Known as the "Crossroads of the World", Times Square is a dazzling intersection famed for its lavish neon signs, grand theaters, and pulsating crowds. Whether you're on your way to a Broadway show, a buzzing bar or one of the family-friendly restaurant that line the streets, look out for iconic structures like the Paramount Building and One Times Square – site of the celebrated New Year's Eve ball drop.
One of the art capitals of the world, Chelsea has literally hundreds of renowned galleries to explore, including the Gagosian and the Gladstone. A taste of New York life can be had at Chelsea Market, a vast warren of artisan food stalls. The High Line, an elevated promenade, offers fantastic views of this upscale neighbourhood, while the Chelsea Piers – intended destination of the Titanic – is a great Manhattan landmark.
Think "New York City" and the sights of Midtown East will spring to mind . There's the towering Art Deco splendor of the Chrysler Building, the gleaming edges of the Empire State Building, and the opulence of Grand Central – arguably the world's most famous train station. For top flight shopping, make your way to Saks Fifth Avenue, and you can even walk the corridors of power at the UN Headquarters.
Anyone visiting the Big Apple will want to explore Midtown West – this is where the razzle dazzle of Times Square is, after all. Take in a show on Broadway or, if you fancy giving your mind a workout, take a tour of the celebrated Museum of Modern Art (or MoMA). And when your tummy starts rumbling, check out the French brasseries, sushi bars and Russian eateries on Restaurant Row.
Sandwiched between the winding Hudson River and lush Central Park, Manhattan's Upper West Side is home to New York's most exclusive high-rise apartments, as well as Columbia University. The American Museum of Natural History makes it a history-buff's dream, while the Lincoln Center showcases everything from opera to jazz. A stroll around Riverside Park in full bloom is a fine way to spend a sunny day.
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Overall , i was satisfied with my stay at Waldorf Astoria ( staff were very friendly , food was very good and room was confortable ) , however , some of the housekeeping staff were very noisy ( talk loudly in the corridors ) .
"Positively surprised by size & view from room"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Aug 19, 2012
I had a very fine room on one of the upper floors with a great view down on NYC's street. The lobby and reception areas are quite small but the staff was friendly. I didn't use the restaurant, fitness or breakfast facilities. The room was clean, large in size with a small bathtub, some kitchen facilities which can be great if one brings some take-away food. Somehow the hotel is feels a bit squeezed, i.e. small and few elevators, but my room was surprisingly big compared to this feel. I wouldn't chose this hotel if I wanted to have a luxury hotel treat where a lot of the time was meant to be spend in the hotel. But then again, the price was lower than the top luxury hotels and so it should be. So one should be fair and not compare The Benjamin to say The Mandarin. The hotel location is fine if one needs to be in walking distance to Midtown Center, 5th Avenue luxury shopping, Grand Central Station, Chrysler Building, southern Central Park. Benjamin is next to a subway. I could easily decide to stay here another time.
Great hotel, with very friendly and helpful staff. Good size room, based on typical New York hotels. Mini-bar over-priced. We had a fantastic stay at the hotel (Mum and two kids in a King-size + roll-out bed). Would definitely return to the hotel.