The landscape of hotel choices today is as equally diverse as the African Sahara; especially in New York City. Travelers have their choice of many boutique hotels, instagram-frienldy budget properties and novelty accommodations; then of course, there’s always airbnb. So how does a hotel avoid being eaten by predators in this emulous wilderness?


To survive, a hotel must literally extend its neck in all aspects of hospitality, offering guests not only top notch service, but plenty of amenities and an overall delightful personality to boot.  Hotel Giraffe only further emulates what nature says: it’s only natural that the noble giraffe will continue to prevail amongst lions.


On a dark night in Manhattan we arrived at the elegant Hotel Giraffe, which is perfectly situated on Park Avenue at 26th Street. The charming decor and warm atmospehere were such a relief after being pushed around by cold city winds.  Although we were cold and tired, the kindness of the outstanding front desk staff, Chris and Manny, somehow alleviated all of the tension from the day.


Perks like a 9th floor balcony room and two free passes to the New York Sports Club definitely awakened our happiness level as well, as it’s always important to include a great workout while on vacation; especially with the knowledge that we’d be enjoying some delectable Italian food at the hotel’s neighboring restaurant, Bread & Tulips


Once we arrived at our Balcony Guestroom complete with a king size bed, 2 luscious robes, iPhone docking station and more; it was just what the doctor ordered.


The view from the balcony was the perfect platform to soak up the beautiful city lights and buzzing city life. The room was even complete with a branded Hotel Giraffe wine opener and a selection of books about Giraffes.


Guests of Hotel Giraffe can also order their own sleep kits, (including eye masks and ear plugs), not to mention the hotel kindly welcomes guests to a wine and cheese reception nightly in the lounge, as does its sister hotel, Hotel Elysee.


The giraffe has intrigued a diverse range of cultures for centuries, and will continue to stand out not only for its peculiar appearance, but it’s ability to surpass any beasts of prey; perhaps not in height, but hospitality. Your own urban safari in NYC awaits. Click here to explore.


Written by Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers is the founder of TGIFguide. She uses her innate skills as a natural “connector” to serve businesses, brands and individuals in the LA area and beyond.