**This post is NOT sponsored by nor affiliated with AKA Hotels in anyway. All opinions are unbiased and entirely my own!**
Hey everyone, reporting live from NYC. Did you catch all the drama that went down with our flight? Well, let’s just say that I have mad props to any moms/families that has had flight delays with little ones in tow. Long story short, we were stranded at LAX for over 4 hours due to unstable weather condition in NYC. Not only that, when we were almost in New York, we couldn’t land and had to circle in the air for over 30 minutes waiting for a thunderstorm to pass. Needless to say, I was super stressed and anxious but relieved when we finally got to our hotel – AKA Time Square. Our Amazon Fresh delivery for the week was waiting for us in our room and there was a warm welcome note and a box of chocolate.
For a family of 4 and up, lodging become the biggest concern when you go on a family trip because everyone can’t all just squeeze in one room or a junior suite with a sofa pull out anymore. So many mommy friends have expressed that vacation becomes a chore stressful when everyone is in each other’s faces in a crowded space all day. Vacation is suppose to be having fun and relaxing, not woken up to a stiff back or neck because your two kids are now squished in the same bed with you and you can barely move. Sure, there is the Airbnb or Homeaway option, however those aren’t the perfect solution either. Did you know that “technically” it is illegal to rent Airbnb for less than a month’s stay in NYC? (bet you didn’t). I’ve had horrid experiences in the past where a promising looking two bedroom apartment on the site turn out looking dated and old, smelled like mold or mildew or worse – failed to disclose that it is on the 4th floor in a building with no elevator!!! (Try explain that to your husband when you get there will a million luggages.)
Anyhow, lets get back to this trip. We’ve always stayed in our friends’ 3 bedroom apartment a block from Central Park for our trips in the past, but weren’t able to for this trip. I was searching frantically for a relatively affordable hotel in Manhattan that offers two bedroom suites and also equipped with a full kitchen. We all know that in the heart of the city, a suite (even a junior one) equipped with only a wet bar and tiny fridge enough for 6 bottles of water can easily cost $8-900 let alone 2 bedroom suites! Those are usually thousands plus per night and even then, you might get a microwave in your room that also doubles as a toaster oven. Extended Stay at AKA Time Square is a condo style hotel that has everything you would have at your own house, making it truly a home away from home. The best part is that their prices are so so reasonable.
Everything about this place is ideal for family (or individuals) traveling and staying in the city for more than a few days. I love the contemporary design of the hotel and rooms creating a clean, chic environment for the stay. The rooftop deck is a mini oasis amongst all the skyscrapers and offers guests a super relaxed environment to just stop by and chill. Every room has at least a kitchenette or a full kitchen and….get this…washer and dryer!! Quite a rarity for any luxury extended stays. I’m going to give you guys a virtual tour for the different room options as well as a rare look at their Penthouse Residence, a massive, two story luxury suite that is both functional as well as “Insta-worthy”. (All photos are taken by me and not downloaded from any website so you can get the real dish.)
One Bedroom Suite
This concludes the virtual tour portion of the program. Some of you guys may have caught a glimpse on my Instastory as well. I am a fan of the AKA Hotel lines after this stay. If there is anything I can nitpick, it would be that I wish the two bedroom suites would have bigger bathroom and more counter space. But I guess they did make up for it in all of the space everywhere else within the suite. Hope you find this review and tour helpful and that next time you find yourself in NYC, you will consider this great extended stay hotel.