What’s the best present a 13-year-old girl could want? A trip to New York City! Even better? A Trip with Mom and Grandma! (well, maybe….)
I have always promised my children that I would take them on a special place for their 13th birthday. My oldest chose New York City. It was the perfect choice, as I have visited NYC countless times as an adult, so it would be a completely different experience to go with my mom and daughter.
After the purchase of the plane tickets, the hunt begins for a place to stay. We wanted to stay in Midtown Manhattan, close to Grand Central Station. And we needed a place that would accommodate three comfortably. When the idea to stay at an executive apartment came up, we jumped at the chance.
The Nash, located at 222 E. 30th St. in Midtown, is a short-term stay apartment managed by Oakwood Worldwide. Oakwood has a strong presence in New York City, but most other properties have a minimum of a 30-day stay. In fact, they have properties in all 50 states and 70 countries! Oakwood Worldwide created the corporate apartment concept in the 1960s, providing apartments for corporate travelers who needed an extended stay. Because of their vast presence worldwide, Oakwood now has the flexibility to offer short term stays to vacationers – and their properties are ideal for families.
Truth be told, we were pretty excited to experience New York City apartment life! Located on a quiet street, just blocks away from Grand Central Station and 5th avenue shopping, this newly-renovated building was gorgeous. From the modern lobby with a doorman who jumped up to open the door for you each time to the spacious and green rooftop, this is a beautiful property. The first few floors are owned by Oakwood, while the rest of the building has actual tenets.
The apartment itself was bright and open and very spacious – especially compared to most hotel rooms I have been in while visiting NYC. It had a studio feel, though you had the privacy of closing the bedroom from the rest of the apartment with a sliding door. It had a fully functioning kitchen with stove, oven, refrigerator and dishwasher. And lots of closet space – for 3 traveling women, that was very handy. The bathroom was small, with little counter space, so we had to get ready in shifts, but that’s no different than in many hotels.
I was able to video the apartment to show it to you in person:[youtube url=”http://youtu.be/ChQekOfj3zo”]
Pros of Staying in a Short-Term Apartment on Vacation
– Easy check- in – all the reservation was done online and the bell man gave us a key
– Staying in a neighborhood, with local restaurants and coffee shops a block away
– Full-stocked kitchen – to make a full pot of coffee each morning, and store my left overs from the amazing pizza place we went to (they were yummy for breakfast!)
– Dining table to sit and enjoy coffee and breakfast at
– Very comfortable bed/bedding
– Iron to quickly press our clothes
– Cable TV with tons of choices (kept my 13 year old happy in the evenings)
– Room to spread out in an apartment versus a hotel room
Cons of Staying in a Short-Term Apartment on Vacation
– Clean up after yourself (although you can add a daily cleaning service)
– No lobby nightlife like a hotel offers (but the rooftop view with a glass of wine was a terrific way to relax each evening)
I found staying in a short-term apartment while on vacation to be great way to enjoy our vacation. Most days we pounded the pavement to see as many sites as we could see – we had a New York Pass, that allowed us full access to places like the Museum of Natural History and Madame Tussauds New York and so much more. It was so nice to have a place to come home and relax – our home away from home….in New York City.
Disclosure: We were hosted by Oakwood Worldwide at The Nash during our stay in New York City. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.