1 Week ago I was in NYC for the first time.
Since being back in Los Angeles, I can honestly say I had an honest and true NYC experience. As I mentioned in previous blog posts, I’ve always wanted to visit NYC. My love for NYC goes way back to when I was around 10 years old. I had this idea of what it would be like, feel like, and look like and honestly, those ideas were correct in my case.
My NYC experience started with Arlo Hotels.
Hannah (my girlfriend) and I arrived in Manhattan, New York on Friday, January 25th. We took and Uber straight from the JFK airport to the Arlo NoMad hotel. During the Uber ride to the hotel I was anxious, excited and a bit overwhelmed because people where everywhere, cars and taxis were all over the place and it was pretty damn cold outside.
“Am I prepared for 9 days here?” I asked myself before I stepped out of the Uber. He said he couldn’t drive us directly to the hotel because the road was blocked. Hannah and I had to drag our luggage two blocks down the sidewalk before finally arriving at our hotel.
Having to walk 2 blocks with our luggage prepared us well for NYC. But Arlo Hotels was a safe haven.
This brings us up to speed. I’ve arrived at the Arlo NoMad and It was everything I could have imaged and more. From the moment I walked into the doors, I was greeted with warmth – literally because it was freezing outside. The check in was the fastest i’ve ever experienced so I was ready to see the room. The Queen Sky room that is. I’m not bragging, I’m just saying it’s a room that feels like its floating over Manhattan.
The View was everything! Everything I needed.
Besides a bed and other living essentials of course. If I didn’t mention before, the sun was long gone by our 8:00 PM arrival time, so I was staring deep into NYC views. My childhood self couldn’t have foreseen this. Although the room was smaller than some hotel rooms, I got just the correct amount of comfort that I needed from a cute boutique hotel.
The Arlo NoMad is right smack in the middle of Manhattan.
No joke, I was overwhelmed. On my first night in NYC, we jumped right into the city life. Hannah’s best friend Hanna wanted to show us the ropes a little, so she helped us buy Metro cards to take the subway for the next 8 days and then we were off to the restaurant in Manhattan that Hanna works at. To say the least, The Arlo NoMad was in the perfect location to wander, adventure and explore. Whatever you want to call it, The Arlo Nomad didn’t let me down in proximity to the true NYC experience.
After a night out, I arrived at the hotel ready to test the sleeping situation out. It didn’t let me down.
The bed was cozy, and I was out like a light. The next morning, I woke up to a sunny view of Manhattan and this time, I got to really explore the hotel considering there was daylight. I explored every room of the hotel and I was amazed at all of the character and design. Every room in the hotel seemed to have its own personality that complimented the next. The Arlo NoMad feels urban and is filled with art, colors and mid-century accents. It’s seriously all I can ask for in a hotel.
The Arlo NoMad seemed to pay attention to the details.
Starting from their 24/7 bodega which is handy when you’re up at 12:00AM and get those midnight cravings. To their Massoni which has a bar and restaurant to their BARlo which is a second floor bar and lounge area, to their studio which is the perfect area to study and work and finally, their rooftop bar. There was a place for your everyday desires.
After 1 day and 2 nights at the Arlo NoMad Hotel, I was off to see the rest of New York and had to part ways with the amazing hotel that made my NYC dreams come true.
The Arlo NoMad allowed me to not only experience NYC for the first time in a way I couldn’t have imaged, but my stay was the most pleasant. I’ll always look back at my first time visiting NYC with fond memories largely due to Arlo Hotels. If you’re planning a trip to New York, I would highly suggest checking out Arlo Hotels. They have a location in SoHo as well!
Peace & love,