It’s always an early wake up when coming to New York from London. What’s so great about NY is that you will find life at any hour of the day. My daughter Jasmine and Iris were thrilled to be able to buy fresh mango and big blue bubble gums at a Deli at 6am.

We stayed at The Standard and we loved it. It is not designed for kids per se, but we found it kids friendly. A part from the elevator featuring a video that scared Jasmine, the girls had lots of fun in their room with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Meatpacking District. We found a very good deal via Tablet Hotels, always worth checking.

At 7am we were in Flat Iron with Little Alex walking Louis the dog.

At 8 am we visited my favourite Fleat market, on 25th street.

At 9am  it was already baking hot, and we came back to the Meatpacking District.


Favourite places in Chelsea & The Meatpacking District

Restaurants  :

Tia Pol


The Empire Diner

Spice Market


Kids Stores :



HOTELS NEW YORK / accommodations

– Living with Art More a guest house than the regular B&B, in these two amazing lofts located in a 1875 industrial building: 2 bedrooms air-conditioned, with private bathrooms, spacious kitchen and living room. 7th Floor walk up but great views! The Innkeepers, French artists, also work and live there. Kitchen, living room and hi-speed internet access available. 153 Lafayette Street – Manhattan NY 10013 – Phone: 646-613-1143 – $180 – $260

JC’s New York Hotel – 132 West Houston Street – 917-568-3377 – 212-979-5357. $140-165 –

Brand Bed and Breakfast Chelsea – 447 West 22nd Street, Apartment 1 Manhattan, New York NY 10011 – 917-545-4082 – 646-352 3856 – Prices : $150 – $300

Abingdon Guest House (8th Av between West 12th & Jane St), reasonable, charming, Greenwich village.

Ace Hotel Not really suited for families, but fun if you want to get a bit of New York’s trendy life. The place is dark and full of hipsters, it has a “oh so cool” store featuring Opening ceremony, Kitsune, Comme des Garçons, etc. The location in lowers midtown is quite convenient.

The Bowery Hotel ($$$ – if you can’t afford a room, try the restaurant for a night cap. Fun  crowds)

Lafayette House ($$$ – if you can’t afford a room, try the restaurant for bfast/brunch. Hip clientele…)

Carnegie Hotel 229 W. 58th St.(bet 7th Ave and Broadway) It’s easy to miss this small hotel, but once inside, the amenities and surroundings will make it worth the search.

414 Hotel, 414 W. 46th St. (Hell’s Kitchen). A quirky, moderately priced bed-and-breakfast in the Theater District.

Casablanca Hotel (43rd St & Times Sq.), Reasonable prices, large rooms, Times Square location.

Gershwin Hotel (27th St & 5th Av), Economical, Flat Iron district.

Short term rentals, (studio to two bedrooms):,,,,


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