OmniHotel2Living in is a little-girl Eloise concept for hotel life. I’m happy at home, but I wanted to stay forever at the Omni Berkshire Place Hotel in New York.

Here’s one reason why. Three newspapers each morning at my door. Early, with hot coffee next to them.

Want one of my descriptions of travel heaven? At-home heaven? That’s it.


I live in a state that used to have a stellar newspaper. Editor Ralph McGill and the Atlanta Constitution reported with high standards. Now, I can’t even pay to have it mailed to me and there’s no delivery or quarters-in-the box access either.

Next time I book an Omni night, I’m building in a longer morning for their reading luxury.

Activity packs for kids

That’ll work even if little grandkids are along because backpacks with crayons, maps, activity books and a magnifying glass are standard amenities.

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‘Sensational’ is how this hotel considers kids, equipping them with a mini-backpack with magnifying glass, crayons, tiny tossing ball and a travel map to color and connect the dots.

Exit the front door of the New York Omni on Madison Avenue at 52nd Street, and you can walk anywhere, certainly to more wonderful experiences than the days will allow.

Perfect location, with some of the rooms overlooking the stately St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The bellmen and concierge must study archetypes and personality types because they reflected my needs with astonishingly few questions.

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Peter Mulligan sets the standard for excellence: bellman at the Omni Berkshire Place for 54 years.

Two minutes of talk my arrival night and Concierge Kevin Edmonds pointed me to the perfect neighborhood Italian restaurant to cap off an easy, efficient travel day on Jet Blue from Jacksonville, Florida.

Luna Piena on East 53rd Street is the spot. Get the grouper with julienne vegetables, asparagus and artichokes. Light, abundant, superb.

Bellman Peter Mulligan has guided Omni guests for 54 years, reflecting what the General Manager Peter Strebel views with deep respect: career employees, shaping their positions in this hotel for a lifetime career.

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Blended Family Mom left blooming white camellias in her warm South Georgia yard to find red ones living on their limbs in the gracious hotel foyer.

If I can take some of my blended family with me to all 50 Omni properties in America, perhaps we’ll see the same devotion.

Top photo: Even bloggers hyperventilate when presented with crisp, current printed news. Apple in hand heading upstairs, knowing that coffee and the paper will arrive in the morning.