From April 8th to 16th 2019 we have been on an awesome trip to NYC with the kids.
Unfortunately since we returned from NYC I have been quite busy as I accepted to replace a colleague in Kindergarten who is in maternity leave and I had lot's of stuff to prepare and get my mind into the right 'kindergarten gear'.
Right now thus, the kids and I are off for one week and I want to share finally some more details of this awesome trip.
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First, let me give you some facts:
For some years I have dreamed of visiting NYC with the kids and for some time I have been checking prices and availabilities for Premium Economy class. First of all I wanted it to be an unforgettable trip, but most of all, I wanted to ensure me not having troubles with my sore legs on our first family long distance flight.
On our flight to NYC - flight LH410, we travelled via Munich (Germany) in an Airbus A340-600. Honestly that was the uttermost perfect trip we could ever have hoped for. The plane was neat and tidy, seating was great (so much legroom :-) and stunning entertainment programs, staff was awesome and most attentive, f&b was great too. We have been seated in the front part of the plane and thus able to leave the plane quickly and pass through immigration before the big rush.
Another detail which was very convenient: some additional toilets downstairs, so that neither we nor other guests had to queue for the restroom.
On the return flight, we boarded a Boeing 747 8i - flight LH405.
Unfortunately the whole return trip was disastrous.
First of all we were delayed of several hours due to bad weather and ongoing work on one of the runways at JFK. Sh** happens ! And I thought that with some rest and sleep during the flight, everything would turn out fine.
This was not the case, because:
Secondly: the choice of this plane didn't make it any better ! The Premium Economy seats are actually placed in between economy rows and just behind the only two toilets available in between row 10 and 34 - or even consider it between rows 10 to 49, as there are only some more toilets available at the very rear end of the cabin behind row 49. So there were constantly people squeezing past our seats and queuing to get to the toilet.
Though these Boeing airplanes apparently only date back to 2012-2017, they felt clearly less comfortable and older compared to the Airbus we experienced prior. the Premium Economy in Boeing 747-8i just didn't feel much of an upgrade (we had paid for) except for the legroom.
My seat was in the last row of Premium Economy just before the emergency exits. I had carefully chosen this seat in order to be able to recline my seat and get some rest without disturbing other guests sitting behind. Unfortunately THIS was a BIG mistake: because the young man sitting behind me and my daughter at the window seat each time grabbed my seat to hold on to in order to push himself out of his seat and past his neighbours so that I was jolted awake several times with a tug.
Thirdly: our daughter was feeling nauseous and had to vomit twice. Shortly after she finally fell asleep, our eldest son woke up and told me he was feeling unwell too, and before I could escort him to the restroom, he vomited too. My husband was sitting in another row further up an was kind of trapped by a fast asleep lady, so it was just me and the kids . . . and a constant lack of sleep.
Fourthly: staff, and especially one male flight attendant, was not very attentive. I would have understood that because of the delay they were all tense and working under pressure, but this particular flight attendant was neither amiable nor particularly mannerly or respectful but rather superficial and arrogant.
Fifthly: of course we missed our connecting flight in Frankfurt and had to wait another 5,5 hours before boarding to our 40 minutes flight to Luxembourg.
Conclusion: do avoid Premium Economy in Boeing 747-8i airplanes.
Hotel: Tryp by Wyndham New York City Times Square South
We stayed for 7 nights in a family room at this Tryp hotel and really liked our stay.
Our family room had
- one king size bed
- 2 bathrooms
- a small kitchenette with sink, minibar fridge, microwave and a coffee machine
- a large closet with safe and ironing facility
- a large tv
- a luggage rack near the entrance and a chest of drawers as well as a desk/office.
If you'd love to read my complete review, please check out my account on tripadvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.de/Profile/MicheleMiMe
Conclusion: great stay, good hotel & facilities & location, great deal by booking directly through the hotel's website
Transfer from JFK airport to Manhattan and moving through Manhattan.
I didn't book any shuttle or private limousine to bring us from the airport to the hotel, but we simply grabbed a yellow cab outside the terminal.
It takes about 60 to 75 minutes to get from JFK to downtown Manhattan and vice versa. We payed $65,00 & tip for each trip.
We explored Manhattan mostly by foot, but to get back to the hotel we often took a cab. Generally we did not pay more than $15,00 to $20,00 for a trip from southern Manhattan to the hotel.
That's why we also preferred traveling by cab instead of taking the subway, as the underground single fare ticket is $3,00 per person, this fare would have been equal to the price of a cab (only kids under 44 inches (approx 112cm) are free if accompanying a paying adult).
Conclusion: though the Concierge at the hotel tried to talk us out of taking a yellow cab, we consider it a perfect way to travel around and get from or to the airport.
Some funny and strange facts about our trip:
In 8 days we walked 84,77 km.
We took a cab 9 times, including those from and to the airport.
We stopped at 6 playgrounds to give the kids a timeout.
My husband carried a basketball in his backpack throughout the city for 6 days.
The kids played basketball at 5 spectacular outside basketball courts as well on different other spots.
We traveld approx. 13.300 km to visit NYC and return home.
We’ve been to a NBA basketball game @ Madison Square Garden together with approximately 19.000 other enthusiasts.
In the next blogpost I will tell you exactly what's been on our schedule on these 8 days in NYC,
let you know how the kids appreciated this trip and share even more stunning pictures with you.
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