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New York City - where to stay

We've just booked a trip to NYC, traveling at the end of the year, and we are looking at different areas where we can stay. It's not an easy task, as we have never been to NYC before, and there are so many great places (bloody expensive though) to choose from.

We will be there for 5 days, and would like to do all things touristy. Looking at a map, we reckon being in the Midtown area will put us in the middle of things. We are also looking at Brooklyn Heights - I think the skyline could be fantastic from Brooklyn Heights.

Any suggestions/ thoughts?

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Re: New York City - where to stay

If staying in Midtown, I always stay at The Jewel - it is right by the Rockefeller Centre, on 51st between 5th and 6th Avenues. There's no restaurant in the hotel, but you can use the Club Quarters restaurant, which is two doors down, for breakfast (charged to the room). Obviously plenty of other places nearby for evening meals...

It's clean, small, quiet, has free wi-fi included and has a small gym.

http://www.thejewelny.com/
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Re: New York City - where to stay

For me - I'd always go for Midtown - and use Shanks Pony to get about. Manhatten Island is small - and unless you want to head up into Harlem (not as scary as it sounds) you won't go up above 110 anyway.

Central Park is lined with museums and the place is "busy" first thing as people run a lap (of varying sizes). You get the "Tourist" hot spot at 7th and 45th (Times Square) - and there are a heap of places to stay between there.

9th Avenue has plenty of restaurants - and Valhalla has a plentiful beer selection.

Rodeo down on 3rd and 27th is now closed and one of the only reasons I had to head over that side.

Heading West you have the Flat Iron area (which I found walking to from Union Sq more intimidating than Harlem)

Greenwich village is nice - with the Spotted Pig putting out decent pub grub.

I've stayed in about a dozen places in Midtown so ping me your shortlist if you need some feedback on rooms.
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Re: New York City - where to stay

Okay, sounds like Midtown is a good choice! Thanks DodgyKen, I might take you up on that offer

Any tips re Brooklyn Heights? Are there hotels there where I could get a fantastic skyline of the southern part of Manhattan?
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(bloody expensive though) to choose from.
If you are staying at a chain hotel (not saying you should, but if) register for their loyalty program before booking. The rates you see, even before you've stayed with them, can undercut third party sites by a significant amount.

For example: Holiday Inn Midtown, dummy dates 15 - 19 July. Booking.com shows $936 for 4 nights, my rate as an IHG member is $776 plus points for future stays.
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We've just booked a trip to NYC, traveling at the end of the year, and we are looking at different areas where we can stay. It's not an easy task, as we have never been to NYC before, and there are so many great places (bloody expensive though) to choose from.

We will be there for 5 days, and would like to do all things touristy. Looking at a map, we reckon being in the Midtown area will put us in the middle of things. We are also looking at Brooklyn Heights - I think the skyline could be fantastic from Brooklyn Heights.

Any suggestions/ thoughts?

Thanks
From your pseudo I would guess you will be travelling with children, in which case I would recommend The Blakeley at 136 West 55th Street. Their family rooms are comfortable and excellent value for money, the staff are pleasant, and the location of the hotel is perfect for tourism.
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From your pseudo I would guess you will be travelling with children, in which case I would recommend The Blakeley at 136 West 55th Street. Their family rooms are comfortable and excellent value for money, the staff are pleasant, and the location of the hotel is perfect for tourism.
Just 2mins walk from McGees - the "Inspiration" for HIMYM's McLarens - everyone does it.
(Tangent - I bumped into Neil Patrick Harris on 8th Avenue around 52nd on one of my visits).

Only word of warning is that room sizes can be small - I was unimpressed with the Hudson for just that reason (9th and 58th). Saying that I had a huge (upgraded) room at the Amsterdam court. If you can get into a Club Quarters at a decent rate you'll find that some have a kitchenette in the room.
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From your pseudo I would guess you will be travelling with children...
Not quite, we are going without the kids!

Thanks for the recommendation - we'll have a look at the hotel.
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Re: New York City - where to stay

When I go for work, I like to stay near Penn Station - my personal favorites are the Manhattan NYC Affinia and the Hotel Indigo New York Chelsea, which has a neat rooftop bar.

If I go for personal travel and I don't find a good deal on either of the above options, I go for one of the Kimpton Hotels (big fan, and I usually have some type of discount).

I stayed at the Radisson Martinique on Broadway but I liked it less than the above options.

In case you are considering it - they booked me at the Waldorf a couple of times because it was convenient to where I needed to be, and I'll admit I was really excited, but it is (IMO) overrated for what it is. Yes I get the history and all that, but I was underwhelmed. Also, admittedly, one of the times I was there was when the UN General Assembly was meeting and a lot of those folks were staying there - it was a royal mess (but the "people watching" was entertaining).
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Re: New York City - where to stay

The Hilton in midtown is a very nice hotel. The rooms are very large, it's a modernised Hilton, and the the locale offers so many things to see and do. We stayed there for 3 weeks last year, and we couldn't have picked a better spot.

It's close to Columbus circle, Central Park, Broadway and walking distance to places such as, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Madison/5th Avenue, Moma and St Patrick's Cathedral.
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Re: New York City - where to stay

Thank you all for the suggestions. We booked a room at the Jewel, and it was a good choice.

Not fancy (we don't fancy fancy), utilitarian (helpful reception and none of the overzealous doormen or staff too keen to help and this "how are you today?"!!). Perfect location with views of Rockefeller Centre from our room. We only got a metrocard on day 4 of our visit, as most tourist traps were within walking distance!

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