New York is full of good (and expensive) places to stay. We’ve heard of players staying everywhere from a high-rise hotel room in Midtown Manhattan (Sorana Cirstea) to a quiet private home on Long Island (Nadia Petrova). Here are three hotels that have climbed out of the concrete jungle that is Manhattan to nab our attention for the 2009 Open. Check it:
The first is the Jumeirah Essex House, the site where the 2009 Billie Jean King Cup players stayed. Situated just south of Central Park and to the east of Columbus Circle, the hotel has a prime location. The iconic building, which is operated by Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, is housing a few USTA officials this Open go around.
If you’re a thirsty tennis fan, then the South Gate restaurant (attached to the Essex House) is featuring The Honey Duece Cocktail, the official drink of the US Open. The drink, made with Grey Goose vodka, raspberry liqueur and lemonade (don’t forget the honeydew lemon balls, too!) is featured throughout the tournament on the grounds of the National Tennis Center, along with at South Gate itself.
Our plan: Head to the South Gate before the night session (or after the day!) for a couple Honey Duece Cocktails and Macaroni and Cheese Fritters, our fave taster on the appetizer menu. Chef Kerry Heffernan works wonders with the square-shaped mac ‘n’ cheese, and the sleek interior design by Tony Chi brings in Upper West and East Siders along with hotel visitors.
The W Hotel also likes to get in on the action in Queens, and this year the Midtown staple hosted the always-popular “Taste of Tennis” last week. The event was attended by some of our personal faves, including Andy Roddick, Nicholas Kiefer (giving the camera some puppy dog eyes! …and looking good in that black button up, too), Chanda Rubin, Melissa Joan Hart and the Queen of All New York, Bethenny Frankel, of Real Housewives of New York fame.
But since TOT is so last week and the US Open is so the next two weeks, the hotel offers great packages for tennis fans that include a killer deal on rooms, MetroCards to ride the beloved 7 Train and a “Grand Slam Survival” kit that features all the essentials for a fan’s day at the Open. Game, set and match to the W.
Click below to see who our last (but not least) 2009 US Open hotel is.