Welcome to the Big Apple. You need a place to stay, but can’t stomach the chaos of Times Square. So you mosey down to 31st Street between Fifth and Madison to the city’s hippest hotel district and the latest addition to the Arlo fleet.
The design and hospitality of the Arlo immediately put you at ease. Plus, the original Arlo scent of Deep Woods lingers in the lobby as you check in. You’re smiling now, because everyone is so friendly. Above the helpful front-desk crew are the nomadic boxes — interactive time capsules arranged by airport codes around the world, which are empty until you leave a trinket for someone else to discover.
You turn around and there’s the Bodega, a 24-hour pantry curated with all the best snacks from Mouth.com, an original blend from Joe’s Coffee, and a slice of Massoni’s pizza for that late-night hankering. By the elevator, the community board is full of handwritten notes from past guests gushing about their stay.
To the 21st floor you go. Each room is 150 square feet of precision and efficiency. Blind Barber has taken care of the shower amenities and your mini-fridge is ready to be stocked with treats from downstairs. Floor-to-ceiling windows fill the room with light and bring the beauty and grit of the city just within arm’s reach.
You’re thirsty, so a cocktail from BARlo, the second floor bar and lounge, is needed. Try the Woodlawn, a stiff riff on the Manhattan, named after the last stop on the No. 4 train. It’s dinner time and you head downstairs to Massoni, the 64-seat “in-authentic” Italian restaurant from renowned chef Dale Talde and company. You decide, the beef tartare wrapped in a cannoli is just as amazing as it sounds.
Okay . . . one more drink. You press the button for the 31st floor and arrive at Arlo’s rooftop terrace, The Heights. You stand on the glass-bottom floor and squint dizzily down to the street below. You turn your gaze upwards and walk the 360-degree view of the city. It sparkles as you sip…
It’s been a long day and it’s time to retire. Back to the 21st floor you go.
Your room is ready.