Travel Blogs from New York City
... heat, so we headed into Hard Rock Cafe instead. There were issues with getting a table due to several different people not knowing exactly how to do their job but once seated we had a great Edward Norton look alike waiter who served us great cocktails and food. Greg ordered a meal which was a sampler of all the appetisers on the menu and it was HUGE. Greg put a substantial dent in the meal but his eyes were bigger than his belly....he would of needed hollow legs to ...
... they whipped out their iPhones and did who knows what. Matt Lauer did that the least and seemed to watch most of the stories when the camera changed. We headed towards Lower Manhattan on New York City's new bike share program, which is just like Chicago's and Minneapolis'. I was worried about finding places to lock my bike up, and having it be there when I came back. Most bikers in the city that I've seen have these HUGE chains with huge padlocks that ...
... jewellers, the same jeweller my ring is from, to match my engagement ring. Chris had gone to all this trouble while we were travelling to source and buy the most perfect diamonds from Brinkhaus in Calgary who is the father of the son who owns Brinkhaus in Perth. He even managed to get them from the same mine that dad’s best friend Ed Schiller had discovered decades earlier.
Chris had also arranged for us to be picked up by limo and taken to Brunch at ...
It was so good to have a little bit of a sleep in this morning after getting up quite early for the past few weeks. But we knew we couldn't sleep in for too long, because we were in NYC and had to explore it.
Ashley and I met up with Alyce and Kristy form the tour and went into NBC studios, we wanted to a a tour, but we knew that it could book out quite quickly, unfortunately we couldn't get in until later that after, ...
... a very young crowd. When I arrived and walked into my room, 2 girls already in there introduced themselves and 1 asked if I wanted to go out to dinner with her and some other girls she had met. She also happened to be a New Zealander (from Nelson) and had met 2 other NZ girls and an Australian all of who were going to various camps around the NY, Maine area. So we all went out to dinner at an American diner close by. The portions were huge and I found ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Affinia Gardens New York City
We read the great reviews on Trip Advisor re: Lyden Gardens, so we had some expectations about what the suite would be like. However, we were disappointed to see that our room wasn't very clean at all. The kitchen counters were dirty (dried food), the floors in the bathroom and kitchen hadn't been cleaned, and the carpet throughout was dirty and smelly. We brought it to the attention of the front desk, and they cleaned the room while we were out, but we were pretty uncomfortable for the rest of the stay. All of that should have been taken care of before they gave us the keys to the room. We're not sure we'd stay there again.
Recently stayed at the Lyden Gardens. I've stayed in many different hotels in NYC and wanted to try something more "boutiquey" this time. The rooms were very roomy and the room on the 1st floor had a cute patio with a table and chairs! Will stay there again.
Great Hotel, Great Neighborhood
We have stayed twice at Lyden Gardens. We love the neighborhood and the roomy suites - a nice to place to relax in between NYC activities! Not the most luxurious of hotels, but a great value and wonderful location. Staff is very helpful with restaurant recommendations, arranging car service, etc. Will definitely go back.
An all round good hotel. Excellent staff, always willing to help, not in the least pretentious, nothing too much trouble. We paid $229 plus tax for a room on the fifth floor, overlooking the small garden. Whilst not being luxury the rooms are comfortable, spacious, in a good area and the kitchen is a real plus. 5 minutes walk to shopping, restaurants and subway. A longer walk will get you to Central Park. I would not hesitate to return.
Very nice, and a bargain
The Lyden Gardens is a great place to stay for anyone who needs a bit of room. The suites are big, bright and clean. The location is brilliant, and the staff is outstanding (and multilingual, with French, Russian, Spanish and Polish spoken---along with who knows what else). The bathrooms are small, but otherwise fine. All in all, a bargain!
After reading the reviews for The Habitat Hotel I had originally booked with I had nightmares that I would be eaten alive by bedbugs! Luckily I saw the reviews two weeks before I left for New York and booked The Lyden instead.
This wonderful east side suites hotel has relieved us of the pressure for our own pied-a-terre in NY. The staff is welcoming and helpful, the location phenomenal, and the price more than reasonable. As a result, we have come back often for more than a dozen years. Within minutes, if you wish, you can buy groceries only a half block away, and have a full breakfast from your well furnished kitchen, which alone saves much of what would be a formal hotel's cost. This is one of those names we love so much that we hate to share - though its broad international clientel from the UN, etc., keep the hotel full, friendly, and interesting. Were its suites ever to go condo, I certainly would want to buy one. You won't be disappointed, unless you are seeking artifice and obsequiousness. P.S. When you reserve, request a suite overlooking the gardens.
Loved the Lyden
We loved the Lyden Gardens. The rooms are big and the Lyden has the ambience of its upper east side neighborhood(which we love). It is like having your own NYC residence. We were in town for a wedding and the suite was big enough to entertain and the living room was like having an extra bedroom for the overflow.The staff was friendly and helpful. I can see coming back a couple of times a year for a New York fix.
Our own NYC apartment
This is a comfortable hotel with full kitchens and large rooms in a great upper east side neighborhood. It's like having your own apartment. It's not posh or trendy but it is like being at home. We've stayed there many times, usually a week at a time and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The neighborhood is filled with wonderful restaurants and shops.
Best of Manhattan
This is a wonderful place to stay in NYC, we´ve been staying here for more than 10 years. The neighborhood is fantastic, rooms are huge, you feel like at home . The staff is highly professional but friendly and always ready to help. you should try to get reservations well in advance of your stay , prices tend to go up so it´s better to check in advance to better rates.
Definitely a great place to stay either for short term or even long term stays.
Will keep getting back to this Hotel.