WJ Hotel is Looking to Extend Your Summer

As August nears its end and summer seems to be a distant memory, we want you to have an opportunity to soak up the last of the summer sun. That’s why the Washington Jefferson Hotel has decided to Extend the Summer in NYC. Take advantage of an opportunity to fit in one last New York City vacation in the autumn and winter months. With our Extend the Summer offer, planning and travel is as easy as it gets.

Planning your next NYC vacation will be stress free when you decide to Extend the Summer with us. With dates through December, guests are able to take advantage of New York City’s most mild autumn weather as they soak in the sites. Planning is easy, from travel to activities, we’ve made sure that you don’t need to worry about a thing.

Set out to experience the beautiful autumn weather in New York City. Cooler temperatures and fewer crowds mean that you’ll be able to experience every attraction and event with ease. Skip the line at the Subway, we’ve got your $20 MetroCard right at the front desk. Even touring the city is simpler with Frommer’s Easy Guide to New York City 2014, our gift to you. Live the life of a true New Yorker and browse the book’s exciting list of attractions and activities as you travel on the train from one attraction to another.

Extend the Summer by Booking August 26th – September 9th and Enjoy:

  • Up to 20% Off Best Available Rate
  • Complimentary $20 MetroCard
  • Complimentary Frommer’s Easy Guide to New York City 2014


Don’t let summer end, treat yourself to this no mess, no stress trip to NYC. Stay four nights or more with us to enjoy 20% off the best available rate or enjoy a quick getaway with 15% off three nights or 10% off two nights. Our offer allows you to Extend the Summer through December! Be sure to book soon, our Extend the Summer offer is only available for a limited time.

Based on availability, some restrictions and blackout dates may apply. A minimum two night stay is required weekdays, a minimum three night stay is required weekends. Nonrefundable bookings are not included in this offer.

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Mamma Mia! – A fABBAlous Partnership

We are happy to inform you of our new partnership with the exciting Mamma Mia! Broadway play. I do not know about you, but every time I hear an ABBA song it sticks in my head all day. MAMMA MIA! features dozens of your favorite ABBA songs including “Dancing Queen,” “Take A Chance on Me” and, of course, “Mamma Mia!”. I saw Mamma Mia! recently and everyone was singing and dancing in their seats just like the advertising states. The show is a lot of fun and I would recommend you seeing it for a definite good time.MM1

As a Washington Jefferson Hotel guest, there is an added incentive:


Please ask the front desk for full details.

In addition, there is ANOTHER exciting LIMITED TIME offer for Washington Jefferson Hotel guests:

Kick off your Fourth of July weekend with MAMMA MIA! on Broadway! Save on the Friday, July 4th 2 p.m. performance where tickets will be as low as $49, with orchestra seats starting at $79 (regular price $99 to $132). Click here to order. Offer is limited. Purchase by June 30th to ensure this special rate.

I would love to hear what you think of the play.

As always, “WJ is the place to stay”.

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The best of Broadway is just outside our doors.

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While you’re enjoying a comfortable stay at the Washington Jefferson Hotel, be sure to buy tickets to one of the highly anticipated NYC Broadway shows.

Although the Theater District is one of the most popular tourist attractions in New York City, you’re also likely to catch a number of locals flocking to the number of theaters along Broadway. As the largest theater presence in the country, outside of Los Angeles and Hollywood, New York City is home to some of the best plays, musicals and off-Broadway shows.

Whether you’re on a family vacation or looking for some entertainment to start off a romantic evening, you cannot go wrong with a viewing of one of the well-attended NYC Broadway shows.

