Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
On February 7th 2015, I stepped off of a plane after 8hrs – looking like I’d been dragged through a hedge backwards, having gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson – and immediately felt at home in a city I’d never visited before. That city was New York. I have waxed lyrical many times about how much I love New York so this post isn’t about that, it’s about the fact that even though you can feel at home in a city, that definitely doesn’t mean that your accommodation always feels homely. And to me, as much as I love travelling and being in a place that I love, staying and sleeping somewhere that feels like a home away from home is really really important to me.
Enter the Westin New York Grand Central Hotel…
Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
westin new york grand central
Situated right by Grand central – funny that – in the heart of midtown Manhattan, The Westin Grand Central is, in short, an incredibly stunning hotel. With a beautifully grand entrance, the level of luxury and grandeur only continues once you enter inside. With gorgeous marble and rosewood running throughout, it is definitely one of those hotels that wows from the get go.

And then you enter the room [insert all the heart eye’d emoji’s/hands in the air emoji’s here]…

Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
We were lucky enough to stay in the most amazing room and I immediately knew that we’d hit the jackpot from the second that we walked in. Before we could even jump on the bed – always a necessity when entering a hotel room – we both raced each other to the window to check out what has to be the most incredible view from a hotel room that I’ve ever experienced. But more on that later. Oh I’m such a little tease…
Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
Once we ooh’d and ahh’d at the view (and taken all the Instagram photo’s, obvs) it was then time to jump on the Westin Heavenly bed – the actual name of the bed as they even have their own beds #fancy – and it was nothing other than dreamy. Like, total “screw it, sod exploring Manhattan, let’s just stay in bed all day” kinda dreamy. Marshmallow duvets, the bounciest mattress and pillows that make you feel like you’re lying in the arms of Harvey Spector – well, I mean, they’re not that incredible but one can dream – the Heavenly beds are definitely a major perk of this beautiful hotel. 
Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
The next thing that I love about the Westin rooms are the incredible sofa’s – which double up as a bed, just in case you have any crazy nights out in Manhattan and make some friends (or, you know, your other half snores or something…) – which to me, just adds the homeliest feel to the room which as I mentioned previously, is so important to me. I absolutely loved taking a moment out from exploring the beautiful city to catch up on some blog post writing/netflix and chilling on the sofa by the window, with the view that dreams are made of was the perfect place for that.
Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
When shit got real there was some work to be done – i.e transferring the 50 bajillion photo’s that I took every day and trying to keep up to date with emails – the corner desk was the perfect little haven for this. With amazingly fast wifi to boot too. I had a little “is this really my life?” moment to myself in the middle of the holiday when I was uploading my photo’s from my Central Park and Brooklyn trips, answering some emails for some SUPER/MEGA/EPIC/STUPIDLY EXCITING projects that I have coming up soon, and drinking a Starbucks coffee from our very own coffee machine in the room… and I will never forget that moment. Or everybody that makes these amazing things happen (psst.. that’s you reading this). So thank you! Soppy moment over, it’s time to indulge in said Coffee machine pictures because if that concept isn’t #goals, then I don’t know what is.
Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
westin new york grand central
Coffee, decaf coffee, English breakfast tea and a calming camomile alongside every single sweetener, creamer etc. that you could possibly think, this might [read: definitely was] have been a personal highlight for me.
Another highlight was the bathroom – which was beautiful but clearly not designed for bloggers with the extremely yellow lighting. I know, how unthoughtful πŸ˜‰ – But with their own personalised shower gels, shampoo/conditioners etc. and a mirror that made doing your makeup a dream… it’s safe to say that I enjoyed my me time in there a lot. I did also vlog the whole trip including a room tour so yo can see said beautiful bathroom more there.
Now for Dan and I’s main highlight – although from his snores, he was a big fan of the bed too πŸ˜‰ – the view from our room…
Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
Westin new york grand central - the elle next door
From our beautiful room on the 39th floor – yep, you read that right, the 39th floor! – we had the most stunning view of midtown Manhattan. With the Chrysler building directly to our left and a view of the Queensboro Bridge and East river to our right, we were completely spoilt for scenery.
I genuinely loved absolutely nothing more than sipping my Starbucks coffee – mostly at 5am, jet lag problems – to the most breathtaking sunrise and sunset over my favourite city in the world.
Once you’re done obsessing over the view, watching the sunset, jumping on a bed dreamier than Ryan Gosling, downing your caffeine and indulging in the cosiest bath ever, I would highly recommend heading to the LCL: Bar & Kitchen – the hotel’s bar and restaurant – which is the perfect place to grab a bagel or some oatmeal before heading out to see the sights and buy all the Brandy Melville and Bath and body works things. 
So that brings me to the end of this hotel review for a place that really did become a home away from home for the most amazing 5 days of my life. A huge thank you to the Westin New York Grand Central for our amazing stay and for the loveliest most accommodating staff. [insert blow kiss and hand clapping emoji here]. We really did have the most amazing trip and the accommodation definitely played a big part in this, so I couldn’t recommend it enough!
As always, thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!


