Just got back earlier today. Had an absolutely great time. Firstly we travelled to and from the airport with Carmel limo and it worked out absolutely perfect. Our Hotel the Herald Square was very good. It is a no frills hotel but for us the location was great just around the corner from Macys.
The night we arrived we went to The View. It was great and we had a very good meal. The View was also very good. However our only gripe was that 7 of us had a round of drink that came to $81. A bit steep by our standards.
On Friday we hit the shops big time. The real shoppers went to Woodbury and were delighted with their purchases. They loved all the designer labels they got at knock down prices. The rest of us went to Macys and Jersey Gardens and we were delighted with our not so high end purchases. All in all the shopping was great and great bargains to be had if you dug around. We did a lot of shopping at Old Navy near Macys.
On Saturday I went to Century 21 and Ground Zero. Found ground Zero a very sombre and humbling experience. Century 21 was great lots of bargains especially in Sun Glasses. Saturday night we went on a dinner river cruise around Manhattan and it was one of the highlights of our trip.
On Sunday night we went to Mamma Mia. It was fab. (Carpenter it was excellent advice that you gave us regarding not going to Ground Zero after the high of Mamma Mia.) Went to Empire State Building on Sunday night at about 9pm. No Q at all. Walked straight into elevator. Had purchased our tickets on the website before travelling. ESB was excellent and our great views around the city. Be warned it is freezing on the observatory platform.
On Monday we walked around central Park and went skating at the Wollman what a great experience. Still got the bruises to prove it. Central park was great. The weather made our whole experience even better because it was so mild.
Got carmel limo to airport again yesterday with a driver called Paul who was so nice. Ask for him if you can he will make your trip so much more enjoyable. We left a bag at the Hotel and he was so helpful in making arrangements to have it sent to JFK in time to make the plane.
Had a great time, everybody so helpful from shop assistants to cab drivers,everybody. We have so many great experiences and memories. Also used the subway and it was so easy once we had done it once there were no more taxis, but when there are a few of you travelling together the taxis work out really cheap.
Our trip was made so much easier by all the advice given to me by you and everything fell into very easy.
Roll on our next trip to your fab city.