Kay
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Manhattan Hotel Midtown East, South Or Timesquare?

Fri Nov 23, 2007 3:09 pm

Where is the best place to stay in Manhattan for a tourist? (yes, not for a frequent traveller but something special, for my g/f).

If I choose the obvious like timesquare or midtown central (or east), am I missing something special?
I know Soho is hip, but I imagine NY to be the big streets first, and then the charm of Soho. I'd like to be close to the typical landmarks and views, but this doesn't mean that it's a good place to stay, thereby my question.

Kay
 
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RE: Manhattan Hotel Midtown East, South Or Timesquare?

Fri Nov 23, 2007 3:57 pm

I think that it depends on how much you want to spend.  Smile There are some nice hotels in mid-town, (Westin, Hilton, Sheraton, etc). You will find cheaper hotels in Upper-West side as well as Lower-west side. But be careful, some of these cheap hotels are not that good. Rooms may be very small, and sometimes the location is not the best. Hotels.com is a good way to see prices and room availability.

Not sure how long you plan to spend in NYC, but I would definitely spend one day in Downtown. You have to see Battery Park, Pier 17, SoHo, China Town, Tribeca, Washington Square, etc. They are all amazing places, and trust me one day won't be enough. If there weather is good, I would recommend to walk to the Brooklyn and back via Brooklyn Bridge. It provides with nice view on the city.

I would recommend to visit midtown, by going to Empire State Building (visit the terrace and be there early as it takes long time to get up), than follow Fifth Ave, up. You will see Rockefeller Center, the St. Patrick's Cathedral, one of many Trump Towers (but this one has really nice inside waterfall with nice restaurant/cafe and it is a good bathroom stop.  Smile ) Walk up until the Apple Store, than take Central Park South towards Columbus Circle (go left, towards west/NJ). BTW,there are few pricey hotels there as well with a nice view on the Central Park. When you get to Columbus Circle, take your gf inside. This is an amazing spot, and there is Sephora as well! Girls like that store!  bigthumbsup  There is more to do in Columbus Circle than just Sephora. Really nice place!

Than I would walk down the Broadway all the way to the Time Square. To be honest after so much walking you will be happy to go to the hotel.

Besides your normal tourist attractions, I would definitely visit UN, you don't have to go for the tour, but it may be nice to see it once in the lifetime. Definitely visit the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, a MUST! If you get lucky, there is a terrace and the views out from there are simply fantastic! You will easily spend a day in there. It is a really huge museum.

If you want to, i would suggest to take a tourist bus tour of the city, but if you want to travel to Downtown or around the city, definitely use the Subway. It is fast and safe in the Manhattan. Sometimes Taxi is hard to get, especially during rush hour and Friday afternoon.

There is so much to do in the City, musicals (well.....they are on strike now, but I hope that this well end relatively soon  Smile ), there are nice shopping places (Pier 17, Columbus Circle, plus many stores along Fifth Ave, Sixth Ave and Broadway, and a plenty in SoHo.) and there are some really nice restaurants. There is very good stake house, Del Frisco's (http://www.delfriscos.com/newyork/). Not the cheapest stake house, but it is THE BEST stake house.  Smile

I am sure that I missed lots of other nice attractions, but as you can see there is a lot of to do in the Midtown and Downtown, but I would definitely choose a hotel in midtown, as it is close to many attractions.

Cheers,
Andrej
 
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RE: Manhattan Hotel Midtown East, South Or Timesquare?

Fri Nov 23, 2007 4:15 pm

I'm a big fan of the Upper West Side because it isn't as noisy, more residential. It's been a few years since I frequented New York (every week of my life) on business, but I had discovered the Lucerne Hotel, which is in the nineties on the West Side. Nothing special, but very clean and reasonable rates. I don't know if it's maintained this reputation as it has been a few years since I've booked it.

The problem with Midtown is that it is noisy all night long. And the garbarge trucks start doing their business at 4:00 a.m.
 
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RE: Manhattan Hotel Midtown East, South Or Timesquare?

Fri Nov 23, 2007 4:26 pm

Kay,

If you can give us an idea of your budget and time of travel I can suggest perfect places...

Meanwhile, some general thoughts:

1. New York is too hip to bother staying in a hip hotel.
2. Forget Soho. Great place to visit but I wouldn't want to 'live' there!
3. You will be out on the streets a lot, so the hotel is not as critical.
4. I would consider an apt hotel like Affinia as a possibility too.

As a first choice I would stay in the 50's - Midtown East / Central Park South - most convenient for things to do.

As for other typical places:

Hip:

1. Soho - Soho Grand - note my thoughts above.
2. Meat Packing District: - Soho House (hot rooftop scene), Maritime, The Gansevoort
3. Midtown - Dream
4. Carlton - new spot on Madison Ave ( Midtown 20's)

$$$$:

1. Four Seasons - best hotel in NYC.
2. Also rans - The Peninsula on 5th Ave, St Regis, Mandarin Oriental in the Time Warner Building
3. Assorted hotels on Central Park South - but a room with a view of Central Park is a bargain at the Park Lane.

Avoid:

H57, The Hudson, Waldorf Astoria, Hilton and Sheraton on 7th Ave.

