Maybe they call New York ” the city that never sleeps”, because it costs so much for a hotel room to sleep in.
Today I found out about a place that’s the best kept secret in town.
Great midtown location. Nice rooms. A fully equipped kitchen on every floor. A library. A great room with a fireplace and a grand piano.
A huge terrace with a view of the Empire State building. Even a meditation room .
All this and the price tops any deal on Priceline—it’s free.
Of course there’s a catch—the Hope Lodge isn’t open to just anyone.
It’s for the exclusive use of cancer patients and their caregivers, part of a chain across the country run by the American Cancer Society.
My tour is connected to the reason I’m in New York, for a meeting of the ACS Blogger Advisory Council.
However my visit to the Hope Lodge affected me not as a blogger, but as a cancer survivor.
As someone who’s visited cities all over the country for cancer treatment both as a patient and a caregiver —I’m all too familiar with nights spent in lonely and expensive hotel rooms, far from home. So I can’t begin to describe the impact the Hope Lodge had on me.
With more than 60 rooms and suites, the Hope Lodge meets a desperate need—and not only in New York, where the Lodge can house only 10% of the patients who would be eligible. They come from all over the world; and they find their way here based on the recommendation of the hospitals where they’re being treated.
With an average stay of 3 weeks, patients get far more than a bed—they get a community of people, and support in every possible way offered by the ACS that is an extension of the healing process—from nutrition seminars to yoga.
It’s more than a hotel; it’s a haven.
For anyone who’s ever given New York a bad rap for being unfriendly, here’s hope.