New York City is undoubtedly one of the most dynamic cities in the world. The people, the architecture, the culture; every bit of this city is so incredibly exciting. Although Ive been to New York many times over the course of my adult life, I’ve never had an experience quite like I did this last trip. For starters I traveled here alone forcing myself to really embrace the city and second I had the pleasure of staying at the Westgate NY Grand Central Hotel which gave me the quintessential New York experience I have been waiting for.
The Westgate is considered a boutique hotel housed in a historical building right on 42nd Street a couple of blocks from Grand Central Station. For those of you who don’t know the city this location is ideal for so many reasons. Being this close to Grand Central you can save yourself a lot of money on Ubers by taking the subway which is what I did when I wasn’t getting in my daily steps (and then some) by walking to Bryant Park, Times Square & Broadway.
The rooms at the Westgate NY are super spacious, unlike any other hotel Ive stayed at in New York. My room not only had enough space for a luxe king size bed but a sofa and table as well. I got incredibly lucky and had a room with a seriously large terrace overlooking 42nd St with a view of the East River. It was the perfect spot to sip a glass of wine at the end of a long day filled with fashion shows and events (see first & last photo)
Coming back home to the hotel everyday was such a joy, I was always greeted by name by either the doorman, front desk clerk and/or bartender on duty. The charming Tudor City Tavern was my first stop in the morning for my custom blended half-caf americano and my last stop for a quick glass of Rosé before heading up to my cozy room. In true New York style I met several cool characters sitting at this classic hotel bar who I hope to be staying in touch with in the future.
This was one of the quieter Fashion Weeks I’ve attended, no doubt due to Covid, so I found myself with some extra time on my hands to take in some of the sights I’ve never been to before. With so many things to see and do in New York it was hard to narrow it down but I went with The Empire State Building for the impossible views and fun history lesson on how this massive structure was built. I also walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to meet a pal for dinner and a photo opp In Dumbo. I highly recommend taking a stroll down the Brooklyn Promenade after grabbing a slice of pizza while on this side of the East River, you get fabulous views of the Statue of Liberty and One World Trade Center.
I wish I had more time so I could finally check out Coney Island, catch a Broadway musical or have a drink at the top of 30 Rockefeller but with so much to do here its nearly impossible to do it all in one trip, I guess that just means Ill have to come back again very soon hopefully with my family.
I’m so excited Ive been able to share my amazing experience with you, my time spent in the city that never sleeps (although I slept very well thank you) was truly magical and I cant wait to go back and stay with my friends at Westgate again, I hope next time Ill be able to spend a little more time on that epic terrace!
Check out this post for my glamour filled trip to the Westgate Las Vegas last year.