First Time in New York City

Happy 2013! How did you ring in the new year? This new mama spent the night sitting on the couch watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest while drinking one of my favorite things, ChocoVine chocolate wine, and praying that baby wouldn’t wake up until after the ball drop (which thankfully happened). Previous years, I would’ve wondered what it would be like to be at New York City’s Times Square. I actually went to NYC earlier this year with one of my sisters and a girlfriend so I finally have a bit of an understanding why so many people are so enamored with the city, so much so that they’re willing to, as residents, pay up the wazoo for housing and, as visitors, pay outrageous hotel room prices.

While I’m sure being at Times Square on NYE in an unforgettable experience, it’s definitely not something I would actually look forward to doing. First, what the heck do all those people do when they have to go? I can’t imagine that even if they had tons of porta potties that it would be enough. And frankly, I found Times Square itself a bit boring. Sure the giant billboards were fascinating when I first saw them, but after a walk up and down the area there’s really nothing else to do, unless you like shopping at regular chain retail stores and eating at mediocre restaurants.

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While I was less than impressed with Times Square, I did love everything else! Yes, count me in as another person who LOVES NYC and can’t wait to go back.

So where did we stay? Two places. First, the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel New York – Times Square South and then for the last night, The Muse Hotel.

I liked the Doubletree for it’s good location, reasonable price and friendly service. While the rooms are a bit small, that’s to be expected for NYC. It was clean, comfy and quiet. After getting off a long flight and metro ride, there’s nothing better than to check in a hotel and be greeted with the words “And here’s a warm chocolate chip cookie for you. Feel free to come down and get one whenever you want.”

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I LOVED The Muse Hotel. Like other Kimpton hotels, it’s trendy, hip, young, and stylish. It’s literally right off of Times Square. The room was huge. I practically fell in love with the bathroom, in which designer toiletries was stocked. Service was wonderful as well, especially the doorman who helped us frequently flag down cabs. In the lobby, guests were provided with tea/coffee in the morning and wine in the early evenings. I even loved the lobby restroom, which had individually named stalls. Are you vain or macho? While we didn’t really eat in the adjacent restaurant and wine bar, NIOS, we did pop in for drinks and light snacks. Sexy sexy place.

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Unfortunately, The Muse is quite pricey. If you have the funds though, it’s well worth the money.

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