AKA Central Park
The most popular New Year’s resolutions focus on lifestyle goals such as losing weight and exercising, along with living better and traveling more. To kick start long-term lifestyle ambitions, AKA has developed a special package that will help travelers stick to healthy choices throughout their extended stay at any of the luxury brand’s eight locations. Part of the popular AKA Live It! program, the Healthy Living package includes an initial 30-minute personal consultation with a member of AKA’s Wellness Team along with three one-hour wellness classes of the guest’s choosing and a written maintenance plan to keep guests on track to achieve personal goals. Available now through 2011, the add-on perk is priced at $350 per person.
Perfect for guests looking to adhere to a healthy lifestyle, AKA Central Park recently unveiled the new A Fitness; at 2,500 square feet, it’s the largest hotel workout facility per guest room in New York City. A Fitness includes ellipticals, treadmills, weight training and a vertical Pilates machine. The center also offers a private yoga studio or therapeutic massage room. Adhering to the modern design aesthetic of AKA properties, A Fitness also features a unique video installation piece, H20, by visual artist Monika Bravo. Programmed in a progressive loop via six Mac computers, the moving art displays flowing water that appears to run across a 44-foot wall.
AKA guests can also choose to sweat en-suite in the spacious accommodations or while sightseeing in New York City. Visitors can kayak in the East River, jog along Riverside Drive, bike across the Brooklyn Bridge, snow-shoe through Central Park or climb the 1,860 steps to the top of the Empire State Building.
In addition to the AKA Central Park location, AKA offers Manhattan accommodations at AKA Times Square, AKA United Nations or AKA Sutton Place. Each property features its own unique fitness amenities; AKA Sutton Place offers a heated, indoor lap pool for guests.
AKA Live It!
Launched in 2008, AKA Live It! is a lifestyle program that provides life-enriching opportunities for guests, ranging from wellness programs to learning experiences and more. The program was conceived and developed by AKA co-president Larry Korman to encourage people to follow their dreams and ambitions.
"As AKA guests typically stay a month or longer, we have the unique luxury of extended time and are ideally positioned to facilitate guests reaching their goals," said Korman.
Along with healthy living, AKA Live It! can arrange classes with wine sommeliers, French cooking lessons, learning to play guitar and just about anything a guest has a passion for. The AKA motto is: “Don’t just visit, live it!”
What’s New at AKA Central Park
At a time when most hotel brands are cutting costs, AKA continues to build and expand its offerings for guests. In addition to A Fitness, AKA Central Park recently opened A Café – a sophisticated European-style espresso bar serving breakfast and lunch; A Lounge, a residents-only cocktail space, and the A Media lab.
"For the past two years, we listened attentively to guests to determine what would be important additions to the AKA brand," said Korman. "These venues triple our ground-floor space and provide communal areas for our residents to interact in and enjoy. With most stays averaging 30 days or more, these enhancements make a significant impact on the guest experience."
A Café serves single-estate, direct-trade organic coffees from roaster Counter Culture Coffee (including single-origin brews from the one-cup-at-a-time, modern Clover Vacuum Press), handcrafted espresso drinks made with Hudson Valley Coop milk and organic loose-leaf teas. The menu emphasizes local, farm-to-table ingredients and healthy options. Artisanal pastries and fresh breads are delivered daily from fine local New York City bakeries. The design of A Café is conceived around the idea of sculpted light: A changing program of colored light marks the different times of day and the shifting moods associated with time.
Open to the public, the 30-seat A Café operates from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The private dining area seats up to 10 people. For more information, visit www.hotelaka.com/locations/central_park/cafe.aspx or call 212-753-3500.
A Lounge is open to AKA guests only and features cozy seating areas with two fireplaces. Open from 5:00 p.m. until late night seven days a week, A Lounge serves a selection of natural wines, modern cocktails and artisan spirits, including A Vodka, specially distilled for the AKA brand. The house specialty is a Charbay vodka crafted exclusively for the lounge by Marko Karakasevic, a 13th generation master distiller. Charbay was recently honored by Food & Wine Magazine as Vodka of the Year and by Spirit Journal as the #1 Vodka in the World.
A Media is a comfortable second-floor space that centers on a large-screen television with DVD player that can be utilized by guests looking for a movie theater-style showcase. The space also includes AKA’s complimentary computers and business center services such as faxing and printing. Adjacent to A Media is a large boardroom, available complimentary to AKA guests; reservations requested. Most meeting space in New York City is billed by the hour.
A division of Korman Communities, AKA is an innovative, new and growing collection of flexible-stay distinctive residences in prime urban locations. Currently AKA properties are in: New York City (4); Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., White Plains, NY, and Arlington, VA. Across the brand, architecturally inspired spacious accommodations, which range from studios to two-bedroom penthouse suites, offer the privacy of contemporary apartments infused with hotel services. While each property is unique and has distinct guest offerings, all feature the AKA brand standards and amenities of: fitness centers; full-service business centers with meetings space and complimentary high-speed Internet access; en-suite dining; same-day, valet dry-cleaning and laundry service; 24-hour front desk assistance; dedicated doormen, concierge services and full-time, on-site management and maintenance. All suites include top-of the-line kitchens, contemporary furnishings, luxurious bathrooms, meticulous housekeeping; extended digital cable with HBO, DVD players, and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Personalized service is a hallmark of AKA.
Extended-stay, formerly thought of as fringe, is now fashionable. Space and anonymity are two of AKA’s biggest draws.
Sprawling suites with full kitchens with granite countertops and SubZero refrigerators and living rooms trump cramped hotel rooms with little mini-bars.
Nightly seasonal rates for a 30-day stay at AKA Central Park start at $265. For reservations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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