A Weekend in New York City…and a Giveaway!

I love that I get to travel, and I especially love that I am going to get to give one of you a night away…either in New York City (oh, you SHOULD), or anywhere a Homewood Suites can be found.

So, a huge thank you to Homewood Suites for the opportunity to see what your hotel is all about.

In New York City?

It’s all about EVERYTHING.

I’ve had the privilege to stay in some of the worlds finest hotels, and the wallet to stay in some not-so-great ones as well. In New York, the further out of the city you go, usually the cheaper the accommodations get. The rates in Manhattan are not for the faint of heart. And? You shouldn’t be surprised when your hotel room is the size of your first dorm room, barely big enough for the bed and a nightstand…square footage is at a premium in the Big Apple.

So, to be near Times Square, a safe and incredibly convenient area of the city, expect tiny rooms and high rates.

But not at The Homewood Suites.


I was shocked to find that the Homewood Suites offered such a great value, and is unlike ANY room I have ever stayed at in New York. My room was well above standard size, complete with KING bed, a sofa, a large bathroom – and get this – a kitchenette.

It was located just a few blocks from Times Square, but far enough away you didn’t have to deal with crowds, and close to lots of great food and entertainment. It’s perfect for a family…you can keep lunch or snacks in the full sized fridge, use the microwave, and more. In a pricy city, this amount of savings goes such a long way.

My floor was actually located on the top floor – though it was luck of the draw – and up there? There’s a huge terrace with lounging chairs, a bar in the evenings, warm heaters, and sweeping city views. It was awesome!


Included in the rate is a full buffet breakfast – yes – full breakfast, and get this…many days during the week a full DINNER is included as well. Dinner. Included in a hotel rate. I couldn’t believe it! A great room, breakfast, AND dinner? Yes, please.

Another huge plus for me was the gym. Sure, lots of hotels have “gyms” – but this one was fabulous. Towering ceilings, and lots of cardio equipment, and plenty of weight machines and loose weights. Weights!


I can’t wait to return to New York…and this is definitely on my list to return to. It’s going to be hard to beat!

Weekend in New York…To Do

So…are you looking for a weekend in New York?

Here are a few suggestions of what to do if you have limited time.

  • Broadway. Hit TKTS there in Times Square and grab a discounted ticket. Rock of Ages was great.
  • Juniors. Either have a full on dessert dining experience, or, take a slice to go. My favorite is the Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake, but the plain is out of this world.
  • Trendy but not Icky bars: The bar at The Hudson Hotel. Just – very cool, without being too much.
  • Central Park. Take a stroll. You should. So much to see.
  • Lunch. Max Brenner’s place is yes, yes, yes. A restaurant based on chocolate? Why wouldn’t you? Everything is AMAZING.
  • Empire State Building. Sure, climb on up. There’s a wait, be warned.
  • Dinner. Tao. Asian but American enough for the rest of us with food fright. Thai Buddha Chicken. Get it.
  • Uber. Take Uber vs. cabs. You’ll save money, they are cleaner, and you’ll just like it better.

That should take you all weekend! Enjoy!

Sorry, just have to share a pic of my last trip to NYC, where I met up with my girlfriend Sam and some of her people at The Hudson Hotel. So much fun!


A Getaway Giveaway

Now…that giveaway. Wouldn’t you like to have a free hotel night at a Homewood Suites? I have one to offer you, courtesy of Homewood Suites! You can choose New York, New Orleans, New…well, wherever, you decide!

Just let us now you’d like to win, and where you might like to go. Your comment won’t doom you to Orlando if you later decide on San Fran, so, go ahead and comment! It’s all good!

Disclaimer: I was hosted by Homewood Suites. The giveaway is also courtesy of Homewood Suites. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Winner will be chosen at random on September 7, 2015 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified via email provided. One night stay will be in the form of a voucher and supplied by Homewood Suites.

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