In my way too many to count trips, I have stayed at many hotels and hostels, not to mention the homes of friends and family.

In my entire lifetime, I’ve only stayed one time at a Marriott hotel.

That was the Marriott Copley Place in Boston and yes, it was just for one night because one of my Circle of Sisters and I were going to a Boston Celtics basketball game.

This time, I stayed at a Marriott hotel closer to my home.

Sort of.

To get to the Long Island Marriott from my house, there’s two ways to get there and both are by public transportation.

I can take the Nassau bus number 4 to Freeport, then take Nassau bus number 43.

Or you can do what I did which is the easiest but not the cheapest way to go.

You can take the Long Island railroad to Freeport, walk downstairs and take bus number 43.

From there, the N43 bus takes you through the villages of Freeport, Roosevelt and finally, Uniondale, where you get off at Nassau Coliseum, walk through the parking lot and the Long Island Marriott is right there at 101 James Doolittle Boulevard.

I had never stayed here before but I had been there before with a friend to celebrate a birthday.(Mine)

Due to the Covid, a lot of things weren’t available, like the pool,fitness room, room service, and one of their restaurants, Champions, wasn’t open.

The other restaurant was open but only for breakfast and dinner and drinks, of course.

Since the hotel is located across the street from Nassau Coliseum, it’s the hotel that many of the visiting hockey teams stay at when they’re playing the Islanders.

(This includes the two New York based teams, the Rangers and Devils.)

When I made my reservation on the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program, (getting the Senior Rate, doncha know), I requested a room near the elevators and with a view of the Nassau Coliseum.

I received both, but really as big as Nassau Coliseum is, there was no way I wasn’t going to get a room with a view of Nassau Coliseum.

I was even allowed to check in before 4pm because rooms were available, and thank you for that warm and very nice welcome, Marriott.

(Check out time is 11am, by the way.)

Did I like the hotel and would I stay again?

Yes, I would.

The bed was comfy, way too many pillows though, peeps.(Two is enough, don’t need 4.)

The hot water in the tub/shower was really hot, just the way I like it.

There was a Keurig coffee maker, free coffee and tea.

Plus there was a refrigerator the room, something that you wouldn’t expect to see at a Marriott.

It wasn’t wasn’t one of those mini bars either.

It was clean, empty, and seemed to be waiting for me to put some drinks in it.

My only complaint was that there were no liners in the trash cans.

No biggie though as I always carry some plastic bags with me just for this purpose.

Lots of hotels are short staffed with housekeeping, so I kind of understand.

In the grand scheme of things, that’s not that big a deal.


Okay, admit it.

When I asked you guys to guess where I was going on my 30 Plus Teams Tour, some of you who guessed were sure that I was going to Washington, DC.

The hints did sort of scream out Washington DC, sightseeing, not far from New York City, taking the bus, etc.

Some might have thought it was New York City that I was going to because I said that I could look out of my hotel window and see a big arena across the street.

I could see an arena right across the street from my hotel, but it’s not the one you’re thinking of.

My 30 Plus Teams Tour was done by the Long Island Railroad from Locust Manor to Freeport, Long Island then the Nassau County bus number 43 from Freeport to the village of Uniondale, Long Island.

The arena that was across the street from my hotel is the Nassau Coliseum, home of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League, (and the team that really gets on the Sports Diva’s nerves!)

The hotel is basically across the parking lot from the arena and no matter what floor of the hotel you’re staying on, you can’t miss it.

(More on my hotel stay in an upcoming blog post.)

Even though this was a quick trip for me, I was able to get together with one of my Circle of Sisters ,who lives nearby, for some Starbucks and some hockey chit chat.

(She is a friend of the Sports Diva, of course we’re going to be talking about sports!)

I was even to do a little bit of sightseeing since my room wasn’t ready for me yet.

All in all, I really enjoyed my little day trip staycation.


After more than a year, it’s back, my peeps!

It’s another edition of what seems to be everyone’s second favorite post from 30 Plus Teams 30 Plus Dreams, what’s in my suitcase.

The Sports Diva is finally going somewhere for a couple of days.

Where am I going?

Take a guess.

Here’s some hints.

I’m going by bus because it’s not that far and there’s a big arena that I can see right outside of my hotel window.

Where am I going?

You just have to wait and see.

Anyway, I might not be taking all of this stuff, but this is what’s in my suitcase right now.

My luggage tag from Amazon

Views of my carryon from London Fog that I brought at Marshalls.

Sneakers, booties and pink bedroom slippers

Packing cubes that I can’t seem to live without now. These are from Marshalls and Amazon.

My carryon bag from Target and Louis Vuitton makeup bag.

2 bags and my New York Rangers laundry bag that I brought from Models before it closed.

My three hats to wear.

My two caftans. Only one is going but I can’t decide if I want to wear the black or red one

My outfits for going and coming, plus doing some sightseeing in case I can’t check in early at my hotel.

Face masks and beauty face masks

Lysol, hand sanitizers, and cleaning wipes, just because

More clothes and my stuffed polar bear, DJ making an appearance.

It might be Spring but sorry, it’s still cool out. I need a jacket.

There you have it.

The return of What’s In My Suitcase.

As I said, all of this might not be going, and by the time this post comes out, my little suitcase is going to be a lot lighter to lug on a bus.