After a lot of research and the refusal to stay uptown, I booked my stay with the Martha Washington hotel on 29th and Madison. The hotel itself is historic, as it’s been around for over 100 years! Newly renovated with some old touches, I was excited to see what the buzz has been about. I have to be honest, I was quite nervous; I’m a young woman staying alone in a hotel, after all. My stay was for 4 nights and 5 days.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by Sam and Nomy at the hotel’s check-in area. Sam and Nomy became my go-to people, and I couldn’t be more thankful for them! I was originally booked for a King Superior room, so I made my way up to my room and unpacked. Within 5 minutes I had a knock on my door, and it was a gift from the hotel! Some alcohol from Marta, the restaurant downstairs, and a very sweet note welcoming me to the hotel. Not even 20 minutes at the hotel, and the service was the best I’ve ever had. My room had view of the Empire State Building which was divine and there was tons of space for me to unpack all of my clothes and belongings.
It was time to take a shower, only for me to realize the water wasn’t working and the heat wasn’t warming my room enough. Keep in mind, I’m a Cali girl and our winter is considered the east coast’s autumn. I called Sam and Nomy, and they remedied the situation immediately by upgrading my room to the Junior King Suite room 1239. Perhaps the water not working was the greatest thing to ever happen to me, because my new room was everything. Yes, the King Superior was still wonderful, but the suite was just so much better! And it was huge. Especially for a New York City hotel. I felt bad sleeping there all by myself, because I could have housed so many more people!
The Martha Washington became my home away from home. Eloise and The Plaza? Sorry, but Eloise has nothing on Nic & The City.
If I needed a taxi, it was hailed for me. If I was having internet trouble while I was blogging, the situation was fixed by comping me the extra-high speed wifi. I had forgotten to put my things in my room safe a few times, only to come back and see none of my belongings were touched or removed. How refreshing.
On day 3, I decided to try out the room service from Marta. I wasn’t such a fan of their lunch/dinner selections for room service, but I figured I can’t go wrong with breakfast. I ordered the full breakfast – two eggs any style, crispy potatoes, orange juice, green tea, toast and jam, and fruit. Unfortunately they only had pork based sausage and/or bacon so I opted for fruit instead. It was a lot of food, and boy was I starving! The food was delicious, especially the crispy potatoes. I found the room service to be a bit pricey, so if you’re on a budget, don’t waste your money and go somewhere where you can get a full breakfast for $15-25 instead of $30-40ish. They charge you a $4 delivery fee plus 18% gratuity, which to be honest, makes no sense as it should be either/or, not both. But whatever, it was worth it to not leave my room that morning.
Thursday was my only real day off and I chose to spend it inside for most of the late morning. I went downstairs (I casually walked around the hotel in sweatpants and a sweater at all times like I actually lived there) to grab a coffee, orange juice and pastry, only to get back to the elevator and spill my coffee not just all over myself, but all over the floor. Thankfully, the staff was so sweet and so nice, they told me not to worry about it and that they would deliver another cup of coffee up to my hotel room in a minute. That is what you call service, people.
I’ve stayed at a lot of hotels, I’ve traveled to a lot of different places, but the service I received at the Martha Washington hotel was like something from outer space. You just don’t get this kind of service anywhere — and that to me, is more important than the hotel room. It was also awesome to have a great desk set-up for when I came home and had to write on here! And if I didn’t feel like using the desk, I had a gigantic and very comfy bed to do work from. Heaven.
My 5 days came and went, and when it was time to check out, I really didn’t want to. While check out was supposed to be at 11am, they let me stay until I had to leave at 12:15pm to catch my flight. I was very sad to leave, as by that point Martha Washington and the staff felt like home to me.
I will absolutely stay there again. And yes, this hotel is #BougieOnABudget certified! NYC hotels are expensive and small, but the Martha Washington hotel is big and affordable. A definite must-stay. I can’t wait to come back in September for NYFW and stay at my new home away from home. I miss my huge room and Sam and Nomy already!
Thank you to Martha Washington for having me and for your A+ service and hospitality!