopping and nightlife scene, Trump SoHo is luxury made hip and cool. The 46-story hotel soars above Spring Street, the signature floor-to-ceiling windows of its 391 guest rooms offering new and dramatic views of the city.
Guests at Trump SoHo can enjoy the authentic taste of northern Italy at Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, The Spa at Trump’s private luxury hammam experience, cocktails in The Library or the seasonal indoor-outdoor Bar d’Eau with its outdoor pool deck. The Urban Plaza along the east side of the hotel gives guests and area residents a landscaped open air space in which to linger.
Uptown or downtown, conservative sophistication or funky decadence, Trump International or Trump SoHo—visitors to New York can’t go wrong with either pick.