Where to Stay in New York City

Because we find ourselves there as often as possible, Anderson and I are both regularly asked where to stay in New York City. So I…

Because we find ourselves there as often as possible, Anderson and I are both regularly asked where to stay in New York City. So I finally got it together enough to make a post of my favorite New York City hotels. Now I can just send this post to anyone who asks instead of typing out the same response over and over. Ha! So here’s the deal… if it’s on this list, we’ve stayed there and had a good experience!

A few tips: If it’s your first time in the Big Apple, you might want to consider staying in Midtown. This area is the heart of the city, close to so many sites, and easy to navigate from. We like to stay in a different neighborhood every visit, and over the years, I’ve found the best hotel deals in the Financial District. It’s the southern end of Manhattan but so easy to get to and from on the subway. The biggest tip I have for where to stay in New York City is to make sure the hotel is near a subway station. You can get ANYWHERE you want to go on the subway!

Where to Stay in New York City

Hotel 50 Bowery – Chinatown

Set in a sleek building between shops and eateries in Chinatown, this chic hotel is a 5-minute walk from Canal Street subway station and 1 mile from One World Trade Center. Well-designed, modern rooms with original artwork and floor-to-ceiling windows feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, plus minibars and rainfall showers. Upgraded rooms have city views. Suites include separate living rooms with pull-out sofas. We did a suite last time, and it was huge!

Amenities: a stylish rooftop bar and terrace with city views, complimentary WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center.

Motto by Hilton – Chelsea

This upscale hotel set within the Chelsea neighborhood, is 3 minutes away from a subway station, a 10-minute walk from Madison Square Garden and 17 minutes from Chelsea Market. The modern rooms have Wi-Fi, smart TVs and minifridges. Many offer city views; some include bunk beds. Upgrade to a landmark view room! (The picture above is from our room on a previous trip – so worth the upgrade.)

Amenities: an Italian bar/restaurant, a coffee bar and a gym.

The Frederick Hotel – Tribeca

In a circa-1838 Gothic Revival-style building in Tribeca, this hotel is next to the Chambers St subway and a 6-minute walk from One World Trade Center. This property has great mid-century design! The cozy, stylish rooms – some with exposed brick walls – have flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. A family suite sleeps up to 5 people.

Amenities: free walking tours, a lively Italian eatery with original artwork, and a 24-hour fitness room.

New York Marriott Marquis – Midtown

This property is literally across the street from Times Square. Anderson loves it! And while I’m not a big fan of Times Square, I can’t argue because it’s a fun, lively hotel located near all the midtown hot spots. This modern high-rise hotel on Broadway is a 3-minute walk from a subway station and 17 minutes from the Empire State building. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows – some with views of Times Square – the low-key rooms include flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, and coffeemakers. Family rooms offer connecting bedrooms. Suites add living rooms; upgraded suites come with separate living and dining areas.

Amenities: a bright revolving restaurant, a casual eatery and a Starbucks, as well as a lounge with a terrace.

M Social Hotel Times Square – Midtown

Set a 5-minute walk from Times Square, this relaxed hotel is a minute’s walk from a subway station and 8 minutes away on foot from MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art). Sleek rooms with a contemporary vibe feature Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges. Some offer river or Times Square views. Upgraded rooms provide sitting areas.

Amenities: a fun bar/restaurant with great views of Times Square!

Hilton Midtown – Midtown

Set in Midtown Manhattan, this contemporary hotel is a 2-minute walk from The Museum of Modern Art and a 10-minute walk from Times Square. Sleek rooms offer custom-designed beds, marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi. Suites add separate sitting areas.

Amenities: a casual restaurant serving sandwiches and brick-oven pizzas, a lobby lounge, and a bar offering light fare. There’s also a sky-lit fitness center.

The Jewel Hotel – Midtown

Just one block from the Rockefeller Center, this hotel is the perfect spot for a first time visit to the city – it’s a 3-minute walk from Radio City Music Hall and 6-minutes’ walk from the Museum of Modern Art. Modern rooms offer flat-screen TVs, workstations, free Wi-Fi, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Upgraded rooms add minifridges and microwaves; some have sitting areas. The 1-and 2-bedroom, loft-style suites have kitchens and separate living rooms.

Amenities: a gym, bottled water and access to the Club Living Room with free coffee and tea.

The Tuscany Hotel – Murray Hill

This trendy, modern hotel with views of the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building is a 4-minute walk from Grand Central Station and a 6-minute walk from Bryant Park. The rooms feature handmade rugs, wood furniture and glass-enclosed showers, as well as flat-screen TVs, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Loft suites add separate living areas and custom art pieces; some have fireplaces, dining tables and views of the Empire State Building.

Amenities: a 24-hour gym and a sushi bar with live entertainment.

Staypineapple NYC – Garment District

A 3-minute walk from a subway station, this relaxed hotel set among restaurants and businesses is 14 minutes on foot from the Empire State Building and a 6-minute walk from Madison Square Garden. The funky, cozy rooms, some with furnished terraces, provide flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers and Wi-Fi access. Suites add separate living rooms. We stayed in connecting rooms which meant we had a giant terrace! This property is also super dog-friendly!

New York Marriott Downtown – Financial District (FIDI)

Set in the Financial District and offering views of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty, this hotel is a 5-minute walk from Wall Street and One World Trade Center. The relaxed rooms provide flat-screens, Wi-Fi, work desks, minifridges and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms add river views; some offer access to a club lounge with free breakfast and appetizers. Suites add separate sitting areas and pull-out sofas.

Amenities: a burger joint, Bill’s Bar and Burger, that has one of my favorite salads anywhere (Bill’s Chopped Salad!)

Mint House at 70 Pine – Financial District (FIDI)

In an art deco style tower set in the Financial District, this polished apartment hotel is 2 minutes’ walk from Wall Street subway station and 12 minutes from the Brooklyn Bridge. Sleek studios with Italian linens provide Wi-Fi, smart TVs and Bluetooth-enabled vinyl record players, plus kitchens. Some upgraded units have sofabeds. The 1- and 2-bedroom apartments offer living rooms and/or washing machines. This is one of the coolest old buildings we’ve ever stayed in – definitely a favorite!

Amenities: a fitness room, a golf simulator and a bowling alley. There’s an acclaimed restaurant, a casual eatery and a coffee shop in the same building.


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