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Holidays On West 57th Street

See how one Owner kicked-off her holidays with Hilton Grand Vacations

Jan K.
Empire State Building lit up for Christmas in New York City.

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New York City. Just saying it adds a buzz into the air, and thanks to my vacation ownership with Hilton Grand Vacations, I've been several times. My most recent trip was during the first week of December at my favorite resort, West 57th Street by Hilton Club.


I loved arriving to see the welcoming faces of team members who've become my friends over the years. The reception area was decorated beautifully for the holidays with a lighted Christmas tree, Hanukkah menorah and seasonal orchids.

This time in The City was a very special trip for 15 members of my family and me. I was able to reserve 10 rooms, using my Hilton Club points and bonus points from a recent upgrade at West 57th Street.

We came to New York City to attend a David Rousseve production of Halfway to Dawn at Brooklyn Academy of Music. My cousin, David, is a very talented choreographer, and this was a beautifully told story of jazz legends Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington.

Later, and since we were in Brooklyn, we arranged a dinner at Café Rue Dix, French-Senegalese cuisine. The owner arranged a three-course meal complete with a champagne toast. Add it to your "places to eat in Brooklyn list" for a Big Apple experience to remember. 

December in New York City is a can't-miss travel experience. The holidays come to life throughout the city with the help of beautiful decorations. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was even more spectacular in person, and the lights at Saks were gorgeous.

It was worth braving the cold weather to view them at night.

Naturally, we had to attend The Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular's matinee performance for my first trip during the holidays. The synchronized moves are even more incredible than I had imagined they'd be. 

As if we hadn't gotten our fill, we stopped by the TKTS location in Times Square and got discounted tickets for an evening performance of Anastasia. The Broadway production had spectacular costumes, a full orchestra and wonderful dance and songs—I was in heaven.

To say that I thoroughly enjoyed New York City in December would be an understatement and thanks to that upgrade at West 57th Street, I'll be back.

The hospitality extended to my family by the team members at West 57th Street was impeccable, and everyone in my travel party was impressed with our spacious accommodations. 

Another perk of vacation ownership with Hilton Grand Vacations is the Owner's Lounge, where we enjoyed having breakfast together in the mornings and warming up in the afternoon with hot coffee and cookies.

Read The Perfect NYC Weekend Trip to hear more about Jan's Hilton Grand Vacations New York City adventures. 



Jan K.

A Member since 2007, Jan has truly made herself at home in her home resorts: West 57th Street by Hilton Club in New York; Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations Club in Oahu; The District by Hilton Club in Washington, D.C.; and Hilton Grand Vacations Club at the Flamingo in Las Vegas. Jan’s favorite travel pastime is starting her day in Manhattan with a big breakfast in the owner's lounge at West 57th and going to Broadway shows in NYC. Her favorite months to travel are April and October when she can avoid long lines and crowds. Always with a camera, she’s traveled around the world staying at Hilton family hotels, and has also attended HGV Member cruises to Alaska, Canada, and Europe. Jan is an Elite Premiere Member and wants to share her passion for the brand while teaching others how to use their points effectively. Her first piece of advice for new Owners: Keep a travel journal and write at least one thing down daily.

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