In 5 years I’ve visited the city fairly often staying in a few different places and also coming back to some favourites.


1. Lexington Autograph collection

Lexington Autograph collection(location Midtown East) remains one of my favourite hotels in the city. I have stayed there 3 times so far. It has a very cool jazzy vibe and is very fresh and modern. It’s located perfectly; equally for a first time visitor and a seasoned guests of the city. Located on Lexington Avenue and 48th street it means you are less than 5 min walk to Grand Central station, 7min away from 5th avenue,a 15min walk across town to Times Square, 25min walk to Central Park South or a lovely 30 min walk to one of my favourite places in the Flatiron district; Eataly. There’s a starbucks in the hotel, a decent breakfast place and a cool jazzy cocktail bar right off the lobby.

2. The New York Edition

The New York Edition(location Flatiron district) is the newest, fanciest hotel I’ve stayed in when it comes to Manhattan. It’s located on Madison avenue in the beautiful old tower dating from 1909 right next to Madison Square Park, the Empire State Building, Flatiron building, Eataly and so on. It is centered perfectly between Bryant Park and Washington Square park; both a short 20 min walk away. Evenings are best spent in the beautifully modern hotel bar, always packed and vibrant. We’ve had some great cocktails there, late night hot chocolate as well as morning coffee when Eataly across the park was really busy.


3. Park Lane Hotel NY

Park Lane Hotel NY(location Central Park South) is amazingly located for all those loving the Central Park location. It’s in the hotel row with hotels such as the Plaza and the Ritz Carlton but costs a fraction of the price of its neighbours. Some rooms offer incredible Central Park views. Like in most older hotels in the city, the rooms are huge, especially in comparison to the new modern ones and I never take that for granted when in NYC. The location is great for all your park activities as well as Columbus Circle, Broadway and 5th avenue all just a few short minutes walking distance.


4. Millenium Times Square New York

Millenium Times Square New York(location Times Square) is the only hotel in Times Square I’ve stayed in. I usually avoid the area because of the crowds and try and aim for more New Yorker style places. I was there for work and ended up really loving the location and the hotel. My room was on the 32nd floor with views of my favourite NYC skyscraper; the Chrysler building and that genuinely made me so happy. The hotels is walking distance to so many cool places, I took my lunch breaks at Bryant Park(5min away) all the Broadway theaters are incredibly close and you’re in Flatiron area via Broadway in 20minutes. I start most of my days with coffee in Eataly and then head into SoHo, Nolita and West Village which is why Flatiron District comes up a lot. 🙂


5. Warwick NYC

Warwick NYC(location Midtown West) is one of the old school classics in the city which means huge rooms (yey!). It’s perfectly located between 5th avenue and Times Square as well as 4 blocks from Central Park south. Some attention to detail was a bit lacking; my windows overlooked a bit of a veranda that had what looked like forgotten ladder laying there. No big deal at all but it was a bit funny. The concierge was super friendly and helpful. The front desk staff member that checked me in was a bit snobby; it was the first time I had ever used Hotwire to book a hotel but I knew I was getting the Warwick( very easy to conclude if you pay attention to details); I wonder if it had anything to do with that.


6. Fairfield Inn and Suites

Fairfield Inn and Suites NYC Downtown/World Trade Centre(location Downtown Financial District, World Trade) is a Marriott hotel located perfectly for all your downtown/lower Manhattan needs. It was the 1st time I stayed in a hotel downtown. It is right by the World Trade,Oculus, Wall Street is 7 min away, Bryant Park 5min and a lovely walk to SoHo is about 25min. The room was nice and newly updated and breakfast was such a bonus that’s hard to come by in NYC. The breakfast area was small and busy and the selection limited but it was available and included in the price and it was great if you wanted to grab a bagel or some hard boiled eggs before you start a long day in a busy city.


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