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A Staycation at The Westin Grand Central Plus Starwood Points Giveaway

The Westin New York Grand Central by Day and by Night, with the Chrysler Building in the background.

Whenever I go through a longish stretch of not traveling, I console myself with the fact because I live in the ultimate vacation destination: New York City. Living here is like one long staycation… Ok, maybe not. But my husband and I did get to experience a true staycation when I was hosted by The Westin New York Grand Central. Because I’ve always lived in NYC, I’ve never had the experience of staying in a hotel here. Well now I have, and I think I could get used to it! I acclimated quite nicely to The Westin’s famous Heavenly Bed and to the lovely view from my room on the 35th floor. If this has you dreaming of a staycation or a real vacation in NYC, keep reading this post because I’m giving away 16,000 Starwood Points that can be redeemed at The Westin Grand Central or any Starwood property of your choice!

Ah, that Heavenly Bed! Our Deluxe Room with a view from the 35th floor at The Westin New York Grand Central.

Ah, that Heavenly Bed! Our Deluxe Room with a view from the 35th floor at The Westin New York Grand Central.

The Westin Grand Central celebrated its one-year anniversary this week. Prior to September 2012, the hotel used to be The Helmsley. To become The Westin, the property went through a $75 million overhaul, resulting in bright, modern rooms. The Deluxe Room, where we stayed, was 330 square feet, which is easily the size of some studio apartments in New York City. The hotel gym is 3,000 square feet, and I was almost tempted to use it. For those who like to work out when they travel (not me!), the Westin does a really cool program where you can go on guided runs with the hotel’s RunWESTIN™ Running Concierge. There’s so much to see in New York City that going for a morning run is a great sightseeing option for business travelers.

Brunch at The LCL: Bar & Kitchen, New York City

Brunch at The LCL: Bar & Kitchen, New York City

As much fun as it was to stay at The Westin, life two miles south was calling. Literally. In the morning, we ended our stay with a delicious breakfast of waffles and French toast at THE LCL: Bar & Kitchen, NYC. This  is the first time that the Gerber Group (known for its trendy bars in W Hotels) has created an eatery for The Westin group. We had peeked in the evening before, and it looked like a Happy Hour scene was brewing. We were quite impressed when we went for breakfast, and I finally got to try Organic Avenue juice, which really is better than regular juice. I’ll definitely return to LCL as I’m always on the hunt for places with great coffee (they serve Stumptown) and free WiFi (a real rarity in this city) and now I’ve found one.

Do you want to stay at The Westin Grand Central? Or any other Starwood property? Then make sure to enter my contest to win 16,000 Starwood points!

Comped but Never Compromised: I was given a free stay at The Westin Grand Central but I’m free to write whatever I want.

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46 Responses to A Staycation at The Westin Grand Central Plus Starwood Points Giveaway

  1. Keryn @ walking on travels October 5, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    I would love to stay at the Westin in NYC or anywhere honestly. I’m hoping hubby and I can head back east before the end of the year, drop the boys off with the grandparents and escape for our very first night away together sans kids. Seriously! When you live 3000 miles away from all family it is almost impossible to find someone who can watch your kids for a night. And we would sleep and sleep and sleep. It’s been a while since we slept without interruption :-)
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  2. Missa
    Twitter: staycationmama
    October 5, 2013 at 3:13 am #

    Oh, a night in a hotel ALONE sounds divine!!
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  3. Linda S. October 5, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    I’d use the points to stay in New York City one night before leaving for Cape Cod later this month.

  4. Alouise October 5, 2013 at 4:37 am #

    I’m like 2500 miles from New York so if I won I might try to use the voucher for a more local stay… but then again it’s been a few years since I went to New York, so this could be a good motivator for me to visit (I’d just plan to stay longer than one night).
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  5. Heidi Wagoner October 5, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    Love it. Sounds perfect.
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  6. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas
    Twitter: sunshinesiestas
    October 5, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    I love doing staycations in my hometown of Chicago. It’s a city I could likely never get sick of! I went to NYC for the very first time last summer, and feel like we saw only a small fraction of everything the city has to offer – looking forward to going back!
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  7. Adam
    Twitter: travelsofadam
    October 5, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    I love taking staycations. Sometimes a night in a hotel is the perfect way to relax.
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  8. Beth B October 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    What a fun giveaway! I have to say, staying at a nice hotel can make you feel miles away from home – even if you’re not.

  9. the lazy travelers October 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    long-time starwood preferred guest and love their properties! we’re also pro-staycation, especially it involves a fancy hotel :)
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  10. Jenna October 6, 2013 at 4:52 am #

