This post about the perfect NYC staycation is a collaboration with citizenM hotels. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
There was never a more perfect time for a staycation than after NYFW. After seven days full of events and shows (plus a gnarly cold, visitors and a part time job)… ya girl was pretty tired out. I had gone nonstop and loved every second, but knew I had to slow down ASAP. Luckily, I had already agreed to collaborate with citizenM, a boutique hotel chain with 6 incredible locations. I had a Saturday night booked for hubby and I to relax!
Hubby and I live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and this citizenM hotel was in Times Square (aka southwest from where we live and a completely different part of town with a very different vibe. I have to admit that at first I was a little afraid of being near a part of town us New York residents usually tried to avoid like the plague. I was worried that if we decided to leave the hotel and explore we would be surrounded by tourists and scary costume people, but that didn’t end up being the case.
First of all, if you’re a New Yorker tryna relax then you know how to avoid the busy areas so you can veer towards Hell’s Kitchen and get yourself some amazing food instead. Second of all, there’s really no need to leave the hotel. Seriously. It has everything you could need for a night away.
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Before I go into my thoughts on citizenM Times Square (spoiler alert: I loved it), check out how our staycation schedule turned out below:
2pm: Check-in and explore our room
2:30pm: Head out to the Hudson River Park and walk around until the sun starts to set
5pm: Split fried pickles and a chicken sandwich at Alfie’s
6pm: Head back to the hotel (grabbing a bottle of wine on the way) and relax for a few
6:30pm: Head up to the rooftop bar, cloudbar, for incredible views (and have a drink… or three)
8:30pm: Come back down to the room and watch a free movie in bed with some wine
9am: Head downstairs to eat breakfast at the buffet
9:30am: Head upstairs to pack and then continue exploring the hotel (gym terrace and lobby living room)
11am: Check out and whine about having to leave…
As I mentioned, citizenM New York Times Square is a boutique hotel, which essentially means the rooms are small but so so efficient. This is what makes them actually affordable without being gross or having a community bathroom.
The design of the room is perfect so everything has a place and there’s plenty of room for storage (drawers under the bed, shelving in the closet, shelving under the sink). There are lots of great amenities like free WiFi, a massive TV, free channels like HBO and 2 free movies… which is all I really want from a hotel. That and a super large, soft bed. I’m not kidding when I say I’m obsessed with hotel beds, and this one is at the top of my list. It was insanely soft with perfect pillows. Plus, as a lover of personal space and a women with long legs… I had SO much room. I told hubby that the second we move out of NYC we’re getting a bed the same size.
Another favorite perk of mine was the cheeky and semi-sarcastic branding that’s on everything throughout the hotel. You’ll see some examples in the photos below. I thought it was great and fit right in with the vibe of the place.
One negative: I was uncomfortable with the fact that, because it was a small room, the bathroom is practically just in there with you. Hubby didn’t mind, and it’s not like you could see anything… but like I said, I’m a personal space advocate and that took a little getting used to. If you’re going by yourself or with your significant other, I can’t imagine this would bother you unless you’re a psycho like me, and even I got used to it in the end.
In our room we actually just faced another building, but I still loved it. There were lots of lights emitted from the surrounding buildings when we kept the blinds open (if not, holy crap, it’s pitch black). I enjoyed that, because where we live most of the buildings are shorter, so this was a great way to enjoy the heart of NYC as you fell asleep at night. Oh, but without the sounds. From the 14th floor, you literally can’t hear a sound from the cars below, and silence is something we haven’t fallen asleep to since we moved here.
My favorite view though was definitely from cloudbar or the gym terrace. cloudbar had 365 views from the building and each side was more incredible than the next. We truly had a blast pointing out different buildings and things while sipping yummy Brooklyn lagers. I didn’t take any photos from cloudbar since we went at night, but check out my last post for the view from the gym terrace which is just a floor below.
The whole place was #DecorGoals. Everything is unique, interesting and beautiful. I took a lot of shots on the last day of the lobby, outside courtyard and even the gym. I couldn’t get over how cute and trendy it was!
Let’s face it, hotel breakfasts are hit or miss. If your hotel is affordable, typically it’s a miss… not here, my friends. I seriously enjoyed the options and the taste of my breakfast. Hubby got a plate full of crap (and then went back to get granola-filled yogurt) and I ended up with a croissant (okay two), a sausage and a hash-brown. Of course, we both got coffees too. There were so many options (pancakes, eggs, chocolate croissants, bread rolls, yogurt bar, etc) and the area was lovely. It felt relaxing plus seemed to be encouraging community, as we all sat at long farm tables. I seriously enjoyed it and, had we not had to check out, would’ve spent all morning there reading and sipping my coffee.
Last thing: If you’re traveling to Amsterdam, Glasgow, London, Paris or Rotterdam, they have citizenM’s there too! Check it out, and take me with you!