I went to New York last month, and stayed at the Sohotel in the Bowery. The Sohotel is a small, but hip hotel. The rooms have exposed brick walls, and SUPER comfy beds and pillows. There’s a flat screen TV and a radio ipod dock. The bathrooms are tiny, but with a nice shower head and comes stocked with yummy smellingC.O Bigelow Apothecaries lotion, shampoo, body wash and conditioner.
The lobby is pretty classy, with free coffee and tea offered in the mornings and afternoons. It has lots of pretty chandeliers and comfy chairs. The location wasn’t bad, only 1 subway stop away from SoHo, where there is tons of shopping. The hotel is clean and the staff is efficient. They also let us store our luggage before check-in, and after we checked out, which was great.
Some of the downsides are:
It bills itself as a “cheap” hotel, but at $250 a night, I disagree.
There aren’t any restaurants around to grab dinner or breakfast. The hotel doesn’t have one, but if you walk for about 7 minutes, you’ll find some cafes and Little Italy.
It is LOUD. You can hear the traffic and street noises like you are out there. I DID have a good sleep while I was there, but if you are sensitive you might want to take note.
Only the lobby has WiFi. That really shocked me! You can get a faint WiFi signal in some rooms, but it’s hard.
There aren’t any phones in the room. If you need to call front desk you have to walk
There isn’t an elevator, and we stayed on the 4th floor. It wasn’t that bad though.
The Sohotel is located at 341 Broome Street and the nearest metros are Bowery and Grand station.
Forgive me if I’ve been a bit scattered, readers. My head has been in the clouds, because I’m taking a dream trip in May to France and Italy! I’ve been stressing out over choosing the right hotel, and saving up! I’m also going to New York in a couple of weeks! Expect lots of travel posts!
When we actually get some snow, it’s best to take advantage of it! I did just that by heading to Rouge Park for a walk in the snow.
Rouge Park is the largest natural environment park in an urban area in North America! Rumour is, it’s going to become a National Park soon. I only visited a tiny portion of the page, the Twyn Rivers area in Pickering. Take a look!
It’s hard to believe that this time last year, I was half way around the world in Egypt during the revolution. It was truly a life changing, once in a life time trip. I was so very glad to return home…but part of me is missing that perfect weather…and camels. My trip took me sailing down the Nile, through Aswan, Giza, Cairo and left us stranded in Luxor. Finally returning home, we stopped off England. I just thought I’d post some pictures to remember the journey! If you would like to see some more pictures and a somewhat more detailed description visit my now defunct travel blog.
Montreal has a snazzy new boutique hotel. The best part? Rooms start at $95 a night! Each Hotel Chez Swann room comes equipped with a flat screen television, free wifi and peek-a-boo showers with double rain shower heads and massage jets. Plus, the design is edgy and chic! I know where I’ll be staying the next time I visit Montreal!
Enjoy the crisp winter air by going on a drive to a park or conservation area! Last weekend I went to Sibbald Point Provincial Park, located on the southern shore of Lake Simcoe. This park is about an 1 hour drive from Toronto. The fee for the park in the winter is $4.00 for 2 hours.
Sibbald Point used to be the home of the Sibbald family 130 years before it became a park. You can visit the beautiful old church and graveyard, or just spend your time staring at the lake. It can be extremenly cold, so dress warm! When we went it was -14. There were lots of ducks swimming around in the lake, and a family of swans!
There were also huge chunks of ice floating in the water. This lake usually freezes over in January. It’s possible to drive a car onto the lake, I know people that have done it and lived to tell the tale! (I don’t recommend you do this!)
In the summertime, you can camp out or go hiking. The park has some beautiful views and is a wonderful place to take in the sunset.
With this mild fall weather that we are having in Ontario, why not take a day trip with a bunch of friends, or that special someone? I headed to Belfountain Conservation Area with my boyfriend to do a little exploring. Belfountain Conservation Area is located in (wouldn’t you know it) Belfountain, and is 1 hour away from Toronto.
I love bridges, so I was really excited to see this one! It’s a pretty small conservation area, but it’s nice to pack a picnic lunch. They have a small cave that you can explore and a man made waterfall. The bridge is a great place to take pictures, and many Torontonians take wedding shots there.