Other areas to stay in New York City
While Time Square is certainly a place with the buzz and charm of central New York, the public transport system is highly effective and affordable which opens up many other places to stay around the city. New York is such a wonderfully diverse city that comprises of five main boroughs – Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Manhattan Island is famous for ‘uptown’ and ‘downtown’ neighbourhoods that have hotels to accommodate anyone on any budget.
For a cultural heritage experience and to immerse yourself in the urban African-American culture of New York, Harlem offers many historic restaurants and clubs and areas made famous during the Harlem Renaissance. The Upper-East Side is a place of historically elite bastion of old money where the streets are dotted with upscale restaurants and posh hotels. The Upper-West Side is where you will find the heart of liberal, intellectual and political New York. Here you can watch Shakespeare in the Park or see the Strawberry Fields memorial to John Lennon or just wander through the streets and soak in the artistic atmospheres of this funky neighbourhood.
The Midtown is one of the most visited areas of New York and its reputation of being fast paced, crowded and fabulous is certainly true. Chelsea is historically renowned for its writer and artist population and this hipster vibe is not lost on the region. For food culture, the East Village has a range of cuisines from all across the world such as Poland, Ukraine and the more recent development of ‘Little India’. Greenwich Village is the place for designer boutiques, curvy artistic streets, and street performers to entertain along the way.
A place filled with culture, history and a unique ambience, New York is bound to impress with activities and places to see as well as fine accommodation to rest your body after a day exploring this amazing city.
New York hotels and accommodation caters for a range of varying budgets. Naturally the type of holiday or trip you are taking to this fine city will impact on what accommodation you are looking for.
All across New York, there is a range of hotels to suit different needs and budgets. New York has hotels that offer scenic views of iconic symbols of the city, hotels with social bars and hangout spots, hotels specifically catering to a romantic night away, even pet friendly hotels so that your four-legged furry family member doesn’t miss out.
With an expansive budget, New York hotel accommodation will have you living in luxury and comfort in this famous city. Madison Avenue is the heart of hotel living where you can thrive off the city vibe and admire the sights of New York from a high rise hotel floor. The price tag for places such as The Carlton Hotel starts at $200 for a room. For fancier tastes, places like the New York Palace offer exquisite rooms starting at $600 a night. Of course, the value for money won’t be disappointing!
For smaller budgets, there are many other accommodation options available across New York. With many B&BS lining the streets of New York and smaller boutique hotels, you are likely to find lower rates at places like this. The benefit of staying at something like this rather than a large hotel chain is that you get a homely touch and welcoming comforts, which can be reassuring for some when in a city as large of New York.
Another option that has been increasing in popularity across New York is subletting a furnished apartment or room for the duration of your stay. Whether it’s for a week or night or month, there are many sublets available for very reasonable prices. Of course, this takes away the comforts of a hotel and room service and regular cleaning, but saves money and will give a local vibe to your New York stay. Naturally, always take care and caution when booking a sublet and make sure you have open communication with the host or contact.
For the backpacking budget, hostels are a fantastic choice. The idea of shared dorm rooms may not appeal to all, but for those who enjoy the social atmosphere of hostel living this is a fantastic way to enjoy New York. Because of the city’s world famous charm, hostels in New York start from around $20 for a bed per night. Breakfast is generally included with most hostels and you are likely to find great deals on activities and tours that cater for backpackers.
Planning your New York trip will ultimately depend on what you want to see and do and what budget you are traveling. Best Location Hotels recommends staying central in Time Square to truly immerse yourself in the heart of New York.