    I would agree with you that living in NYC means you can stay there just about all the time…I have stayed at a couple of Westins and they are amazing. I would love to use these points to stay in one of their properties here in California.
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  11. Sofie October 6, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    I would love to spend a night at the Westin in Venice with Boyfriend. We usually travel low budget, so it would be great to stay in such a nice hotel when visiting Venice, especially Venice!
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  12. Paige Conner Totaro October 7, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Ooh… fun. I am trying to build up enough points for an anniversary weekend in NYC next spring, so this sounds perfect. Love the SPG hotels!
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  13. wanderingeducators
    Twitter: WanderingEds
    October 7, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    Oh my – what a lovely brunch shot! I’d love to visit this amazing hotel.
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  14. Shelly Rivoli October 7, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Tough call on where, but I’d be very tempted to use them right there at the Grand Central!
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  15. Lisa Goodmurphy
    Twitter: GoneWithFamily
    October 7, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    I’ve been to New York City four times and stayed at a different hotel every time – would love to check this one out!
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  16. Ann October 7, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    I just found out there’s a chipotle in Frankfurt, Germany. So, i would love to stay at the Westin there.
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  17. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    Twitter: GreenGlobalTrvl
    October 8, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    With the holidays coming soon, it would be great to stay at the Westin Grand Central and visit family and friends in the city.
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  18. Bethaney - Flashpacker Family
    Twitter: flashpackerfam
    October 8, 2013 at 4:20 am #

    Great! I’m entered! Just hope I’m eligible to win as I’m not from the US.
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  19. Val-This Way To Paradise October 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    I would love to stay at the Westin in NYC!! I love NY!
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  20. Elena October 8, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    The heavenly bed definitely sounds like a dream. And who could pass on a stay in NYC?
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  21. blessedta October 8, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    Would use it to book a stay at The Westing Grand Central.

  22. Tim October 9, 2013 at 4:28 am #

    I’ve got no intention of allowing the word staycation to ever enter my vocabulary, but I’d sure like to put those Starwood points to use getting out of town for an adventure.
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  23. Sheila Hall October 9, 2013 at 4:32 am #

    Next summer, I’m leaving for a year long trip around the world so I would like to use these points to treat myself to a nice hotel stay along the way.

  24. Sophie
    Twitter: SophieR
    October 9, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    Haven’t been in New York in more than 20 years. Perhaps it’s about time :)
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  25. The Barefoot Nomad
    Twitter: barefootnomads
    October 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    Those waffles look so good! I love a hotel that does a great brunch; it’s so luxurious to wander down late from the room to breakfast.
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  26. The Barefoot Nomad
    Twitter: barefootnomads
    October 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Oh, and I forgot! :) I would use the Starwood points for a local getaway.
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  27. Terry at Overnight New York October 10, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    Staycations are the best. I love this hotel. And I especially love that they grow some of the food served in their restaurant on the roof.
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  28. Stephanie - The Travel Chica
    Twitter: thetravelchica
    October 11, 2013 at 1:34 am #

    I recently thought about how I’ve never stayed at a hotel in my own home city. (And yes, we have a Westin.)
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  29. Robin October 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    I would love to stay at The Westin Grand Central. I moved out of NYC almost three years ago and am in desperate need to return to one of my favorite cities.

  30. Marina K. Villatoro October 12, 2013 at 2:52 am #

    I’ve never stayed at one of these hotels. I actually don’t even know what points are :) We usually stay at boutique, family owned places. Would be great to try something totally different.
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  31. Gabi (The Nomadic Family)
    Twitter: nomadfamtravels
    October 12, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    What a lovely hotel.I’d love to visit this amazing hotel.
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  32. Elizabeth Towns October 14, 2013 at 1:49 am #

    I would use my points to grab a staycation with my kids. We travel a lot for church events, workshops and family events. Rarely do we just take a day for ourselves. This would be awesome.
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  33. Christine Luken October 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    I’m partial to beach vacations, so I’d use the points to stay by the ocean!
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  34. Lindsey Silvestrini October 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    I would plan my own little staycation since Southern California is a great place to live AND visit as well!

  35. lori October 14, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

    NYC is a short trip away from where I live, but too far to drive back the same day, and since hotels are very pricey there, it would be great to win and spend a weekend in NYC with friends.

  36. Jessica @Bkeepsushonest October 15, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    I’d go out with my husband, no kids!
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  37. Larissa
    Twitter: changes_long
    October 15, 2013 at 12:46 am #

    I’d use the points for an indulgent stay in one of those Heavenly Beds (anywhere), and then I’d order in Dinner and Breakfast and never leave the mattress :)
    Larissa recently posted..Ghost town: The Minidoka Japanese internment camp in Idaho

  38. Virginia @thatbaldchick October 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    I’d use the points to take Hubs somewhere nice for his birthday. Ahhh!
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  39. Aktar October 15, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Wow! that is lovely and excited to know about it.

  40. Jasanna Czellar October 16, 2013 at 4:16 am #

    I would use them for a stay in Europe next year!

  41. Lindsey October 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    We would use the points for our honeymoon! We’ve been married almost a month and are planning a longer trip around our first anniversary so these points would be so helpful!

  42. Adrienne October 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    Go see my brother’s family in L.A. :)

  43. Hillary R October 17, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    What a great contest! I’m planning a trip to Asia early next year, so I would use the Starwood points to visit some of their amazing properties.
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  44. Murissa October 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    I am dying to return to NYC and free accommodations would make it all the more easier!
    I visited last year without my boyfriend and I haven’t heard the end of it.
    A Christmastime visit may be in order!

    Murissa
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  45. Melissa - Bargain Shopper Mom October 18, 2013 at 1:53 am #

    I would use the points for a getaway for my anniversary.
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  46. Laura October 18, 2013 at 2:52 am #

    Half the fun is picking out the place to stay. I’m not sure what property but all Westins are nice so you can’t go wrong.

    I used to travel for my job and I really it ( the job and travel).

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