Lonely Planet Writer

You can take your own walking tour of iconic NYC filming locations via digital concierge

A new service has been launched in selected New York City hotels that allows guests to curate their own walking tours of iconic filming locations from Sex and the City and Seinfeld via a digital concierge kiosk.

The location used as the exterior for Monk's Cafe in Seinfeld is included on the tour.
The location used as the exterior for Monk’s Cafe in Seinfeld is included on the tour. Image by ©ValeStock/Shutterstock

The touchscreen facility comes from digital display company Porter24, and allows users to browse locations such as “Monk’s Café (Tom’s Restaurant)” from Seinfeld or “Cafeteria” from Sex and the City, before adding them to a customisable travel schedule. Itineraries can then be sent to smartphones via text or email, allowing users to visit the locations at their own pace throughout their trip. The service is available to guests staying at a range of participating Manhattan hotels that include the Paul Hotel, the Warwick, the Manhattan in Times Square, the Hilton Times Square and the Lexington Hotel.

The digital concierge service can text itineraries to users. Image by Porter24

“We’ve just gone live with the new tours and so far we’ve received a great reception from our New York hotel network. Sex and the City and Seinfeld are two of the greatest shows to come out of New York and are popular across the world, so we’re excited to bring guests closer to them,” said Daniel Ramirez, president of Porter24. Other destinations featured in the New York City walking tour include the apartments of Jerry Seinfeld and Elaine Benes, the New York Public Library, the Plaza, the Boathouse Restaurant, the Columbus Circle fountains and Brooklyn Bridge. As well as its directory system, each Porter24 screen includes a digital postcard feature for tourists, allowing them to create customisable memories that can be sent to friends and family.

The walking tour includes the preferred spots of the Sex and the City gang.
The walking tour includes the favourite haunts of the Sex and the City gang. Image by James Devaney/WireImage

“In today’s selfie age, we know that tourists won’t want to miss out on re-enacting their favourite scenes in real life and we hope to make getting to these hot spots a seamless part of their day,” said Daniel Ramirez. As well as offering the walking tour, the digital screens provide guests with a range of other recommendations that include attractions, eateries and nightlife.