citizenM hotel New York Times Square
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citizenM is the Virgin of pod hotels
Even before you walk in, it’s clear that citizenM isn’t your standard hotel. It’s a pod hotel with a huge personality. The usual front desk is replaced by a check-yourself-in kiosk. The walls are lined with travel quotes. There’s a computer lounge with free printers, and the lobby feels more like an epic living room than the entrance to a hotel, something you’ll appreciate after you check in to your cozy room. Rooms are small but laid out efficiently. There’s room for a desk, a chair, a closet and a small bathroom with a rainfall shower and not one but TWO options of shower gel to choose from — an energizing option for those who prefer showering in the morning and a calming option for those who prefer showering at night. citizenM is among a number of pod hotels that have sprung up around the world. I’ve been inside just a couple — the Yotel in London and the citizenM in New York. The concept makes a lot of sense to me. Who needs a large hotel room when such amazing cities are at your doorstep?
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Experiencing the Real New York City
Last summer I landed in JKF airport with my partner. This was my first experience of New York City, so naturally I had high expectations of the Big Apple. I was finally here! I could flag down a yellow taxi, stand in the middle of Times Square and bask in the sunshine in Central Park. We spent the first few days wandering and seeing the major tourist attractions, visiting the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Centre and the Met (amongst many others). But my partner and I also wanted to experience the real New York and meet real New Yorkers. Being a member of the audience for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was the highlight of my holiday. This may not be something every New Yorker does, but this is a must see and tickets are completely free, it's just a case of being quick enough off the mark! We also attended Amateur Night at the Apollo in Harlem, which is famous for its jeering audience. This was an incredibly entertaining evening and a bargain at around $20 a seat. We went to a wide variety of bares and restaurants including Ellen's Stardust Diner where the waiters sing, tried some of the best burritos at Mission Cantina and went for a drink at the truly American dive Nancy Whiskey Pub. We then returned to our modern room at the CitizenM hotel in Times Square (amazing rooftop if you ever get chance to check it out) and slept in a comfy extra large king-sized bed. We always woke up ready to face another day in the incredible city that never sleeps.
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