Hotels offer VIP culinary experiences for New York travelers

New York City is one of the top food destinations in the United States. To help visitors experience the city’s gourmet offerings, these luxury hotels are offering VIP culinary experiences to their guests.

St Giles Hotel New York-The Court

The St Giles Hotel New York-The Court is located in midtown, giving guests prime access to the best restaurants, cafes, and bars the city has to offer. Guests of the hotel will be able to indulge even further by partaking in their James Beard Award Package, which is linked to the James Beard Foundation Award Ceremony and Gala Reception in May 2012. The package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations in an executive suite on May 7
  • Two tickets to the James Beard Award Ceremony and Gala Reception at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall
  • Private chauffeur car service to and from the event
  • Chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne
  • A copy of the brand new book titled “The James Beard Foundation’s Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America’s Outstanding Chefs”
  • Breakfast for two in the onsite Icon Restaurant
  • A portion of the proceeds being donated to City Harvest, an organization that helps feed the hungry

To take part in this package, you will have to place a bid on Luxury Link from March 14-March 21. Trump International Hotel and Tower

Located near New York’s iconic Central Park, the Trump International Hotel and Tower is world-renowned for its luxurious offerings. It’s no surprise then that the property’s onsite restaurant, Jean-Georges, has received numerous accolades like five stars from Mobile Travel Guide, a AAA Five Diamond Award, and four stars from the New York Times. For guests who want to experience the superb cuisine of the restaurant, the hotel is offering a Jean-Georges Culinary Masters Course for guests who book a three-night stay. The experience includes a VIP cooking demonstration led by Michelin three-star Executive Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and a one-hour pastry-making class with Executive Pastry Chef Johnny Iuzzini.

Rates start at $3,333 per night. Click here to book.

Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park is a five-star hotel that offers elegance, charm, and VIP dining. Recently, Gadling covered the property’s All Caviar Package, which is so luxurious it is worth mentioning again. Guests will be treated like royalty as they are met on arrival with a caviar martini. From there, there is an afternoon of caviar tasting at Petrossian led by a French expert. In the morning, guests will enjoy a full American breakfast and a 60-minute Caviar Skin Crème Massage at La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa. Still craving caviar? The experience will take you back one last time to Petrossian for a three-course caviar pairing.

Packages start at $1,985 for a park view room, with upgrades available at an additional cost. Click here to book.

The Setai Fifth Avenue

Located on New York’s grandest shopping street, The Setai Fifth Avenue is an upscale hotel that matches its surroundings. Inside the hotel you will find Michelin-starred restaurant Ai Fiori by Chef Michael White, which features modern interpretations of regional Italian and French dishes. For guests who want to live lavishly while in New York, the hotel is offering a package called The Experience. With the offer comes:

  • Overnight accommodations for three or more nights
  • Full American breakfast at Ai Fiori or in-room each day
  • Three-course tasting menu and wine for two at Ai Fiori
  • Unlimited soft drinks, water, and afternoon snacks
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Chef’s welcome amenity

The package runs until the end of the year and rates vary depending on dates. Click here to book.

Heathrow’s New VIP Lounge is Juvenile

The presence of kids in the fast-paced world of airline travel can evoke as much controversy as McCain versus Obama. The harried business traveler not only has to worry about getting slowed up or annoyed by the incessant whining (real or imagined) of youthful travelers, they also have to be concerned about accidentally thumping a child on the head with a briefcase as they try to hurry to their gate.

In a nod to traveling tots, London Heathrow has created a VIP lounge specifically for families. It’s not the first, but definitely sounds the coolest. That’s right mom and dad, no need to put up with the icy glances of laptop jockeys in the regular first-class and business-class lounges. In fact, the kids’ lounge in Heathrow’s Terminal 5 doesn’t even require a business class ticket. Known as KidZone, it has an ample buffet, computers and whimsical decorations. Entrance costs $27 per trip and is also included in the membership perks of clubs like Priority Pass. Virgin Atlantic has a similar lounge at Heathrow, while some state-side airports like JFK and LAX boast child-friendly facilities as well. American Airlines will continue the trend by opening no less than 9 KidZone-like lounges at major airports in the US. Food you can eat with your hands, no worries about making noise, and I bet they have Legos too. Sounds better than the regular VIP to me. I wonder if they let you in even if you are not traveling with kids.

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