New Year's Eve in New York - HotelTonight x Intercontinental Barclays New York

New York City truly holds a special place in my heart, and will always be one of my favorite cities to visit. There’s a sense of magic in the air every time I step out into the city to start my day. The people, their fashion, the coffeeshops, the street performers,the tourists, the lights, all woven together in a beautiful symphony that is New York.

Growing up in Bangkok, Thailand, which is half a world away, my family and I would always spend lunch on New Year’s Day watching the ball drop in Times Square through our television. Even though we weren’t living in New York, nor anywhere close, somehow from the comfort of our couches it became a part of our tradition and our lives. Watching the New Year’s Eve celebration and ball drop in Times Square, year after year, has had me always longing to one day experience it in person. This year, I finally got to see it through.

Sometimes you don’t really see it when the stars align and things turn out the way they’re supposed to, not till way after at least. After this experience, I finally understand what it means to turn life’s lemons into lemonade. It was very last minute when my trip back home for the holidays got cancelled, but I am glad I took this opportunity to finally cross off something that has been on my bucket list for a really long time and thanks to HotelTonight, my time ringing in the new year was nothing short of magical.

The hotel I stayed with during my trip was the Intercontinental New York Barclay - one of my favorites that I’ve ever stayed with so far. The lobby was decorated with a beautiful Christmas tree and there were festive holiday decorations throughout making my stay feel that much more special. The room was very spacious and the bed was so comfortable that I had a really hard time getting out of it the next morning. The staff was also very friendly and helpful - even getting me checked in way before their usual time so that I could go get my early start in Times Square for the celebration. What was also really great was that the hotel was only a few blocks away from Times Square, making it an easy commute to and from the celebration. After standing for hours awaiting the clock to strike midnight, I was really thankful for having a short commute back.

Overall, my trip with HotelTonight turned out to be one of the most wonderful experiences I have ever had. Not only was it so great that HotelTonight was able to accommodate my last minute travels, it also gave me the chance to live out a dream, and wake up to the new year in one of my favorite places in the world. If I could, I’d do it all over again.