Airport Overnight at Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel
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I overnighted near JFK to make sure nothing kept me from missing my Etihad flight the next day, which wound up being a good idea since my original flight out of DC was cancelled! I’d heard the Sheraton LaGuardia East hotel was nicer than the one near JFK and since my flight from DC was into Laguardia, I decided to stay there.
The hotel shuttle was pretty prompt, a good thing since my packing for Asia meant I was underdressed to be standing outside in the New York winter weather.
The website had said the Sheraton LaGuardia East hotel had a distinctly Asian flair, but I wasn’t quite prepared to walk into a lobby occupied by several dozen China Airline employees.
But for all the crowds I only had to wait for one person to check in in front of me and was soon being told I had been upgraded to a suite for the one night!
I almost never get suite upgrades on my vacations these days, but for airport layovers I seem to have amazing luck!
I was also informed that the restaurant was closed for renovations, but that I could order room service. And that the fitness center was closed as well, but they could arrange a shuttle to take me to a nearby private gym. Visions of doing an early morning workout before getting on a plane for 12 hours quickly disappeared. (Note: my stay was back in February and the conditions may have changed)
I headed up to the 16th floor and was surprised to find my room adjacent to the elevators!
The foyer is a longish hallway and at the end is a sitting room with great windows to the right and a recently renovated bathroom to the left.
The bedroom is accessible down the hallway or through double glazed doors from the sitting room.
The sitting room was great, and even had a nice sized (empty) fridge.
A giant desk which was helpful in catching up on work the next morning before I left.
Just no plugs. I found one, under the TV area, and one on the wall which required unplugging the telephone in order to use the coffee maker!
The bed, as usual, was quite comfy and I was tempted to go to sleep immediately, but I wanted to check out the club lounge first.
Hoping I could get some non-fuzzy, non-surreptitious pictures when no one was there. It was small, but made the most of the space.
AND they had snacks laid out! I’d been trying to eat healthy the month before this trip and had abstained from all Cheezit and Cheetos consumption (my two big weaknesses) and there was a bag of Cheetos. I went for it. 🙂
The next morning I breakfasted in the lounge around 7AM, with a very helpful lounge attendant who made my coffee, brought over my bagel once it was toasted, etc.
The offerings were slim – a few pastries and muffins, bagels and bread for toast, cereal and hot oatmeal, but they did have two lovely big bowls of blackberries and raspberries.
The only downside of my stay was the noise of the elevators which sounded like someone was on the floor above (except there wasn’t one) banging their shoe upon the floor.
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