Rumor has it that the long awaited Aloft Harlem hotel opens this Thursday.
The buzz has been building since the news broke in early November. After all, the neighborhood hasn’t ushered in a major hotel in more than 40 years. And what hotel brand befits Harlem more than Aloft? The mid-scale, urban-chic boutique hotel and the historic, trendy-yet-unpretentious neighborhood are a match made in heaven. What’s more – it’s a mutually beneficial union.
Aloft is bringing a touch of style and social scenery to Harlem with its modern design aesthetic, w xyz bar and live music events. So what exactly does Harlem bring to the table? For starters, it gives the hotel’s guests access to history, culture and a colorful mix of upwardly mobile locals they just won’t find anywhere else in New York.
We already revealed a few secret spots and long-time locales in September’s Harlem: A Cinderella Story. To celebrate Aloft Harlem’s opening, we’re serving up a few more recommendations of things to do, sights to see and places to explore nearby the soon-to-debut hotel.
B Braxton 1400 Fifth Ave. at West 116th St.: There are barbershops and there are grooming sanctuaries. With its car service arrivals, on-site bar and exceptional customer service, B Braxton is surely the latter. The upscale men’s salon caters to a multiethnic clientele with discerning tastes and exceptional grooming standards.
Harlem POP 2037 Fifth Ave. at 126th St.: Every Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., this pop-up experience shop offers up a hodgepodge of art exhibitions, sample sales, music performances, chef demonstrations and food tastings.
Dinosaur BBQ 700 West 125th St. at 12th Ave.: The famous Syracuse-born BBQ joint has finally graduated from its Upstate NY biker bar-style digs a few blocks north to a more spacious and sophisticated locale at 125th St. Live blues on Friday and Saturday nights mean reservations are recommended.
El Museo del Caribe 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th St.: A $9 entry fee makes this modest Caribbean and Latin American art gallery perfect for a spontaneous and inexpensive addition to any vacation schedule. The December calendar of events is brimming with appearances and performances by writers, artists, scholars and comedians.
Africa Kine 256 W. 116th St., between Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglass Aves.:A stay in Harlem would be incomplete without a taste of Africa. Get yours at Africa Kine, a charming Senegalese restaurant that’s been serving up the most delectable and traditional flavors of West Africa for more than ten years.
Get new posts delivered by email:
Top Travel Deals on RSS
Five Great Places to Grab a Craft Cocktail in the Southern CaliforniaComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
On our yearly trips to Southern California, my husband and I enjoy finding new places to grab a delicious craft cocktail and some appetizers as we soak in the local ambiance. From low-key hangouts to prime people watching spots, here are our current five favorites....read more
Top 5 Sites to See in TurinComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Probably the nicest thing about any visit to Turin, Italy is simply having the opportunity to wander round the narrow lanes of the old city and happening upon its majestic galleries and long covered walkways. From elegant and antiquated cafes to quaint little bars and family owned trattorias, small is beautiful in this big city. Still, while you're there, Turin offers an excellent opportunity to marvel at the grandiose and learn in broad strokes about some of Italy's most important historical events....read more
Four Northern Italy Christmas Markets To Visit For Holiday CheerComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
While Christmas markets in Italy are not as big as they might be in Germany or Austria, they have that certain Italian flourish and the delicious gastronomy to prove it. Even thought there are Christmas markets held throughout the country, up north you can roam those with Germanic roots due to the area’s proximity to Germany and Austria. If you want to get off of the over-traveled Christmas market path in Italy, here are a few northern Italian Christmas markets to visit for some holiday cheer....read more
Five Ways to Spend New Year’s Eve in BerlinComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
New Year’s is less than a month away. What will you be doing to ring in 2014? Here are some suggestions for five ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve (or “Silvester,” as the Germans call it!) in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities....read more
A Guide To Travel Themed Gift GuidesComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Each holiday season triggers a worry in some as to what to gift their friends and loved ones. For the traveler on your list, you might turn to the wealth of gift guides out there to steer you in the right direction. Having clicked on these articles and browsed through their selections, I have found that the shopper must still be cautious with those travel themed gift guides. One size does not fit all in the travel department. To avoid getting gifts for the nomad on your list that won’t suit their wandering soul, practice these tips as your peruse those travel themed gift guides....read more
California: CST #2090295-40, Nevada: SOT #2007-0081, Iowa: SOT #883, Washington: SOT #6027859380010001
Some of the content posted herein are the views and opinions of the individual blogger's and do not represent the views and opinions of OneTravel. It may be the case that OneTravel is partnering with a particular travel supplier mentioned in a blog post, however, all views and opinions expressed herein by parties other then OneTravel are by the respective bloggers.
© 2009 W K Travel, Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright for all material appearing on this website is owned by W K Travel, Inc. Persons accessing this website are authorized to view and print material from this website for information purposes only. Any other use of this material is restricted to non-commercial purposes and must include this copyright notice.
W K Travel Inc. owns the following Trademarks and Servicemarks appearing on this website:
OneTravel, OneTravel.com, and 1Travel. Trademarks and servicemarks for all other products and services appearing on this website are the trademarks and servicemarks of their respective owners.