Socially Superlative recently took a trip to Bangkok where we visited the Mandarin Oriental. Similar to New York City, Bangkok is a thrilling ride of extremes. The sheer skyscrapers spin glittering into the heavens composing a skyline so wide, it makes even a New Yorker dizzy. Also known by the name of ‘City of Angels’ and ‘Venice of the East’, Bangkok is a gleaming city dotted with high skyscrapers. It is a fantastic vacation destination and way to experience a different culture.
However, we are living in a world when going abroad means dealing with international virus concerns, countries going through a political situation, and war-perhaps it is time to enjoy a good old fashioned staycation. There is a remarkable hotel that captures the Madarin Bangkok’s charm in a very Brooklyn kind of way.
Just beyond New York’s “gleaming city dotted with high skyscrapers,” nestled in the heart of Brooklyn’s most vibrant neighborhood sits McCarren Hotel & Pool. McCarren is a new and exciting urban retreat, and – quite frankly – the perfect place for New Yorkers to have a vacation away from home without actually traveling very far from home.
With an ideal location overlooking McCarren Park, and luxury amenities to boot. Amenties include a rooftop bar, and a seasonal salt water pool with 4,800 feet of deck space! McCarren Hotel partnered with Michelin-starred Chef Paul Liebrandt in creating The Elm, a congenial culinary treasure.
Now let’s talk about the hotel’s design: Fernando Santangelo pulls together an animated panoply of styles and materials – creating a collage-like environment wrapped in murals depicting the Palm Garden of the Huntington Botanical Gardens. Be sure to check out the geometric tiled floor, oversized plants, and reflective silver ceiling which lend to the overall atmosphere of an elegant funhouse, illuminated with custom designed lighting throughout.
Edward Scheetz and the Chelsea Hotels has created a fun and beautiful retreat with an abundance of programming and creative partnerships which include poolside yoga with SYNCStudio, SummerScreen at McCarren Park, Universal Music, a Journelle Pop-Up Store and much more. And to make your staycation complete you will enjoy fabulous hotel amenities. In-room amenities including succulent plants, glass enclosed rain showers and bath products from Malin + Goetz, white beds outfitted in Frette linens and luxurious bathrobes. Suite rooms offer balconies with views of the newly restored McCarren Park or swimming pool. Each room has a flat screen television, on-demand movies and Brooklyn Magazine for a local read. Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout the hotel and valet parking is available onsite for hotel guests.
And, although there is a lot going on in the world traveling abroad is still a very safe and affordable option. With hotels now offering complementary nights to entice travelers, major airlines have made air travel affordable as well by offering discounted flights to places as far as Bangkok very affordable by using companies like CheapOair.com where you can get tickets well under $1,000 and take in Thialand culture.
So there you have it an excellent staycation option. So you can keep it local or travel abroad. Be sure to read about more travel in our travel section.
McCarren Hotel & Pool
160 North 12th Street Brooklyn NY 11249
Images via Todd Eberle/ Chelsea Hotels