Dave and I had been planning a getaway for quite sometime. We thought it would be fun to take a trip just the two of us and since he had never been to New York City, I’ve always wanted to go there with him. Ironically we found out that this summer there were a couple of great blog conferences taking place in NYC so we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to visit the city.
We chose the Sanctuary Hotel NYC because of it’s location being closest to the conferences and we were excited to read that it was only steps away from Times Square.
I hopped on Booking.com, looked up the hotel, read a few reviews, and booked it. Using the site was easy, painless, and honestly I got lost looking at all of the amazing photos of our hotel and others. After I clicked the “Book It” button, I printed out our confirmation info and then we counted down the days until our trip.
When we arrived at the Sanctuary Hotel NYC we immediately liked the subtle but classy exterior.
We walked inside and were greeted with a very unique style and decor. It is very dark which was quite a welcome contrast to the bright lights of the big city and it had a very relaxing and calming effect. We continually admired the beautiful chandeliers and elegant lighting throughout the hotel during our stay.
The front desk is large and the staff was very helpful and kind.
There is a concierge set up with a library look behind him and he is able to answer many questions to help make your visit to New York enjoyable. I heard people asking for restaurant recommendations, ordering show tickets, and more.
There is also ample seating in the lobby.
We got in early and were told our room would probably be ready early but if we wanted to head out they would be happy to check our bags. We greatly appreciated that and off we went to explore NYC.
The first thing we did was head just a half a block at the most down our street and we popped out right into Times Square! It was incredible!
Here’s a photo taken right at the nearby corner of W. 47th and 7th Avenue. According to Google Maps it’s only 466 feet away!
We spent the day walking around and checking out Central Park and other areas of New York. Our room wasn’t ready until nearly 3, and by then we were hot and exhausted and ready to grab a nap before the evening’s conference events.
We got our key and headed up to the second floor. When we opened the door to our room we knew we were in a boutique hotel lover’s heaven. The room had a queen bed, a beautiful chandelier, a peek-a-boo shower, a sliding barn door for the bathroom, and frosted glass on the windows. The decor was lovely with beautiful splashes of color.
Here’s a video walkthrough of the room:
We found the bed to be incredibly comfortable and were so happy about that. We are very spoiled by our own bed and often when we travel whether it’s to hotels, resorts, or relative’s houses, we wake up with sore necks, sore backs, and utterly exhausted. Thankfully this wasn’t the case at the Sanctuary. I could have stayed in that bed all day!
We also liked that there is a slot next to the door for your key card. When you insert it, it turns on the power to the room. When you take it out when you leave the lights turn off etc. We thought this was a brilliant idea!
Not only does it conserve energy but it is a great place to put your key card so you can grab it on your way out preventing you from getting into the hallway and realizing you forgot it.
The hotel has a newly opened rooftop bar called Haven. It’s very popular and no matter the night we’d walk into our hotel lobby and there would be a long line for one of the elevators to get to the roof.
I was happy that they designated one elevator for Haven and one for hotel guests. That was a nice touch and we never had to wait long for the elevator. In fact, since we were on the second floor we’d often take the stairs so that was nice too.
Even though we were on the second floor in the evenings we could hear the music from the rooftop bar. It was quite loud especially on the weekends. However once we turned the sound machines on our phones it wasn’t a problem and that bed just sucked us in and we went right to sleep. I only mention it because if you are sensitive to noises, you may want to make sure you get a room on a lower floor.
There is also a Steakhouse that is part of the hotel called Tender. The menu looked delicious and enticing. We didn’t get a chance to eat there but it’s on our list if we get back to the area.
We were glad to be given the chance to stay at the Sanctuary Hotel NYC and we recommend it to those looking for a boutique and unique hotel experience near Times Square. Also if you are night owls who enjoy good music and dancing into the late night hours this would be a fun hotel to stay at. You could hang out all night and then just head right down to your room.