We all know that the majority of the action in New York City is located in its most prominent borough, Manhattan. Most visitors to the city are going to want to stay in Manhattan as it is where most of New York’s most prominent attractions are located. Every neighborhood of Manhattan has its own unique flavor and and you will want to choose your accommodations according to your tastes.
Greenwich Village/East Village/SoHo/TriBeCa/Little Italy/Chinatown/Financial District
Although heavily gentrified by this point, Greenwich Village and the East Village still enjoy reputations as some of the more counterculture areas of Manhattan. Neighboring SoHo to the south of Greenwich Village is known for its artists community, ample art galleries, and boutique shopping, while the Lower East Side, located south of the East Village is known for its nightlife and restaurants. TriBeCa, located just south of SoHo is notable for hosting Robert De Niro’s TriBeCa film Festival, while Little Italy, just east of SoHo pretty much speaks for itself, as does Chinatown, just east of TriBeCa. Finally, there is the Financial District, located on the southernmost tip of Manhattan.
If you are looking to stay in Greenwich Village, you might want to stay at the Washington Square Hotel, a higher-end option, while East Village choices include The Standard – East Village, or the Off-SoHo Suites Hotel, a real bargain considering expensive NYC lodging prices. For SoHo lodging, higher-end options include the James New York and the Mondrian SoHo, but you also can’t go wrong with less expensive choices such as the Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan SoHo Village and the Hampton Inn Manhattan SoHo. The Sheraton TriBeCa New York Hotel is a great budget choice, as are the Holiday Inn SoHo (which is really in Little Italy) and the Hotel Azure in Chinatown. If you are looking to rest your head in the Financial District, quality lodging options abound from the higher-end Millenium Hilton to the less expensive Club Quarters World Trade Center.
Midtown East/Midtown West/Times Square
The Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan is New York’s largest business district, and home to some of New York’s tallest and most famous skyscrapers. Midtown West is also home to New York City’s famous Times Square of New Year’s Eve fame. Higher-end hotel options in Midtown East include the Grand Hyatt New York and the Library Hotel, while the Dylan Hotel and the Fitzpatrick Grand Central may meet your needs if you are looking for less expensive lodging. The Doubletree Suites by Hilton New York City – Times Square in Midtown West is a great luxury option if you want to really splurge during your New York City vacation, while the Night Hotel and the Edison Hotel are excellent budget choices in Midtown West.
Due to the rapidly growing price of life in Manhattan, the borough of Brooklyn has achieved a major cultural renaissance in recent years. You might want to avoid the riffraff of Manhattan and stay in Brooklyn, particularly if you enjoy music, art, locals-rather-than-tourist culture, and just about anything quirky, artistic, and counterculture.
One of the great things about staying in Brooklyn rather than Manhattan are the hotel prices. For quality lodging in the $100 range, options include the Days Inn Brooklyn, the Red Carpet Inn New York City, the Union Hotel, and the Lexington Inn Brooklyn. For slightly higher-end lodging, you might consider the Hotel BPM, or the King And Grove in trendy hipster capital Williamsburg.
Though certainly not as prominent of a tourist destination as Manhattan, the borough of Queens certainly has a lot to offer in its own right. Some of the city’s best museums can be found in Queens, as well as Citi Field, home of the New York Mets baseball team. The two major airports in New York City proper, JFK and LaGuardia, are also located in Queens. Queens hotels in the vicinity of JFK include the Hampton Inn JFK Airport and the JFK Inn. For hotels near LaGuardia, you might look at the Clarion Hotel LaGuardia Airport or the Holiday Inn Express LaGuardia Airport. Other Queens hotel choices such as the Adria Hotel and Conference Center, the Red Roof Inn Queens, and the Ramada Queens are all great budget lodging options in generally expensive NYC.
The most prominent attraction in the Bronx is most certainly the legendary Yankee Stadium, but this is not all the Bronx as to offer. It is also home to the famous New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo, as well as a variety of quality museums, theaters, parks, and more. It is likely that you may be visiting the Bronx for a Yankee game, and there are some great relatively inexpensive lodging options in the vicinity of the ballpark such as the Howard Johnson Inn Yankee Stadium and the Days Inn Yankee Stadium. Other excellent Bronx hotel choices include the Jet Set Hotel, the Oasis Motel, and the Ramada Bronx.