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Where to Stay in New York City
The Best Neighborhoods in NYC for First Time Visitors
You really can’t go wrong no matter where you stay in New York – after all this is the city that never sleeps! That being said, first time visitors to New York most likely are here to experience NYC’s museums, restaurants and shopping so here are some suggestions for the best neighborhoods to position yourself.
The Best Hotels in New York under $200 a Night
Around where I grew up, if you were willing to spend $200 on a hotel, you would be hooked up with the penthouse suite, fancy take-home toiletries, and at least a two bathrobe situation.
Granted you would be in the penthouse suite because it would be on the third floor of a franchised hotel, but that’s beside the point. New York is a different ball game, though. While there are solid hotel options in Manhattan that are more affordable, these options can start getting you a luxury experience (although maybe just one bathrobe) if you’ve got a little room in the budget.
Here are 5 of the best hotels to stay in New York City if you’re on a budget and want to visit without breaking the bank. Every NYC hotel listed below runs generally under $200 per night! I know, sadly that’s cheap by Manhattan standards of living..
1. The Gatsby Hotel
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
2. Hotel Americano
3. The Time Hotel
Neighborhood: Times Square
Read more: The Best Times Square Hotels
4. NYLO Hotel
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
5. Hotel Hugo
Visiting New York City
New York Travelling Tips
If this is your first time visiting New York and you’re not sure where to orient yourself, never fear! Manhattan is really a small island compared to some of the world’s largest cities (London, Tokyo, etc) and luckily the majority of New York is organized in an easy grid system.
Avenues run parallel from north to south and start at 1st Avenue on the East Side, to 12th Avenue on the west side. Meanwhile, streets run east to west and are numbered from 1st street in southern Manhattan to 220th Street in the north.
Fun Tours in New York
What’s the Best Area to Stay in New York?
Most of the tourist sights are concentrated in midtown and downtown so I would recommend starting your New York City hotel search in these general areas. If you aren’t sold on the bustle and noise of city life, you might prefer to choose a hotel close to Central Park South.
In any case, here’s a neighborhood guide and quick overview of some of the best places to stay in new york city:
Midtown is the section just south of Central Park and primarily a business and tourist district. Here you’ll find towering skyscrapers, each jockeying for a view of the park; luxury shopping on 5th Avenue and tons of classic New York City cabs and hot dog stands on the streets.
While no one in their right mind wants to live in Midtown, given how hectic it is, many visitors to NYC will like how centrally located this neighborhood is!
You can walk straight into Central Park for a picnic, zip up the 4, 5 and 6 trains north to the classic museums on the Upper East Side or walk downtown to Rockefeller Center and Times Square. Midtown just south of Central Park is the a fantastically swanky spot and the best place to stay in New York if you like luxury hotels, have business meetings or want epic views of the park.
Otherwise, if you’re a budget traveler or a family with kids, you’re likely looking for more affordable accommodation in New York City. Keep reading!
Greenwich Village and the West Village
This wide section is what most people think of when they envision “Classic New York” – the beautiful chestnut brownstone buildings, the leafy sidewalks and the hip cafes and small boutiques.
This is after all, where Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw character had her apartment in Sex and the City! If you plan to go out at night, stay in the Village for easy access to some great bars and jazz clubs as well as trendy nightclubs in Meatpacking.
The Village is one of the best places to stay in New York if you want classic Manhattan facades and a small town charm in the big apple.
Soho and the East Side
Soho is particularly great for shopping while the Lower East Side is the spot for great food, drinks and bars. If you’ve seen all the touristy sights and just want to live like a local for a weekend in New York, this is the hip section of Manhattan to stay!
You can grab authentic Chinese food in Chinatown, grab a cannoli in Little Italy or shop till you drop on any of the endless chain stores and boutiques all throughout Soho. For my fashionistas and nightlife lovers, Downtown Manhattan is the place to stay in New York.
The Best Hotels in New York City
To summarize, here’s a handy chart of our recommended best Manhattan hotels. All include free wifi and are known for comfort, great locations and great customer service.
|Gatsby Hotel||Lower East Side||All travelers||Check rates & availability here|
|Hotel Americano||Chelsea||Families||Check rates & availability here|
|The Times Hotel||Times Square||All travelers||Check rates & availability here|
|NYLO Hotel||Upper West Side||Families||Check rates & availability here|
|Hotel Hugo||SoHo||Shoppers||Check rates & availability here|
Will this be your first time visiting Manhattan?
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