The Independent Collection Maps a New Course for Destination Travel | Arts & Culture
Neighborhood collaborations make the getaway experience one to savor
City scenes and insider information greet guests who visit The Independent Collection’s new in-the-know websites, http://independentcollection.com. The recently relaunched sites are for a select group of hotels located in unique urban neighborhoods along the East Coast, all part of The Independent Collection. The Independent Collection, a growing collection of intimate lifestyle hotels managed by HHM, maps a course of travel for its guests that make the entire experience one to remember.
With curated Neighborhood Guides online and in-hand, hotel guests can navigate the streets of Manhattan, Tribeca, Brooklyn, Washington, D.C., Boston and Philadelphia to find hand-selected restaurants, entertainment venues, cultural events and shopping destinations. Whether visiting a city for the first time or returning to a favorite spot, The Independent Collection’s Authentic Neighborhood Guides give guests the ability to savor what’s unique about each city, location and culture. From ethnic cuisine to designer boutiques to modern architecture, the Guides highlight not-to-be-missed exploration.
More details await on The Independent Life blog where guests can search via interests for Food & Wine, Music, Sporting Life, Shopping & Style, Museums, Special Offers, and Green or go directly to Neighborhoods, such as D.C.’s Capitol Hill and NYC’s Brooklyn, Midtown or Tribeca, as well as Boston and Downtown Philadelphia to find the latest creative endeavors and interesting facts about each locale. A monthly calendar lists happenings by date and city.
Each hotel blends nostalgia with notability, such as the recently renovated Duane Street Hotel in Tribeca where rooms and new suites exude an understated elegance with a hip, fashionable black and white vibe. Its restaurant Mehtaphor offers dining delicacies by Chef Jehangir Mehta, Next Iron Chef contestant and owner of East Village’s Graffiti restaurant. More sights, sounds and tastes are steps away in Soho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Nolita. In Midtown Manhattan, Hotel 373 Fifth Avenue, a European-style 70-room boutique hotel, is located practically next to the Empire State Building. Across the bridge in Brooklyn, the NU Hotel features a new lobby and café while neighborhood muralists have transformed several of the guestrooms upstairs.
In Washington, D.C., the Independent Collection recently celebrated the opening of The Graham Georgetown, the revamped former Hotel Monticello, topped with a transporting rooftop lounge and classic décor. The nearby Capitol Hill Hotel is another optimal place to stay in the nation’s capital with beautifully updated public spaces featuring rotating local art. Across the street from the Library of Congress, The Capitol Hill Hotel is just one block from the metro, and the closest hotel to the Capitol Building.
With renovations complete soon, the Bulfinch Hotel in Downtown Boston’s West End showcases the historical and cultural evolution of this eclectic neighborhood. Just a few hours away, The Independent Hotel in Philadelphia offers a stylish 24-room boutique hotel in the heart of the vibrant Midtown Village, where foodies, intellectuals and creative types converge.
Limited-time neighborhood specials solidify The Independent Collection websites’ collaborative nature and offer even more to love about each hotel, such as the current 20 percent off at Pas De Deux salon for Duane Street Hotel guests. Right now, guests to the Capitol Hill Hotel can enjoy a complimentary starter and dessert at Equinox restaurant, while a stay at Philly’s Independent Hotel includes 20 percent off at Tria, a local café specializing in delicious wine, cheese and beer.
From the Independent Collection’s curated Neighborhood Guides to blog posts that highlight interesting happenings in each locale, neighborhood recommendations come to life both on the Independent Collection’s websites and at the hotels themselves for an enhanced experience, on and offline.
About The Independent Collection
The Independent Collection is a growing collection of smaller, more intimate boutique lifestyle hotels located in truly unique neighborhoods of gateway cities across the U.S. The hotels of the Independent Collection are developed for the independently minded traveler and invite guests to experience a true spirit of the city. http://indepedentcollection.com
HHM, formerly known as Hersha Hospitality Management, operates 115 hotels across the United States. It provides turnkey hotel management, asset management and receivership for properties with leading brand affiliations through Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood, and Intercontinental Hotel Group. HHM also operates 14 independent hotels ranging from the AAA Five Diamond Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia, to the oceanfront Postcard Inn in the Florida Keys. Its highly experienced team is accustomed to serving as a fiduciary to publicly traded companies, joint ventures, institutional real estate owners and private investors. http://hhmhospitality.com