  • Les Miserables: Returning to the Imperial Theatre this year, this award-winning musical pulls at the heart strings. Les Mis tells the tale of a fugitive on the run, a promise made to a dying mother, and a hope that despite our circumstances we can change destiny.
  • Book of Mormon: From the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of South Park, this comical Broadway musical is about a pair of mismatched Mormon boys who are sent out on a mission.
  • Wicked: Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. Escape to a world of emerald green as you follow the tale of two unlikely friends who ultimately grow into two very different women, The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.
  • The Lion King: Disney presents a musical that brings to stage a wildly popular story and a landscape that has been specially adapted for the Minskoff Theater.
  • Rock of Ages: The 80’s are alive and well in New York City. This new musical features the hits of Bon Jovi, Styx, Pat Benatar and many others. Hairspray not included.
  • Aladdin: Wishing your yellow taxi was a magic carpet taking you to a faraway land? You may be in luck. Based on the Disney classic, Aladdin features a fantastic musical score and an award winning director.

 The best of Broadway is just outside our doors as we are a top choice in Theater District hotels. Browse some nearby NYC theatres and venues below and see what’s playing during your stay in Manhattan.


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An NYC Guide for the Solo Female Traveler.

Rooms22So you’re a woman with an adventurous spirit, ready to take on the big city. Have you heard about our Petite Room, the perfect choice for a solo traveler?

The Washington Jefferson is a centrally located boutique hotel with a front desk that is manned 24/7, and rooms that are equipped with deadlocks as well as safety latches. Our intimate and affordable accommodations are designed for your specific needs and feature a line of complimentary modern amenities including the always in-demand high-speed WI-FI in all rooms and gym on the ground level.

And because we are a boutique hotel, we pride ourselves on being able to spend more time catering to you and seeing that you are as comfortable as possible. Whether you need help navigating the subway, or maybe finding tickets for a show, we are more than happy to assist.

If you are here for business, leisure or a little bit of both, the WJ Hotel offers easy access to all the best sights in the city. Below are a handful of some our favorite picks within easy walking distance. Keep in mind, this list is only the beginning. Ask our Front Desk Staff  for even more ideas on what to do and see while here.

P.S. Have your solo plans changed? Do you want to bring a friend? Rooms are cozy, but they can also come with two twin beds (at an additional charge). Take on the town together with a girl’s getaway you won’t soon forget.

Learn more about planning NYC female solo travel with the Washington Jefferson Hotel.


Top of the Rock
(212) 698-2000
See Manhattan from new heights at the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Plaza. It’ll give you a whole new look at what’s easily considered the best city in the world.

(212) 708-9400
Browse NYC’s premier collection of modern art at MoMA, home to such gems as Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Dali’s The Persistence of Memory, Matisse’s The Dance and many more.

New York City Ballet
(212) 870-5570
Founded in 1948, the New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world, with a roster of spectacular dancers and an unparalleled repertory.

The WJ Hotel is the premier choice in Theater District NYC hotels, offering easy access to the best shows on Broadway, from Chicago and Wicked to the latest hot performances.


(212) 581-1581
Dine on fresh Japanese cuisine at the upscale Shimizu restaurant in Midtown.

Maria Pia
(212) 765-6463
Feast on Italian fare at the beloved Maria Pia, open for lunch and dinner and offering an open bar.

(212) 399-9265
This Hell’s Kitchen eatery serves up authentic Italian dishes alongside great wine varietals and decadent dessert.


(212) 246-0386
Certainly a sight to see, Anthropologies specializes in whimsical clothing, accessories and home items with a touch of Parisian flair.

Saks Fifth Avenue
(212) 753-4000
There’s no place like Saks Fifth Avenue for designer brands in a world-class shopping facility.

Tiffany & Co.
(212) 755-8000
Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend. Stock up on blue boxes at Tiffany & Co.


Avanti Nail & Spa
(212) 757-1269
Aside from affordable mani/pedi’s, Avanti offers massages and reflexology in a quaint setting.

Snowflakes Spa
(212) 315-5788
Use the ancient techniques of Chinese medicine to soothe your muscles and revitalize your spirit.

(212) 581-1398
Specializing in skin care and massage, SKNSPA is a haven for relaxation in Hell’s Kitchen.


