I travelled to New York a few years back with my mum and sister on a shopping trip, the exchange rate was amazing and we got amazing bargains.
Its somewhere I knew I wanted to return to with Daniel as he had never been before. We booked last August and our two best friends who happen to be together decided to come too!
We were recommended to go to The Meatpacking District so we booked Dream Downtown through Click & Go. When you book with Click & Go your flights are included in the price too so its very straight forward.The hotel looked amazing online and the reviews were all good.
We book most trips through Click & Go and have yet to be disappointed, the hotel was fab! The rooms were smallish, bathrooms were spacious. We were on the 2nd floor so we didn't hear any music at night but I would say you would on the 1st/8th floor.
There is a pool, a penthouse bar and a basement nightclub and it was in close proximity to everywhere we wanted to go.
The Chelsea Market was literally less then a minutes walk from the hotel. We went here a couple of mornings for breakfast or a coffee and donut. I cannot stress the importance of trying the donuts in The Doughnuttery they are seriously delicious. I definitely recommend wandering around Chelsea market for an hour.
Another thing we did was grab a tea and head to The highline which is two minutes from the end of The Chelsea market. The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long linear park built on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line. Its so nice to walk along and take in the incredible views.
The weather while we were there ( April 8th-13th) was unbelievable, the coldest day was about 20°C and the hottest day hit about 27°C. We took full advantage of this and tried to stay outdoors as much as possible. On the hottest day we went to Central Park and walked for over an hour and took in the gorgeous scenery. There are squirrels everywhere and we saw a racoon too. There is so much to see and do in the park and if you have children with you they will love it too. We walked as far as The Boathouse and had a gorgeous lunch there by the lake. There were lots of people sailing around in boats which is definitely something I will do next time.
We got the subway to Brooklyn and wandered around the area before walking over the Brooklyn Bridge, again there were amazing views and you can see The Statue Of Liberty from the bridge. The bridge brings you back to Manhattan and you are in walking distance from Ground Zero and The Westfield World Trade Centre shopping centre which is really cool to walk around too.
There is obviously so much to see and do that we didn't get to do half the things we wanted too. We tried to go the The Top of The Rock but it was fully booked so I would recommend booking this in advance. Another thing we will do next time is take the Staten Island ferry which is free and supposed to be amazing and gives a great view of the Statue of liberty. I personally loved wandering around little Italy, Chinatown and Soho.
I was given so many restaurant recommendations before we went and we only got to try a few so I will list off some that we visited and some that came highly recommended.Breakfast/Brunch Cook shop, Friedmans lunch, The Standard Grill, Bubbys Highline, Jacks Wife Freda, balthazar Dinner Tao Downtown, Buddakhan, Catch, The Spotted Pig , Beauty and Essex, Southern Hospitality Links Click & Go