The top three hotels to spend Christmas in New York City…

What do you say we spend the holidays in the Big Apple? Three different hotels to stay in New York, the city that never sleeps.

In Midtown: AC Hotel New York Times Square

New opus of the Marriott group, the first New York AC opened its doors on the outskirts of Times Square. An ultra-design concept with a lobby dressed in an XXL work of art and 290 rooms with a refined decoration. The rooftop is home to the Castellet lounge bar with a magical view of a forest of skyscrapers. Outdoors and indoors, you can enjoy a fresh salad, share plates, or savour a signature gin cocktail. We also have dinner and lunch at the Boqueria, a table with Spanish culinary accents.

Plus : Here and there, works of art, sculptures and paintings by local artists. And, in the rooms, iconic photos of Manhattan.

Price: from 150 € per double room.

The address: 260 West 40th Street.

In Brooklyn: The Hoxton Williamsburg

After Paris, London, Amsterdam…, New York has its Hoxton. Same cool and user-friendly concept. Its 175 rooms overlooking the skyline are equipped with a library stocked with local residents. DJ in the lobby, where you can have a drink by the fireplace. Calmer atmosphere at Klein’s, which offers typical dishes revisited (grilled feta with garlic). To sip a cocktail outside, the Backyard terrace, with a ping-pong table, or the Summerly rooftop, which will open on sunny days.

Plus: the building was built on the former wooden tank factory. And, the complimentary breakfast is served in a paper bag containing a banana, homemade muesli and fresh orange juice.

Price: from 150 € per double room.

The address: 97 Wythe Avenue.

At Madison Square Garden: Innside New York NoMad

North of Madison Square Garden (NoMad), in the flower and antique district, 313 brightly decorated rooms and 8 suites, some of which have terraces with panoramic views. The Wilson’s, home of chef Jeff Haskell, is becoming the place to be for his inventive cuisine: crispy oysters, grilled vegetable tacos or aioli burgers. Without forgetting its terrace with its removable roof and its giant vegetal mural fresco.

The best part: the view from the back of the building on a series of cisterns, so typical of the city.

Price: from 200 € per double room.

The address: 132 West 27th Street.

HOW DO YOU LEAVE AT THE LAST MINUTE WITHOUT EMPTYING YOUR BANK ACCOUNT?

You didn’t have time to anticipate your vacation. You have an unscheduled day off coming up. You have a sudden urge to escape. In short, you want to go away at the last minute for a weekend or a trip… and you don’t know how to get out of it cheaply, or at least not too cheaply.

Here are a few tips that I use myself when the urge to travel awakens at the last minute!

1. Leaving at the last minute means considering several possibilities

If you want to avoid a ruinous trip, it’s best not to stop at a destination. Often, we choose our trips based on a place we want to visit. We say to each other, for example, “What if I went to Spain?” or “What if I discovered Rome?” When you want to leave at the last minute, it’s best to think in terms of the date.

For my part, I have created a wish list containing countries or cities that I would like to visit. Some places are far away, some are in countries where the cost of living is high… and some are in countries that are very accessible or not very far from my home.

Because going on a trip at the last minute doesn’t necessarily mean going far. If you need a break, sometimes it’s enough to go to a nearby town.

Look at the prices on the dates that interest you according to your priority list. There is bound to be one destination that will be more affordable than others and may fit into your budget.

2. Think about your activities

In most cities, there are dozens of free or low-budget activities that do not require prior reservation (guided tours, etc.). Some cities have also introduced clever pass systems to make visiting easier.

In Nuremberg, for example, where I am leaving soon, there is a 25 euro pass that gives access for two days to all the city’s public museums and public transport.

If you decide to go away close to home, it may be an opportunity to do something a little more expensive and unusual. For example, a spa weekend with massages!

3. Keeping a reasonable transportation budget

When we want to leave at the last minute, transportation often represents the largest budget.

For the plane, just remember to uncheck the box “Include transportation to the airport”. It allows you to include in the travel time an estimate of the time needed to get to the airport… which is not very useful as not everyone lives at the same distance from the airport!

4. Cheap accommodation

There are so many possibilities nowadays to go on a trip at the last minute that it is often easy to find accommodation.

5. Why don’t you stay home?

What?! What the hell is she talking about?! No I didn’t fall on my head 🙂 Simply put, there are times when what you need is not necessarily the distance but rather the prospect of a weekend entirely dedicated to rest. A desire to change the air, to escape from everyday life, to put your feet under the table…

Choosing a beautiful hotel in a nearby town can give you that “own” break for a weekend. I have a girlfriend who lives in an apartment and who decided one summer to rent a house with a pool in her own town to entertain her friends and enjoy the good weather without spending too much money!

6. Gather as much information as possible

When you leave at the last minute, you often lack the time to research your destination. But it only takes a few minutes to find the places you don’t want to miss. You can take a look at TripAdvisor, which compiles Top 10 things to do in each city. It’s a great way to avoid missing out on a city’s must-see attractions.

For more confidential addresses, good tips, do a simple Google search with the name of the city you are going to and “blog“. You will come across many articles from bloggers who tell their own experiences in the city. It is often an inexhaustible source of good addresses and good deals.

7. A well packed suitcase

Once your trip is booked, pack your suitcase and try not to forget anything (papers, toiletries, clothes, electronic equipment, chargers, etc). If possible, try to do it two days before departure so that you still have a day available to buy what you need. There are seasons of the year when finding the right swimsuit quickly can be a struggle when you don’t have enough time to order on the web!

Check that you have printed out the tickets and other booking confirmations, that you have your identity papers, that you have completed any necessary travel documents such as the ESTA form if you are going to the USA.

All you have to do is close the door of your home and enjoy a well-deserved trip 😉