Hotels in Manhattan

Think of the Big Apple, and you’re probably thinking of Manhattan. This island is home to some of the most iconic streets and sights in New York City: from Broadway and Wall Street, to Madison Avenue and the skyscraper skyline. There’s no doubt that, out of the five boroughs, Manhattan has the most to offer visitors to New York.

You can broadly divide Manhattan into three clear districts: Uptown in the north, Downtown in the south, and Midtown in the middle. These districts have their own neighbourhoods, such as trendy TriBeCa in the Downtown District, and culturally diverse Harlem in Upper Manhattan.

The island is so big that you would need a couple of weeks to discover everything that Manhattan has to offer, so it’s important to choose a hotel in the perfect location.

Theatre District

Right in the heart of the action, the Theatre District (sometimes known as Midtown West) does just what it says on the tin. As well as the bright lights of Broadway, and the quirky smaller theatres on Theatre Row, the Theatre District also includes the hustle and bustle of Times Square as well as the headquarters of many American television stations, recording labels, and theatrical agencies. Some of the biggest hotels in Manhattan can be found in this district, with large hotel chains choosing to base themselves as close to Times Square as possible.

Harlem

Lively and culturally diverse, Harlem is known as being the heart of Manhattan’s African-American and Spanish communities. Lively Latino culture can be enjoyed in the gentrified El Barrio area, while gospel choirs and soul food restaurants can be found in the area around 125th Street. Other attractions in the area include the Inwood Hill Park, the only native forest left in Manhattan, and The Cloisters art museum.

Lower Manhattan

If you’re visiting Manhattan on business, Downtown is the place to stay. There’s not much in the way of nightlife, but during the day the area bustles with business people heading to and from their corner offices on Wall Street. There are a few attractions for tourists too, such as the 17th Century Trinity Church and the picturesque Bowling Green, home to Wall Street’s famous Charging Bull statue. One of the most emotional sites, the 9/11 Memorial, is also in the area. New York Harbour can also be found in Lower Manhattan, where you can catch the ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Midtown

Business and leisure mingle in Midtown, the busy business and shopping district surrounding Grand Central Station and the Empire State Building. At Christmas, crowds of people head to Rockefeller Centre for ice skating, but throughout the year it’s a popular destination to eat, shop, and catch unrivalled views from The Top of the Rock observation deck. Luxury hotels and high end restaurants

make it one of the most expensive places to stay in Manhattan, but the wealth of things to do nearby also makes it one of the most convenient.  

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