Trip Report: The WestHouse Hotel

WestHouse Champagne Welcome

WestHouse Champagne Welcome

Every January, Virtuoso advisors throughout the Northeast head to one of the luxury hotel capitals of the world, New York City for a regional meeting. This year I selected a brand new hotel as my residence for my two night stay, the WestHouse Hotel.

I usually have an aversion to new hotels. I want to stay at them because I am excited to experience something new, but I also don’t want to be let down by a bad stay. There was absolutely no cause for concern in regards to my stay at the WestHouse.

Although there are some facilities that are not yet open, such as the gym, the rooms are perfect and the staff is genuinely warm, friendly, and knowledgeable. Not an easy feat for a newly opened hotel!

I absolutely love the concept of the hotel, which offers a club lounge or residence in the city experience for each and every guest, included in the minimal daily Residence Fee (currently $30). The ability to get a quick bite for breakfast – yogurt parfait in a crystal double old-fashioned glass, flaky croissant, and pot of French press coffee – was perfect. In the evenings it was nice to have a pre-dinner glass of champagne or a cookie for a late night snack.

My room was quiet and comfortable. The complimentary Dean & DeLuca snacks were truly a treat. The high-end hair dryer and straight iron melted my heart. Such a small detail that makes a huge difference in feeling cared for during your stay. My favorite feature though was the cutout in the shower that enabled you to turn on the water and let it get warm, before getting in. Absolutely genius!

Don’t miss my photo tour below:


Questions about the WestHouse Hotel? Ready to book? You can’t VIP yourself, so get in touch!


Five Lovely Luxury Hotel Packages for Valentine’s Day

Roses on bed

Roses on bed

1. Valentines Day Celebration

The Lowell Hotel, New York City

Valid February 7th-17th, 2013

Enjoy a romantic evening or book a long weekend, celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one at The Lowell. Reserve the Valentine’s Day Package and let The Lowell take care of the special details. The Valentine’s Day Package includes dinner for two in a One Bedroom Suite with a wood-burning fireplace as well as roses, Veuve Clicquot Champagne and chocolate truffles upon arrival. We promise, you won’t want to leave the suite!

  • Wood burning fireplace in-suite (to be lit on a complimentary basis, twice per stay)
  • Dinner for two to enjoy once per visit. Includes (3) course meal and a bottle of wine.
  • Veuve Clicquot Champagne upon arrival
  • Welcome amenities including Veuve Clicquot Champagne, a dozen roses and an assortment of fine chocolate truffles

2. Love is in the Air

Chewton Glen, England

Two nights in a Treehouse Suite

  • Bottle of Champagne and Spa “treats” Hamper on arrival
  • Romantic Candlelit dinner hamper for two on the balcony of your Treehouse on one night
  • One couples 90 minute hot oil candle treatment in the luxury of your Treehouse
  • Return 45 Minute Private Helicopter flight for two from Chewton Glen to the Isle of Wight

3. For Your Eyes Only

GoldenEye, Jamaica

What could be more romantic than GoldenEye for two? Spend a week with us and we’ll spoil you both.

  • An awfully romantic – and private! – four course dinner for two including a cocktail and a bottle of house wine
  • Picnic at Firefly (Noel Coward’s historic hilltop estate)
  • Our “90-Minutes-of-Bliss” in-room couples massage
  • Guided kayaking excursion
  • Cocktails at sunset on “the GoldenEye,” our glass-bottom boat

4. Heart and Soul Package

Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley

Love with all of your heart and soul. Cherish your time together at Auberge du Soleil this February. Auberge du Soleil has created the ultimate Valentine’s package. This package is inclusive of a one or two night stay in a Garden View King Room, plus a special 6-course Chef’s Tasting Menu at our Michelin starred Restaurant.

Return to your room to find the fireplace lit, romantic music turned on and candlelight filling the room. We are also including “Romantic Napa Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples”. This charming book is a must for couples hoping for romance in the Napa Valley. Valentine’s is a perfect time to indulge in a romantic getaway and Auberge du Soleil is the ultimate in luxury and seclusion for couples looking to escape.

This Napa hotel package includes:

  • Two night stay in a Garden View King Room
  • Bottle of Sparkling Wine and Chocolate Covered Strawberries on Arrival
  • Special Valentine’s Dinner for Two, Champagne Greeting (Additional alcoholic beverages not included)
  • Romantic Turndown: Fireplace lit for your evening return, Romantic Music Playing, Votive Candles
  • Breakfast for Two each day
  • Romantic Napa Valley Book, An Insider’s Guide for Couples

5. Suite Seduction Package

Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Suite Seduction Package
With Sin City’s most alluring accommodations, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas’ Suite Seduction Package has all the ingredients for a sultry stay. The package includes The Art of Romance couples treatment in the hotel’s award-wining Five-Star Spa and an in-suite Romance Concierge from Kiki De Montparnasse, the boutique known for fine lingerie, intimate accessories, jewelry and more. The boutique’s Romance Concierge will tailor the ambience of the guest’s suite with candles, rose petals, and music and film selections from the Kiki De Montparnasse library. Starting at USD1,500, the Suite Seduction Package includes:

  • One night in a Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas suite
  • An Art of Romance treatment for two in one of The Spa’s Dragon Suites designed for couples with a private soaking tub for two and steam room
  • Decadent delicacies with aphrodisiac ingredients served in the privacy of a suite with a bottle of Champagne
  • Kiki De Montparnasse Romance Concierge in-suite service

Which package would you choose? Contact me today to book your next romantic getaway!


Site Inspection: Trump Soho

Trump Soho

Trump Soho

Uptown sophistication meets downtown chic at Trump SoHo New York. Soaring above Spring Street, this 46-story hotel provides unparalleled views from floor-to-ceiling windows and a new perspective on Manhattan. Dark woods, leather and marble adorn the 391 warm yet modern guestrooms. The 11,000-square-foot spa includes a seasonal outdoor pool deck and the city’s only full-service luxury Turkish Hammam. Linger over Northern Italian fare at Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, then head to the ultra-hip Kastel for cocktails and small bites. Be sure to customize your New York experience with the Trump Hotel Collection’s signature service, Trump Attache!



Contact me today to book your stay at the Trump Soho and receive these complimentary Virtuoso exclusive amenities:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in-room guests in The Cafe
  • $100 USD Spa Credit, once per room, per stay for The Spa at Trump (not combinable, not valid toward room rate, no cash value if not redeemed)