Mind. Body. Soul.

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Eco-inspired Hotel Opens in Soho

Every once in a while it’s important to take time out and pamper yourself.  With your seemingly endless workload and currently porous investment portfolio, times are stressful.  And, while the latter may make the Dionysian side of life seem inequitable at the moment, never has it been more important.

Presenting The James New York, opening today in Soho.  An import from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, The James follows a strict philosophy of “luxury liberated.”  Rejecting the assumption that lux equals ostentation, the hotel’s take on opulence rests in more basic and enlightened accents, favoring green over gold.

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Relax in The James’ urban garden: an expansive outdoor space overflowing in greenery, raised above the city’s bustling streets as an oasis for its guests.  Take in the locally produced art placed throughout the hotel.  Return to your room and admire the reclaimed wood floors and furnishings as you partake in one of The James’ eco-friendly in-room spa services. Finally, grab one of their hybrid cars or bicycles to explore a local area or go out to dinner.

Feeling sufficiently unburdened?  Walk uptown to the Urban Green Council, running September 27-29.  The exhibition will feature talks from some of the industries leading green-building professionals as well as demonstrations and exhibits by eco-friendly corporations.

Luxury you can feel good about.  Now get back to work.

~Alexander Forbes