Let's stay in
I've been in one of those moods lately. You know, where you're just itching for a vacation. A change of scenery, really. I've reorganized my desk space, and attempted to introduce some new plants into the apartment, but still, the prospect of escaping the Upper East Side was constantly on my mind.
Enter, the staycation of all staycations. Those of you who know me personally know of my undying love for the Ace Hotel. Maybe it's the romantic blend of culture-meets-art, or maybe it's because they house Stumptown Coffee (and Opening Ceremony) right there in the lobby. I've had a seemingly endless love affair with the boutique hotel since first discovering their NYC lobby not long ago. And so last week we packed a bag for an overnight adventure at the turn-of-the-century building in midtown.
The art of the staycation is simple. It includes tons of coffee, room service and the prospect of absolutely no plans. Here are my tips to make the most out of your leisurely stay:
1) Don't Make Plans: It seems obvious, but the whole idea for a night of pristine pampering is to let go of plans, emails and phone calls. While we were still in the same city and staying at a hotel with a poppin' lobby, we left our evening open. Anything we wanted to do, we could. It was a mid-week vacation, after all. We were living on the edge.
2) Bring a bottle of bubbly: I have a confession to make. I have a not-so-secret obsession with champagne. Seriously. We sipped on a glass while watching an evening storm roll in and take over the city. Our view from the ninth floor was the Empire State Building, so we had front row seats to the lightening show. The champagne made it a little more interesting.
3) Wear the robes: This was my second time staying at an Ace Hotel, and admittedly, the second time I walked into my room, dropped my bags and immediately put on one of their insanely comfortable robes (which are borderline sweatshirts). Take off your makeup, jump in bed (with the robe on) and flip through those magazines you've been meaning to read.
4) Order room service: Seriously, do it. Being the pancake-fiend that I am, morning pancakes and coffee were most definitely on the menu. There's nothing--and I mean nothing--better than starting your day with breakfast in bed. Especially when you don't have to cook it.
5) Jump on the bed: Dare ya.