One Night at the Bentley

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Greetings from New York City!!! :mrgreen: I’m blogging from Penn Station as I wait for my train back to Boston. It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It keeps life interesting! πŸ˜‰

I can’t reveal what I’ve been up to in NYC until early July, but I can tell you about the hotel where I stayed last night and, of course, my meals and snacks for the day.

Last night, I stayed at the Bentley Hotel in the upper East side of Manhattan. The Bentley is a hip, modern hotel, but after yesterday’s tour of the wonderful Colonnade, it just couldn’t compete!

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The decor inside the Bentley is funky, boutique-y, and visually appealing.

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My room was neat, too. Somehow, I scored an upgrade and ended up with a mini suite. Cool! :mrgreen:

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It had two different sitting areas and a separate bedroom– very spacious for a New York City hotel!

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Even though the hotel seemed wonderful and looked luxurious, there were a number of aspects that didn’t thrill me:

  • The shower didn’t drain in my hotel room. So gross!
  • The TV had cable and a bunch of channels, but none of them came in clearly.
  • Two of the lamps in my room were burned out (hence my dark photos).
  • The AC/heater was old and noisy. I actually ended up turning it off before I went to bed because it was so loud.
  • There wasn’t any info about the hotel in my room. So, for instance, I didn’t realize that the continental breakfast was so expensive! If I had known, I would have grabbed food from somewhere else.
  • I didn’t exercise this morning, but I poked my head into the hotel gym. It was small and the most of the equipment looked old.

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Once I got ready for the day, I headed upstairs to the rooftop restaurant for the continental breakfast. (By night, the rooftop restaurant is a swanky cocktail lounge.)

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The selection for the continental breakfast was pretty pathetic. There just wasn’t a lot of options. Usually, I am easy to please when it comes to food– I’ll pretty much eat anything– but I struggled to come up with a healthy and appetizing breakfast.

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I ended up grabbing some fresh fruit, yogurt, and cottage cheese.

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And toast with strawberry jam and cream cheese. (I would have killed for peanut butter this morning!)

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All together with water, coffee, and the New York Times.

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The jam + cream cheese actually turned out to be a pretty good combo.

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The continental breakfast cost $14.95, so I made sure to get my money’s worth. I grabbed a banana for later.

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The continental breakfast was a total rip-off, but the views of the river and city skyline were spectacular.

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On the way back to my room, the elevator refused to go to my floor. The button wouldn’t light up for the 5th floor, but floors 4 and 6 worked fine. Weird, right? I ended up getting off on the 6th floor and walking down a flight. Not a big deal, but wtf?

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Ok, so there were quite a few things that I didn’t like about this hotel, but it really wasn’t that bad. The bed was comfy, I slept well and felt safe, and its location was close to lots of shops and restaurants. Maybe I’m still annoyed about breakfast!?

Before leaving the hotel, I enjoyed an iced coffee with milk from Starbucks.

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Mid-morning, I snacked on half of an Apple Bran Muffin and my “stolen” banana.

We ended up wrapping up the project a few hours before schedule, so I headed to Penn Station to see if I could catch an earlier train home. Switching my ticket wasn’t a problem at all, so I had time to grab a quick lunch before boarding. I got the “Chocolate Chimp” from Planet Smoothie, which was made withΒ cocoa, bananas, honey , and a “protein blast” powder.

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The smoothie was delicious, but I’m hungry again. I’m already thinking about dinner!

See ya in Beantown! 😎

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70 Comments

  1. hey Tina, i’m a newbie and thought i’d say hello! gotta admit, once i read your About page i was like – this is me….only on the other side of the world (creepy.) i love to eat healthy but still consider Lindt a staple. i also LOVE running and i know what it’s like to be out for a year with a bum hip. (it’s rough. i feel your pain, sister.) oh – and i’m somewhat of a wine snob in training. (not my fault, i live in Australia.) if you have any questions about Australian vino, please lemme know. let’s just say, wine events are not uncommon here and i’ve tasted many a glass.
    looking forward to reading more! πŸ™‚

  2. Man, I hate continental breakfasts πŸ™ I only get them if they’re free! I’m sorry you had a bad experience at the hotel… not everything is what it seems :S At least it was halfway good, right? πŸ™‚

    Wei-Wei

  3. Sorry the hotel was a no-go but it looks like you had a good time otherwise?!
    Okay now I really want a smoothie! Wouldn’t think of putting honey in it, but it looiks good!

  4. I love the jam + cream cheese combo… especially on a bagel! I’m so sorry to hear your hotel experience wasn’t great, but at least you got to enjoy being in NYC! It’s so fun!

  5. 15$ for THAT breakfast! omg thats absolutely ridiculous and would get to me! rant over, looking forward to hearing about WHY you were in nyc to eat said breakfast! πŸ™‚

  6. Am I the only one who thinks that although $15 is alot it’s not unheard of at a hotel.. especially one in NYC.

  7. Those mini Bonne Maman jams are so cute! The price of the breakfast doesn’t surprise me, I have paid more in the past and been really disappointed, so rarely eat in the hotel anymore.

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