How lucky did I get?? On a weekend when it was very hard to get a room in NYC, I scored one at a hotel right across the street from EATALY.
For a foodie traveler this holds great significance. I visit EATALY, an Italian food emporium, every time I visit the city. And now I had a gem of a little boutique hotel to stay in just steps away.
The Wyndham Garden Hotel was small and intimate with a colorful lobby....
and very friendly and helpful staff at the front desk.
My room, on the 17th floor, was small but super super comfortable with a bed I didn't want to get out of once I was in it and a view over the neighboring rooftops and over to the famous Flatiron Building a street away.
It had free Wifi, a large flat screen TV, desk and ergonomically engineered chair that only made my back feel better.
Nice little treats awaited.......
as well as Wolfgang Puck signature coffee and lovely teas......
The "be well" theme of the center bed pillow was echoed throughout, including a new bathroom with "spa" toiletries and good fluffy white towels.
Downstairs in the lobby there is a door connecting to the Italian restaurant San Rocco. I took a look before dinner. It was lit with candles and looked wonderful. I had reservations at a French restaurant nearby, but you know, I should have stayed put!
Any restaurant lit with candles and filled with the music of Frank Sinatra must be taken seriously.
Which was confirmed in the morning when I dined at San Rocco for my Italian breakfast, which was a beautiful buffet.
To the left, fresh squeezed orange juice. Cereals. Yogurt. Nutella. Two freshly baked breakfast cakes redolent of candied orange and rum soaked raisins. Superb capuccino. Fresh fruit salad. Panini press to make ham and cheese panini.
I was so happy with the quality of the food, the beautiful waitress who told me she came from Rome and the chefs from Milano, with the great conversation with fellow guests....that I decided then and there that I would be coming back to the hotel Wyndham in Chelsea.
I would reserve ahead a table at this restaurant for dinner, and I would again find my seat for the lovely breakfast served here. This was a special experience, and I am grateful to have found such an intimate and ultimately homey place to call home when I visit New York again.