Known as the "Crossroads of the World", Times Square is a dazzling intersection famed for its lavish neon signs, grand theaters, and pulsating crowds. Whether you're on your way to a Broadway show, a buzzing bar or one of the family-friendly restaurant that line the streets, look out for iconic structures like the Paramount Building and One Times Square – site of the celebrated New Year's Eve ball drop.
One of the art capitals of the world, Chelsea has literally hundreds of renowned galleries to explore, including the Gagosian and the Gladstone. A taste of New York life can be had at Chelsea Market, a vast warren of artisan food stalls. The High Line, an elevated promenade, offers fantastic views of this upscale neighbourhood, while the Chelsea Piers – intended destination of the Titanic – is a great Manhattan landmark.
Think "New York City" and the sights of Midtown East will spring to mind . There's the towering Art Deco splendor of the Chrysler Building, the gleaming edges of the Empire State Building, and the opulence of Grand Central – arguably the world's most famous train station. For top flight shopping, make your way to Saks Fifth Avenue, and you can even walk the corridors of power at the UN Headquarters.
Anyone visiting the Big Apple will want to explore Midtown West – this is where the razzle dazzle of Times Square is, after all. Take in a show on Broadway or, if you fancy giving your mind a workout, take a tour of the celebrated Museum of Modern Art (or MoMA). And when your tummy starts rumbling, check out the French brasseries, sushi bars and Russian eateries on Restaurant Row.
Sandwiched between the winding Hudson River and lush Central Park, Manhattan's Upper West Side is home to New York's most exclusive high-rise apartments, as well as Columbia University. The American Museum of Natural History makes it a history-buff's dream, while the Lincoln Center showcases everything from opera to jazz. A stroll around Riverside Park in full bloom is a fine way to spend a sunny day.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Mar 10, 2014
I had a 4 night stay at the Affinia for a business conference. The staff deserve a particular mention, as they can make or break a hotel stay, and in this case all staff I dealt with were helpful and professional. The doorman and Bellhops were quintessential New York, full of character and professional too. While the room was somewhat cramped with 2 double beds and so room enough only to walk around the beds and open my bag, it was comfortable and had all that I needed.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 28, 2014
A great location for a visitor to New York. Walking distance 5 min to the heart of Time Square.
Lobby off the road on an upper level making it quiter with no loiterers.
Hotel room spacious and comfortable. King size bed excellent!
Hotel in good condition and staff pleasant. A good deal !
"Good overall stay at Novotel"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 19, 2014
Good location if you want to be in time square, but just out of the noise! We booked the time square view room which was nice. Found a few of the hotel policies a bit strange like they charge you to store your luggage, and to receive parcels! Very odd, but overall a good hotel and a pleasant stay
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 13, 2014
We loved the location however the sofa provided for my 2 kids was extremely uncomfortable and we had to squeeze into one bed .. All 4 of us.i must complement the concierge they were extremely friendly,helpful and knowledgable.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 8, 2014
I have just come back from New York, my stay at the Renaissance was very nice. Location was perfect. The hotel it's self is just perfect breakfast was fantastic and I must say the waiters at breakfast made us feel very welcome.