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Where to stayin New York

Where to stay in the Big Apple may prove daunting given the sheer number of neighborhoods. Manhattan alone has dozens of neighborhoods, each with places to stay that have their own charms and distinctions. The benefit of all these options is being able to book a room in a section of the city that suits the type of vacation you're looking for. Here are some of the best areas to find a hotel in New York City.

Top Places to Stay for Sightseeing

Midtown is the place to reserve a hotel to be near all the biggest names in sightseeing. This district in central Manhattan is unofficially divided into Midtown West and Midtown East, which also have their own sub-neighborhoods. A hotel in Midtown West's Theater District is perfect if a night out on Broadway is on the wish list and photos in Times Square are a must. For convenience, Midtown East is a good place to stay because it includes the famous transportation hub of Grand Central and iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center and Chrysler Building. The Wall Street-Financial District, part of the wider Lower Manhattan area, is the business heart of the Big Apple, a good place to book accommodation if you want to mingle with bankers and see the New York Stock Exchange. This area also includes Battery Park, which offers a great view of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. Get a closer view of the statue on the free Staten Island Ferry. The terminal is right near Battery Park.

Midtown

Macy's and Bryant Park are a few top attractions in Midtown. Hop around the city on the metro at 42 St. - Bryant Pk. Station or 34 St. Station (Herald Square) and check out the area's fascinating museums, soaring skyscrapers, and acclaimed art galleries.

Recommended hotels in Midtown

Midtown West

Known for its soaring skyscrapers, popular shops, and eye-catching views, there's plenty to explore in Midtown West. Top attractions like Gershwin Theater and Broadway are major draws. Catch the metro at 50 St. Station (8th Av.) or 49th St. Station to see more of the city.

Recommended hotels in Midtown West

Theater District

Broadway and Times Square are top sights in Theater District, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at 49th St. Station or Times Sq. - 42 St. Station to see more sights in the area.

Recommended hotels in Theater District

Wall Street

Wall Street is well-liked for its restaurants and museums. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Federal Hall and Museum of American Finance are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Wall St. Station or Wall St. Station (Broadway) to get around.

Recommended hotels in Wall Street

Best Neighborhoods for Dining

In historic Tribeca ("Triangle Below Canal Street"), find a hotel along the cobblestone streets, which are lined with modern upscale restaurants and family-run establishments. For Michelin stars and star power, find a room in Chelsea, where big-name chefs run their world-famous restaurants. Union Square hotels are also convenient to restaurants showcasing today's most recognizable celebrity chefs. Alternatively, reserve a room in Hell's Kitchen for the best ethnic dining options, from Bolivian to Thai. In this area, which is right next to the Theater District, many of the establishments stay open late, making it a great neighborhood to stay in for pre- or post-theater dining options.

Tribeca

Consider a visit to Canal Park and take some time to enjoy the lively bars during your time in Tribeca. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Franklin St. Station or Chambers St. Station (Hudson St.).

Recommended hotels in Tribeca

Chelsea

Chelsea is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like The High Line Park and Madison Square Garden. See more of New York by jumping on the metro at 23 St. Station (8th Av.) or 23 St. Station (7th Av.).

Recommended hotels in Chelsea

Union Square

Travelers choose Union Square for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at 14 Street - Union Square Station or 14 St - Union Sq. Station and check out top sights like Union Square Park.

Recommended hotels in Union Square

Hell's Kitchen

The High Line Park and American Lyric Theater are a few top attractions in Hell's Kitchen. Hop around the city on the metro at 50 St. Station (8th Av.) or 34th Street–Hudson Yards Station and check out the area's soaring skyscrapers, popular shops, and eye-catching views.

Recommended hotels in Hell's Kitchen

Theater District

Broadway and Times Square are top sights in Theater District, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at 49th St. Station or Times Sq. - 42 St. Station to see more sights in the area.

Recommended hotels in Theater District

Top Areas for Shopping

With its artsy vibe, flagship designer stores and hipster favorites, SoHo is one of the best areas to stay for shopping. This is the place to find high-fashion, popular chain stores and upscale housewares boutiques, alongside perennially popular shops. For shopping variety, Union Square is a great place to stay, with designer names, commercial favorites and the biggest farmers' market in the city: the Greenmarket. Staying in a hotel near 5th Avenue or along Madison Avenue means being close to the world's most upscale shopping - Tiffany & Co., Versace and Chanel - and near New York's legendary department stores, such as Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. Brooklyn is known for its quirky shopping scene, so it's a good area to stay for browsing independent boutiques and vintage stores.

SoHo

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in SoHo. Spend some time visiting top spots like Drawing Center, and catch the metro at Prince St. Station or Spring St. Station to see more of the area.

Recommended hotels in SoHo

Union Square

Travelers choose Union Square for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at 14 Street - Union Square Station or 14 St - Union Sq. Station and check out top sights like Union Square Park.

Recommended hotels in Union Square

5th Avenue

Visitors to 5th Avenue love its popular shops, and you can check out Empire State Building and St. Patrick's Cathedral. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at 23 St. Station (5th Av.).

Recommended hotels in 5th Avenue

Madison Avenue

The abundant dining options and interesting museums are top of the list for many visitors to Madison Avenue. A stop by 5th Avenue or Barney's might round out your trip.

Recommended hotels in Madison Avenue

Brooklyn

Known for its cozy cafés and live music, there's plenty to explore in Brooklyn. Top attractions like Prospect Park and Barclays Center Brooklyn are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Newkirk Av. Station (Nostrand Av.) or Flatbush Av - Brooklyn College Station to see more of the city.

Recommended hotels in Brooklyn

Where to Stay for Museums

Choosing a hotel between 82nd and 105th streets on 5th Avenue puts you close to Museum Mile, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Frick, the Museum of the City of New York and several other top-name institutions. Hotels on the Upper East Side are also convenient to these popular museums and include some of the most luxurious accommodation in the world. A quick subway ride away is Greenwich Village, with a wide variety of restaurants and quiet parks. From here, take the subway to the Upper East Side or the Upper West Side museums, including the American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium. What's more, both the Upper East Side and Upper West Side are right next to Central Park.

5th Avenue

Visitors to 5th Avenue love its popular shops, and you can check out Empire State Building and St. Patrick's Cathedral. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at 23 St. Station (5th Av.).

Recommended hotels in 5th Avenue

Upper East Side

Known for its fascinating museums and beautiful river views, there's plenty to explore in Upper East Side. You can visit top attractions like Madison Avenue and Bloomingdale's, and jump on the metro at 86 St. Station (Lexington Av.) or East 86th Street Station to see more of the city.

Recommended hotels in Upper East Side

Greenwich Village

Travelers choose Greenwich Village for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Christopher St. - Sheridan Sq. Station or W 4 St. Station and check out top sights like Washington Square Park.

Recommended hotels in Greenwich Village

Upper West Side

Known for its fascinating museums and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Upper West Side. Check out top attractions like Beacon Theater and Lincoln Center, and jump on the metro at West 86th Street Station or 79 St. Station to see more of the city.

Recommended hotels in Upper West Side

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