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New York Hotels and Apartments
New York Holidays & Hotels
Hotels in New York
A visit to ‘The City that Never Sleeps’ is pretty high on most people’s holiday wish list, especially when looking at a holiday in the US. New York City is often thought to be an expensive destination. But there are hotels to suit all styles and budgets if you know where to look. There are areas brimming with theatres, museums, monuments, history, culture, street food, shops and markets but still offer cheap hotels if you are looking for a budget break. Your only problem will be which activity to pick first!
Where to stay
Times Square is one of the most iconic spaces in New York and this makes it a popular area to stay during your holiday. It’s close to the Theater District as well as being near to some of the city’s biggest attractions such as the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Center.
Times Square is also convenient for the Hell’s Kitchen district where you can enjoy food from around the world.
Chelsea is a great place to stay if you want to be at the very heart of the art and culture scene in New York. Chelsea has dozens of art galleries, restaurants and independent shops. Chelsea Market is a historic indoor market where you can find great food from around the world as well as lots of independent shops selling everything from handmade crafts to coffee and so much more.
This area is close to major attractions and theatres, too.
Union Square is another popular area for holiday makers, especially if you plan on visiting both midtown and downtown attractions. It is well served by the subway which makes getting around a breeze. You’ll be able to find your way back to your hotel by looking out for the iconic Flatiron Building.
What to see
Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
A trip to New York would not be complete with a stroll across Brooklyn Bridge. The walk provides incredible skyline views plus a sense of space and distance that’s hard to find in the busy streets.
Central Park is also a destination not to be missed. At 2.5 miles long and half a mile wide it is a wonderful green oasis full of shady trees, ponds and lakes. The park is surrounded by beautiful architecture and you get a great view of the skyline, too. There’s also loads to do in Central Park from boating on the lake, ice skating, visiting the zoo, listening to an open-air concert or enjoying an open-air concert.
The Statue of Liberty
Visiting the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island is, for many, a must-do activity when visiting New York. The trip will take 2 – 3 hours and gets busy so try to go in the week if you can. You can also visit Ellis Island, the entry point for over 12 million immigrants arriving by steamship to New York City. There is a fascinating museum on the island, and you will enjoy wonderful views from the ferry. The trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will take up at least half a day - but it’s unforgettable.
If you need any further inspiration on what to do during your holiday check out our blog post here.
There is so much to do in New York at night. Obviously, you will want to catch a show, but you could also spend an evening in a museum or a late-night film showing. For the authentic New York experience, we would recommend spending some time people-watching in an all-night diner. The options for late night drinking range from Irish pubs to speakeasies and every other kind of drinking spot you can imagine from the mild to the wild.
What to eat
You can get cuisine from around the world in New York and eat everything from Michelin starred meals to street food. For dinner, you could visit Chinatown or Little Italy or check out the great bars and restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen. For casual dining, experience the taste of New York by indulging in bagels, waffles or tacos. Check out the food trucks on 6th Avenue, particularly near the Rockefeller Center. Last but not least, be sure to pick up a hotdog in Central Park.
Of course, a visit to New York City wouldn’t be complete without a shopping trip down 5th Avenue. If money is no object visit you could also visit the 10 ½ floors of shopping at Macey’s or splash out on designer gear in Madison Avenue.
But there are dozens of great places to shop in the city that won’t break the bank. Visit fashionable SoHo and wander down cobblestone streets checking out high-end designer stores as well as vintage boutiques. Alternatively, take a weekend trip to the Brooklyn Flea Market or the Artists and Fleas Market in Williamsburg.
Fast Facts about New York
- Direct flight time: 8 hours and 15 minutes from London
- Transfer time from JFK to Times square 1 hour
- Time Zone: UTC-5
- Currency: US dollar
- Language: English
- Average price of a domestic beer: $5-8
- Average price of a bottle of wine: $40