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Staycation at CitizenM: An Alternative NYC Boutique Hotel

This past weekend I took a little staycation with the boyfriend and stayed a night at CitizenM, an alternative NYC boutique hotel. The reason I describe it as “alternative” is that the hotel does not have a check-in concierge, there’s no room service, and all the rooms are the exact same size. This makes the hotel very affordable, with prices starting at $159/night. Being located in Manhattan, this price is a bargain for NYC. So when I was asked to try out the hotel I was intrigued by the concept, and who doesn’t love a staycation right?

The Location: Midtown West

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I have to admit that I was hesitant about the location of the hotel as it’s marketed as being located in Times Square. While this might be great for tourists, for someone living in NYC I usually avoid Times Square like I avoid the plague. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the hotel is not actually in Times Square, but rather on 50th street between 7th and 8th avenues. This immediately made things better as I was able to take the train to 50th street and avoid Times Square all together. Additionally, once I arrived I realized that the hotel is only a block away from my favorite matcha place in the city, Bibble & Sip. I don’t go there as much given the location, but if you stay at CitizenM you must give it a try as it has the best matcha latte in the city, as well as the most delicious pastries and cream puffs.

The Lobby: A Cozy Living Room

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Upon entering the hotel, I was greeted by a spacious lobby and living room area, where you can do work, read, or just relax. I liked that there is a library space which is very conducive to working, and the entire hotel including the common areas have free WiFi. I checked-in via a kiosk by entering my name, and was surprised to find that there is staff standing around the kiosks for assistance. Since I arrived to the hotel earlier than my boyfriend, I chilled in the lobby for a bit and took advantage of the free WiFi. I found it to be very comfortable, it felt like I was in someone’s nicely decorated living room.

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The Room: Bed All Day

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All the rooms in the hotel are the same size, and are super space-efficient. The first thing I noticed when I entered the room is the ginormous bed that is definitely the highlight of the room. The bed is an XL king bed and is situated next to a huge window, making it a great opportunity for pajama photos (as you can see in the below photos). There are also cheeky pillows that add character to the room, and of course a TV mounted on the wall. After spending the night my only complaint about the bed is that I wish it was softer.

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Being a modern-concept hotel, everything is the room can be controlled by the in-room iPad, which allows you to adjust lighting (there are different mood settings like “romantic” and “movie”), the TV, and select which movies you want to watch. So you can literally control everything in the room without leaving the bed. You also get 2 free movies per night, which the boyfriend and I totally took advantage of and watched Allied and Snowden.

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As I mentioned the room is very space-efficient, with the sink actually being outside of the bathroom. The bathroom is an orb-like structure with a toilet and shower, but no tub. The space is small, but clean and modern, and has everything you need. I quite liked the packaging on the toiletries, and there were nice extras like ear cleaners, a shower cap, and makeup remover pads. The room also has a small desk that can be used for eating or working.

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Lastly, there are actually two closets in the room, each with hanging space and shelves for extra storage. For an individual or short trip there is definitely enough space for all your clothes, and there is also a big storage drawer under the bed for your suitcase. Did I mention how amazing the bed is for photos? I was finally able to shoot these Adore Me silk pajamas, and I’m so wishing I had a bed facing a huge window like this at home.

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The Cloudbar: Private City Views
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My favorite part about the CitizenM hotel is the rooftop cloudbar, offering panoramic views of the city. There is an indoor and outdoor component to the bar, and lucky for us the weather was super nice the night we stayed and so we were able to have drinks outside. The major perk about the cloudbar is that it’s only accessible to hotel guests, so you won’t find it super crowded or disruptive. We went on a Friday night and it was calm and peaceful, the perfect place to relax and enjoy a drink. Speaking of the drinks, the cocktails were delicious, although a bit pricey at $14/drink. But for a special occasion, it’s totally worth it for the view and atmosphere, and is on-par with typical hotel bar prices. layersofchic staycation citizenM nyc boutique hotel cloudbar cocktails layersofchic staycation citizenM nyc boutique hotel rooftop layersofchic staycation citizenM nyc boutique hotel style blog

The Breakfast & Final Notes

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The next morning, we stuffed ourselves at the breakfast buffet. The breakfast does not come with the standard price of the room, but can be added on for $19/person. Given the amount of options at the buffet, I think this is a pretty good deal. There were eggs, sausages, bacon, hash browns, pastries, a yogurt station, and fresh coffee and juices. Everything was tasty and I was pretty satisfied with the food.

