My dream is New York City. Every detail about the city is mesmerizing. To me, it is the most magical place in the world and I live for the trips to visit. With each visit I have learned something new. A new favorite brunch spot, a new store that is more enchanting than the last, or a new hotel that makes you feel inspired.
Today I have decided to start a new series on the blog all about New York City. I felt the best way to share my love for all things New York was to write about all my recommendations. Starting with where to stay.
When it comes to New York finding the perfect hotel can be difficult. The city is huge and there are several hotels to choose from. You can stay on the East Side, West Side, Midtown, Soho, and much more. And honestly we have tried out so many different hotels and locations that I have a decent amount of favorites to share.
1 Hotel Central Park: This is my all time favorite New York City hotel. The location is perfect if you plan to spend your time in Central Park or exploring Midtown. We were actually some of the very first people to check into this hotel, which I think makes it special. Our view was divine as well. Looking out the window to see not only the park but also the city is my idea of perfect.
Park Lane Hotel: If you are looking for the best possible view of Central Park, this is the place. We stayed here over Thanksgiving last year and it was amazing. It was close to the Subway and a very short walk to the parade. We loved this hotel and just stayed there again! It is a very short walk to Sarabeth’s and we all know Brunch is important in NYC.
Lotte New York Palace Hotel: Have you ever seen Gossip Girl? If your answer is yes then you will recognize this hotel as Bart Bass’ hotel. As a fan of Gossip Girl, we had to stay here at least once and it did not disappoint. It was gorgeous and such a great location to all the places we frequent. And our view of St. Patrick’s Cathedral was beautiful.
The Standard: This particular hotel was located in East Village close to Washington Square Park and New York University. It is around a 25 minute Subway ride to the south side of Central Park. The subway station is close to the hotel which still made it a convenient hotel to stay at. And, it is close to Soho which is a beautiful area to walk around and shop (the buildings are mesmerizing).
Arlo Hotel: Last March we decided to travel to NYC for a Knicks Game, so we were only in town for less than 48 hours and chose to stay at the Arlo Hotel. We LOVED it, the city view was gorgeous and it was your typical New York style hotel. Which simply means it was very small but functional! Again, it is close to the subway station and is less than a 20 minute ride to Central Park. And a very short 10 minute walk to Madison Square Garden!
Nomo Soho: The entrance to this hotel has been seen on every blogger’s Instagram feed, but it is absolutely beautiful so I understand why. If you are looking for great photo opportunities inside and close by your hotel, Nomo Soho is a perfect choice. Right in the middle of Soho, you have the cobblestone streets, the beautiful buildings, and of course the city views. I highly recommend staying here at least once!
Citizen M: The very first New York City hotel that Jmo and I stayed in. It is located right near Times Square, and has easy access to all the Tourist-y places you might want to visit. It was definitely a great “First New York Trip” Hotel because of the location. It is also beautiful on the inside, and the rooms are very New York, which I loved.
Aside from staying in a hotel we have also chosen the Air BnB route, which was fantastic as well. The only negative about staying in an Air BnB is they will not always hold your luggage if your room is not ready. Since we arrive in New York early in the morning, our rooms are never ready yet so we leave our luggage with the hotel and pick it up when our room is ready. With an Air BnB this is not always possible.
I love being able to switch up where we stay every time. It makes each experience so different. Until our most recent trip we have never stayed in the same place twice. I highly recommend writing out all the places you plan to visit and stay in a location that is most convenient. Always check for a nearby subway (which you can do with Maps on your phone), look for late night food establishments, and other attractions close by.
Wherever you stay, I am sure you will have a blast. So if the hotel is bad, do not linger in your room for too long and you will not even notice the difference!