What to Look in a Hotel When Traveling to New York?

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So, you have decided to travel to New York!  That’s great! This is a city full of things to do and people to meet.  Of course, before you travel you must pick a good hotel that meets your travel needs.  Here are some things you should look for when looking for a hotel in New York.

Pick an area that suits your budget.  New York is a big city, and in some places just staying one night can be very expensive.  And I’m not even talking about places like the Hilton or the for seasons, where you can end up paying up to $45,000!  Good hotels are expensive, but if you are in a budget you can pick a hotel in a cheaper zone (although some of them are really, really crappy).   Sometimes it’s better to look on the Web for places where you can rent a room, it’s much cheaper.

Make sure your hotel has Wi-Fi.  Having Internet in you mobile phone or tablet is a must these days.  I personally use it everyday to keep track of incoming faxes thanks to my Google fax number, and to stay in touch with people I meet.  If you are a US resident you may already have Internet coverage (4G), but people coming from other countries will find that WI-fi is a must.

Read unbiased reviews.  Sites like TripAdvisor have completely changed the way we search for an hotel.  With just a few clicks you can find out what’s good and what’s bad about a certain hotel, and each member can leave a personal review of the place.  Take the reviews with care though, both a good and a bad review come from a unique point of view.  Of course, there are problems that apply for all, such as cockroaches on the floor! (Unless you love cockroaches!).  In any case, reviews can give you a much more honest view of the hotel; official hotel sites are for marketing purposes, with retouched photos of an empty hotel and text that only pops out the good.

Check the star rating.  A star rating is not the definitive proof of a good hotel, but it can give you an idea of what to expect.  But as I said before, a 5-star hotel means having a big fat wallet.  You can go down gradually until you strike the perfect balance between price and amenities.

Choose the right season.  Like all popular places in the World, NY has seasons where people arrive in great quantities, so prices go up considerably. If you want to save some money, you should try moving your trip to the months where you find the lowest prices, which are: January, February.  You can also find slightly higher prices on July, August, and December, between 16 and 28.

Well, there you have some tips that will help you choose a great hotel for your needs.  Remember to always plan in advance, because sometimes it can be hard to find a free room in a hotel we like.  Reservations are the way to go!

Planning a New York Trip? Here Are 5 Cool Things to Do!

When people think New York, they picture crowded streets, lots of advertisements everywhere, and the eternal cacophony of a big city.  But did you know that it is only one face of the Big Apple? Here are some of the cool things you can do during your stay!

NY streets1. Explore the city.  New York is big and crowded, but it is also a safe city to visit, so you can wander and explore with freedom, using common sense when needed.  This means that there is lots and lots of explore in New York. On top of that, this is a city in which you can easily orientate yourself.  Many people tell me that what they enjoyed the most about their trip to NY was simply walking around, discovering details and looking at all the different people.

ny subway2.  Venture into the trains.  As soon as you arrive NY, you’ll see why it is better to travel by train than by taxi, especially if you are trying to get across the city. The subways are open all day, although at 3 am it is very likely to be deserted.  If you feel uncomfortable, it may be a good idea to simply hire a cab.  Before arriving to the city, you may want to check a few of the websites that track the subway system and provide up to date routes.

new york music3. Enjoy the music. It’s hard to get bored in New York.  In terms of music, you can find something great pretty much every day.  Settings like the Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and Lincoln Center have seen many of the greatest artists of the modern World, though you may need to get a ticket early, or at least try to! But there are also lots of smaller venues too where you can hear or dance to pretty much every type of music.

new york restaurant4. Enjoy the food.  New York is home to some of the fanciest restaurants in the World, but there are also countless “hidden jewels” that you get to know only by exploring with your heart… and stomach.  If you want to eat in one of the most popular restaurants in the city, you might need to book it weeks in advance.  If you are too late for that, you can try reserving dinner for a time where people usually don’t eat, like before 7pm and after 10pm.

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5. Run, Forrest!  Running in New York is another whole experience.  The city around you feels great, and you have many people round of all walks of live. Go to Central Park on a weekend and you’ll see that it is closed to allow people to make sports.  In the weekdays you can try out other great routes, such as the path alongside Riverside Park, or along the Hudson or East Rivers.  Who knows? Maybe it inspires you to be the next Ny Marathon winner!

Well, here are just some of the things you can do in the city that never sleeps!  Rest assured that this is only Part One of more to come.  You’ll hear it over and over again: you can’t get bored in New York!

Things That Can’t Be Missing On Your Travel Case

packing for manhattanTraveling is one of the biggest pleasures in life, and one of those things that despite costing you money actually makes you richer. There’s no doubt about that, but to really make the most out of your vacations, you need to plan well and pack some essential things in your luggage.

Of course, traveling without these things can be a fun way but also a stressful way to travel and well… here at the Bed and Breakfast we always prefer people to have a relaxed good time! Let me share with you a list of things that can’t be missing next time you travel!

Passport and ID. These are the first items you should bring with you in order of importance. You may think it is obvious you should bring them with you because if you don’t you won’t be able to travel, but I want to point out that some countries require to have it with you at all times. You will also need some kind of ID when checking in a hotel or when using a credit card.

I also recommend you carry in your luggage a color copy of your passport in case you lose it along the way. It will help you get a new one faster. also don’t forget to write down the address of your nearest embassy.

Personal items. When traveling it is always best to take with you your essential hygiene/grooming items. There are places where getting them is not as easy or affordable as in your hometown. For men I always recommend traveling with basic shaving supplies (a razor and a shaving cream) and for women a pack of sanitary pads. If you are traveling to a sunny destination don’t forget to bring with you a sunscreen or a facial lotion with SPF.

Debit card and credit card. The card should work in other countries too, luckily most banks now offer this alternative. Using a debit or credit card is the cheapest way to change over your money into the foreign currency. Those money exchange booths you see at the airports are not recommended because they have a lousy exchange rate and on top of that they charge you a fee for the service. You can also use a credit card that doesn’t charge you a foreign exchange fee. Make sure you let your bank know you are going to use your card in another country, because they can suspend your card due to strange activity.

Pepto Bismol. Let’s be honest, one of the common ways to ruin our vacations is by ending up with an upset stomach, and in some countries this can be very easy. It’s not because the ingredients are bad, but the combination can be too much if you are not accustomed to that type of food. I have traveled to Peru and although their food is the most delicious food on the planet, it can wreak havoc in your stomach if you are not accustomed to it. Pepto Bismol will be your savior and will let you enjoy your vacations better.