As someone who has lived in New York for about 5 years now… I have come to dread passing through Times Square. It’s busy, crowded, loud and touristy but of course, it is also in the center of the city making it a convenient and a must visit area.
Last Friday I was invited to preview the new CitizenM hotel. I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that it was new and yet another hotel in New York. Once I saw this at the entrance, I had a feeling it was going to be unlike anything I had ever seen before... and I was right.
I walked in and it felt like I was visiting my artsiest and most stylish friend’s home- you know, something like those homes you see in the Selby. It also felt like a museum- a collection of curated beautiful and interesting things. The lighting was dim and set me at ease almost immediately. I didn’t feel like I was in New York anymore which was great after a long week! I must’ve looked lost because someone asked if I could be helped. (To be clear, I was in awe). Once I signed in, I was free to look around.
So I wandered a bit and found a canteen area fully stocked with all the soft drinks, coffee, desserts, wine and beer you could possibly want to quench your thirst. A cafe+restaurant+bar in one, really.
I had trouble picking what I wanted… There were so many options! Some drinks I had never heard of before.. I was intrigued by the extensive selection. CitizenM is where I discovered my new favorite drink. I’ve always loved elderflower, but Elderflower & Rose Lemonade? The nectar of Gods I tell you.
But that wasn’t even the best part…
Right next to the beverages was the kitchen. The food.
Food that looked and tasted homemade, because who doesn’t appreciate that after a long and busy day/week?
Food that made me feel like I had just cooked it (but without having to set aside the time to cook and having dishes to clean). Italian, Asian, Indian, you name it international cuisine- was heated and set out for my choosing. It really tasted like homecooked food. So much in fact that I could call it comfort food. I kind of want the recipe for the meatballs I had!
Oh and of course they had a wide range of desserts- cake pops (my favorite), cakes, even gelato! Brands new and familiar, both international and local all in one place.
After satisfying any and all cravings (even ones I didn’t know I had) I walked around some more and came across a library of books. Tim Walker… NY Times Photographs.. The Phaidon Atlas of 21st century world.. books on architecture… a library of visual gems.
Throughout the short time I was there, I couldn’t help but wonder why I liked this place so much… when I realized it’s because it’s thoughtful. Carefully curated. Wonderfully designed. Nothing was “standard.” It woke up my mind and fed my curiosity and senses. Did I mention I nearly had to Shazam every song I heard? You know you’re in the right place when you can find inspiration around every corner and it all feels refreshingly new but still very familiar and much like home. CitizenM is the hotel that gets me.
There was even an office/meeting area on the upper level for guests to take advantage of those flowing creative juices. I could definitely get some work done here.
(You know I’m comfortable when I can’t help but take a selfie).
Most importantly, it was a place to reunite with old friends and meet new ones.
Even the literature was thoughtfully written and put together. All it said to draw me in was “hello”, but inside was more information about what I could find at CitizenM in addition to travel trivia and tips. It taught me how to say goodbye in several languages, how to stay polite in different countries, how to say essential phrases and even shared some random facts like the country with the least rain (Ethiopia) and the highest IQ (Hong Kong)
I have a feeling that because i loved the newspaper so much, I’ll love the digital magazine.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect place for a staycation, or you’re traveling from abroad, CitizenM is worth the trip.
Usually when you stay at a hotel, you run out of things to do, but here, the possibilities are endless.
CitizenM is for all the explorers, dreamers and adventurers in business and life.
And this is coming from someone who was there for just two hours! I’m already smitten and I can’t imagine how I’d feel if I actually stayed the night.
Citizen M, You get me and I cant wait to see you again. Thank you for a wondrous evening.
Citizen M Hotel– 218 West 50th Street. New York, NY 10019
+001 212 461 3638 or visit their support page. Note: They only take online bookings.
Oh and final note: their branding is impressively thoughtful, which shows in their social media.. I can only imagine the same consistency, comfort and quality in their service.
Read about my friend’s experience here: (she has better photos) at NY a la Keiko
“I think everything in life is art. What you do, how you dress, the way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality, what you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea, how you decorate your home, or party; your grocery list, the food you make, how your writing looks, and the way you feel.
Life is art.”
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