Travel Writing by Cory Hanson

New York City Hotels with Character

No one really needs an excuse to splurge on a getaway to the City That Never Sleeps. Whatever your preferred pastime, the Big Apple has something for you. When planning your New York City adventure, skip the commute and treat yourself with a stay in one of these five luxury hotels in Manhattan.

A Hyper-Modern Retreat in Hell’s Kitchen

Once a seedy industrial neighborhood, Hell’s Kitchen on Manhattan’s West Side has been revitalized, and it’s now a favorite for hip restaurants and popular nightclubs. If you like the alternative style of Hell’s Kitchen, you’ll love the state-of-the-art amenities at YOTEL New York at Times Square. While you’re resting up for a big night out, enjoy the free Wi-Fi and techno wall, a flat-screen TV panel with connectivity for all your devices. After the clubs close, enjoy a sunrise stroll on the High Line, a raised walkway that extends as far north as 34th Street.

In the Heart of the Action

If you like to explore new cities on foot without the hassle of public transportation, consider an affordable, centrally located hotel like the Warwick New York on 54th Street. Enjoy an early morning jog through Central Park. For a nice start to your day, try the shady trails from the south end of the park to the Bethesda Fountain and back before making your way to Columbus Circle. From there, walk down Broadway to see the bright lights and spectacular sights before the crowd thickens at lunchtime.

Enjoy the Fountains of Central Park | Image via Flickr by nancyesmith

A Classic on the Upper West Side

For some of the best in high-class luxury in this quiet, historic neighborhood, book your stay at the Hotel Belleclaire on 77th and Broadway. Avail yourself of the on-site concierge service for all your booking needs, whether you’re hoping to catch the last performance of “Tannhäuser” at the Metropolitan Opera or you’re looking to enjoy a cheap beer and a hotdog at Yankee Stadium. You can also stay at the hotel and relax while the kids shoot for a high score in the hotel’s video arcade.

An Affordable Stay in Midtown

Many people are surprised to learn that there are indeed a number of comfortable, budget-friendly chain hotels right in the heart of Manhattan. If luxury amenities aren’t high on your list, visit La Quinta Inn & Suites Manhattan on 32nd Street. It’s right around the corner from the Empire State Building, so you know you’ll always be able to find the hotel. Book in advance to secure a comfortable room with free internet access, free breakfast, and a fitness center for an unbelievably low rate.

The Manhattan Skyline from the Empire State Building | Image via Flickr by Jonathan Gross

A Room With a View

Weekend visitors arriving by train should take a look at Shelburne NYC-an Afinia Hotel near Grand Central Terminal in Murray Hill. Book an early train so you can check into the hotel in time for Social Sips, the free wine hour poured every night by the friendly hotel staff. Watch the sun set over the city from the rooftop terrace. After a restful night, check out a complimentary bicycle and enjoy an unforgettable pedal through the city.

Travelers of all tastes can find something to fall in love with in New York. If you ever make your way to the city, plan carefully, book well in advance, and make sure to leave some space in your budget for a cheesy souvenir T-shirt!

Cory Hanson is an American travel writer specializing in American and European travel. This is part of a series of American destination posts brought to you by the awesome travel search engine and booking service Hipmunk. Find more Hipmunk posts here, and a full sponsored content disclosure here

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