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Restaurant Week Ends August 16

Restaurant Week ends August 16 so foodies still have time to dine at some of New York’s acclaimed restaurants at a fraction of the normal price. Starting at a $25-three course lunch, and a $38-three course dinner, Restaurant Week is ideal for any one who wants to get a taste of the city’s best. What’s even better than dining at one of the featured restaurants? Staying at a Virtuoso hotel that the restaurant is located in, providing the guest with the utmost convenience, and the highest form of luxury. Here’s our guide for New York City’s Restaurant Week, where the featured restaurant is located inside the luxury hotel.

The National, featuring New American cuisine, located inside The Benjamin. Virtuoso Amenities include a $100 spa credit once per stay, breakfast for two daily, and upgrade upon arrival (if available).

Café Boulevard, featuring French cuisine, located inside The Surrey. Virtuoso Amenities include a $100 spa credit once per stay, breakfast for two daily, and upgrade upon arrival (if available).

The Lambs Club, featuring New American cuisine, located inside The Chatwal* Virtuoso Amenities include a $100 spa credit once per stay, breakfast for two daily, and upgrade upon arrival (if available).

Olives New York, featuring Mediterranean cuisine, located inside The W Union Square. Virtuoso Amenities include a $100 food and beverage credit once per stay, breakfast for two daily, and upgrade upon arrival (if available).

The Carlyle Restaurant, featuring French cuisine, located inside The Carlyle* Virtuoso Amenities include a $100 spa credit once per stay, breakfast for two daily, and upgrade upon arrival (if available).

Auden Bistro & Bar, featuring New American cuisine, located inside The Ritz Carlton Central Park* Virtuoso Amenities include a $100 resort credit once per stay, breakfast for two daily, and upgrade upon arrival (if available).

* These hotels are currently featuring a 3rd night free special, stay two nights at the property in a suite, and get the third night free!

– Alissa Mendelsohn
Intern, Hyperiongroup

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Zurich for Families

Zurich ..a great place for families!

Zurich ..a great place for families!

Chic, small, modern and thoroughly beautiful; Zurich is one city you’ll absolutely fall in love with and it’s great for families. Working at the Park Hyatt, my concierge team and I have often been confronted with families asking how they can spend their day here in Zurich, leading solely to the response: “Where to begin?” Located in the heart of Europe, the charming, optimistic city of Zurich holds endless possibilities for families with children to spend an exciting and fulfilling stay.
The Park Hyatt offers various family programs; such as the offering of an additional children’s room to a booking, for kids below the age of twelve for a fifty-percent discount, keeping our kids close. Another great program is the VIB (Very Important Baby), where children’s beds, chairs, bathrobe, cosmetics, cutlery and toys are provided for the little joys in our lives – making their stay as relaxing as your own. Furthermore our kids program, which includes amenities like our famous swiss hot chocolate and cookies, popcorn and sodas, a colorful painting set, children DVD’s, but also a complimentary Playstation and X-Box available during their stay. But this is just the preface of what Zurich has to offer…
To begin with, Zurich itself beholds wonderful sights; raging from the lavishly luxurious “bahnhofstrasse” to the old-fashioned and very romantic “niederdorf”, making one day in town enough to instill awe and excitement into the impressionable minds of children.

Tip for families with kids

Tip for families with kids

Surrounded by a large part of the city, the famous lake of Zurich is a great place to spend the day at, or in! Swimming possibilities are everywhere to be found around the lake to enjoy the fresh and clean water, and many places offer a great selection of watersports cut out for the entire family! Renting a pedal- or motorboat for three to five people, or simply hopping on one of Zurich’s signature lake boats to enjoy the wonderful scenery of the snowy “swiss alps” has always been a popular activity.
What better place for young children to visit than a Zoo? Just one tram ride up the hill will make you feel like you’re in another world. Overlooking the city and surrounded by nature, the “Zooh” of Zurich provides a large and open habitat for a wide variety of animals from around the world. Getting “in-touch” with smaller fauna is made easy at the other tip of the Zurich lake, in the Rapperswil Zoo, where stroking and feeding animals is not only allowed, but encouraged.
One of my personal favorites is the “Atzmännig Seilpark”, a leisure and recreational park in the mountains- perfect for the entire family. The park offers toboggan run slides, swiss-style chairlifts and a large rope adventure park, taking you all the way up to the treetops at 16 meters, a height that will thrill and excite kids and adults alike! I take my nephews there all the time, and we always have a blast!
If you want to experience Switzerland’s most traditional trade, “Bucherer” offers lessons where everyone can get a hands-on view at the craftsmanship of watches, supervised by a professional “horloger”. During the seminar, children and adults of all ages work with clocks that they can assemble and dismantle, or just generally experiment with.
Confiseries that are all around town will seduce your senses with their delicately hand made swiss chocolate. “The Maestrani” chocolate factory offers tailored tours through their timeless trade, making the savoring of swiss chocolate something that every visit to Switzerland must include!
Expanding on the culinary experience of Switzerland, the renowned “Zeughauskeller” features many old army halberds, cannons and armors – a theme that continues into the dishes themselves; where long sausages are served, wrapped around a blazing sword.
Having visited the largest city in Switzerland, Zurich has charmed the senses of every last guest my Concierge team and I have had the privilege of greeting. Its colorful variety of activities and the sheer beauty of the city will make it a place that is not easily forgotten. If you and your family would like to recapture the feeling of first love, you know where to go.
By: Frederik Kubierschky, Clefs d’Or Concierge, Park Hyatt Zurich

