New York

“Undeniably the most exciting city in the world”

New York is undeniably the most exciting city in the world and an iconic holiday destination. Not only is New York the epicentre of the arts, a cultural treasure trove and a shopping mecca, but the city is also home to more restaurants, museums, and attractions than any other global capital. For five nights, you will be based at The Whitby Hotel situated in upper midtown Manhattan. Perfect for exploring New York to your hearts content.

5 nights from £2188 pp

​What’s Included?

  • Return flights with Virgin Atlantic
  • 5 nights accommodation at the exclusive 5* Whitby Hotel (with breakfast)
  • A bespoke itinerary based on you, your interests, and the occasion

Book your bespoke luxury holiday to New York today. Enjoy a tailor-made holiday in America’s most famous city created by our travel experts. Contact us today for more information.

​The Whitby Hotel, New York

​Set in pulsing upper midtown Manhattan, The Whitby is just moments away from Central Park, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Broadway. Inside the hotel, design director Kit Kemp has unleashed her inimitable approach to design, colour, textures, and patterns produced in collaboration with Christopher Farr. Kemp’s colourful carefree style is suffused across the hotel’s sixteen stories and is apparent in all 86 individually styled rooms and suites – boutique by New York standards. Each guestroom boasts a king size bed and floor-to-ceiling windows; some include private terraces complete with views over the city’s formidable skyline. Bathrooms are beautifully designed in granite or marble, complete with double basins, a walk-in shower and RikRak by Kit Kemp luxury bath products. Located on the ground floor and open-all day, The Whitby Bar is a colourful, vibrant airy room with high ceilings, warehouse style windows and doors leading through to a quintessentially British orangery with an American twist and courtyard. The Orangery provides the perfect setting for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a spot of afternoon tea.  As a stunning celebration of luxury, contemporary art and design it is unsurprising that the hotel has proved a magnet for A-listers since opening its doors in 2017.

  • Floor to ceiling windows
  • Fully air conditioned Gym
  • Restaurant, Bar and Orangery
  • Children’s slippers, bathrobes & toiletries
  • Baby cribs, Sofa and Rollaway beds
  • Moments away from New York’s main attractions including MoMA, Central Park, and Broadway

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General Information
Facilities
Perfect For
Board Basis Options
Check-in Time: 14:00
Restaurant, Bar and Orangery
Families
Breakfast
Check-out Time: 11:00
Gym
Couples
Central Manhattan Location
Amenities for Children
Solo Travel

Sample New York Holiday Itinerary

​Prior to departure, you will receive a bespoke itinerary created by a Rich Vein Travel expert filled with advice and recommendations. Read an extract of one of our itineraries for New York below.

Day 1

Upon arrival at The Whitby, it will be easy to dismiss the buildings limestone façade and steel-framed windows as simply another Manhattan institution due to the way the architecture seamlessly fits in with the neighbourhood. Upon entry however, it will immediately become apparent that this new hotel is truly one of a kind. Once you step inside you will see a loom-like piece of colourful yarn strung up above the reception desk, along with a madly wonderful grandfather clock from Basel, Switzerland, where a screen shows a three-dimensional man manually changing time every minute. Quirky unique design is present throughout all 86 rooms- boutique by New York standards. The inspiration? Whitby, the seaside town on the northeast coast of England. The English seaside was heavily influential in the design process of Kit Kemp, the designer behind the hotel. Following an effortless check-in make your way to your room for the next five nights. Rooms at The Whitby emanate an intimate, enveloping mood of comfort with fabric-lined walls and an enchanting mix of sumptuous textures and hues and finished with Kemp’s signature touch.

In true New Yorker fashion, there is no time to simply sit and wait around. With the frenetic buzz of the City just outside your window, it’s about time you hit the pavement. The Whitby’s location is truly enviable. From the hotel, you are just two blocks away from Central Park and two away blocks from the heart of Fifth Avenue, with the Museum of Modern Art and the Rockefeller Centre just a few minutes away. We recommend spending your first few hours exploring Central Park. Some of the highlights are Bethesda Fountain, the Boathouse, and Bow bridge – a perfect location for photos. From here, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met), with over 5,000 years of art spanning all cultures and time periods this is a museum that you could get lost in. After hours of strolling head to Shake Shack on the upper west side one block away from Central Park. Serving the most delicious burgers, hot dogs, and shakes, Shake Shack has raised the bar of American fast food. If you have sweet tooth, visit nearby Levain Bakery for the best chocolate cookies in New York the world. These freshly baked cookies, oozing with gooey chocolate are an attraction in themselves. Spend the rest of the day shopping along fifth avenue.

The sun sets around 18:30 in October, and by this point it is probably around 17:30. So we recommend heading to the top of the Rockefeller centre. Sweeping views of Central Park, Manhattan and the Empire State Building await you. We recommend the time just before sunset so you can experience the views in the day and the night for a magical experience as New York begins to glitter and shine. Afterwards, freshen up at the hotel and maybe have a quick power nap before walking to Time Square, or alternatively hop in an iconic yellow taxi. Tonight, you will be watching The Book of Mormon. This visionary theatrical work of art requires no introduction. And after several successful seasons on Broadway and London’s West End it will not disappoint. For dinner, we recommend the intimate, Danji with an extensive menu of Korean small plates.

