Last week some of the Starstuff Travel planners toured the fabulous StayBridge Suites Times Square in one of my favorite places, New York City. I have been lucky enough to frequent the city over the years and have stayed in various hotels with my family, I do have to say this is now one of my top choices for families visiting the area. Their Midtown location on 40th street between 8th and 9th avenues puts you right at the door step to where the action is. StayBrdige Suites Times Square is within walking distance to Times Square, the Broadway Theater District, Macy's Herald Square, Bryant Park and so much more. As you would imagine they also have a nearby subway entrance to all of the major lines you would need if you want to visit a different area of the city.
One of the many great features of this hotel that we fell in love with is their complimentary American breakfast buffet. The buffet usually runs about 4 hours in the morning so you have plenty of time to enjoy a good breakfast before venturing out into the Big Apple with your loved ones. Their complimentary coffee station is open daily from 11:00am-8:00pm which is perfect for those who need to refuel to keep up with the pace this crazy city offers. After a busy day guests can come back to the hotel for a complimentary social hour Monday thru Thursday from 5:00pm-7:00pm that serves beer, wine and h'ordeuvres. I mean what more can you ask for from a hotel?
Whether your traveling as a couple or enjoying a family getaway there will be a room to accommodate your needs at this StayBridge Suites. The king bed room featured above and the double bed studio featured below are both much larger than the normal hotel rooms here in the city. Not only can you take advantage of those awesome complimentary breakfasts and social hours you will also have a full kitchen at your disposal if you want to bring back left overs from a fancy New York steakhouse or if you want to stock it up for the week with food you may be preparing for your family.
This hotel offers free wireless internet in all guest rooms and public areas. Something a lot of hotels are charging for now a days. They also offer a 24 hour fitness room free to guests as well as an onsite self laundry facility which I know myself is always a blessing to have access to. We always hate having to come home and do laundry after a family vacation. The Den which is their lobby lounge is open nightly from 5:00pm-11:00pm and their onsite convenience store called Pantry is open 24 hours a day. StayBridge Suites Times Square offers a business center in the main lobby for those who may need to check into their flights, print out their boarding passes, or check their emails from the tablets provided.
Visiting New York City can end up being very costly however staying at this hotel will not only save you money by offering some awesome complimentary meals and snacks as well as providing a full kitchen in every room, but it will save you money on transportation since you can not get closer to all there is to do while you are visiting. With the convenience of this area, the wonderful service provided by the staff, and the size of this hotel, we can not recommend it enough when visiting the city that never sleeps!
Combining two of our favorite things, our dog Nemo and Mickey Mouse, we decided to make some healthy all natural frozen dog treats that he could enjoy on these hot summer days. To start you will need peanut butter powder (although regular p.b. would work just fine) one banana, organic coconut oil, the Mickey Mouse silicone ice cube tray, and organic coconut cooking spray so the treats pop out nicely.
You are going to use one cup of softened organic coconut oil, one cup of peanut butter powder, one small banana (I did not want to run the risk of the dog getting constipated). Place your peeled banana, peanut butter powder and organic coconut oil into the bowl and mash it all together until creamy. Lightly spray the Mickey Mouse silicone tray with the organic coconut cooking spray and fill with the treat mixture with a spoon. Then place the tray in the freezer for a few hours. I was able to pop mine right out of the tray very easily and put them all into a Ziploc bag and label for future use. We give Nemo one a day. Coconut oil has so many health benefits there is far to much to list but here is a few: reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health, improves digestion and nutrient absorption, reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs and so much more! Hope your fur baby enjoys this frozen treat as much as ours does!