– Christina Gobil
Director of Sales , Park Hyatt Zurich

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Marrakech is an invigorating and mesmerizing city that immediately transports you into an exotic locale rich in history and cultural traditions. For an authentic experience, skip the hotel and stay at a luxury Riad in the bustling heart of the Medina. Spend an entire evening in the Medina, hypnotized by everything from the snake charmers to performers with baboons; all while bargaining for beautiful hand-made scarves or traditionally fired plates. A small walkable city full of tiny crowded back streets; Marrakech can be seen in 1-2 days. It can be easy to get lost and miss the most impressive local souks, mosques, and palaces-so hire a reputable tour guide to show you around the city for the day. To balance out the energetic and overwhelming side of Marrakech, visit a traditional Hammam to unwind. Take a day out of the city exploring the Atlas Mountains, Ourika Valley, or some of the relaxing beach towns. Marrakech is a vibrant city full of character and culture but don’t forget about the rest of Morocco’s alluring beauty that must not be missed.

– Marissa Zindell
Owner, Trip Love Travel

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Top Sites to See: Museo di Palazzo Davanzati, Florence

Florence in the hills of Tuscany

Florence in the hills of Tuscany

Fans of architecture and European history will no doubt already be in love with Florence, a city whose past and illustrious former inhabitants have endowed the streets with a strong allure to tourists.

Locals and regular visitors often complain of the negative impact which large tourist groups have on the Tuscan capital, especially in the summer months when the weather is fine and demand is at its highest. However, an autumnal trip can often be the perfect time to go for art lovers and connoisseurs who want to avoid the crowds and absorb the aesthetic charms of a city with an open heart.

One building which is always recommended for an architectural taste of old Florence is the luxurious and hugely impressive Palazzo Davanzati, now a museum owned by Polo Museale Fiorentino, also in charge of Galleria Palatina and Degli Uffizi, as well as numerous other famous museums in the Florence district.

The Palazzo Davanzati is one of Florence’s very few, and thus extremely precious, remaining medieval mansions still standing after the demolitions which ripped through the city centre at the end of the nineteenth century. Its value is as much in its historical lessoning as in its architectural beauty – which it has in spades.

Its structure represents the meeting point between a large medieval tower structure and a Renaissance palazzo building. The façade from the outside indicates the division and distribution of the building’s parts. Split into five floors, the ground floor has three large arches, originally opening right out onto the street, and three medium-sized floors above it, followed by a loggia at the top.

The palazzo is over 600 years old. It was built in the 14th century by the Davizzi, a family of merchants, and sold in 1516 to another family before being rented to a magistrate. During this period a roof terrace was constructed which replaced the original battlements onto which it was formerly built.

In 1578 the palazzo was purchased by Bernardo Davanzati, from whom the building now takes its name, another merchant and well-known intellectual in the Florentine community.

In 1951, the building was purchased by the Italian state and began its journey towards being a museum. Its renovation is ongoing, but this does little to affect the enjoyment of its surroundings and architectural features. The interior of the building is as impressive and interesting as the exterior, housing art and furniture from the period, as well as further insights into the way of life at this time.

Visiting information
The museum is free to visit and is located on the Via Porta Rossa 13 – but most important to know are its opening hours, which are a little strange. Opening its doors at 8.15am, you can only visit until 1.30pm, so make sure you have plans for lunch afterwards – there is a bevy of delightful restaurants and cafes in the area, and all will be ready for the 2pm lunch slot after a visit. Check the website for further details on hours and any holiday closures.

Information provided to you by NetJets Europe (www.netjetseurope.com).

– Ricardo Gato
Digital & Direct Marketing Executive , NetJets Europe

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