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A nice change from eating at my desk.

maria pia 1With the Super bowl behind us  we wanted to continue to make recommendations while you are staying at the Washington Jefferson Hotel. I have had the opportunity to go out to eat not once but twice in the last couple of weeks.  Which was a nice change from eating at my desk. 

 For this blog, I wanted to recommend one of the restaurants that we work very closely with and is a staff favorite.   Maria Pia, an Italian Restaurant located across the street from the Hotel.  I occasionally go there for lunches with clients but this time I went for dinner.  Although I always recommend Maria Pia,  to guests and friends, I rarely get to eat dinner there.  When I do go I usually order the same thing Pasta or Steak but this time I chose a white fish from the Specials.  I have to admit I love it.   I guess I really need to listen to the specials more.  The food is reasonably priced and I would suggest the Prix Fix Lunch or  Prix Fix Dinner. Oh and fried calamari as an appetizer.   http://nycrg.com/maria-pia

 Enjoy. Let us know if you try Maria Pia.  Remember the WJ is the place to stay.


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There is a lot of excitement around town with The Super Bowl less than a week away.

super bowl There is a lot of excitement around town with The Super Bowl less than a week away.  I know it is cold outside after all it is New York City in January.   Since some of you are not fans of the cold  we wanted to share with you some “Super Bowl” activities that are indoors.

 The Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the National Football League have created an interactive program and exhibit at CMOM to celebrate Super Bowl XLVIII. In the now open exhibit, children and their families get a behind-the-scenes look at NFL officiating. Programs, exhibits and clinics—including NFL’s Play60 youth health and fitness initiative—help families learn how decision-making and physical fitness lead to valuable leadership and social skills. The experience is on view thru the end of February. 212 W. 83rd St., btw Amsterdam Ave. & Broadway, 212.721.1223-cmom.org.

Head to Madame Tussauds New York to see Blitz and Glam! Legends of the Big Game Exhibit, on view Jan. 21 thru Feb. 2, 2014. This limited-time exhibit features legendary quarterbacks (think Eli Manning and Joe Montana) and divas that rocked the stadiums, including Whitney Houston and Madonna—both donned in outfits worn during their Super Bowl performances. The exhibit is located in the attraction’s Sports Zone. 234 W. 42nd St., btw Seventh & Eighth aves., 866.841.3505 madametussauds.com/NewYork.

Below are some more exciting events (sorry some of them are outdoors)

SUPER BOWL BOULEVARD ENGINEERED BY GMC Broadway between 34th & 47th Streets Wednesday

January 29 – Saturday, February 1; 12PM – 10PM

Register for a FREE Super Bowl Boulevard Engineered by GMC badge! By registering, you will be entered for a chance to win (2) tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII*. Also, registering online will allow you to pick-up your badge at Super Bowl Boulevard where you can:
Take a photo with the Vince Lombardi Trophy!
Receive FREE autographs from NFL players!
Kick a field goal through NFL uprights!
Visit the broadcast sets of NFL Network, ESPN and FOX!
Ride the 60′ foot toboggan ($5 per ride donated to MillionTreesNYC) !
Visit NFL sponsor displays and receive FREE giveaways!


January 29 – February 1

Location: Storefront of Macy’s in Herald Square (34th Street & Broadway) This spectacular video show on the façade of the famous Macy’s storefront at Herald Square is a visual celebration of football. Shows will begin at 5PM nightly and run for 10 minutes every 30 minutes until 9:30PM. Rain, sleet or Hail Mary, this is the NFL like you’ve never seen it before!



January 29 – February 1
Location: Between 34th & 35th streets

Hey Kids! Step into the animated world of the NFL at the NFL RUSH ZONE Experience in a heated, tented space to learn more about the Guardians who protect the NFL and all 32 teams. Enter the RUSH ZONE! Get in the game with NFL PLAY 60 to show how you can stay active and healthy in any weather on the NFL PLAY 60 Field or explore our heated, tented space to find out how you can join the NFL PLAY 60 movement. For boys & girls ages 6-13.