Day 2

New York, may be the city that never sleeps, but due to possibility of jet lag, we will let you off for day. Have a lie-in. Feeling awake and refreshed take the lift down to The Whitby Restaurant. Rich, colourful, and tastefully designed (as you would expect), this is the perfect place for breakfast. Tall warehouse-style windows and doors lead through to a sunny orangery with vaulted ceilings and basked in natural light. At breakfast you can expect a small continental buffet of fresh pastries, fresh fruit, and yoghurt. But the main event is pleasingly a la carte. We recommend the Burrata scrambled eggs, grilled tomato, arugula, and truffle vinaigrette.

Make your way to Whitehall terminal for the free Staten Island ferry. This 5-mile, 25-minute boat ride from Lower Manhattan to the northern tip of Staten Island provides priceless views throughout. You’ll take in magnificent vistas of Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor. At the end of the trip, ferry riders are transported to the historic St. George District—home of the Staten Island Museum and the magnificent St. George Theatre, now in its ninth decade. Return to Whitehall terminal, and walk to the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge via Wall Street for an afternoon in Brooklyn. Stop in for a coffee at Brooklyn Roasting Company for some Brooklyn vibes and a good cup of coffee before walking to the Brooklyn Promenade for a panoramic view of Manhattan. Purchase tickets for the NYC Ferry at the Fulton Ferry Landing and take the boat to North 6th Street in Williamsburg, which will drop you at the East River State Park. If it’s a Saturday, you’re in luck! Head to the famous weekly weekend food market, Smorgasburg. On Sundays, Smorgasburg is held in Prospect Park. At the Smorgasburg in East River Park, you can purchase a variety of sweet and savoury food as you indulge in a glorious tapas-style lunch. You should also have time to squeeze The Brooklyn Flea into your day. This is Brooklyn’s largest flea market for vintage items, antiques, and collectibles.

For dinner, we recommend Olio e Piú. The spirit of Naples flourishes within the four walls of this Italian trattoria, renowned for its pizza, authentic fresh pasta, and an extensive cocktail menu.

Day 3

Make a passing visit at the Whitby Hotel’s private gym, then in true New Yorker fashion, go for brunch at Westville Chelsea. This popular restaurant uses fresh high quality ingredients to produce simple but tastefully crafted dishes. Expect avocado toast, poached eggs over kale salad and homemade granola. The perfect reward for your workout. Spend the morning walking the High Line. This elevated railway, which sat abandoned for decades, is now one of the City’s most successful and unique restoration projects—a public park 30 feet above street level. Starting at Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, this 1.5 mile line runs through most of Chelsea with a plethora of eateries, art venues, passages, and structures to stop at along the way. You may also want to stop at Chelsea Market, housed in the former National Biscuit Company factory building (where the Oreo cookie was created). Chelsea Market is an urban space comprising of a high end food court and shopping mall. Later on, trade urban cool for trendy chic with a visit to Barneys on 101 7th Avenue. An institution in the USA, Barney’s is an American chain of 24 luxury department stores founded and headquartered in New York.

Relax at the hotel then head to Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse for dinner. The cornerstone of the menu is aged USDA Prime Beef, mouth-watering appetisers, and hand-cut steaks. For tonights entertainment we recommend the Comedy Cellar on McDougal Street. With a low ceiling, brick wall backdrop and about 130 seats it is the epitome of a New York stand-up venue. As the Comedy Cellar is a showcase club this means that half a dozen of the city’s comedians do short sets in every set. If you’re lucky you may even see Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, or Louis CK, who sometimes turn up unannounced to trial new material. Either before, or after the show be sure to visit some the cocktail bars in the local area such as The Up & Up.

Day 4

Grab a bagel to go from Best Bagel & Coffee and then stroll to Grand Central Station. Gaze at the celestial ceiling mural above the vast main concourse. Explore the “secret” elevated passageways for a spectacular view of the concourse. Afterwards, make your way to they the Museum Mile continue up to East 104th Street, where two museums will vie for your attention; the Museum of the City of New York which has special exhibitions about local history and, across the street, El Museo del Barrio which highlights Caribbean, Latino, and Latin American art. Later on take the subway to the Bronx and spend a few hours exploring the Bronx Zoo. This is North America’s largest urban zoo and is operated by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Spread across 250 acres and housing 6,000 animal’s visitors can expect to see the extensive diversity of the animal kingdom around the globe. For lunch we recommend Antonio’s Trattoria in nearby Little Italy.  With a menu philosophy of cooking the way that Nonna used to, expect hearty, dreamy, Italian comfort food with exceptional service and a family feel. Having spent the early part of the afternoon exploring the incredible fauna, discover why the Bronx is also renowned for housing stunning flora. The New York Botanical Garden, located in another section of the expansive Bronx Park, is a National Historic Landmark with more than a million plants. The garden also features the largest herbarium in the Western Hemisphere.

​In the evening watch a Yankees baseball game. The plaques at Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park reveal this teams historically rich past with tributes to all the greats—Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson and many more. Buy some beers, share a foot-long hot dog, and cheer extremely loudly when your team scores a home run! After spending all day roaming around New York, dine at the Whitby’s restaurant with a frequently changing menu created by Head Chef Anthony Paris.

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