Where do you recommend I get a hotel in NYC?
As we always say, and this applies to everything (food, travel plan, hotel), there is no one rule that applies to everyone. The great thing about New York is that it offers so many solutions, perhaps more than any other city in the world, and is able to satisfy your every need.
There are however, in our opinion, 3 areas that we think are better than others for your hotel in NYC, especially if it is your first time in the city and you are not yet so familiar with it.
OPTION 1 – Times Square Area: the most touristic part of New York but definitely the most advantageous from the point of view of practicality: from here you can walk to many places in Manhattan, such as Central Park, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, 5th Avenue, Bryant Park, Flatiron Building, Madison Square Garden and many others.
Quality hotels (and we want to emphasize that when you choose a hotel in NYC quality is extremely important) in this area are quite expensive but you will save money in other aspects, such as transportation.
This area also offers plenty of places where to eat, from breakfast very early in the morning to dinner late at night. The restaurants right in Times Square are extremely touristy but you just need to go out a bit (for example to Hell’s Kitchen – less than 10 minutes walk) and you will find many typical American restaurants, but not only (Asian, Mexican, Brazilian, Italian).
We really think that a hotel in Times Square area is the best choice for anyone visiting NYC for the first time.
Times Square is also the area of NYC from which most of our AMAZING TOURS depart, such as:
OPTION 2 – LOWER MANHATTAN: we are talking about the area around One World Trade Center, Wall Street, Battery Park.
Here you can find big chain hotels but with lower prices than in Times Square. Why? Because the area is less touristy and you will need to take the subway regularly if you want to move around and visit, for example, the Empire State Building or other landmarks in Midtown Manhattan.
In case you don’t mind taking the subway (click HERE for 5 things to know before taking the subway in NYC), we strongly recommend you to keep this location in mind for the simple fact that you will save enough money on your hotel room.
On the positive side, other famous landmarks that would be accessible only by subway if you stay in the Times Square area, are within walking distance.These include:
OPTION 3 – Long Island City (Queens): Moving outside Manhattan (especially for budget reasons) the best choice is in our opinion Long Island City in Queens. We are talking about an area that is on the other side of the East River and is super-efficiently connected to Midtown Manhattan: from Grand Central Terminal (near Bryant Park and a few minutes walk from Times Square) you only need to take the subway line number 7 for only one stop to get to Long Island City.
The biggest advice we can give you in case you choose a hotel outside Manhattan are two.
We also suggest you to make a simulation on Google Map to understand which restaurants are close to your hotel: it is very important to have good places easily reachable in the evening, when you will be exhausted after a day of exploring the city.