HOTEL: INNSIDE BY MELIA
New York is by far my most most beloved city to travel too. It’s a city filled with culture, fashion, delicious authentic food, love, and adventure. Ever since I started blogging, one of my goals was to attend NYFW. Every year something always came up but I committed myself to attend this past January and it’s an experience that I’ll never forget. To be completely honest, going to NYFW was nothing like I expected. I thought it was going to be an episode of Gossip Girl, but it’s not. Going to NYFW required days of planning and organizing. We spent most of our days running from meeting to meeting missing every single meal of the day. There was one day where I had only eaten 3 slices of bread and two cups of coffee! I met with people that I’ve worked with in the past and it’s so nice to be able to meet someone in person. I was able to get to know women that I’ve worked with personally and discuss future partnerships. We also knew that we wanted to explore New York so we set times and plans for tourist things like going to a broadway show or eating at Joe’s Pizza. Travel is always a little stressful for me because I never know where to stay, eat, or what to do. I rounded up a very easy travel guide and also my experience on staying at Innside By Melia.
LOCATION: When we were looking for hotels, we knew we needed to stay somewhere that was central to all of our meeting locations. Innside By Melia is located in NoMad and in the center of the Flatiron Building, Chelsea Market, and Empire State Building. It was also a few blocks away from our meeting spots and the cutest coffee shop; Maman.
LOBBY AND ROOM: My first thoughts about the hotel was that it was modern and refreshing. I know refreshing is a strange word to describe a hotel but it really was. The lobby was very open and there was greenery throughout the floors. It had almost of a coffee shop feel to it. We stayed on the 19th floor and our room was the deluxe double. The hotel welcomed us with wine and snacks. Our room fit 4 bloggers and all of our luggages! We had a decent amount too. Our view looked over the city and it was BEAUTIFUL. We were also able to go to the rooftop to overlook the city and its a view not everyone gets to experience.
FOOD AND DRINKS: After hours of traveling and an hour taxi ride, we were starving! We grabbed food at The Wilson which is conveniently located inside of the hotel. It’s a great spot for lunch, dinner, and drinks. There’s also a downstairs/underground bar! The wall art work was made of greenery and we actually used the space to change into our New York ready outfits while we waited for our room.
NEW YORK TRAVEL GUIDE:
PLACES TO EAT:
Maman: This coffee shop is darling and perfect for coffee and breakfast. I had the bacon avocado breakfast sandwich and it was THE BEST sandwich I’ve ever had. They also sell “Oprah’s favorite cookie” too.
Old Rose: I saw this restaurant online and it’s such an instagramable spot. We went here for dinner and the food was delicious. They serve Italian dishes and even breakfast and lunch. It’s a little more on the expensive side though.
Joe’s Pizza: There was a night that we went out for drinks and ended up at Joe’s Pizza. The pizza is quick, cheap, and delicious! I didn’t realize it was a famous spot until after the trip.
Laduree: Macaroons are life! I’ve always wanted to try a Laduree macaroon and they were just as delicious as I thought they’d be.
THINGS TO DO:
See the Flatiron Building and walk around: Besides Time Square, this is another area of New York that you should walk around and take it all in. It’s a scenic to do thing but worth the trip.
Walk around Time Square and see a broadway show: Time Square is everything you thought it would be. Super busy, super bright, and people everywhere! We saw Pretty Woman and I loved it!! I didn’t think I’d enjoy a musical but enjoyed it so much. I’d pay to see it again.
Breakfast at The Plaza: We ate here our last day and it was more for the experience than the food to be honest. Underground, there is a huge area to shop and try all different types of food. This is where I was able to visit Laduree.
Walk around Central Park: The park in the winter time isn’t the prettiest but it’s a NY must do. Bring comfy shoes and warm clothes because the park is huge and freezing during the winter.
Eat at a random restaurant: I did this on my last trip to NY and enjoyed being able to randomly walk into a pizza, bakery, or cafe to eat. I’ve never had a bad meal in NY.
I hope this has help for your plans to visit New York! I have a lot of travel plans this year and am excited to share my first one of 2019 with everyone!!