Staycation at the Marriott Residence Inn Times Square

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Despite living in Manhattan for the past 12+ years and growing up about an hour outside the city, I never had a solid hotel recommendation for out-of-town visitors. Until now.

No stranger to the Marriott brand, I've stayed in numerous ones over the years including the JW Marriott Camelback Inn while on our "babymoon." We lived in an ExecuStay for 7+ months while renovating Chez Glamamom, and I recently produced a conference at the Marriott Marquis. I didn't however, know much about Marriott's Residence Inn brand, which consequently is the one I'm most likely to choose now that I have a toddler.

Monday I became a "Resident Mom" and spent the night at the Marriott Residence Inn, Times Square to learn more about the brand and help the folks at Residence Inn understand better what families look for when traveling, as part of their initiative to expand family packages.

We have yet to stay in a hotel with Sebastian, instead opting to bunk with family or rent a house during our vacations to ensure we have all the comforts of home. One night at the Residence Inn, and I can easily see why it appeals to families and extended-stay travelers.

Accommodations include a spacious suite with a kitchen (refrigerator, sink, dishwasher, microwave, and bar seating) flat screen t.v., free WiFi, complimentary hot breakfast, huge laundry room, gym, free iPad/iPhone app with walking tours of Manhattan, and an on-call doctor.

They had me at "laundry room" but the view's not half bad either:

View from Marriott Residence Inn, Times Square
Suite, Residence Inn Times Square
Suite, Residence Inn, Times Square
Kitchen, Residence Inn, Times Square

After a comfortable night's sleep (minus the false fire alarm at 5:45 am), breakfast, and a round-table travel discussion with Sherice from The BadAssMama, Sarah from The Stroller Ballet, and Jessica from Momma's Gone City, we embarked on a Foods of New York food and cultural walking tour of the Village and visited a ton of places I'd never been like Faicco's, Centro Vinoteca, Milk & Cookies, Murray's Cheese Shop and Cornelia Street Cafe. I had leftovers for dinner tonight and can't wait to do this tour again!

Friends Building, NY
Centro Vinoteca, NY
Faicco's Risotto Balls
Bleecker Street, NY

What are your priorities when choosing a hotel?

{My participation in this "staycation" was sponsored by Marriott Residence Inn who provided me with hotel and meal accommodations. All opinions expressed herein are my own. For more photos, visit Glamamom on Facebook. For additional information on any of the 600 Residence Inns across the US or for reservations, visit Marriott's website.}