"Celebrating, NY style" New York City by Mardai24

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Centre of the Universe!

Early in 2011, we both agreed to celebrate our big birthday (the ones where a zero gets added!) by taking a road trip in the US. We decided to start in NY, Manhattan to be exact.

My husband had been many, many year previously, and I'd never been so I was very excited about the trip.

Many of our friends told where to go, what to do, what to see, where to eat, drink etc.

In the end, we did none of it. And yet, we loved every single minute.

Candlewood Suites

We booked our hotel via Hotels.com and stayed in the Candlewood Suites on W 39th Street. We asked for a high room and ended up on the 30th floor with a great view of all the high rises. The room was small, but that was to be expected in Manhattan. But what it lacked in size it made up for in extras. It came with a little kitchen, including microwave, full size fridge freezer, 2 ring hob and all the necessary cooking and eating utensils a person could need. We weren't staying long enough to be cooking but did appreciate the fridge freezer and made use of the microwave for take out chinese.

The hotel is just minutes from Time Square, but on a quiet side street. Also, a couple of minutes walk is Port Authority and also, in the other direction, Penn Station. We walked there to catch our train to Boston and it was an easy journey on foot with suitcases on wheels.

Also close by, the photographers meca, B&H! Spent quite some time browsing and wishing for that lottery win!

There were a couple of local supermarkets where we could buy water, fruit, bread etc., though the reception in the hotel had complimentary coffee and a small shop should the essentials be required.

The hotel staff were extremely pleasant, professional and friendly. We'd recommend this hotel to friends - couples but maybe not the best location for small children.

Eating and Drinking and walking

We'd been given tons of recommendations, but we like to do things our own way, and wander and discover. Husband is a real ale fan so he'd done his research and found the Pony Bar, 637 10th AVENUE (45 St & 10th Ave) - fantastic for real ales and the food menu, though a little limited, was excellent.

Most days we were out and about we ate in which ever locale we found ourselves. Always very good and plentiful. We walked for miles, The Diamond District, Greenwich, Ground Zero.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great people, great food, great place.
  • Cons:hhhmm, trying to think of one. Maybe the traffic from the airport into the city
  • In a nutshell:People so much friendlier than I had expected. Planning our next trip already.
  • Last visit to New York City: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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