A New York agenda with Hootsuite's night owl

Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:04pm EST
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By Chris Taylor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ryan Holmes, chief executive officer of Hootsuite, may have grown up on a farm without electricity, but this 40-year-old Canadian went on to found a social media management tool with over 11 million users.

When Holmes travels from his home base in Vancouver, it's New York City that captures his imagination. Forget the stuffy midtown mentality of the business world, though. Holmes prefers to do his work downtown while rubbing elbows with the hipster crowd.

If you have two days and want to make the most of your time in the Big Apple - both personally and professionally - here are his insider tips.

Best way to get to town from the airport: Uber or a cab is my way to go.

Where to stay: The Ace Hotel (20 West 29th St.) is a favorite. They have a mini suite with some furnishings like a turntable and guitar that makes you feel like you're at home. The Gansevoort (18 9th Ave.) and The Standard (848 Washington St.) are also fun and in the Meatpacking District. If I'm in early and my room isn't ready, I'll hang at the Ace.

Caffeinate: Stumptown Coffee Roasters (lobby of the Ace Hotel). It's like having a little piece of the west coast in New York City. I'm also a Blue Bottle fan - they have several digs now.

Where to have a productive business meeting: The Ace lobby is way too busy for a secret meeting. Standard Grill has these amazing booths that you can tuck away into to have a productive business meeting. The atmosphere is elegant, yet laid back - great for talking business or just building relationships over food and drink. Soho House (29-35 Ninth Ave.) is good if you're a member, and Gansevoort Rooftop is also fantastic for poolside meetings.

Ideal place for a team outing: Some of the best places in NYC are the hole-in-the-wall eats and hidden bars. I love taking my team out to the city's speakeasies in Alphabet City - they're great for catching up over unique cocktails and clever spaces. SPiN (48 East 23rd St.) is also pretty cool for some team ping pong.   Continued...

Jorge, an immigrant from Mexico, dressed as the Sesame Street character Elmo rests in Times Square, New York July 29, 2014.  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz