Where should I stay in New York? If you are visiting NYC I am sure you have asked yourself this many times. WIth a city so small in size you wonder why it is so hard to figure out where you should stay in New York. It is quite intimidating when you do not know the city. It is like finding a needle in a haystack. So I hope this NYC hotel guide can help. I hope this task of finding a hotel room to book can be made easier with my where you should stay in New York Guide. If you need help or would like to know How To get cheap flights I detail it here. If you only have 48 hours in New York click here to check out right my recommended itinerary to see this magnificent city if all you have is 48 hours.
Knowing a little bit about the New York City neighborhoods can help you while you are searching for a place to stay.
Staying anywhere south of Lincoln Square and 86th street on the upper east side is a pretty safe bet. Manhattan is so small you can easily reach any area of the city that you want to see. The first time I ever visited NYC I went on a spur of the moment weekend trip while I was in college I stayed near Time Square and walked all the way down to soho! Some neighborhoods I would suggest not staying in are: East Village, Chinatown, ABC city, lower east side, little Italy and 8th avenue between 34th – 42nd street is full of porn shops and liquor stores not very pleasant to walk back to at night.
In NYC you will find an array of hotels to choose from. There are national and worldwide brands, boutique hotels and small economy hotels. You may be scared by the cost of these hotels. If you have been doing some hotel research and trying to book a place you have already learned that this is not a cheap place to rent a hotel room. Even the crummiest places and those far from the city could easily run you $100 a night. For the budget conscious traveler I suggest visiting NYC on a Sunday thru Thursday. There really is no low season here as there are always tourist, but the higher seasons are December, May thru August. Some of my favorite budget hotels are:
Hilton Garden Inn – Midtown West
Hilton New York- Fashion District
The Jane Hotel- West Side along Hudson
Four Points Sheraton– West Village
The Pod 39 Hotel- Murray Hill
The Cosmopolitan- Tribeca
The Bentley Hotel- Upper East Side
Lately a new thing that has taken a lot of popularity is New Yorkers putting up there apartments for rent via sites like http://airbnb.com . I personally have rented my apartment via this website when I would be away on my own vacation. Pay attention to the neighborhood they have their apartment for rent and read there reviews.
For those people who want to pretend to be trust fund babies or get a glimpse of the glitzy NY lifestyle here are my top picks for the coolest hotels you want to be seen in and that will not deplete your 401K fund. These hotels come stocked with luxe amenities like feather-filled duvets, 42-inch plasma TVs, L’Occitane products and Skype/Bluetooth-enabled phones
The Gansevoort – Meatpacking District
The Standard – Meatpacking District
The Thompson – Lower East Side
Night – Time Square
Ace Hotel – Midtown South
If you have no budget and you are living the rich and famous lifestyle there here is a list of New Yorks most luxurious hotels.
The St. Regis- Midtown East
The Plaza – Midtown East
The Mandarin Oriental – Upper West Side
Trump Soho – Soho
Four Seasons New York– Midtown East
The Peninsula – Midtown East
So whether your way is to go budget or live a little New York has a something for all taste! Enjoy your trip and again if you need a little guide check out my 48 hours in NYC guide RIGHT HERE.
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