My tip:

Get a room on a high floor with a view of the City at night, grab a bottle of Champagne... Smile


Very glad to help - please message me if you have any questions!
 
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RE: Manhattan Hotel Midtown East, South Or Timesquare?

Fri Nov 23, 2007 4:45 pm



Quoting Comorin (Reply 3):
Kay,

If you can give us an idea of your budget and time of travel I can suggest perfect places...

Between 3 and 4 stars, between 250 and 300$/night (some websites have offers where you can reach these stars with this money, business trip by the way. so it's taken care of  Wink )
I'll be there for 6 nights.

I wonder how I can specify a request for an upper floor room through website reservations? (www.booking.com etc)

I'm very attracted to the midtown area. I agree, a low room is catastrophic because of the noise, and a cheap hotel will consist of a microscopic room.

Quoting MBMBOS (Reply 2):
I had discovered the Lucerne Hotel, which is in the nineties on the West Side. Nothing special, but very clean and reasonable rates. I don't know if it's maintained this reputation as it has been a few years since I've booked it.
The problem with Midtown is that it is noisy all night long. And the garbarge trucks start doing their business at 4:00 a.m.

Good recommendation. Perhaps if I am alone i'll consider it.

Thanks for the expert info till now
Kay
 
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RE: Manhattan Hotel Midtown East, South Or Timesquare?

Fri Nov 23, 2007 4:52 pm



Quoting Comorin (Reply 3):
Get a room on a high floor with a view of the City at night, grab a bottle of Champagne...

The man gives sound advice.  yes 

I wouldn't worry about picking based on where you want to be close to - as long as you're in Manhattan you're about thirty or forty-five minutes by train from anywhere that you'd want to go.

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RE: Manhattan Hotel Midtown East, South Or Timesquare?

Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:52 pm



Quoting Kay (Reply 4):
etween 3 and 4 stars, between 250 and 300$/night (some websites have offers where you can reach these stars with this money, business trip by the way. so it's taken care of Wink )
I'll be there for 6 nights.

I wonder how I can specify a request for an upper floor room through website reservations? (www.booking.com etc)

Ok, let me chew on this for a bit and I'll get back to you in a few hours...

Quoting Mir (Reply 5):
he man gives sound advice.

Thanks!
 
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RE: Manhattan Hotel Midtown East, South Or Timesquare?

Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:08 pm

I've always been a fan of Kimpton properties, and I think that The Muse hotel is a solid pick. They also own 70 Park Avenue -- both are nice, stylish and shouldn't break the bank.

JBLU
 
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RE: Manhattan Hotel Midtown East, South Or Timesquare?

Sat Nov 24, 2007 2:52 am

I would say Times Square. It's central to everything if you want to walk. But it is a major connecting point for the subway so it's easy to move around the city from there.
 
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RE: Manhattan Hotel Midtown East, South Or Timesquare?

Sat Nov 24, 2007 5:07 am

Kay,

Since I don't know when you'll be here, I wasn't able to figure out which hotels would be in your price range. If you like, you can post some choices and I/others will be happy to help nudge you to the right place!

I'll check again in the a.m....
 
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RE: Manhattan Hotel Midtown East, South Or Timesquare?

Sat Nov 24, 2007 5:15 am



Quoting Kay (Thread starter):
Where is the best place to stay in Manhattan for a tourist?

IMO, I would say in or near Times Square. I've stayed in a Hampton Inn near JFK (big  thumbsdown  ), the Millenium Hilton across from the WTC (in August of '01, no less) and at the Hilton Times Square. Though, I'm glad to have stayed at the Millenium when I did, I'd rather stay anytime now in Times Square. Face it - you're close to everything - the subway, good restaurants and the glitzy trappings. My  twocents .
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RE: Manhattan Hotel Midtown East, South Or Timesquare?

Sat Nov 24, 2007 3:39 pm



Quoting Kay (Reply 4):
Between 3 and 4 stars, between 250 and 300$/night

Hope you're not planning to be in NY between now and January if you want those prices! Even the Red Roof and Super 8 are $399 a night.
 
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RE: Manhattan Hotel Midtown East, South Or Timesquare?

Sat Nov 24, 2007 3:47 pm

For hip try the Tribeca Grand or Soho Grand, I stayed with my wife at the Tribeca Grand and had a great experience. We went to Nobu which is just a couple blocks away.

http://www.tribecagrand.com/aboutTGH/about.htm

http://www.sohogrand.com/

For Mid-town My Wife and I stayed at the Marriott Marquis for the Dental Convention, for conveinence to Times Square it does not get better than the Marriott Marquis.

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/trave...ork-marriott-marquis-times-square/

Other places..

The Westin Times Square is a great property, only a few years old.

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin...verview/index.html?propertyID=1380

The W Hotels are real Chic, and have some great locations.

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotel.../index.html?destinationID=new_york

If you can afford it nothing comes close to the Mandarin Oriental at the Time Warner Center, My Wife and I did not stay there but we visited the Bar and Spa. Wow! The Views on Central Park South are spectacular.

http://www.mandarinoriental.com/hotel/532000457.asp
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