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When it comes to hotels in New York City, your options are pretty much endless. The question is: What are your priorities, and which neighborhood are you hoping to check out? What vibe are you going for?
On a recent trip to the city for New York Fashion Week, I wanted a hotel that wasn’t too far from the shows I’d be attending with a few great restaurants on-site (because, room service), that was located within the SoHo shopping district, and that had a good spa. The reality is, when I’m traveling for work, I want to stay somewhere I can decompress at the end of a long day and really settle in. I knew that attending shows and being “on” for work would be exhausting (hello, many hours spent standing in four-inch heels), so finding a hotel with these amenities was key.
With all that in mind, I ultimately went with The Dominick, and I wasn’t disappointed. From the spacious room with ten-foot windows to visiting the Sisley Spa for a few of the most relaxing hours of my life, this stay was the retreat I needed at the end of a long day in the city.
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A spacious room in a crowded city
The 425 square-foot room I stayed in was the biggest room I’ve ever stayed in while visiting New York, and I have to say: having that extra space to spread out turned out to be more valuable than I’d expected. Not only did I have plenty of space to work and get ready for shows, but it also had a large bathroom with a standing shower and a full-sized soaking tub with a TV mounted above it, which was a great way to wind down at the end of each day.
The hotel’s rooms start around $599/night and include free wifi, Nespresso coffee machines with complimentary espresso, king-sized beds, a stocked private bar, and full access to the 24-hour fitness center and seasonal outdoor pool. It was too cold for a swim during my stay, but looked like a great spot to be in the summer!
Relaxing at the Sisley Spa
During a lull in my schedule one day, I visited the Sisley Spa to treat myself to a bit of R&R. Did I mention how many hours I spent standing in heels?
The spa had a lot of “extras”, including a steam room, sauna, and a salt chamber for use before and after services, which I absolutely did. When it came time for services, I opted for the Phyto-aromatic facial, which is a 60-minute-long facial customized to my skin needs (extreme dryness), as well as a 60-minute signature massage that focused on my tight neck and shoulders, followed by a steam session in the locker room sauna.
Next time I visit, I plan to check out the spa’s Morroccan Hammam, which takes place in a beautifully mosaic tiled room. Laying on a heated marble slab, an expert Hammam therapist does a full-body exfoliation followed by a traditional rinse, which is followed by a clay wrap and an olive oil soap scrub. My only concern is that I might…never leave?
In a city known for its incredible food options, The Dominick has three solid restaurants on-site:
- Vestry, a Michelin-star restaurant led by Australian-born Chef Shaun Hergatt, focused on Japanese culinary techniques paired with vegetable and seafood-based dishes
- El’Takoy, which has a modern Asian-Hawaiian-themed menu from Chef Luis Pous that’s open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch service
- Mezzanine, with American fare morning and mid-day dining menus as well as specialty cocktails
I appreciated these on-location dining options as venues for taking meetings, as all had excellent food and offered quiet spaces where we didn’t have to shout to hear each other talk (a major plus).
I also have to say: after a few days, I started really looking forward to coming back to my room at night, so instead of going to NYFW afterparties…I crawled into bed, ordered their top-notch room service, and watched Netflix on my laptop. And I regret nothing.
Shopping in SoHo
Since this hotel is located right in the heart of SoHo, I walked to several nearby stores from my favorite DTC brands to see what was new in their brick-and-mortar locations. The new Glossier store was a favorite with its wet bar room for product trials, a gift shop, and lots of interactive elements that make it a selfie haven. While there, I picked up a few of my favorite products:
I also checked out other DTC retailers’ stores, including Aritzia, Reformation, Vuori, and Everlane while I was in the neighborhood, and I can tell you this: SoHo is alive and well when it comes to brick-and-mortar retail stores—and not just those of luxury brands. DTC companies still see this shopping district as an important place to be to get in front of shoppers, to test new products, and as community hubs where they can hold events and build deeper relationships with customers.
If you’re headed to NYC and stay at The Dominick, be sure to…
- Make time to relax with a spa service at Sisley Spa
- Eat some excellent seafood at Vestry
- Do some shopping in SoHo (the hotel staff helped me ship a box home with my shopping haul so I didn’t have to try to make it fit in my already full suitcase and can help you do the same!)
- Leave time for a soak in your in-room tub
- Enjoy the hotel’s incredible art collection with pieces by Paul Richard