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The Oculus

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The Oculus showing interior views as well as a small group of people

Pose for an iconic New York photo at one of the city’s most talked-about landmarks, a striking retail space and work of art that was 12 years in the making.

Enter the World Trade Center Transportation Hub via the magnificent Oculus, the street-level building and structure that offers access to the hub as well as to a vast shopping and dining space. See for yourself the remarkable structure that took 12 years to create, and was troubled by setbacks along the way. Snap a selfie against one of New York City’s favorite backdrops, the unmistakable sweeping white roof of the Oculus.

Decide for yourself whether the Oculus looks more like a rising dove or a pair of grasping claws, just two of the things the sculptural building has been compared to. It was designed by famed Spanish architect and artist Santiago Calatrava, who envisioned the structure as a pair of wings.

The symbolic importance of the Oculus is very great, since it stands on the site of the 2011 World Trade Center attack. Learn more about this tragedy and pay your respects at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, located on site. It is partly because of the pressure to get this new building just right that it took so long to finish, although the project was also held back by other problems along the way, such as damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Step inside the building and see how its interior is every bit as impressive as its outside. Look up and see the bright white rib-like structures that form the ceiling. These ribs are separated by glass, meaning the interior is flooded with light. Discover the many stores and the wide variety of restaurants collected within this futuristic environment.

Visit Lower Manhattan and you cannot miss the Oculus, one of the most arresting structures in a city that is full of them. Get here from almost anywhere in the city via the World Trade Center Transportation Hub beneath the Oculus. The hub offers access to multiple subway lines, the Battery Park City Ferry Terminal and the PATH railway.

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Top Hotels Close to The Oculus

Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
99 Washington St, New York, NY
The price is $129 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
Located in Manhattan, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wall Street, National September 11 Memorial, and One World Trade Center. Battery Park and Pace ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,376 reviews)
"We stayed for 2 nights, the staff was friendly and helpful. The overall experience with Holiday Inn was good 😊"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District, an IHG Hotel
PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel
PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel
4 out of 5
215 Chrystie St, New York, NY
The price is $238 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Located in Bowery, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of New York University and 5th Avenue. Washington Square Park and Union Square Park are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,484 reviews)
"I love this property. The rooftop is excellent, the cafe is convenient for all day access, and the lounges are great for co-working and taking in meetings. The outdoor garden by the entrance is also great for hanging out or getting in some remote work while taking in the sounds of the city."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel
Millennium Hilton New York Downtown
Millennium Hilton New York Downtown
4 out of 5
55 Church Street, New York, NY
The price is $156 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Manhattan, this hotel is steps from The Oculus and National September 11 Memorial. Wall Street and One World Trade Center are also within 10 minutes. ...
3.9/5Very Good! (2,138 reviews)
"It is in a great location with great views. Housekeeping service was excellent. I marked "amenities" only as pleasing because of some restrictions still due to Covid. Lots of good restaurants in the area with many shopping opportunities. We had a great visit."

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

Millennium Hilton New York Downtown
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Four Points By Sheraton New York Downtown
Four Points By Sheraton New York Downtown
3.5 out of 5
6 Platt St, New York, NY
The price is $118 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
Four Points By Sheraton New York Downtown
PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel
PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel
4 out of 5
215 Chrystie St, New York, NY
The price is $238 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel
Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
99 Washington St, New York, NY
The price is $129 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District, an IHG Hotel
Millennium Hilton New York Downtown
Millennium Hilton New York Downtown
4 out of 5
55 Church Street, New York, NY
The price is $156 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Millennium Hilton New York Downtown
Artezen Hotel
Artezen Hotel
4 out of 5
24 John Street, New York, NY
The price is $129 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Artezen Hotel
World Center Hotel
World Center Hotel
4 out of 5
144 Washington St, New York, NY
The price is $159 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
World Center Hotel
Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Downtown Manhattan / World Trade Center Area
Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Downtown Manhattan / World Trade Center Area
3 out of 5
100 Greenwich St, New York, NY
The price is $139 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 10
Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Downtown Manhattan / World Trade Center Area
Club Quarters Hotel, World Trade Center
Club Quarters Hotel, World Trade Center
4 out of 5
140 Washington St, New York, NY
The price is $159 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
Club Quarters Hotel, World Trade Center
Aloft Manhattan Downtown - Financial District
Aloft Manhattan Downtown - Financial District
3 out of 5
49-53 Ann Street, New York, NY
The price is $144 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 19
Aloft Manhattan Downtown - Financial District
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.