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Stay at the Walker Hotel Greenwich Village, New York City

 

Visiting Manhattan and exploring the options for a comfortable stay in the city? Look no further as I may have something exciting for you!

 

Summertime road trips have become a tradition in our family, and this one was particularly memorable because we were honoring my husband's 50th birthday. It was an impromptu plan to drive down from Toronto to New York as my husband wanted to celebrate his key milestone at Times Square. We sat down on the internet, reading reviews and checking for rates. We didn't want to stay in the outskirts just because it'd cost a bit less. Let me tell you; there's nothing cheap in New York unless you are willing to stay 2 hours away from the city. We wanted a place in the middle of the city which was accessible, had comfortable rooms, and had great vibes. While researching, we came across the Walker Hotel in Greenwich Village, which has historical significance. 

 

We were greeted when we arrived by the historic tall edifice that had been properly conserved from the 1920s. With the fireplace in the center, the foyer greets guests with warmth. The courteous and competent front desk staff handled our check-in. Uri, the bellhop, was incredibly helpful in outlining all we could do in the city and how we could get there from the hotel. 

 

The clean rooms in the hotel had a vintage vibe, starting with the wallpaper, antique telephones, and TV stands. It reminded me of the '90s. The view from the room was magnificent. Our friends had a problem with the air conditioning, which the female housekeeper handled professionally and efficiently. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hotel is located on the curb of 13th Street on Fifth Avenue. The subway station is a one-minute walk, and the major tourist attractions are within walking distance. Walking around is the best option if you really want to explore any city and feel like a tourist. But, here, we had the opportunity to walk, take a subway or order a taxi whenever we wanted. The neighborhood is safe for late-night strolls. 

 

After resting a while, our family walked to Times Square. We stopped by the Empire State Building, Macy's, Madison Square, and other inviting food joints on the way. Times Square was lively as always. We visited there a few years ago, and it hasn't lost its vibe. The sleep we got in the beds after the tiring day of driving 10 hours from Toronto and walking in the area was worth it.

 

The next day's adventure started with a sumptuous morning breakfast at the Society Cafe in the hotel. The chef accommodated my request for a vegetarian meal, which tasted so good. We also met the Managing Director of Walker Hotels, who mentioned every staff in the hotel knows their guests by name. What a fabulous way of connecting with their guests and understanding their requirements. Peter also said about the "Secret Room" for the music lovers in the hotel. He mentioned it was a unique invite-only club growing only with word of mouth. We saw the room, and boy, it was extraordinary. Since it's a secret room, you'd have to visit the hotel and see it yourself. 

 

After breakfast, we walked through Greenwich village toward the Hudson River and stopped by Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, Twin Tower Memorial, Brooklyn Village, and Battery Park, from where we took a ferry to Staten Island. The weather worked in our favor, and we enjoyed our walk. While coming back, we just hopped onto the subway and arrived back at the hotel. What a day! We dropped our kids in the room and explored a few blocks with our friends late at night. Everything was so close by, food, drinks, and shopping. 

 

 

Since we were there only for two nights, it was our last day to explore New York, and on the third and final day, we met Vikas Khanna. Filmmaker, director, writer, Oscar Award nominee, photographer, Michelin star celebrity chef, actor, model, whatever you want to call him. Vikas Khanna is a generous and wonderful human being. We enjoyed the mouthwatering coffee cake made by him. 

 


 

We also saw the New York Fashion District, the Chrysler building, Grand Central Terminal, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Central park. We were inspired to visit Central park from the home-alone movies. There's still so much to do in New York City. 

 

The hotel offers parking spaces close to where we left our car when we drove from Toronto. After checking out early, if you still want to explore the city, ask the hotel about the luggage room where you can leave your luggage for a few hours. 

 

We enjoyed every bit of the hotel and loved how easily accessible it was. Whether you're visiting downtown or uptown, you can access them all from the Walker hotel, Greenwich village. We loved our stay and would highly recommend it to travelers visiting the city in the future. 

 

 

I've created a Vlog on our New York trip from Toronto to Manhattan, please see it here;