That lovely feeling of finally opening your hotel door after hours and hours of travelling, dropping your suitcase on the floor and then falling back onto the king-sized bed with its lovingly made duvet and freshly laundered sheets. But imagine doing all that in a hotel room that’s never been slept in before, or better still in a hotel that’s never had any guests in it before, and then better still in New York City! That’s what it was like when I spent 3-4 nights in the INNside New York NoMad hotel on its first day of opening.
So how this actually happen? Well I hadn’t intentionally sought out new hotels in NYC, but instead had been invited their through work to present to a team of US salespeople. It just so happened that our conference was to be in this newly opened hotel. The employees behind the desk in reception were just as happy to be there as I was as it was their first day in the hotel too. There were double the number of people behind the desk that were actually needed, but it looked like everybody was learning the ropes and keen to be out on the shop floor, together with all levels of the hotel’s management. It’s not common that you see the staff to be equally as enthused as their guests.
Everything was so “spick and span” and shiny new that workers were still positioning the pot plants in the outside foyer and tweaking the sensors for the reception’s sliding doors. We all love that “new car smell” but this was the first time I’d experienced a “new hotel smell”!
Once in the hotel room, after experiencing the “new lift smell’, I began to think OK – so in this room I’ll be the first person to use the ironing board, the first person to use the hairdryer, the first person so open the curtains and stare longingly at the Empire State Building diagonally opposite … the first person to use the bathroom …probably the first person to use the toilet?
Definitely the first person to use the shower with its freshly stocked Sampar toiletries. Talking of which, post inaugural shower, I cocooned myself in the softest, fluffiest towels I’ve ever had the good fortune to use before relaxing and watching the news on the crystal clear “new” TV.
During the week I visited the gym and no doubt was the first guest to use the treadmill too.
The INNside hotel is right slap bang in the middle of the Garment District (27th street) and made an ideal base for our company conference and post work to head N, S, E and W to easily get to all the cool parts of Manhattan. It’s only 6 months old now so I’m sure there’s still a bit of “new hotel smell” left for you to sample, and it’s somewhere where I’d quite happily return whenever I get the chance to go to New York City again 🙂