The Innside by Melia in New York City
Photos were taken by Julia O Test.
Let's rewind to NYFW in September 2017. I stayed for only 4 nights and had a whirlwind of a stay. Everything was rushed, and I didn't really know what was going on half the time. Present day, NYFW February of 2018, I knew more of what to expect. I planned to stay for 8 days, 7 nights.
Arriving at The Innside by Melia was incredible. The check in process was quick, friendly and super painless. We've all had those incredibly painful experiences when checking in to a hotel. Am I right? Luckily this was not one of those experiences at all. It took me less than 5 minutes to check in, which was perfect given I had just traveled for 7 hours and had an event in an hour.
When I arrived to my room, I got pretty excited to see a bottle of champagne and some macaroons waiting for me. It was something small, but meant a lot to me. It's those little gestures that make you remember a hotel, and the experience you had. Many hotels are fabulous, but when they go the extra mile, you really can't help but remember, appreciate and recommend.
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the ridiculous shots of me before this cute photo was taken. I jumped on this bed about 50 times, and this was one of very few cute pictures! Turns out I'm not a natural when it comes to cute bed jumping photos.
When it comes to the bed, I was comfortable every single night. No complaints there. For some reason however, I could not get adjusted to the temperature. There was something so off with the temperature, even though it was set colder than it is back home in Arizona. 72 degrees made me sweat in the middle of the night, whereas 72 back home is cold for me because we usually keep the house at 75-79. I'm guessing due to the outdoor temperatures, the same temperature made me sweat a lot more.
Have you experienced this before?
The gadgets inside the room were simplistic, yet intuitive, and all you needed. The lamps were easy to turn on with a quick hand motion, and it was easy to navigate them throughout the day and night. I loved closing the blinds all the way to have complete darkness while I sleep. I also enjoyed opening the blinds each morning to get that fresh light and sunshine into the room. Not to mention the floor to ceiling windows are incredible. I had the deluxe king city view room, which gave me an incredible view of the city especially since the window is so big!
The mini bar had waters, orange juice and apple juice, which was replenished every single day. For a desert dweller like myself, I need as many water bottles as I can possibly get. I asked for extra waters, and the staff was so quick to go inside my room and replenish my supply.
We spent a lot of time in the hotel lobby/restaurant area because on nights we didn't want to go out, we took our laptops downstairs. Ordered some wine, fries (always fries) and an entree. This was our collaborative spot so all three of us (Julia - photographer, Tonya - blogger & bestie, and me!) could discuss the various photos we'd taken that day and what the next day's events held. Since our schedule was so crazy, it helped to talk it through so we knew who had to represent us at what meeting. It worked out well to have that pow wow.
Because we had photoshoots throughout the property (literally every corner was our backdrop) we had a chance to explore the conference rooms. One thing I can tell you is that these were the cutest conference rooms I've ever seen and there was a cool view from the windows in case you're someone (like me) who likes to daydream during conferences. The decorations inside were so fun and modern, with adorable pillows covered with funny quotes. The conference room looked like a dream living room, to be quite frank. We did a few photos in that room too to switch it up a bit!
Another element I loved about the room was the bathroom, and in particular, the shower. It was stocked with refreshing shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Knowing how picky I am with each of those, I was surprised to enjoy every single product because it moisturized my hair and body, while leaving me smelling fresh. What more can I ask for?
All in all, this hotel was very comfortable. It was well located (next to FIT!) It was classy, simple and each room well equipped. The food was delicious, and the staff was extremely friendly. I would love to stay again, and I'd recommend anyone deciding where to stay in New York City, to stay here.
P.S. In case you don't know, the babe pictured with me in these shots is Tonya. She was going in on those croissants, but as soon as we got all the photos we needed, she ate them all. Okay, I may have had one croissant, so she may not have eaten them all 😉