My mom couldn’t understand why we were checking into a hotel 5 miles away. I couldn’t decide if we should still be going when she fractured her hip on Friday and was having hip surgery this weekend. But we had booked a ridiculously low rate through Expedia, were looking forward to it and really didn’t want to cancel.
I am so happy we kept our plans. My mom made it through surgery and is in too much pain to even want me to visit. Meanwhile, my family had the best overnight stay and made so many fun and lasting memories.
Even though we only took a short cab ride to get to our destination and were still in the same city, it felt as if we were somewhere totally different and foreign to us. I had heard about Brookfield Place in the media, but as a midtowner, hadn’t had an opportunity to visit it. What a spectacular surprise it was that The Conrad NY is literally located directly across the street from Brookfield Place!
It was also the first snowfall of the winter and we enjoyed the flurries as we hopped out of the cab and into The hotel’s magnificent lobby. Almost immediately after getting into our beautiful hotel room, we bundled back up and went to Brookfield Place.
What I care about most, especially when traveling, is the food and shopping. So we hit the ball out of the park with this 24 hour staycation.
This quick staycation offered something for every family member. Scott was thrilled with the convenience, accessibility and ease of travel. Not to mention, the inexpensive rate we were able to get at a luxurious 5 star accommodation.
When I passed Dry Bar in Brookfield Place, I exclaimed, “OK, I seriously never need to leave this building.” Dry Bar is my “happy place” so I don’t even know what this building with Gucci, Hermes, Babesta, J Crew (complete with Crew Cuts), Club Monaco and Hudson Eats could even be described as other than my Heaven on Earth!
Once Ian eyed the skating rink, he would not stop chanting to go ice skating. Scott was adamant about not going skating and enjoyed reminding me of the lessons I had received when I was even younger than Ian. All I kept thinking about was the six stitches I received for splitting my chin open on the ice. I was petrified that I was going to wind up in the hospital bed next to my mom. But I had to do it for Ian. As his mom, I couldn’t let him down nor do I ever want him to let fears prevent him from doing activities. So I sucked it up and convinced myself that not only would this make an excellent photo opp, but more importantly, be a special bonding experience for me and my son.
I am so proud of us. Neither of us fell once! I was also flooded with memories of when my dad took me, my sister (and sometimes my friend Tracy) to the rink in Old Bridge, NJ. Dad, I’d like to think you were looking down at Ian and I as I was lacing our skates and we were ungracefully gliding on the ice, thinking “that’s my family”.
Greenlee has a sweet temperament and usually goes with the flow. It doesn’t take much keep her content. She enjoyed lounging around, looking at her books and playing with her toys in our hotel room.
This little lady enjoyed all of the delicious room service.
The only thing that didn’t meet with our princess’ satisfaction, was being corralled in the pull-away crib (she sleeps in a bed at home). That was easily solved once we put her into bed with Daddy.
When we returned to the hotel from our fun time at Brookfield Place, Ian immediately laid claim to the bed by the window. He fell into a deep sleep before he changed into his jammies or the chicken fingers arrived from room service (which meant more for Greens to eat – she’s a much better eater than her big brother)
I could go on and on about the extra touches The Conrad did to make us feel at home. They sent up milk and cookies (which the three of us enjoyed). I was so impressed that the hotel gave each child a gift bag personalized with their names AND our family’s illustration which is on some of my social media and on the blog’s home page.
We enjoyed being downtown so much that we’ve already booked another room on Expedia at The Ritz Carlton in March. Stay tuned for the Putting on the Ritz blog post.
Does your family take staycations?
Disclaimer: We did receive complimentary milk and cookies ($7.00 value) for the kids, along with small gift bags, but as always all opinions expressed are 100% my own.