Sometimes travel is complicated.
Recovering from a shoulder injury, with medical appointments throughout each week, it's been challenging (painful) to do most things. Much of the time I just want to cry.
So when the clinic had to temporarily postpone appointments, I thought we should distract ourselves from pain by attending Jewel’s concert and the Mindfulness in America Summit in New York City. Especially since I realized I could use my personal item as a shoulder brace.
Yet, as we were about to leave on this trip, it appeared I'd consumed bad water and the belly wasn’t doing well. I pondered what to do.
After much doubt, I finally decided that even if I had to spend the entire time sick in the hotel room, I was going to NYC. Because a certain someone could still have a great time photographing the city, attending Jewel's concert, and scoping out the mindfulness event. And I could enjoy hearing about it.
I just had to make it through the flight.
He slept great on the flight. I spent the flight noticing my probiotics weren't helping my insides, so I drank my emergency backup (Pepto-Bismol) while fantasizing about shoulder injury pain pills, (which I refuse to take).
There was a mindful moment in the airport.
After landing, we intentionally paused. To freshen up after the red-eye. To change into clothes that matched the warmer (80+ degree muggy October weather). To eat veggie sushi (gentle on the tummy) for breakfast. To drink green tea.
It felt exhilarating. In fact, we still proclaim how much we want to keep doing this in the future.
It truly made us feel ready to take on the day.
We quickly found the NYC Airporter desk and they seamlessly transported us to the city.
At the airport, it was quick and easy to find the NYC Airporter desk. They were well organized and had us wait a few minutes for their (affordable and direct) bus to NYC. When it arrived, they led us outside to our exact bus and we hopped on.
NOTE: We had pre-purchased tickets, yet there was plenty of room on the bus for last-minute riders.
After arriving in the city, we were dropped off at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, which was the building directly across the street from our hotel. Only I didn't know it.
So I had us wandering all over the place, out on the streets, trying to find our hotel, when we could have instead just walked straight through the bus terminal, out its back door, across the street, right into the hotel entrance. This still makes us laugh.
It’s a popular, comfortable, little hotspot.
The lobby was quite busy, yet for its small size it didn't feel cramped. The well-placed automatic entrance doors helped immensely with traffic flow.
I read, ahead of time, quite a few online reviews about the (slow) speed of this hotel's elevators. However, we didn't find them tortuously slow. It allowed us a moment, or three, to pause. To be. And to take the stairs if we wanted to rush (great exercise). This would never deter me from staying here (but those who have mobility challenges, and those who have little patience, should know this).
At the time of booking, I chose this hotel because it was $400 cheaper than any other hotel nearby, and located where I couldn't find any Airbnb accommodations.
Compact, yet well appointed, the DoubleTree Hilton by New York Times Square West was true to its marketing claims (I would have never imagined it could be so reasonably priced).
The lobby, stairs, rooms, and the restaurant/lounge were all modern, well-kept and truly clean in appearance. The rooftop lounge was beautiful, with 360 degree views.
The staff were superb. Kind. Welcoming. Thoughtful. Eager to help.
Our room was beautifully quiet (and pristine clean).
Our king bedroom was tiny and cozy (perfect), with an adorable little loveseat. Our window faced a brick building that appeared to house artist lofts, full of character.
And we never heard a sound from the outside. Not a peep. Not a garbage truck in the middle of the night. Not a honking auto. Not a thing. This was an unbelievable first, for me, in New York City.
Another great note: I loved that the comforter on the bed appeared to be wrapped in a fresh clean linen (aka a fresh clean comforter cover). This is one of my favorite European habits, which creates a much cleaner experience for each new guest.
We requested no room service for our entire stay (and they happily honored that).
I really enjoy having my things kept just as I leave them, I reuse my towel, and it seems unnecessary to have another clean up after me each day. I can do that myself.
(For anyone who’s experienced a lot of trauma in their own personal space, who feels startled if another enters their space without an invitation, this is a huge healing bonus to experience.)
And, if you can believe it, this was the very first time my "no room service" request has actually been followed. So I kept expecting to hear knocks on the door (to come in and clean), or to arrive back at the room each day and discover room service had come in anyway. It never happened!
I cannot begin to express how amazing it was to experience alone time in a hotel room, exactly as I love to enjoy it. Undisturbed.
The location was conveniently walkable.
Nestled one block back from a busier street, the hotel had a slightly quieter pace.
We reached Whole Foods (for breakfast, snacks, and an eco umbrella) by walking straight (about 3 long/9 short blocks) down the sidewalk, where Bryant Park was directly across the street.
It was also easy to for us to walk to Times Square, to our event...to just about anywhere (note: we tend to walk just about everywhere possible, but taxi/Uber/public transport were easily accessible, too).
Oh, and there was a clean side of the street and a dirty side of the street, outside the hotel. I definitely suggest walking on the clean side.
The DoubleTree Hilton by New York Times Square West made our complicated journey an easy one.
And had my stomach not returned to normal, I would have been tickled to recover in this hotel room.