Arriving into JFK airport we joined the immense security queue waiting for everyone who is arriving on a first time ESTA. A warning to those who are, be prepared to spend about an hour and a half waiting, so go to the toilet before the plane lands if you need! However this didn’t dampen our spirits as we were excited the journey had finally begun (although still not having been hit by the reality of what has started)!
Once we finally got out of the airport we were faced with our first journey carrying all of our bags. Our first realisation that maybe we didn’t pack as light as we thought..they were heavy! Jason blames the toleteries bag I packed but I suspect it’s his countless Marsiglia soaps.
Our first impression of New Yorkers were that they were friendly, even after experiencing one man on the Subway who gave a fun lecture to the passengers of how tourists suck, with pointed looks in our direction (I guess the giant backpacks were a giveaway). But apart from that we enjoyed the Subway ride. The carriages are fairly spacious and nicely air conditioned in contrast to the stuffy London tubes, and we soon found ourselves arriving in downtown Manhattan with the journey easy to navigate.
After a short walk we made it to the hotel. We were fortunate to find somewhere reasonably priced in midtown Manhattan, within walking distance of most attractions. After our previous night’s stay we were apprehensive to say the least about any ‘cheap’ lodgings (i.e. not expensive as everywhere ellse), but once we got in we realised we had made a good choice and couldn’t nave been happier! The ‘Yotel‘ cabins were clean and fresh and although they were on the smaller side (hence being cabins and not rooms), they had some innovative space saving quirks. For example when you weren’t using the bed to lie down, you could recline it into a seating position, effectively giving yourself a mini sofa. Jason also highly enjoyed the robotic luggage hold as a nice touch in reception.
I would highly recommend this hotel for comfort, location and cost, and we had some hearty breakfasts included too that set us up for some full days of sightseeing!