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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"The only NY hotel for me"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 7, 2013
This was my 3rd stay at the Affinia Dumont Hotel and once again it was top class. From the moment I set foot in the door, I was greeted with a smile from all the staff. Check-in was done within a mere 2 minutes. I had a south-facing room on the 16th floor. While not having a blockbuster view, the room was very clean, spacious and incredibly comfortable; perfect for what I needed. Rest assured that when I plan my next trip to NYC, The Affinia Dumont Hotel will be where I stay once again.
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.
"W NEW YORK - 541 Lexington ave."
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 26, 2012
good stay, convenient location (just a short walk from 5th ave, 42nd st, central park and time square), room very clean but not so large, a little bit expensive.
Anyway recommended for short but convenient stay.
"Jumeirah Essex House - Fabulous"
Reviewed by Michelle of "Ireland" on
Sep 3, 2011
I stayed here for a week in August with my husband and loved this hotel. The location is great if you like to go for a run in Central Park as it's just across the street. There is a huge choice of deli's, diners, restaurants and bars in the area. We also visited great restaurants and bars in other neighbourhoods but this is my favourite area in NY to be based.
The hotel is spotless and service was faultless during our stay. The lobby is gleaming and we could see why when we would come in late at night and see the floors, furniture and brass fittings being cleaned and polished. Staff were friendly and helpful. The room was an Essex room with interior view. This meant that there were windows to the outside world, but they looked out on 3 other walls, 2 being other parts of the hotel. So, there was no view (you can get rooms with views for a higher rate), not even of the sky, but this didn't bother us at all. The room was large, well lit and the bed a King (more like a Superking at home). The ensuite was also plenty spacious and well serviced. We took some precautions for bed bugs by checking the bed/matress/curtains on arrival and using luggage racks. Everything was spotless and there were none to be found. So, we thankfully had no bug encounters during our stay in NY, though we did see two bed bug exterminator company vans parked up a few blocks away! There is a bar/restaurant in the hotel which we visited just once for a late drink. We chilled out in big leather chairs by the window. The day we checked out we could use the washrooms in the Hotel Spa to freshen up before our evening flight, which was a nice facility.
I've always chosen different hotels in NY each visit, but this is my new favourite for its combination of hotel features and location, and I will stay here again.
"It's a Mandarin Oriental !"
Reviewed by Norbert F of "Malta" on
Jul 5, 2011
Like all other Mandarin Oriental hotels that I have visited, this one in New York is simply spot on! Great location, luxurious finishes, wonderfully comfortable beds and amazing service all round! I have been in the hotel business for the past 25 years and know a good hotel when I see one. The Mandarin Oriental in New York is up there with the best!
"Stay in New York"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jul 4, 2011
The hotel is very good - little bit outside but you can use the taxi or the subway to go to everywhere.
AS expected and ame as in every Ritz Carlton Hotel the service is very very good.
(only a pool is missing)