Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New York City's: JW Marriott Essex House Hotel and Pretty Woman The Musical Are The Perfect Overnight Duo...

JW Marriott Essex House.
There is no shortage of outstanding hotels in NYC. Many have spectacular locations, ambiance, suites and restaurants. We recently had the opportunity to review the JW Marriott Essex House and it has become our newest favorite hotel in the city.

The entire luxury hotel is a work of art that has been an icon in NYC since 1931. With ornate gilded doors and rich wood paneling throughout that bring you back to the Art Deco years, current cutting-edge technology seamlessly blends the past and present.

The JW Marriott Essex House is a 44-story luxury hotel with 509 Art Deco style rooms, located across the street from the southern border of Central Park. The building also includes a large number of condominium residences. It is immediately recognizable by its original red neon rooftop sign.

Their contemporary guest rooms are comfortable, immaculate, and homey all at the same time with breathtaking views of Central Park and Manhattan as a bonus. And, all of the usual suspects are available, including Internet TV and WiFi. We stayed in a Junior Suite (with a King bed) and couldn't wait to jump in to their sumptuous bedding at the end of our day. The room is 500 square feet which is plenty big, especially for NYC, and there is an additional, separate sitting area. The suite also boasts a plush sofa that turns into a queen bed for additional family.

The Southgate Bar and Restaurant is a great choice for any meal. The restaurant is bright and cheerful. You can have breakfast, lunch, dinner, or small bites and cocktails there. Their Central Park bar offers spectacular views, a cozy fireplace and first-rate meals. Their Sunday Jazz Brunch was fabulous, with everything we could ask for in a delicious breakfast and a lovely, inviting atmosphere.

Hotel services and amenities are abundant, providing the comforts of home during your travels. There is an executive lounge, stellar concierge services, rejuvenating spa services, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and an exceptional business center.

We'd like to thank a few people for making our stay perfect... Ramona in Public Relations, Maurizio LaGrast (the Food and Beverage Operations Manager), Oneida Peralta (housekeeping), Shiba, Dalio, Greg Cochran, Jennifer Kim, Hannah, and everyone at the front desk. Thank you and we can't wait to visit again!

Pretty Woman The Musical.

Pretty Woman The Musical is the stage adaption of the heartwarming 1990 film that starred Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. We've been to dozens of Broadway shows and this has to be one of our favorites. Not just because we love the movie so much, but because it was also so entertaining, funny, heartwarming, joyful, the music sounded amazing, and we loved all of the actors. Paula Wagner produced this musical and Jerry Mitchell directed and choreographed the show. It is based on one of the most beloved romantic comedies of all time, Garry Marshall's PRETTY WOMAN. Samantha Barks is perfect as Vivian and Andy Karl is wonderful as Edward, and they have undeniable chemistry, but two of the actors that steal the show are Orfeh who plays Kit, and Tommy Bracco as the Giulio the bellhop. The show parallels the movie for the most part with most of your favorite scenes (so pleasing) but we love it's little tweeks and additions (we'll let you be surprised). However, you will anticipate each scene that you love and rejoice when they happen. Especially the familiar, "You work on commission, right? Big mistake. Big. Huge!”, Edward clamping down on the diamond necklace's box and Vivian's laughter when that happens, and the bathtub scene.
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This is just one feel-good show and you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy watching your favorite movie again, but live on stage!