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How to Choose Your Hotel in New York

New York is a very big city where there is a lot to see and do all over the city. It is always important to choose the right location for your hotel, this is even more true when choosing a hotel in New York.

The choice of the location of your accommodation will surely depend on the vision you have of your stay: visits, shopping, …

Then the budget will have to be taken into account as well. New York is a very expensive city for housing. Prices can be quite high if you want a comfortable hotel in Manhattan.

The choice of hotels offered in New York is very wide. A good comparator allows you to reduce the number of hotels according to your criteria: price, location, number of stars, etc…

Choose Your Hotel Location In New York City

The choice of location depends primarily on what you plan to do during your stay in New York. If for example you only go there for shopping (yes, it exists …), it is better to find a hotel either in SoHo or near Times Square (between Times Square and 34th) to be close to the main shops.

If you want to discover the city, that is to say, Statue of Liberty, museums, building, etc, then you will have to go to the 4 corners of Manhattan. You will therefore have to take the metro every day for these trips. However, it is still important to choose a hotel in the centre of Manhattan because if you find yourself out of the centre, you will lose a lot of time in transportation. It is important to know that a subway ride in New York City will take you at least 15 minutes, or even much longer in some cases.

Personally I recommend you stay close to Times Square. This is the place in Manhattan with the most hotels in New York. Times Square subway station is a big hub and many subway lines pass through it. Plus, Times Square is a pretty central location in Manhattan. This is certainly the place to minimize the duration of subway trips.

You should know that hotel prices in New York are very high. If your budget is limited, you may need to review your requirements in terms of standing. Prices may fluctuate depending on the season and your anticipation for the booking. But prices will remain higher than elsewhere, no matter what happens. You might want to consider moving a little further away from Manhattan if you have a limited budget for your hotel in New York. In this case, you will increase the length of your subway trips a little, but this is not necessarily a problem if your stay in New York City lasts 7 days or more.

In this case, I recommend the Brooklyn neighborhoods (close to Manhattan of course, because it’s vast) and Queens on the Long Island side. Times Square can be reached in 15 minutes by subway from Long Island.

Holiday New York Hotel Booking

The choice of hotels in New York is vast. To make your hotel search easier you should use a hotel price comparison service. Already limit your search to the location you have selected. Also, set the important criteria: number of stars, budget.

Secondly, this is true for all cities, but even more so in New York City, hotel prices fluctuate enormously.

When I travel to cities where hotel prices are quite high, I often book a hotel room where I can cancel for free. This allows me to continue to compare prices by moving forward in time. If I find a better offer, I can cancel my initial reservation, otherwise I keep it. This method has already saved me money on my hotel bookings and it was the case for my trip to New York.

7 ideas for things to do at night in New York City

New York is the city that never sleeps! So when night falls, the day is just beginning… Here are 7 things to see and do!

1. Open your eyes wide to Times Square

When night falls, the neon lights and giant screens in Times Square bathe New York’s most famous crossroads in an unreal electric light. During your stay, make sure you plan to spend the night in Times Square because you have to see it once in a lifetime!
If your hotel is close to Times Square, I advise you to spend your first New York night on this square. For me, Times Square is the best introduction and a good way to stay upright after the fatigue of the trip and the jet lag.

2. Take the Staten Island Ferry

Another must-see when night falls: see the lights of New York from the Staten Island ferry. This free ride will take you across the entire New York Bay between the southern tip of Manhattan and Staten Island, across the bay.
On the way, you will pass the Statue of Liberty in the distance. At night, you can then enjoy its lighting. This mini-cruise is a pure moment of happiness!

3. Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge at night

Whether on the New York Forum or in my paper guide Destination New York, I advise you to cross the Brooklyn Bridge in the morning, in the Brooklyn-Manhattan direction. But, if you feel like it, I also recommend that you make this crossing again at night.
The view of the skyline is then very different and the low lighting of the bridge creates a special atmosphere. You will walk over the pedestrian bridge with the noise of traffic and car headlights underneath. Like in a movie!

4. Admire the lighting of the Chrysler Building

The elegant Chrysler Building is one of the most beautiful buildings in New York City (and let’s just say the world!). During your stay, I also advise you to plan to spend the night there as well. Why? Because the lighting of his arrow is really peculiar, with almost ghostly white neon lights. At night too, the Chrysler Building knows how to get noticed!

5. Climb to the top of an observatory

During your stay, you will absolutely have to visit one of the three observatories in New York (and I recommend all three): the Empire State Building, the Top of the Rock and the One World Observatory. To each his own view and atmosphere.
At night, I recommend the Empire State Building and the Top of the Rock: you will be able to enjoy a bird’s eye view of New York and have all the lights of New York under your feet. When you’re up there, I bet you’ll have a few notes of the famous song “New York, New York” in your head!

6. Visit a museum by night

I told you in the introduction: New York is the city that never sleeps! And, quite logically, some museums are open until very late at night.

  • This is the case of the amazing Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum in Times Square, which is open until 1am. This strange museum is a cabinet of curiosities that presents you with a host of unusual objects.
  • Right next door, the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Times Square closes at 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. So you’ll have the whole evening to take a picture of yourself next to the wax effigies of celebrities from the world of politics, film, song or sport.
  • Adults will also have until 10pm (11pm on Friday and Saturday) to visit the Sex Museum.

7. Have a Rooftop Drink

The term “Rooftop” refers to bars and restaurants on the rooftops of buildings. And New York is a specialist in this field! When night falls, there’s nothing like having a drink at 230 Fifth, with the Empire State Building in front of you. Located at n°230 5th Avenue, not far from Madison Square Park, this address is New York’s most famous Rooftop.
But there are many other Rooftops in New York!