I recently got to ask one of my favorite authors, Adriana Trigiani, a few questions about her favorite hotels. She is a dynamo, having sold millions of books and topping the New York Times bestseller list several times with the Big Stone Gap series and my favorite beach reads, Very Valentine and Brava, Valentine, set in Italy and New York. I also love her "Viola" young adult series and Cooking With My Sisters, a collection of family recipes and stories.
She's also practically my neighbor, living in the Village in New York City. When I read on her website why she loved New York so much, I knew we could be friends.
Why do you love New York City so much?
Well, I need it! Every morning I wake up here I’m happy. I love my neighborhood (Greenwich Village), my stoop, the girls at D’Ags who make great coffee, my daughter’s school, her friends, the moms I’ve met through Lucia, the small shops, the magical winding streets-I could go on and on! I love grabbing a girlfriend and going up to Bergdorf’s for lunch. I love going to Little Italy and seeing my peeps who look like me. I love the theater, even when it’s bad. When it’s good-well, theaters like the Cherry Lane in Greenwich Village are loaded with history-it’s inspiring just to attend. I am jazzed through and through by this city. Underneath the energy, though, there is a pulse and I have a lot of energy and it just enhances my energy level. I feel I can do anything living in New York City. It’s spectacular.
And she was kind enough to take time out of her super busy schedule to answer a few questions for me!
What are some of your favorite hotels around the world?
Charlotte Street Hotel in London
Beverly Wilshire Los Angeles
What is the first thing you look at before you book a hotel? Do you choose specific ones for book research?
I look for comfort, service and elegance. The food has to be good and room service 24 hours. When I'm researching a book, I'm a little more daring-I'll do inns and offbeat bed and breakfasts. I love places filled with history. I love books as part of the decor (i.e. The Charlotte Street hotel).
What is a hotel you must visit in your lifetime that you haven't been to yet?
Four Seasons George V in Paris
Do you have any favorite hotels & restaurants you recommend in New York City?
Restaurants in Greenwich Village--Valbella, Piccolo Angolo and Lievito's
Hotels--Love the Plaza Hotel