July 29, 2021
As our girlfriend Taylor Swift once said: WELCOME TO NEW YORK, it’s been waiting for you. New York City is truly one of a kind when it comes to cities and is just as iconic and amazing as its reputation is. Here in Philly, we are only about two hours away from NYC and I grew up always going to the city to visit my aunt and uncle in Manhattan. Those are some of my favorite memories because I always remember feeling so at home in the city and *vowing* that I would live in the city one day myself (now in Philly, dreams come true!). The hustle and bustle, crowds of people, endless restaurants, charming boutiques, and just the overall vibe of it all is something you have to experience at least once. New York is truly like no other which is why all of the locals say: New York or nowhere.
This past weekend, I took a girl’s trip to NYC with my family and it was absolutely incredible. If you have been thinking about planning one, this is your sign! We had so much fun exploring and eating our way through all of the different neighborhoods. Since I know New York City can be a bit overwhelming if you haven’t been before, I wanted to break it all down so planning your next trip is easy as can be. Let’s do it.
This past weekend, we stayed at the Westgate New York Grand Central hotel which is in Midtown Manhattan. and wow we LOVED it. When I first stumbled upon the Westgate, I was mesmerized by the gorgeous interiors, big rooms, and balcony views. Spacious rooms *with* balconies are honestly few and far between in New York and can typically be so expensive, so I was really excited when I found the Westgate at a killer price. Since its newly renovated, the hotel feels classically elegant, yet modern, and has luxury rooms at an affordable price. Love it.
The city can be a bit exhausting, especially when you’re out all day, so it was honestly so great to be able to go back somewhere at night and just relax in a beautiful space. One night after dinner, we sat on the balcony, had cocktails, and just hung out, and honestly, it was my favorite night. Having that space to unwind after a long day of exploring was exactly what we needed it was truly such a perk.
Another thing I loved about the hotel was the lobby and all of the amenities. There was a big open lounge area where you could work, hang out, and relax, and it was equipped with its very own bar and market. This was insanely convenient in the morning when we wanted to grab a coffee and some snacks before heading out for the day.
I would recommend the Westgate 100% and will definitely be heading back for my next New York trip. I booked/found my room deal here, if you’re interested!
I am truly convinced that you could spend your entire life in New York City and still not see it all! That’s what makes it amazing, there is so much to do, and absolutely something for everyone. On this trip, we tried to do a bit of everything. Here are some fun ideas.
As you can tell, the options are endless and there is always something to do. I’ll link another list here with 51 Ideas of things to do in NYC too so you can start planning your trip! We had the most amazing time and I hope this inspires you to plan a trip to New York City soon. You will love it, I just *know* it.
Sincerely, Katerina. Xo!