Unless you’re familiar with greater New York, you may not necessarily think of beaches and summer fun when you think of Long Island New York. If you want to explore beaches in Long Island, but don’t want to deal with the prices or traffic of Long Island Sound itself along the coast, a great hotel option is the The Garden City Hotel in Garden City New York.
The hotel has 272 spacious guest rooms and suites offering the necessities and comforts for business and leisure travel. Celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2014, all rooms are luxuriously remodeled with custom millwork and Italian furniture, plush pillow top mattresses, sparkling baths with French boutique amenities and technology for connecting all mobile devices in room.
We were surprised to find this little gem in the an unlikely spot in the middle of Garden City, but still a stone’s throw from some of Long Island’s best beaches. Below is a sample bathroom of one of the rooms.
We ate at the Polo Restaurant one night, which is fairly traditional in nature. We opted to sit in the slightly more casual lounge adjacent to the Polo Restaurant, although we still used the restaurant menu so we could sample some of the best of what Polo had to offer.
We loved dinner (especially the fish du jour) and the exquisite double chocolate cake (yum – how could you resist?)….
Other dessert options were also available including this powdered sugar gem.
But, it was breakfast that was most memorable. Think fresh juices (I ordered carrot juice, so yes, beyond the traditional orange juice option), teas, coffees and a very delicious granola yoghurt parfait topped with fresh blueberries and mint.
The hot breakfast options were equally scrumptious and beautifully presented as well.
Below is the lobby area so you could probably imagine that this place would make a great wedding option for the area as well.
We give Garden City Hotel two thumbs up. Most notable was the service and some of the details, including the fixtures. Take a look at the lighting in the side lounge area above, which is just outside the main restaurant.