Mount Royal Hotel & Hostel
TravelPod Member ReviewsMount Royal Hotel & Hostel New York City
NY was only a stop-over, so we looked for a place to stay that met our main requirements: central and cheap. So we ended up here. It was pretty close to what we wanted to see and could explore Manhatten on foot.
The room was tiny, the bed only slightly tinier, the view from our window into the backyard would have made a racoon avert its eyes in disgust. The room was old-lady-smelly and a CSI fetishist would have climaxed at the first glance into the shared bathroom. The screams for help of the party-tired homecomers stuck in the elevator during our first night made us use the stairs for the remainder of our stay, which was only one more night (gosh, I would have never expected a Phil Collins song stuck in my head reminiscing staying at that place...).
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Dab dab da-da-dab, dab dab da-da-dab, start spreading the news ... New York was the first stop on my 100-day-around-the-world-trip.
... I paid the $20 for the pleasure of taking our own bags down into the storage room. Whatever.
We got the subway down to Chalmers Street/World Trade Center to visit the 9/11 Memorial and possibly go up to the observation deck of One World Trade Center.
The memorial is so incredibly beautiful in the saddest of ways. Too many foreign tourist leaning all over it taking selfies.
I suppose places mean different things to ...
... notable was the paired wines. There were fourteen courses and unusually you got wines with each course. Even with only a couple of mouthfuls per wine, it was some going! A special touch was their request that we find the street vendor cart outside after we left as he had a surprise for us. We did as we were told and were presented with tiny, delicious ice lollies - definitely better than chocolates or mints given the searing ...
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... that day.
The museum experience starts with two short movies of how things unfolded on the day. The first movie has interviews with George Bush, Rudy Giuliani and Condaleezza Rice who were the first to officially be advised of what had happened on 9/11 and the second had interviews with members of the NYPD and NYFD who were involved on the day and who remembered those fellow workers who did not survive the fall of the buildings.
The museum ...