Fall/Winter Travel Plans

Well, I'm stuck here in a hot Houston, Texas while Josh is abroad enjoying Oktoberfest beers and exploring France, Germany, and Switzerland. I'm a little jealous of him, so I decided to to check into my currently booked travel for the remainder of the year. 

All my travel at the moment is booked in November, there may be a work trip here or there that gets added into this, but currently my booked travel is as follows: 

Currently booked travel plans

Currently booked travel plans

First up will be Honolulu, my dad and I will be on the final 747 flight and then get a couple of days to spend in Oahu. Being on the last 747 is going to be a really cool experience, and I'm really excited to see what United has in store for this event. I wrote a post covering this trip in more detail last week, so check that one out if you get a chance! 

For the Thanksgiving holiday, my fiance and I will be headed to Vienna, Paris, and Brussels. We'll be traveling on Delta, KLM, and Air France leaving from Houston's Hobby airport connecting in Atlanta and Amsterdam en route to Vienna. We'll have a few days at the Park Hyatt Vienna, and then we'll fly Air France from Vienna to Paris. Our Thanksgiving will be spent in Paris, and we leave from Brussels the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I've never flown KLM, Delta, or Air France, so I'm excited to experience some new airlines; and Schiphol Airport is one of my favorites so connecting there will be nice! 

I'm definitely excited for my upcoming travel plans, I just wish I had more on the docket. How about you all? Any big travel plans coming up?

Review: New York Hilton Midtown

Over the past few months, I've been traveling to New York every week.  For the most part, I've stayed at the DoubleTree Metropolitan off of Lexington Ave. and 51st because of it's proximity to my client and it's one of the more affordable hotels in Midtown Manhattan.  I've been wanting to stay at the Hilton Midtown because it's only a few blocks away from where my client is but it's always out of the project budget... that is until last week.

Pros: Convenient location in the heart of Midtown and great amenities

Cons: Paper thin walls

The Hilton Midtown is located conveniently to 30 Rock, Radio City Music Hall, and Times Square.  If you stay here, you won't have to venture too far for all of the major tourist attractions.  Upon arriving, I was informed I was upgraded from a queen to a king bed room (don't get too jealous...).  However, the hotel did give me a few drink vouchers so that made my room "upgrade" that much more enjoyable.  I made my way to the elevator banks which were located on the opposite side of the reception area.  I took the elevator up to the 30th floor, and then turned right towards room 3051.

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The room was pretty basic.  There was a nice view of the city as well as a love seat that was straight out of the 1980s... corduroy heaven! 

Just look at that corduroy!

Just look at that corduroy!

I dropped my suitcase and bag off in the room and headed down to Bridges Bar in the lobby for a pre-dinner cocktail.  The bartender recommended their version of a Manhattan, a Smoke on The Hudson.  The drink was very tasty and smooth.  They also accompanied the drink with a small bowl of warm nuts.  Overall, I was impressed with Bridges Bar.  The bartenders were fantastic and didn't mind going over the allocated $15 drink voucher value.  The hotel also housed the Minus 5 bar which I didn't get to experience this trip.  The bar seemed to me like a tourist trap but I wouldn't mind seeing what the hype is all about before my time is up in Midtown. 

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The bed was very comfortable and one of the better hotel beds I've sleep in while being in New York.  Though, I had been staying at the DoubleTree the week prior.  My only complaint is that at 5:00 AM, I was woken up by the guy in the next room talking very loudly.  It almost seemed like he was in my room, that's how thin the walls were.     

Given my Diamond status with Hilton, I made my way down to the lobby in the mornings to grab breakfast in the executive lounge, which doubles as the lobby lounge in the evenings.  they have a wide selection of pastries and bagels.  The executive lounge attendants where very courteous and cordial, even at the early hours I was there for breakfast.

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Carbs galore! 

Carbs galore! 

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Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the hotel.  It's convenient to pretty much every attraction in Midtown.  If you find yourself staying there, go to Bridges Bar and try the Smoke on The Hudson.  It's definitely worth the $17 price tag.  If given the opportunity, I'd absolutely stay at the hotel.