This weekend I had the chance to check out some apartment-style accommodations in Manhattan called MySuites. MySuites offers boutique, designer suites throughout New York City so visitors can “live like a local” during their stay. So how did it go? Here’s my MySuites review…
I checked into The Plaza Suite on West 51st St on Friday afternoon. The doorman building is located a few steps from Times Square, right smack dab in the middle of the Theater District. There appeared to be a mix of tourists, business travelers and actual residents staying there.
Normally midtown isn’t an area where I hang out, but I decided that this would be the perfect time to find some gems in New York City’s most touristy neighborhood. The Plaza Suite was just a short walk to Hell’s Kitchen, a neighborhood that’s packed with ethnic restaurants along 9th Ave.
My favorite places to eat in Hell’s Kitchen are El Centro (824 9th Ave), a mexican spot that has kitschy decor and delicious short rib tacos, Q2 (788 9th Ave), a modern Thai restaurant, and the slightly more upscale Xai Xai South African Winebar (369 West 51st St).
Whatever you eat and drink, save a little room for dessert. There’s an amazing dessert place called Holey Creme (796 9th Ave) that serves donut ice cream sandwiches with unlimited combinations available for toppings and flavors. There’s actually a sign on the wall that says “Build Your Dream Donut.” Truly decadent and definitely not beneficial for your diet, but you only live once, right?
After a donut sandwich, you’ll probably be ready to lie down and the The Plaza Suite from MySuites New York is the perfect place to do just that. Curl up on one of the two small but cozy couches in the living room/kitchen or watch TV in either of the bedrooms. The suite could sleep four people and would have been perfect for a family or two couples traveling together who wanted to have separate bedrooms, yet a common space for hanging out.
Staying with MySuites was a similar experience to Airbnb, except that no one actually lives in the apartment and you’re able to purchase optional “Concierge-At-Home” services. That can include a private chef, a maid, a week-long gym membership, a driver to the airport or even delivery for wine or a bag of groceries from WholeFoods.
Just like a real New York City apartment, your suite will have its quirks, but the owners were easy to reach via text whenever I needed something. The Plaza Suite made for a fun weekend staycation and temporary upgrade from my Queens apartment. As much as I love my (very) little home, a couple days with a waterfall shower, doorman and elevator never hurt anyone
Disclosure: MySuites provided me with accommodations for the weekend.
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