Work Hard Play Hard at The Time New York

It’s 2am, and I just got off a 15-hour flight from China. As a very frequent flier, I am accustomed to weird arrival times and new hotels in far-flung cities, but jet lag had gotten the best of me. When I arrived at the door of The Time New York Hotel, I was ready for bed.

The elevator from street level brought me to a soothing lobby of white and pale blond wood hues. Reception had my key ready (surely, I was the last person to arrive for the evening or first for the day), and after studying the nifty clock that doubles as a piece of art (the constantly shifting pieces create unique designs while intermittently telling the time), I was off to my room.

If the lobby art is not a reflection of the hotel’s name, the property is a couple of blocks away from Times Square making it perfect for tourists. The hotel has created a unique partnership with Upside Business Travel, which is where I (and many others) choose to book business travel because you score free gift cards with every purchase.

It’s not just the free gift cards to dozens of top brands that make Upside so popular, but also that the site offers up alternatives for cheaper combinations of hotels, flights or rental cars to bring the cost down even further. That’s all on top of the 24/7 customer support that makes you feel like there’s real people who care about helping you have the best business travel experience possible. As a new loyal Upside fan, I was excited to get to my Upside-branded room, which was kitted out with a nifty Upside neon window light and accent pillows.

During my stay, I found a stash of welcome swag including a STATE backpack stashed with all kinds of goodies that a business traveler would find handy. It was a nice surprise in the middle of the night and a reminder that Upside knows exactly what business traveler like us want.

Inside the bag were Apple wireless earbuds, snacks, handy tissues that fit in your briefcase, retractable lint roller, and most important of all, a Tide detergent pen to help erase any new stains on your clothes until you can get to a washing machine.

One of the coasters in the room was good for two cocktails in the hotel’s Serafina bar, which I didn’t notice until I was checking out, unfortunately. On the flip side of the coaster was a reminder of National Business Traveler Day--and that the Business Traveler Dream Sweepstakes doesn’t close until May 18th, 2018!

Thankfully, there’s still time to enter for the chance to win thousands of #NBTDay prizes, including free first-class domestic flight upgrades for two decades. Just don’t forget to read over the sweepstakes rules before putting your name in the running.

Another great perk of my stay at The Time New York was that continental breakfast in the restaurant was included each morning as part of my rate. My stay in New York was made a #BetterBusinessTrip thanks to the perks that Upside had secured, which is a great example of the many hotel partners they have.

The central location of the hotel made getting to meetings a cinch, and on one especially rainy day, it was great to cocoon myself in a cozy bed and nap off some of the jet lag!

Where are your favorite places to stay when in New York City for work?

Meet Ramsey Qubein, our Upside guest blogger!

Ramsey Qubein is a freelance travel journalist who has traveled to 166+ countries and lived in both Madrid and Paris. He flies over 400,000+ miles a year and is considered an expert in travel loyalty programs and business travel. His work has been featured in dozens of publications, including Travel+Leisure and USA Today. He is also a regular columnist for AFAR.

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Disclosure: Upside paid for my stay at The Time New York Hotel, but all opinions presented in this post are my own.