Ah, The Wellington. As an avid traveler, it can be really tempting to hit that ‘prices’ ‘low to high’ button whenever I’m booking accommodation since I travel quite a bit and I’ve gotten pretty talented at being frugal. However, when you have spent several hours on an airplane or in my case, four hours on a hot and crowded bus, there is no feeling better than the one you get after you arrive at a really nice hotel.
There is an abundance of accommodation in New York and although prices may technically vary between ‘low’ and ‘high’ they are never really that low, that’s just the cost of New York. So if you are going to book a trip, I suggest careful planning and budgeting, and then feeling guilt-free, book yourself into a really nice hotel. Personally, I recommend The Wellington.
For me, it was all about location. My time in New York was limited and I wanted to stay somewhere very central, preferably in Mid-Town so that I could maximize the time I had. My husband and I were also treating this trip as a late honeymoon so luxury was definitely a factor.
I discovered The Wellington during an internet search and it very simply had everything I was looking for in my hotel experience; private bathroom and ensuite, breakfast available, an award-winning restaurant, and 12:00pm check out. It also just so happened to be located smack bang between Time Square and Central Park. The first sign that I had made the right choice was when the bellman relieved me of my luggage within seconds of having walked through the door. The next was our room. A standard double room with a T.V, private bathroom; including a bathtub, it also had a bird’s eye view of Park Avenue. I was very pleased.
The next morning we decided to dine at the hotel’s Park Café for breakfast which I was happily surprised to learn serves breakfast until 2am. Considering I’m a fan of French toast at midnight, I felt particularly excited. We ordered pancakes, sausage, and eggs for breakfast. It’s not what I would usually eat in the morning, but I had a big day and a lot of walking ahead of me, and there is simply no other way to begin your day in New York. Breakfast was delicious and priced at $16 it was very reasonable for a café located in such a prime spot. By the time we left, we were deliciously full and incredibly satisfied.
Considering we were in New York for a few nights, I absolutely wanted to take in a Broadway show because no New York trip is complete without it. Unsure where to purchase tickets, I was informed by one of the hotels lovely members of staff that the hotel has three gift shops, and in the City Experts shop, located on the 55th side street, we could buy our theater tickets. It couldn’t have been more convenient.
Chris and I used the night of our Broadway show as an excuse to go for dinner in the Wellington’s award-winning Molyvos restaurant. We were going to have a special evening, and being such fans of Greek cuisine, we were eager to dine at the restaurant.
As far as dining experiences go, overall, it was excellent. The moment we entered we were greeted by a gentlemen we were later informed is the owner, but the entire staff was courteous and attentive. After having spent the entire day in Central Park, we were feeling particularly ravenous so we ordered the fixed price menu which is three courses for $40. We started with the lentil soup and spring salad which were delicious. Having lived in Korea for four years, I’m a huge fan of Napa cabbage so when I saw the option for Napa cabbage stuffed with lamb, pork, and beef, I was sold. It also came stuffed with Arborio rice, avgolemono, scallions, and dill sauce. Unable to pass up the opportunity for seafood, Chris had the grilled marinated salmon. The food was amazing. If you haven’t tried traditional Greek cuisine, then stop what you’re doing, and go try it now. And if possible, do it at Molyvos. As lovely as our appetizers and entrees were, the crowning moment was the dessert. I am a skilled baker and there is nothing I love more than a good dessert, I am also of the belief that some of the best desserts are the ‘simple’ ones, and bread and butter pudding is an all-time favorite of mine. I would return for the dessert alone, it was so delicious I barely spoke a word to Chris, I just savored each bite. Chris had the creamy rice pudding and cherries. We both left the restaurant feeling deeply satisfied, and with thirty minutes until Phantom of the Opera, we were able to take a relaxing stroll towards The Theater District.
I loved our stay at The Wellington. Every time I stepped outside the front door and realized I was but a couple of blocks from Time Square and Central Park, I felt totally spoiled. It was brilliant not having to use the subway which for anyone who does need one is conveniently located right outside the door.
On our last day, we had a few hours to spend in the city before it was time to move on and the hotel staff was kind enough to store our luggage so we could do some last minute exploring the city. When it was time to final move on, the bellman swiftly returned out bags to us and wished us well.
“See you again, hopefully,”
“Oh, don’t worry. You will”