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Where to Stay in New York City: Top 5 Hotels recommendations

Being a group travel organizer and avid traveller I often get asked for recommendations on where to stay in different worldwide popular destinations, New York being one such popular destination. Now that I am in my 40’s I am at that age where I choose luxury, location, 4-5 star ratings first then the price last. #traveltip, I also register directly with the hotel for special discounts or join their membership programs (see my you tube video linked below for more tips).

New York nicknamed “The Big Apple” or “Concrete Jungle” is famous for its tourist attractions, Art, Business, Theater, Diverse cultures, Yellow cabs, Central park and not forgetting the world famous statue of liberty. New York City comprises 5 boroughs. At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers. Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park. Broadway theater is staged in neon-lit Times Square.

All these different boroughs and what there are known for can help you choose where to stay when in New York. The brief guide below may help you identify which area would suit you and your needs when planning to visit new york.

Upper East Side: Ideal for luxury, designer boutiques & cultural institutions, immaculate landscapes.

Queens: Ideal for travelers on a budget, save money

Greenwich & Chelsea Village: Ideal for New York Romantics, Artists

Midtown: ideal for newbies to New York, your first visit home to most iconic buildings, Chrysler building, Grand Central Station, United Nations Headquarters, Empire state building, Times square

Lower East Side & Soho: Popular with hipsters, young crowd, chic boutiques, music venues & cool hunters

Now that we have a brief identification of areas of New York here’s my top 5 list, I would say they range from mid to expensive but all are above 4 star Star.

5. The Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza – 4 star – *prices range from £91+ per night

Situated right next to the United Nations and half a mile from Grand Central Station, away from the hustle and bustle of the inner city. Mid-town high rise with views of Manhattan & east river, Chrysler building , Great central station. Over 180 restaurants within half a mile from the hotel. Laguardia airport is 5-8 minutes away, JFK airport – 55 mins to 1 hr dependent on traffic. We stayed in the executive rooms which we found to be spacious, comfortable bedding. Being next to the United Nations there is plenty of security and sniffer dogs at entrance and lobby. For booking visit the hotel website.

4. The Langham New York Fifth Avenue – 5 star – *prices range from £365+ per night

The Langham New York, Fifth Avenue is filled with sophistication and style. Soaring more than sixty stories above the city, The Langham, Fifth Avenue is contemporary luxury with Urban Sophistication. Accommodations exude the very essence of luxury and elegance. Duxiana beds, Pratesi linens, and floor-to-ceiling rain showers leave guests breathing easy, if not breathless. Near Dover Street Market New York, Grand Central Station, Bryant Park. A short train ride on the 7 train brings you to one of New York City’s newest neighborhoods, Hudson Yards. JFK airport – 45 minutes away dependent on traffic. For booking visit the hotel website.

3. The Standard Highline Hotel – 4 Star – *prices range from £169+ per night

Located in the Meatpacking district & rising above a former elevated train line, the hotel’s inviting and scintillating public spaces include a bustling German beer garden at ground level, the rooftop discothèque Le Bain, the legendary Top of The Standard, and an outdoor public plaza with rotating art installations and a winter ice rink. Popular with the younger generations for its events and evening entertainment, night-time DJ and over 189 restaurants within 300 meters from hotel. Minutes away from the Ground Zero Museum Workshop, Chelsea Market & Witney Museum of American Art. For booking visit the hotel website.

2. Park Hyatt New York – 5 Star – *prices range from £630+per night

Park Hyatt New York is part of the world of Hyatt and is a luxury five-star hotel in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, located directly across from Carnegie Hall, Big Apple Jazz Tours and one block away from Central Park. Spacious guestrooms inspired by New York’s most well-appointed homes enjoy an abundance of natural light and luxurious spa-like bathrooms. Over 400 restaurants within a 300 meter distance. Popular with those looking for spa like experiences and luxury. For bookings visit the hotel website.

  1. Ritz Carlton New York Central Park – 5 star – *prices range from £700+per night

Winner of Forbes Travel guide 5 star award yearly from 2002 to date. Located In the heart of midtown Manhattan, set along the southern edge of Central Park, this NYC hotel offers the perfect location for exploring the city. Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and other landmarks are nearby. Shopping along Madison or Fifth avenues is a stroll away. The Natural History Museum and MoMA are within easy reach. And the city’s sprawling green space, Central Park, is just outside. Suites are the epitome of luxury, their expansive living spaces filled with bespoke furnishings and artwork. Over 240 restaurants within a 300 meter distance. For bookings visit the hotel website.

*Disclaimer prices are a guide only and may be higher or lower than the amount quoted above.

If you have stayed at any of the hotels listed above we welcome your feedback and comments on your thoughts.

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