For our anniversary I wanted to stay at the Soho grand but by the time I went to book, it went up considerably in price so I said forget it and we stayed at the Waldorf Astoria before it closed. They had a flash sale and I couldn’t resist so we finally stayed at the Soho grand which is something I’ve wanted to do forever. I love Soho and I’d say it’s my favorite part of the city, most of my favorite restaurants are there or at least by there. I just love it and it’s not touristy like midtown can be. We had a suite and had a great night of hot cocoa, netflix, and hanging in the living room of our suite before bed 🙂 I’d say it was 1000x better than our trip to the city in January. I also loved our room. Seriously we had a bar in our hotel room, an actual bar! I’m hoping to one day stay at the sister hotel the Roxy. We’re also about to reno our kitchen, bathroom, etc so I was happy to go to CB2 for some bathroom things 🙂
Another hot chocolate I really loved plus is an overall awesome place is Max Brenners! It’s like a chocolate factory you can get chocolate pizza! I only had the Italian hot chocolate but they have so much chocolate. We went here after our anniversary one year. Yums.
I consider myself a Starbucks girl (sorry dunkin) anyway it was funny when we got drinks and my hubs name is Hans. Somehow the girl got Shas. Still love starbucks 🙂
After we got married since we had already been living together, I thought it’d be fun to go stay in the city the next day. If I could go back I’d say no Crystal just chill out and do it like for Valentines or something. My grandma who I now barely talk to, kept hounding us for money. After a wedding you get lots of money in cards. Yes I’m one of those who has a grandma that just assumes our wedding money should be giving to her because she needs/wants it. We were exhausted from the wedding, barely slept the night after our wedding, and had to wake up early to see everyone for breakfast, then pack up all our stuff to head home. Since I was no longer speaking to my mom’s husband at this point (or ever again lol) we had no real help except my wonderful father. (he’s the best seriously) all of this we honestly just wanted a nap but we had to go into the city to check in (was to late to cancel!) at checkin we were both so tired we didn’t even mention how we had just gotten married, etc so we got no special treatment. Something that would have been super nice/appreciated. It felt really weird to go from everyone kissing up to us to being treated like some tourists. I still sort of blame the hotel because no one even asked us why we were there for one night. It just made me not sure if I’d ever stay here again even though I love the lobby here lol.
Anyway we went out for lunch at Cafeteria (best mac & cheese ever btw) then went for hot chocolate at city bakery (it’s like a melted candy bar) after that we finally had our nap. We finally got up at 9 pm for a fast short dinner in the restaurant downstairs. The Kardashians lived here/stayed here so when I see them eating in the hotel I at least can say hey I’ve been there! lol. Then early the next morning we headed back to home, my hubs back to work and it was like bam welcome to married life lol. It was supposed to be a yay we’re married moment instead it was just stressful as my hubs kept worrying my grandma might just take the money I had hidden (yes she’s that kind of grandma) to being exhausted, to not being upgraded, and basically just $300 spent on nothing except a bed. If I could go back I’d just make us go home it would have been better and maybe go out to dinner around here to say omg we’re married! I still love the hotel lobby. I barely remember the room except it was tiny and I think we faced a wall lol. All they had to do was ask why we were there and I would have even shown my just married top and I bet we could have had a nice suite and some kind of special treatment but nooooo lol. I blame my exhausted self too but I blame them more… Hotels always ask why you are there to fish for reasons to make your stay special, at least every other hotel except this one.
In 2014 I decided to visit my mom one last time down there. I get along fine with my mom. It’s my grandma I’m estranged from. I figured if we stayed in New Orleans I’d have fun and of course she’d have fun (she lives out in Picayune MS) Just when I thought of that this hotel popped up on groupon. Talk about a sign! I got an awesome deal and 3 nights in New Orleans. The hotel is historic (not usually my type but I loved it) It had this gorgeous pool on the rooftop. The coolest thing was the late night peanut butter & Jelly sandwiches, plus hot chocolate. Every night we’d get at least the hot chocolate. I mean really I think that’s my dream at most hotels good cocoa. I’m not a coffee drinker since I’d never sleep if I drank it lol. Seriously I had coffee once at noon and couldn’t go to bed until 5 and only slept 3 hours! Anyway this hotel was perfect and I recommend it to anyone staying in New Orleans. It’s supposedly haunted but I guess ghosts have no interest in bothering me. P.s. they are on groupon at least once a year till this day 🙂 probably more often I just don’t constantly check.
I first had this in Paris and loved it so much from the actual Angelina. I went nuts when I saw they had it at Neiman Marcus around Christmas and got 2 containers. Only have one left over 😦 they sold out now so not sure how to buy it anymore until I guess next year? I’ll have to make it last for the rest of the year lol. I have William Sonoma, Crate & Barrel and a few others so I should be okay for the rest of the year. Plus I only have hot chocolate in the winter obviously. Seriously this is the best. Since it’s from Paris I didn’t have to pay taxes on it, awesome.