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 16, 2014
Spent 6 fantastic nights at the Giraffe - staff were super friendly and helpful. We requested an early check-in and they tried their best to accommodate us. The breakfast and evening drinks are a great addition to the stay! I highly recommend this hotel!
"Value for money"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jul 16, 2013
Don't expect a kettle in the room for tea- or coffee-making. In all other respects our five nights' experience was excellent. Had a corner room/ dble bed as requested, plenty space and no external noise. Air-con fan might disturb some folks, having no "quiet" mode. Overall we were very content. Staff were not simply efficient and discreet, but VERY helpful and friendly. Our first visit -- we LOVE New York! We'll be back!
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on May 2, 2013
I had read a number of reviews saying that the hotel staff were not helpful or welcoming. This was not at all the case, and I was pleasantly surprised by every aspect of this hotel, especially the helpful nature of the staff.
"New York holiday"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 31, 2013
The hotel is situated just off Broadway, Upper West side, less hustle and bustle than downtown NY but still with easy access to many attractions. Easy walking to the busy Time Square area and downtown New York. A quick walk gets you to the NH Museum and Central Park. The hotel rooms are a bit small, but have all the comforts one needs. I liked it and felt comfortable there because it is clean and the staff are friendly and helpful.