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Review – Dumont Affinia NYC Hotel in Manhattan

Manhattan, my favorite city in the planet. And with that comes the number of times I book my and family’s stay in hotels in the city that never sleeps. And most of the times, my selection narrows down to areas that are walking distance to Times Square or at least near that area.

I have never booked our stay in Dumont Affinia NYC Hotel before. It was actually my husband who found the hotel in one of the famous travel sites. We booked the Junior Suite which is perfect for a small family. We were 3 so the whole room was really big for us.

What I like:

The hotel’s location is perfect. This is the first time we booked along 34th Street at Lexington (Kips Bay). It is walking distance to the Chrysler Building and a kilometer away from Times Square. It also near shops and major department stores.Other famous landmarks are within walking distance like the Grand Central Station, Madison Square Garden, Rockefeller, and many more.

Check in was fast and so is the checking out. It didn’t take us more than 5 minutes to complete the check in process.

Our room rate include $10 voucher per day per room which is consumable. We could pick up drinks and snacks in their small food kiosk near the concierge that will sum up to $10, any in excess is just billed to our room. How convenient when we get very hungry at night!

The room is huge! Like really huge! Of all the hotels I have been to, this is probably the 2nd or 3rd hotel my family and I have booked in that is really huge. It could pass for a small condominium unit. I kept telling my husband that I could actually live in that hotel and own that room, perhaps just put a partition to make it look like a 1-bedroom unit in a posh condominium.

It has a kitchen complete with gas range and oven, a toaster, a big refrigerator, a kitchen sink and full provisions of cutleries from pots, pans, forks and spoons, plates, saucers, cups, glasses, goblets, knives, bread knife, and even a sponge and dishwashing liquid detergent. I can see that this particular is perfect for business travelers who need to stay in the city for a long period of time as it has complete amenities of an acceptable residential unit.

The bed is huge with plenty of pillows to spare. I slept like a baby that I didn’t even want to go out anymore.

The room is bright with enough natural light seeping in the wide, glass windows.

There’s a big study area that can double as a dining counter as well if you have guests.

The price was right for this type of property. We paid approx. $240 without the daily city tax and another hotel facilities fee that we need to pay per day of stay. The latter 2 were not included in the rate.

The hot water was readily available. It quickly turned hot when you open the faucet in the hot mode.

There’s a pressing board so we managed to freshen up our clothes without having to go to the laundry.

Pets are allowed! Not that I have one at the moment but that is very well appreciated because I love pets and I appreciate properties that give importance to the other members of the family.

Free wifi and the connection was superb!

The sofa was big enough to accommodate another guest and double as another sleeping bed.

The staff are all friendly and helpful.

The  view from our room is ok. We can see a bit of Chrysler Building and the cityscape nearby.

There are plenty of groceries, delis, Duane Read pharmacy nearby.

 

What I don’t like:

The extra hotel facilities fees were $25 per day and I felt that was exorbitant. What facilities did we have to pay for exactly that wasn’t covered by the nightly hotel rate? I wonder.

The air condition unit was broken. It was in heater mode even if we were have set it for cool. I had to call for the technician. It was fixed the same day though. But our first night was a little uncomfortable because we didn’t know the a/c was not working properly until the next day.

 

Facilities:

  • iPod dock
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Wake-up service
  • Heating
  • Gift shop
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Room service
  • Business centre
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Fitness centre
  • Kitchenette
  • Seating Area
  • Desk
  • Toiletries

 

Nearby attractions:

  • Empire State Building
  • Grand Central Station
  • United Nations Headquarters
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Times Square
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Penn Station
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Central Park
  • Union Square
  • Fifth Avenue
  • Macy’s

 

My recommendation:  5 out of 5

I feel this hotel is perfect for business travelers and families as they have big suites perfect for such guests. The location is perfect and I can’t complain about it. I only wish the price is not so hefty, not to mention the additional facility fees which I seriously don’t understand. However, those are minor hiccups in our entire stay because I liked the property so much. It’s not so new but it is clean, the bed is comfortable, the whole Junior Suite is huge and view from our room is okay too. I do recommend this hotel.

 

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Spherical Accommodation in Canada

Are you the quirky type and long for weird, unusual, or even one-of-a-kind travel lodging experience? Have you tried sleeping in a spherical accommodation in the woods? How’s that for a start?

Well, tree-huggers and adventurers will surely love this spherical accommodation nestled in a coastal rainforest in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is a quiet area so you can have a peace of mind, perfect relaxation amidst Mother Earth.

The spherical rooms are equipped with the basics such as a bed, table, chairs, toilet and bath. It also has electricity where you can plug in your gadget when you still have to get connected to the urban world. They also have wi-fi!

The whole place is called Free Spirit Spheres. You can stay a night or spend the whole week or even longer if you wish to relax and just be one with the nature. There are common areas for guests to socialise and use some amenities like the galley kitchen, sauna, and even enjoy barbecue cook-outs. So, start ticking that bucket list of yours!

You can find more information about these beautiful spheres in their website: freespiritspheres.com

(Photo credit: all photos are from freespiritspheres.com site)

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Important Lessons I’ve Learned as a Seasonsed Traveller

Posted in accommodations, hotel accommodation, travel tips
on January 7, 2016
As you’ll be aware from my blog, I am a pretty seasoned traveller. I love going abroad and having new experiences. Travel is one of my favourite hobbies and pastimes. And I try to get away as often as I can. Now, there’s no secret formula to the perfect trip away. The more you travel, the more you learn, and this helps you improve the experience the next time around.

And you need to learn these important things for yourself. Now, each person will have a different experience when they take a vacation. So it’s difficult to gauge what issues they might encounter. But I would like to share with you some of the lessons I’ve learned as a seasoned traveller. These can all be applied to any holiday and I hope you will use them to have a more enjoyable time.

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Exchange When You Reach Your Destination

The first thing I’d recommend is to exchange money when you reach your destination. Now, you might want to do some before you get out there. It will depend on your flight time and transfer etc. I like to make sure I have enough money changed up to get a taxi from the airport, get some food, and maybe for emergencies. Other than that I like to leave my money as it is and then change it up when I get there. The reason for this is that you tend to get a better rate by doing it this way. If you’re happier changing everything before you go then do, but otherwise, save some to change when you hit your destination.
Always Choose Apartment Over Hotel

When it comes to accommodation, many people differ on preferences. I have a friend who will only ever stay in hotels. It doesn’t matter where she goes; it has to be a hotel. But, I have found from experience that holiday apartments actually make a more logical choice. I love the freedom and space that I get from staying in short term rentals than in hotels. An apartment gives me the luxury of spending a night in if I want to. And there isn’t the cramped feeling you get with hotel rooms.
Plan What You’re Going to Do Before You Go

If there’s one thing I wish I knew when I first started travelling it’s to plan everything in advance.  I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve missed out on seeing and doing wonderful things because I’ve got planned it. There are so many things that have passed me by in the past, and I never let it happen anymore. Always research the place you’re going and pick out a list of things you’d like to do. Then you can set about planning out when and where you’re going to do them. This is what I do now so I get to experience everything that a place has to offer.

You can take it from me as an experienced traveller that there are certain lessons to be learned. That means you need to prepare for them in order to get the most out of your holiday experience. Have a look at the suggestions I’ve listed, and bear them in mind. They are all things I have found help me have a more enjoyable vacation.



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