Summer Diary, Weekend One
Ryder’s final day of school was last Friday, and what better way to kick the summer than a stay cation, right here in NYC. I’ve said this before, but I really love experiencing other neighborhoods within Manhattan. It may only be miles away from another but it feels like different cities at times. Staycations are a great way to get a taste of another part of your town, and they always excite my children, because it seems as though they are headed out to a slumber party.
For our special weekend, we made our way to the Hotel Belleclaire, a division of Triumph Hotels, located on the Upper West Side. As much as it is a family neighborhood, just like ours, it somehow feels like a different world up there. In fact, Siella kept asking if we were still in New York City. From the moment we walked into our room at the Hotel Belleclaire, it’s layout felt as if we were checking into an apartment. The landmark building is a combination of classic charm with a modern feel. We noticed plenty of families in and out of the hotel, so I knew it was a family friendly place form the start. We planned to visit the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, and hit up some of our favorite kid friendly restaurants.
Whenever we travel, and no matter how far we go, or how long we stay, the kids seem pack their entire playroom. Sometimes, I feel like their toys need their own suitcase. Since I have been on a mission to downsize our schlep, I was stoked to hear that all Triumph Hotels had partnered with Sparkbox Toys to offer a range of complimentary educational toys for young guests. Families with young children, staying at any of Triumph’s hotels, will receive a Sparkbox upon arrival for use during the hotel stay. Each box comes with an exclusive collection curated specifically for that hotel, with age-appropriate learning toys selected by experts and tailored to a child’s developmental needs. The kids were surprised to find their toys, and it was such a treat for them each to have something new to play with. It is a brilliant idea knowing that you can travel with one less toy-filled bag in tow, and that you will have a selection of safe, innovative, and sustainable products available to entertain your little ones.
After the kids played with their new toys, we headed out for an early dinner, followed by 16 Handles FroYo, and a stop at a cool new playground nearby. Back to the hotel, they couldn’t wait to play with their toys again, until their littles bodies tired out. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t hold up the following the day. The rain put a little damper on out Central Park picnic plans, but it freed up the entire day to explore the American Museum of Natural History.
Our staycation at the Hotel Belleclaire was the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of summer vacation. Ryder is keeping a journal this summer, detailing all our adventures, and the first thing he did when we arrived home was write about our time spent on the Upper West Side.
The Sparkbox Toys amenity is available at The Iroquois New York Hotel Chandler, Hotel Belleclaire, The Cosmopolitan Hotel, The Evelyn, and The Washington Jefferson. Guests can choose to leave the toys behind, or they can be purchased, for a set price. Triumph guests will also receive a discount code, should they decide to set up a Sparkbox subscription in the future.