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!
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.
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.