Final Notes

So all in the all, I enjoyed the mini staycation at CitizenM. I think the hotel is a great option for if you’re traveling alone or with your significant other and are looking for an affordable yet cool option. This hotel is not a good option if you’re traveling with a friend and want separate beds, as every room is standard and there are no options for separate beds or extra cots. I liked the modern aspect of the hotel, and while the rooms were small it didn’t feel cramped and everything was nicely done. The pluses for me were definitely the huge bed and the cloudbar. I hope you’ve found this review helpful, and feel free to let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,


*This post is in collaboration with CitizenM hotel. As always, all views and opinions expressed are my own.

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34 comments so far.

34 responses to “Staycation at CitizenM: An Alternative NYC Boutique Hotel”

  1. I love the rooftop and how modern everything is! I think it’s a great concept! Xo

  2. Gail says:

    This seems like a cool short-stay hotel. Thanks for the great review! I love those pajamas and the photos are gorgeous! Xoxo

  3. Leah says:

    What a gorgeous hotel! I love all the natural like and the modern chic vibe!

    x – Leah

  4. Anna says:

    This hotel sounds great!!! Would love to stay there for a quick trip up to NYC! XO ~Anna

  5. Tania says:

    I love the concept! Small but space efficient. Me and my husband are planning a trip to NYC in may. We will definitely look into CitizenM! Thanks for the review!

  6. Liz says:

    I love all the design elements! I definitely want to visit when I’m in NYC. Also love your PJs! Happy Monday!


  7. This is amazing! I have never stayed in a boutique hotel. The concept of this one is very cool! Bookmarking for my next trip to NYC.

  8. Anna says:

    Interesting concept. I wonder if this wouldn’t work for tall people? I can’t tell from the pics but does the window have blinds?

    • says:

      yes, there are blinds! I just had them up for the photos. There is plenty of ceiling space and the bed is very large. My boyfriend is 6 feet and it was fine for him.

  9. Looks like an amazing stay…! Anywhere in NYC would feel like vacay I say, even if you live there. I have yet to visit, I hope in Sept for fashion week! You are darling in your outfits as well!

    Fashion and tRavel

  10. Leslie says:

    This place looks awesome. Oh my gosh, that bed!! I love the photos, everything looked fun. I may have to tell the boyfriend about this when we plan another trip. Hah, i may get in the lounge and not leave there.

  11. Emily Soto says:

    What a great post! I’ll have to keep this in mind for my next visit to NYC!

  12. Tina says:

    This place looks so cool, I will have to check it out the next time I am in town!

  13. We travel to NYC often and this would be a fun place to stay. I love those pillows, very clever and playful! The city bar views are not bad either 🙂

    Gennifer Rose |

  14. Amy says:

    A staycation is always such a good idea! That hotel looks so fun!


  15. jessica says:

    love the huge bed by the window with a built in movie night?! it sounds like the perfect staycation!

  16. Biki says:

    Hon, your staycation looks fantastic and just what I need. Sometimes its great to get away but still stay in your city- ya know! Loving the food and drinks pics and your switch up from lounge to more formal wear. Have a good week hon ( :

  17. vidya says:

    What an amazing hotel. Liked it. have a great week.

  18. Greta says:

    Citizen M is one of my favorite hotels in New York! Love your photos!

    Greta |

  19. What a nice hotel! I love the modern concept. I like that it’s not actually in Times Square because I avoid it like the plague too!

  20. kenzie says:

    great price for nyc! I love the option of the two free movies and that everything is controlled through an iPad! The rooms are pretty clean and the location is perf!! Thanks for sharing – i didn’t know about this hotel

  21. Love the modern feel of the hotel and that lobby is amazing. Thank you for the great recommendation Mary.


  22. Sharon Wu says:

    omg this hotel looks so gorgeous! i hope i can stay here the next time i visit nyc xo, sharon

  23. Jessica says:

    That place looks amazing!! I am SO jealous you live in NYC! I’ve never been and hearing you talk so casually about Times Square and between 7th street etc literally gave me GOOSEBUMPS!! You are so fab!

    xo, jess

  24. Thank you so much for sharing! this modern chic hotel sounds very interesting! that Chiffon-y number looks so chic and dainty! you look perfect in it!

    xx- Courtney Bentley ||

  25. Nicola says:

    Thanks for your tips, and i love this post

  26. Azanique says:

    This is so fun girl! I have been wanting to collab with hotel for a staycation ! I adore this outfit – those purple pants are so cute

    -xoxo, Azanique

  27. tracey says:

    Will definitely look into staying at Citizen M, next time in New York! Informative post.

  28. looks so elegant and cool! whenever I get the chance to go to NYC I take it and this hotel is definitely on my list of places to visit!

  29. karissa says:

    this place looks super cool! and very affordable for NY, i’ll be sure to check it out next time in in the big apple!

  30. Caitlin says:

    Thanks for sharing this, I love finding new boutique hotels!

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

  31. Sophie says:

    Love this post! I’m definitely gonna look into staying at citizen the next time i visit New York!

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