January 29 – February 1
Location: Between 39th & 40th 

From 12PM – 5PM daily, the autograph stage offers FREE autographs from some of your favorite NFL stars. At 8PM, the concert stage comes alive with some of the best talent New York has to offer. Throw on an extra layer, embrace the cold and enjoy the show. A list of all NFL players signing on the autograph stage will be made available by Monday, January 27th.



January 29 – February 1
Location: Between 40th & 41st 

At 60 feet tall and 180 feet long, this 8-lane Toboggan Run Engineered by GMC promises a winter memory for adults and kids alike. Tickets are $5 per ride and can be purchased at the ticket kiosks at Three Bryant Park Plaza located at 40 West 40th Street (west of 6th Avenue) or at the NFL Shop at Super Bowl in Macy’s. All proceeds will benefit MillionTreesNYC. Ticket kiosks are open from 10am-9:30pm ET and are located at 3 Bryant Park Plaza at 41st street.



January 29 – February 1
Location: Between 43rd and 44th

Football’s most prestigious award, the Vince Lombardi Trophy, awaits all fans and provides a rare experience to capture on film and share with friends.http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/48/events/boulevard

 Enjoy this exciting time in NYC. Remember the WJ is the place to stay.

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Celebrate like an MVP with the WJ Super Bowl XLVIII Package


Super Bowl XLVIII is coming to the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, just 10 miles from NYC. To give you the Peyton Manning all-star treatment, we’re offering a Super Bowl package that features stylish overnight accommodations with late checkout, complimentary breakfast for two at Cosmic Diner, a $20 Starbucks gift card and themed souvenir. Simply make reservations for stays between January 25, 2014 and February 4, 2014 and we’ll take care of the rest!

The Washington Jefferson Hotel is located just 30 minutes from the stadium, making us the ideal choice for Super Bowl hotel rooms. Catch a cab, take a bus, or hop on a train across the river to New Jersey for all the big-game festivities!

Don’t have tickets to the game? No problem! There are so many options for enjoying the game without having tickets. The area is teeming with lively bars that will broadcast the game or you can rest up in your room and watch it live on your very own flat-screen TV.

New York City will also host a slew of events during the week leading up to the game, including Super Bowl Boulevard Engineered by GMC. This free, interactive, football-themed experience takes place January 29–February 1, noon–10pm, on Broadway between 34th and 47th Streets in the heart of Times Square. There will be an eight-lane, 180-foot long, 58-foot-high toboggan run able to handle up to 1,000 riders an hour. The run — between 40th and 41st Streets — will be open from January 29 to February 1, the day before Super Bowl XLVIII is played at MetLife Stadium.

Stop by a live concert, snap a photo with the Vince Lombardi Trophy or race down a specially made toboggan. Admission is FREE and open to the public. FOX, NFL Network, CBS, CNN and ESPN will broadcast the festivities live.

Read more: http://www.nycgo.com/articles/super-bowl-boulevard

Learn more about the Super Bowl XLVIII package at our Midtown Manhattan hotel here.

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Welcome to the Washington Jefferson Hotel Blog.

Tterer District - J socialThe WJH is located in the heart of New York City — the Theater District — providing easy access to all surrounding attractions. Within walking distance, you will find Times Square, Lincoln Center, the MOMA, Radio City Music Hall, and Rockefeller Center.

NYC is commonly known as the city that never sleeps, and truthfully, there is so much going on daily that even the native New Yorkers cannot keep up. Keeping that in mind, we want to make sure that you make the most of your stay at the WJH and experience all that New York has to offer during your time with us.

We have designed this blog for you and most of what we will post will not be typical tourist attractions. Instead, they will be recommendations from fellow New Yorkers, so that you can get an inside scoop and a real feel for what it is like to be a native.

We would like the blog to be a place for sharing, and communicating with us, the WJH team.

Please feel free to post your recommendations and suggestions. We are looking forward to new experiences with you.

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