New York: Day One

The New York City blues are real.

Around 3 weeks ago I headed off to New York for one of the best weeks of my life. And I miss it, bad.

Usually, this blog is dedicated to all things Disney, but I just couldn’t help but sharing some of the highlights of my trip. We managed to squeeze a lot in over the week that we were there. To do our trip to New York justice, I’m going to split up the blog posts over a six days. So, get ready for day one in New York City…

Day One

The Flight


We flew from Heathrow to JFK with Virgin Atlantic. If you are a gluten-free traveller, like myself, then you will be pleased to know that Virgin Atlantic do excellent gluten free alternatives. Naturally, I was quite apprehensive as to what I was going to be given for my allergy meal. I had stocked up on cereal bars and other snacks just in case; 8 hours is a long time to be feeling hungry! But seriously, I’m impressed.

The allergy food was delivered first, which was quite nice. For lunch I had a roll, a fresh bean salad and chicken and pasta (yes, gluten free pasta) in a mushroom sauce. Now I’m not a massive mushroom fan, but it was surprisingly very tasty. For pudding, I was given an apple crumble which was also very delicious.


A few hours later ‘afternoon tea’ arrived. Inside were a packet of Tyrrell’s crisps, a peppermint sweet, a Nakd bar (which are my absolute fav, and not featured in the picture below because I had already eaten it) and a gluten free Chicken wrap. I am lucky enough to find this much good quality gluten free food in my local cafe, so top marks to Virgin!



Hilton Garden Inn Central Park South

We arrived in New York at JFK airport at around 1pm where a pre-arranged car was ready to collect us. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn New York Central Park South/Midtown West (what a mouthful) which was located just off 54th street on Broadway and I cannot recommend the hotel enough.


The room was very spacious for a centrally located New York hotel and had a small fridge, microwave, tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen tv, free wi-fi and was very modern. The beds were super comfortable!


Again, the bathroom was very modern and spotlessly cleaned each day.

The Hilton Garden Inn also offers free cookies, cakes, tea and coffee throughout various times of the day. You can grab this in the lobby before you leave the hotel each morning and is a great way to start the day in New York. I also want to add how helpful and friendly every single staff member was. Top marks Hilton Garden Inn!


Times Square

After a nap and some quick freshening up, we headed out to explore New York city.


If you are worried about safety regarding the location of your hotel, you have nothing to worry about if you stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Central Park South or any of the other hotels located in this area.


As I mentioned, the Hilton Garden Inn is located just off broadway. It was about a ten-minute walk to Times Square.


Considering how jetlagged we were, the hustle and bustle of Times Square was a bit overwhelming. At about 8.00pm we decided to head back to the Hilton Garden Inn for an early night.

But, of course I had to get an obligatory ‘first night in New York’ photo before we left!

Stayed tuned for ‘Day 2’ in New York where we visited The Plaza, Central Park and watched The King and I on Broadway.

© The DisneyBelle Photography. All photos are mine unless stated otherwise


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