Picture this… we land in NYC around 8.30pm on a Sunday evening, by the time we've grabbed our bags and gone through what is possibly the most intense border control (ever!), we practically fall into a taxi and are so glad to be heading to the hotel! Our first stop, is The Wellington; it's always weird to arrive at a hotel at night, as it feels like you get to discover it all over again in the morning (which I actually love). We've given the driver our address and don't know much else other than that it's on 7th Avenue, as our driver is nearing the hotel he turns to us and says; 'Ma'am, there's a big park here on the right called Central Park, you might know it?' - LOLZ. Everyoneeeeeeeee knows Central Park; even if you've never been to NYC, you'll have seen it in a tonne of movies (true New Yorker now I can't seem to stop saying 'tonne' since I'm back!
After our geography lesson about Central Park we turn down 7th and our hotel is literally one block from Central Park, I could cry with happiness the location is just so, so, SO perfect! As well as being just a stones throw from Central Park, as we're parked outside the hotel to unload our bags; I can see the glow of Times Square a couple of blocks down - this also excites me! As much as Times Square is our equivalent of Leicester Square and super touristy, it's just one of those things you 'have to do' whilst in NYC. This also meant that our location was crazyyyyyy central; a short walk from 5th Avenue, the Rockafella centre, Upper East Side, Empire State Building, Grand Central Station etc all within a 10-15 minute walk (which in NYC is nothing!).
In the morning we awake to explore the hotel, it's very New York; in a good way. All plush carpets and grand chandeliers - very, typically New York and exactly how I imagined it would be! The hotel isn't the most luxuries of hotels; they never claim to be, the hotel prides itself on it's 5* location, whilst the hotel isn't all luxury, it has an incredibly walm, welcoming feel that almost feels like a home away from home (exactly what you need when you're delirious AF the next morning and can't remember where you are!). Every morning for the first three days of our trip myself and Kat would walk to Juice Generation (the most amazing breakfast joint) for an acai bowl, take a (5 minute!!!!) stroll to Central Park and start our day by having breakfast in the sunshine…bliss!
The hotel was built in 1930 and still looking grand as ever!