Last week, Natalie and I jetted (ok, jk, we bused) to New York City for a quick 24-hour conference. We were on the hunt for a hotel with all the right aesthetics (for the Insta, of course) that was centrally located to all our meetings during our short trip. That's when we discovered Archer Hotel, a boutique hotel located in Midtown.
As we hopped off the bus and into our cab the day of arrival, we could hardly contain our excitement...and even more so when we drove up to Archer Hotel's grand entrance. We were shown to our room, which was on the 20th floor much to my delight, and as soon as we waked in, I knew we’d feel right at home.
I almost jumped on the plush bed right when we walked in, but remembered the importance of the almighty ‘gram so I resisted. The espresso machine in our room touted complimentary espresso and there was Fiji water too. (Not gonna lie - those electrolyte-filled bottles came in HANDY the next morning after a few too many glasses of wine LET ME JUST SAY.)
The bathroom was equally as gorgeous. Subway tile (one of my favorite interior accents), cozy bathrobes and cute slippers welcomed us into a relaxing atmosphere before a very busy day of conferences.
When we got back to the hotel, they’d done a turn down service (I hadn’t heard of this before but they pull back your sheets making it even easier to slide into bed after a long day!) They also leave behind little treats that are too hard to TURN DOWN IF YOU GET MY DRIFT. The cookies they left on our last night were some of the best I’ve ever had.
The next morning we woke up SUPER early, which meant that consuming caffeine was my top priority. Luckily, there was complimentary Nespresso machines in our room! After a whee mistake on my end (always use the larger of the cups), Natalie and I enjoyed our morning coffee in the comfort of our pajamas.
After a couple outfit changes and a quick trip back to the room to grab the umbrella, we were off to our first meeting at The Butcher’s Daughter, one of my favorite spots in the city! It’s completely vegetarian, but not JUST FOR vegetarians. I try to visit whenever I’m in NYC.
Thankfully it was just a couple blocks from where the conference was being held in Soho, in a beautifully sunlight-drenched room. Even with the cooler weather and rain outside, the space was as dreamy as ever.
Once the conferences were over, we took a taxi back to Archer to change into more comfortable clothes. We then made our way up to the Spyglass Rooftop, which was right on top of the hotel. Natalie and I had seen photos of the rooftop area on Instagram, and we didn’t want to miss an opportunity to snap a few pics! So we ordered a couple glasses of rose and cheers’ed a successful trip to our very favorite city.
Dinner was spent with one of my favorite people in the world, Cheralee, at Cafe Gitane in Nolita. The three of us were all friends when she lived in DC a few years ago, and being together felt like no time had passed at all. I love those friendships - the ones where you can pick things back up where you left off no matter how long it’s been.
When we got back to our room, another sweet treat was waiting for us when we got in so amidst my full stomach, I indulged. #YOLO #NOREGRETS #CALORIESNEVERCOUNT I was exhausted from running around the city all day (I’m quite the old lady at heart), so I quickly snuggled up in my cozy bed.
The next morning, I woke up early for my bus ride back to DC. And to hit up the cute coffee shop across the street. If you’re staying at Archer, definitely pop over and grab an almond croissant. It’s a game changer. I also swung by Pret A Manger to pick up some lunch and snacks for the bus (their selection was incredible and vegetarian-friendly!)
As I hopped in my cab and headed down to my bus stop in Soho (a fun story about this next week on the blog!), I had a moment. This sort of wave of young love, that always seem to hit me when I’m in New York….where I am filled with inspiration, yet ready to go back home, while already anticipating another trip back. Have you ever felt that way?
Special thanks to Archer Hotel for providing us with a home away from home for the night!