Post # 1
I’m a UK bee who has always dreamt of visiting New York. Am finally realising my dream this October and coming for three nights with my daughter of 17.
can anyone suggest a good hotel? We are planning on seeing the sights and shopping and would like something central and modern.
Post # 2
There’s literally thousands of good hotels in NYC, and the lion’s share of those will be central and have at least modern amenities, if not modern architecture.
Do you want something that is more of a luxury hotel, or something budget friendly?
Central to which attractions? I am assuming you want to be on Manhattan, but that still leaves a ton of options.
Do you prefer a busy, high-rise hotel with a lot of activity and amenities, or a more boutique hotel with fewer amenities but more personal services?
Post # 3
You need to provide more information in order for people to make any helpful suggestions..
My favorite hotels are the Smyth or the Bowery Hotel but, I prefer to stay downtown and am not too interested in the sightseeing stuff.. But am interested in wandering, galleries, shopping, and eating.
Also, anything can be easily accessed by the subway so you should keep that in mind when deciding where to stay. I like to figure out what I want to do in a new city, and pick my location based on where the bulk of what I want to do is located.
Post # 4
This would be easier if you gave us some of the options that you narrowed down and we could give advice on location/convience.
Post # 5
It depends on your budget and what you’re looking for? I would first figure out which neighborhood you want to be in. A lot of first time tourists stay in Times Square, which is as touristy as you can get. It’s an area that New Yorkers will avoid at all costs. However, it gives you access to a lot of the tour attractions and most subway lines go there, so it’s very easy to get to other parts of NYC at Times Square. If you want more quiet area with good restaurants and cute little shops of all kinds, west village is where you want to stay, but I will warn you that it gets very pricey. And as PP suggested, after you figure what neighborhood you want to be in, figure out what kind of hotel you’re looking for. Boutique, budget-friendly, or luxurious old name hotels. NYC has hotels of all kinds.
Post # 6
We just went but had to be budget friendly. We stayed in Hoboken at the W Hoboken. I got an AMAZING deal off hotwire (I was 99% certain that was the hotel they were giving me). It isn’t “in” the city but it is right across the river, easy access and the skyline is gorgeous at night. If you aren’t worried about cost though I’m sure there are better hotels in the city. But just for anyone like us who has to keep costs down I wanted to throw it out there. Plus the hotel was really nice, clean and modern.
Post # 7
breatheandrelax: Very good points.
I grew up in Manhattan and avoided Times Square like the PLAGUE- because, tourists. But now, when I’ve been going back for wedding planning I stay there because it’s central, and has tons of subways lines running through it, so getting anywhere is quite easy. Plus, I like Broadway, so it’s easy to run down and hop in the TKTS line.
I would suggest staying near Times Square if you can, but go explore other areas! Please oh please don’t eat in the Olive Garden 😉
Post # 8
I think we want to be touristy so Times Square area would be good. We want to visit Central Park, museum of modern art and the Chrysler building as well as fifth avenue And Broadway. I definitely don’t want a budget hotel but equally don’t want to pay a fortune as don’t expect to spend loads of time in the hotel.
knickergold: I promise not to eat in the Olive Garden! Is it truly awful??
Post # 9
minimgonk: we’re going this weekend and staying at Yotel near Times Square. It is small, but looks clean and modern, and the price was right. For a Sunday night stay, it was only $120.
Post # 10
I recommend the Financial District around Wall Street or Fulton. There are just as many train lines running through it as Times Square, and it’s much nicer and calmer with less crime & scammers (watch out for those freaky Elmos in Times Square!) FiDi has the stunningly beautiful 9/11 memorial, the esplanade where you can see lovely sunsets and the statue of liberty, and it’s an easy to walk to Little Italy, Chinatown, and SoHo for shopping. There’s also a TKTS line down there (much shorter lines than Times Square) for the same discount theater tickets. The best part: plenty of nice, new hotels that are around $200 a night.
Post # 11
There are a few hotels near Herald Square, the Hilton is a nice one, walking distance to Times Square, Bryant Park, a few blocks from the giant Macys, longer walk or short subway to Rockerfeller Center, MOMA, they are a bit more reasonable than say the Marriot in Times Square and just as convienant in terms of access to subways and being near the main tourist sights.
Post # 12
I live in NY and for our anniversary my family booked us a night at the Double Tree Hilton right by Times Square. They got a good deal on it and its beautiful and modern! I havent stayed there yet its in a few weeks but it has great reviews. 🙂 have a great time!! NYC is a ton of fun.
Post # 13
minimgonk: Hey, i’m from the UK, we stayed at the Waldorf Astoria and was pleased with our stay, we had a great room that had a corner window providing a great view of Park Avenue, it was a great location for what we wanted to see and do. Have a great time!
Post # 14
I really liked the W on Lexington when i was there a couple years ago
Post # 15
I lived at Ameritania in Times Square for a month for work. Its modern, central and next to Studio 54.