It’s no secret that I love taking trips to New York: from Fashion Week to just visiting friends, I love making the trip up every couple of months! Since New York is only a quick train (or bus!) ride away, it’s easy to pop in and out from D.C. However, I feel that a lot of my trips to NYC are pretty rushed, and I don’t really get a chance to experience the city like a local.
The folks over at Cambria hotel & suites New York – Chelsea completely changed the game for me: they invited me to stay for a weekend and truly live like a local. I essentially “swapped places” with a NYC blogger, Luckey Alex, and we created itineraries for each other in each city. I actually interned in the Chelsea neighborhood back in college, but I never really explored all that the neighborhood had to offer.
First things first? Let’s talk about the hotel! Cambria hotel & suites New York – Chelsea is only a few blocks away from Penn Station, which is a travelers dream! The fact that I could walk from the train station to the hotel was ideal, and gave me more time to explore the city. I’ve stayed in a few hotels in New York before and space is always a tad limited, but our room was incredibly spacious and I had plenty of room for all of the clothes, shoes and accessories I brought (hello — I obviously overpacked for this!)
We were pretty tired the first night we came in, so instead of heading out on the town after dinner, we visited the hotel’s amazing rooftop deck and bar, and stayed in to watch movies. The property felt incredibly upscale, without being uptight — the staff was incredibly friendly and down to earth, but the amenities were out of this world! The next day, we woke up, and had breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant located in the lobby. The selection was incredible — I opted for the steak and eggs and strawberry pancakes! The last day of the weekend was incredibly chilly, so we opted to hang around the hotel that Sunday after brunch. I’m missing my little home away from home right now!
As for suggestions, Alex gave me plenty of amazing places to check out while I was in town. Here’s some of the places I made it to during the weekend!
- Ruby’s Café – This Australian restaurant is already turning into a local’s favorite! According to Alex, Ruby’s was only opened four months ago, but it’s already garnered a ton of buzz. We had to wait about 45 minutes for a table, but it was completely worth it!
- Tartine – This French BYOB was a complete gem, located in the West Village. I had some of the best potato gnocchi I’ve ever had in my life! It is super small and cash only, but 100% worth it!
- The Highline – This has actually been on my bucket list for a while now, but my trips to NYC have always been crazy busy! I loved being able to stroll down the Highline and enjoy the stunning skyline and Hudson views. It’s actually a pretty stunning walk to take at night as well.
- The Standard – We stopped at The Top of the Standard and caught some of the 360 degree views of the city. It’s a great rooftop lounge to relax and grab a drink for a bit! Afterwards, we stopped by the Biergarten right next door for a pint of beer and a pretzel, since we wanted to keep our first night pretty low key!
- Chelsea Wine Vault – I have a detailed recap of my wine education class here, but I would highly recommend it! Also, pick up some cheese while you’re in Chelsea Market, and walk down to all of the other spots located there as well. It’s an absolute gem!
- Westville – I actually remember grabbing a quick bite to eat at this restaurant during Fashion Week, and I knew I had to stop in one more time! It is one of the most fresh yet filling breakfasts you can have before a full day in NYC!
Alex did suggest Chelsea art galleries, however, silly me — I didn’t realize they were closed on Sundays. FYI if you’re ever in that part of town and want to stop by! Despite missing the art galleries, I had an absolute blast at Cambria hotel & suites New York – Chelsea, and I can’t wait for my next visit. There were so many things to do in Chelsea that I couldn’t fit into a single weekend!
Thank you to Cambria hotel & suites New York – Chelsea for sponsoring today’s post!