  1. Jodie Vernon says:

    I've read every single word and you've left me wanting more. I want to see the view out of your window more than anything. The little glimpses of New York make me want to visit rather badly!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  2. Beautylymin says:

    Wow, wow, just wow! Everything about this hotel sounds spectacular! Would love to visit someday! xx


  3. Angie Silver says:

    What an incredible view!! I bet you really were in heaven.
    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  4. Ugh what I wouldn't do to visit NYC again! You are soooo lucky Ellie, you must have had an amazing experience & looks like the Westin Hotel looked after you well! Can't wait to read more about your trip. πŸ™‚

  5. Glam O'Clock says:

    Aw I am so happy you got the most amazing stay. I love a good cushiony bouncy bed to relax after hours of walking and exploring (especially in NYC). I will definitely remember to check this hotel for my next trip to NYC. Xx

    Ally |

  6. It looks like a great hotel – I'd love to visit New York x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  7. Wowee that view is amazing!! This post seriously has me dreaming of NYC, I really want to go back one day. This hotel looks so lovely and jumping on the bed is definitely a necessity when first entering a new hotel room πŸ™‚ x
    Charlotte's Road // Beauty, Fashion + Lifestyle

  8. It really does look like a great place to stay, perfect location and what a view!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  9. Meg Siobhan says:

    What a gorgeous hotel room, and what a blimmin' stunning view to boot! Don't blame you not wanting to leave in a hurry. I like New York, but your posts are making me want to actually visit it!

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  10. veebz boo says:

    I completely agree, the accommodation is such a huge part of enjoying a trip – especially when you're so far away from home! But this hotel look like it definitely lived up to so many expectations, and more. Every part of the room is the perfect Instagram picture lol, but that view is definitely the highlight.:D

    – GIVEAWAY! –

  11. ella grace says:

    The hotel looks so cosy and bang on in the middle of everything. I love hotels with good locations as it is easier to navigate around. Xx

    every LiTTLE thing07

  12. R Burden says:

    The hotel and the view looks incredible. Lucky you! πŸ™‚ I really want to visit the US next year, probably for my birthday in June. Will keep this hotel and your other recommendations in mind. xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  13. What a gorgeous hotel and location! That view is so amazing! Sounds like you're having an awesome trip!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  14. Beautiful hotel and it looks really cozy πŸ™‚


  15. Your photos are ahhmazing, what a view! It looks like you had the most incredible time in New York. I'll definitely be keeping this hotel in mind for the New York trip I've been planning for about 50 million years that'll probably never happen…

    Kirstie | Kimamely Beauty

  16. Kate says:

    Wow, talk about a room with a view! Never been to NYC but it's most definitely on my bucket list. This looks like the perfect place to stay! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  17. Alina Bostan says:

    This looks like such an amazing hotel and I am so happy it's part of the Starwood group (definitely a good perk to my partner working for them), now I just need to plan a trip there soon :)! Love your photos as always, they just capture the place perfectly. Oh and how cool that they had a Starbucks coffee machine x

    Beauty with charm

    • Ahh I am so jealous of your perks Alina, I'd be travelling everywhere if I could stay in the starwood hotels every time πŸ™‚ You definitely have to go, so amazing!


  18. This is so soppy but I'm so proud that you got this opportunity! Like how amazing that you were asked to review a hotel in New York?! The whole trip looks amazing, NY is such an amazing city. I'd love to go back xxx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  19. I could cry and only but dream to get somewhere like that hahaha, the views are incredible literally and the room is gorgeous, I am always swayed by a sofa haha weird huh? But if you are in all day you want good coffee and a nice sofa, and a perfect view xxx


  20. crafty-zone says:

    Wow, I totally understand what you felt in that moment, because the hotel is AMAZING, looks very cozy and it's good to hear that you felt like a home, it's so important. What's more, the view from the window I can describe in three words: oh, my God, it's epic! <3

  21. β–ΊNadush says:

    lovely photos ! πŸ™‚
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  22. I love the view from the room, I could just stay there all day long and watch this city! As always your photos are breathtaking! x

  23. Rachel Dinh says:

    Beautiful photos, I love New York and the Westin never is disappointing.

  24. Amy says:

    The Westin looks like a beautiful hotel! It's amazing that you got the opportunity to go to New York. Your pictures look wonderful!

    Amy | Dervish Darling

  25. Ahhhhh beautiful photos! That Hotel looks amazing! So lucky! Much nicer than the hotel I stayed in when I visited New York (google hotel pennsylvania for a giggle!) x

  26. what an amazing view! I love The Westin

  27. Lauren S says:

    I need to go to NYC and I need to go nowwwwww – oh that bed looks amazing <3

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  28. A nice place to stay over the busy city.
    Looks like you had a great time

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  29. Deliciously home-y feeling! I love the view!

  30. Wow the view looks killer! I love the detail you've gone into with the post and the pics are so lovely πŸ™‚

  31. Holy guacamole! I bet the view from the 39th floor was an absolute marvel. When traveling it's always nice to find a home away from home. :]

    // β–² β–²

  32. crafty-zone says:

    Hope you had great day, dear πŸ™‚

  33. Every time you Instagram another photo of that view I'm all heart eyes. What an INCREDIBLE place and I am so envious of your time there! I bet you're counting the pennies to book your next trip! x

    Martha Jane |

  34. Oh my gosh, the view is absolutely amazing! You're so lucky πŸ™‚ Love all your gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing them with us πŸ™‚
    xo Kiki

  35. Gabrielle says:

    What a fantastic hotel – the views from your hotel room looks fabulous and I love the images of you on your laptop relaxing on the sofa! πŸ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  36. The views from the hotel look incredible. I'm still yet to go and visit New York, but I'm sure it won't be long before I'm looking for hotels or scrolling through AirBnB! J

  37. This hotel looks so lovely! I also love how ideal the location is and it must have been so cool to be so high up yet also really scary πŸ™‚ xx

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