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article imageSkate Above The Crowd at W Hotel New York

By Bryen Dunn     Dec 17, 2010 in Travel
New York - Skating has been taken to a whole new level, five stories above the ground. W Hotel in New York has constructed an ice surface on the outdoor wrapped around terrace that permits "Skating in the Sky".
This new ice skating experience complete with a specially customized ice bar allows patrons to take a break from the holiday hustle and escape to W Hotels winter playground, located in the historic Financial District on the corner of Washington and Albany Streets.
Situated on the outdoor wraparound terrace of W New York – Downtown’s Living Room Bar & Terrace, “Skating in the Sky” offers a whimsical wonderland as Manhattan’s first elevated hotel ice skating experience, as well as Lower Manhattan’s first ice bar. Guests and local residents are invited to ice skate and enjoy holiday themed cocktails prepared by resident mixologist Charlotte Voisey, such as a Hot Toddy with Jim Bean Rye, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, and fresh lime juice.
Designed by BH Skating Parks International, the 12’ by 40’ skating experience features hybrid-ice synthetic rink panels which eliminate the need for refrigeration units, generators, or electricity and is made from recyclable polymer compound, creating an eco-friendly skating experience. The rink utilizes a non-toxic glide enhancer liquid to reduce friction created by the blade to create the optimum ice rink suitable for skaters of all ages and skill ability.
Located on the fifth floor, W New York - Downtown’s Living Room Bar & Terrace also offers the perfect ‘Après Skating’ experience with groovy snacks by BLT Bar & Grill. A specially created selection of both hot and cold beverages will help keep the chills away. Cozy up with a vanilla infused vodka Hot Chocolate Martini, tequila and hot chocolate, Mr. Moonlight featuring blackberry, sage, green chartreuse, cognac, and port, or the Whiskey Figgle made with fig preserves, orgeat, fresh lime, scotch and soda.
Featuring an illuminated Lamella draped curtain concept that is overwhelming in scale and features thousands of linear feet of LED lighting recessed within the structure, The Living Room Bar & Terrace reflects Manhattan’s pulsating vibe amid floor-to-ceiling window views of New York City, and is the ideal spot to warm up after an invigorating spin on the ice.
“Skating in the Sky” will remain open through February 15, 2011 every Monday through Sunday (2PM – 10PM). The cost is $12 per guest which includes ice skate rentals and W hand warmers. Guests can also bring their own skates.
W New York – Downtown also offers a "Skating in the Sky" hotel room package including:
* Two Cool (or Hot) Cocktails
* Skate rental for two and W hand warmers
* Complimentary room upgrade to a Spectacular room (based upon availability)
* Choice of two light bites from BLT Bar & Grill (Up to $25)
Give yourself a break - lace up and skate within the dazzling New York City skyline this year!
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