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one of the world's most exciting destinations in New York City
It's one of the world's most exciting cities, famed for its
skyscrapers, culture and friendly locals. Thanks to its being a
relatively short hop across the pond, the Big Apple has become
accessible to millions of city breakers in the UK and Europe. So, once
you've booked your flights, it's time to explore the impressive range
York City hotels.
The US's most populous city certainly isn't short of landmarks - you
might catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty from your aeroplane
window, while the Manhattan skyline is unmistakable. Many visitors want
to be close to all of this action, which could explain why Times
Square hotels are so popular.
Times Square is regarded as New York's nerve centre. As Manhattan's
most popular landmark, it has become a symbol for everything the Big
Apple stands for and is adorned with huge billboards, neon lighting and
countless yellow taxi cabs ferrying tourists and businessmen from A to
Surrounding Times Square is New York's Theatre
District, an area that contains a plethora of theatres,
cinemas, restaurants and hotels. Among the most sought after is the
Best Western President Hotel at Times Square, which is located just a
short walk from the Rockerfeller Center - the world's largest and most
famous theatre. Also close by is Madison Square Garden, which hosts
around 320 events a year - almost one every day. What's more, the
Empire State Building, once the tallest building in the world, is just
a few minutes' walk away.
New York City accommodation is remarkably easy to find, and you can be
sure of discovering a city centre hotel that meets your requirements
and matches your budget. All you need to do is decide what time of year
you wish to visit. Those in the know like to visit in spring, when
temperatures are mild and the city's tree-lined streets are decorated
If you're considering hotels in New York City during the summer, you'll
certainly enjoy some long, hot sunny days. What's more, during the
summer months there are some spectacular thunderstorms in the Big Apple
- so the keen photographers among you may be able to capture some
stunning images of lightning above the Manhattan skyline.
Perhaps you'd rather steer clear of the balmy temperatures and instead
visit the city during the winter? New York is arguably at its most
magical in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas, and with the
relatively favourable exchange rate, shoppers from across the pond can
look forward to grabbing themselves a bargain before December 25th
arrives. Just remember to wrap up warm - it can get pretty chilly.
Cheap New York City hotels offer access to one of the world's most
famous monuments - the Statue of Liberty. The huge sculpture, which is
reached by a boat sailing to Liberty Island, was a gift to the city
from the people of France in 1886. Now an iconic symbol of freedom,
some 240 people each day climb to the crown for superb views across the
water to Manhattan.
While all visitors have to pay a few dollars to access the statue via
the ferry, the structure itself is free to visit. If you want to make
the journey to Liberty Island, head to Battery Park in Lower Manhattan
where you'll find the boats ready and waiting for you.
Hotels in New York Midtown are arguably the best cheap accommodation
option for Big Apple city breakers. Times Square, Broadway and the
Rockefeller Center are all located here - as are the iconic Empire
State and Chrysler buildings. The latter is an architectural marvel and
is regarded as a classic Art Deco structure. Standing at 1,047 ft tall,
it was also the world's tallest building for 11 months before being
surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. To preserve its stature
as one of the city's highest structures, however, the 2007-opened New
York Times Building was built to match its height exactly.
The Hilton Hotel New York is one of the most popular accommodation
choices in Midtown. Close by are all the aforementioned attractions as
well as the Museum of Modern Art - an absolute must for art lovers
visiting the city. Regarded as the world's most influential modern art
museum, it includes some 150,000 individual pieces, 22,000 films and
around four million film stills. Highlights include Vincent Van Gogh's
The Starry Night, Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and
Salvador Dali's The Persistence of Memory.
The Hilton is also located close to Grand Central Station, Times Square
and the surrounding entertainment district - so if you choose to stay
here, you'll never be far away from the action.
After a night on the tiles or a hard morning's sightseeing, a sensible
option is to head to Central Park. Despite being visited by
approximately 25 million people per year, the park is so large - 770
acres, in fact - that it shouldn't be difficult to find your own
secluded spot. Having been designated a National Historic Landmark in
1963, Central Park is the most visited attraction of its kind in the
US. Not only is it popular with those taking a little time out, the
park is also the temporary home of swathes of inline skaters, joggers
and cyclists - particularly after 19:00 when all traffic inside its
boundaries is banned.
Located just east of Central Park is The Guggenheim or, to give it its
proper title, the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum. While it too houses an
impressive collection of early modern and contemporary art, it also
accommodates a world-renowned selection of Impressionist and
Post-Impressionist works. You don't have to venture inside to be
impressed, however - the museum is rather striking from the outside and
is rightly regarded as one of the last century's most important
So, if you're thinking of treating yourself to a city break in New
York, consider staying close to the action in Midtown Manhattan. All
the top attractions are close by; it will just be left to you to see
how much you can cram in to your stay.