Review of Hyatt Park Centric Times Square, New York

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Don’t you just love the hustle and bustle of New York City? The city always makes me feel alive.  I went to NYC again this past Labor Day weekend in 2018 and fell in love with the feel of the city all over again!  I ended up choosing a hotel in Times Square since I was visiting with my relatives who hadn’t been to the city before.  We had wanted a central location as well as close to the subway station if needed.

After a detailed online search, I settled on the Hyatt Park Centric hotel.  It was backed by a reputable hotel name (Hyatt) and was centrally located.

I got off the train at Penn Station, and the hotel was an easy 10 block walk from the station.  It saved me cab fare and I enjoyed the early fall weather on my walk.  Needless to say, Times Square is very crowded, but the hotel is located on 46th and 6th streets, so it’s a nice segway from the “too much” of Broadway and 7th streets. There is a parking garage right across the street as well as a much-needed Starbucks.

As I entered the lobby, I was pleased with the prompt service and kindness of the reception staff.  There is a separate concierge as well as a security personnel by the elevators.  The security guard checks that each guest getting on to the elevators has a current key and actually resides at the hotel.  I did appreciate this safety measure since the hotel is right off the main drag in Times Square.

There are two sets of elevators.  One set is for the lower half of the hotel and the other elevator services the upper half. This ensures that the elevators are prompt and minimal waiting is needed.  There is a gorgeous gym with treadmills, ellipticals, stair masters as well as free weights.  The gym is open 24 hours/daily but is locked, and each guest has to use their hotel key to open it.  This is another added safety measure.

The other elevator also goes up to the top of the hotel.  There is a reputable bar at the top of the hotel with absolutely stunning roof top views of the city. I highly recommend taking the elevator to take in the views, but be forewarned, that the bar only allows guests 21 years and older inside.  In other words, kids are not allowed in the bar nor on the balcony to look at the views.

The room had very comfortable beds (we had two queens), and the bathroom had a large shower with two shower heads. One shower head was manual and the other was fixed.  There was plenty of hot water, and the shower tile blended in with the bathroom floor to avoid toe stubs and other potential injuries.  The bathroom also had heated floors (an added plus if you visit in the winter season) as well as a working telephone.

There is large television and dresser. Part of the dresser is utilized as a desk with a chair which is convenient to use as a pseudo table to nosh on some take out pizza!  There was minimal noise from the city as I slept which was considerable since we were so close to the heart of Times Square.

All in all, I highly recommend the Hyatt Park Centric hotel for families and couples.  It is safe, spacious, and well located.

 

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Review of “Head Over Heels” by Jill Mansell

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I really enjoy Jill Mansell novels! This one is one of her best to date.  When you finish reading this novel, you can tell what a great writer she is.  She manages to tell several romantic tales in one book , and they are all intertwined with one another.  The novel tells tales of relationships that involve age differences, infidelity, teenage crushes, a marriage between a straight woman and a homosexual man, a man who is an avid “womanizer”, and even a transgender former male!  I was pleasantly surprised at how Mansell addressed these issues in an engaging manner that kept me turning the page to find out how each romance ended!  The main romance centered around the re-kindling love between a single mother Jessie (whose son is in his early 20s!) and a married movie star, Toby.  While that romance was definitely fun to read about (and how I loved Jessie’s moral attitude towards family and children), the relationship that was dear to my heart involved Drew and Lili. Lili is a married mother of three (although married to a cheating scoundrel), slightly frumpy and an animal lover.  Drew is a veterinarian, younger than Lili, and single.  The romance that blossoms between them is cute and feels very real.

All in all, if you are interested in romance, I highly recommend this novel. It is realistic, contemporary yet has that wonderful, heart-warming “happily ever after” ending that most readers crave!

Review of “To All The Boys I Have Loved Before”

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Usually, I don’t tend to watch YA movies, but this one had been receiving some good press and I wanted to watch something on Netflix while I did my morning elliptical at the gym. I decided to give it a try for a few minutes, and was planning to find something else if it didn’t catch my interest.

Boy, was I wrong. Not only was the movie funny and romantic, but it actually is one that I want to see again. It brought me back to my high school days and the innocence of romantic crushes.  The character of  Lara Jean (“LJ”) , played by the talented Lana Candor, was fantastic and truly depicted the persona of a “sweet, innocent” high school girl , and the character of Peter Kavinsky (played by the accomplished and handsome Noah Centineo) was, despite being depicted as a jock initially, the epitomy of the guy that any girl would want to date.   Each of the characters were well played, and the main couple had incredible chemistry that any viewer could see right off the bat.  I enjoyed the tangle of the love triangles, the show of family love and trust, as well as the love and trust that develops in a relationship, albeit a young one.

The best scenes were the ones of Lara Jean and Peter simply talking to eachother.  The viewer could feel the connection between them and could see how they were slowly falling in love even though they may not be realizing it at the time.    It was a heart warming film , and I have almost nothing negative to say about it (that may be a first for me!).

If you are looking for a romantic film, this one ranks as one of my favorites which says a lot since I am picky about which romantic movies I recommend.  Five stars!