Quintessentially Manhattan: Where to Stay in NYC

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New York City is a place of characters. Much like the people, the city’s landscape is just as diverse. Old mingles with new; traditional with modern, and rustic with urban. Needless to say, diversity is the last thing the island of Manhattan lacks. From the bohemian flair of Alphabet City to the indulgence of the upper east, every neighborhood has its own identity. Visit them all. And take advantage of these Manhattan hotels for your next adventure in the Big Apple.

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Upper West Side

Centrally located Hotel Belleclaire is ideal for first-time visitors or those hoping to sight-see. The historical landmark houses a trendy, yet traditional interior. Bay windows and original fireplaces add charm while bold colors and contemporary art make it hip. You’ll find this boutique hotel in the Upper West Side. It’s a short distance away from Central Park, Times Square, and Lincoln Center. Need to venture a little further? Hotel Belleclaire is only two blocks from a metro station where you can catch a subway to all other boroughs.

Central Park

Sweeping views await at The Park Lane Hotel. This 46-story boutique hotel, originally built in the 1930s, offers guests panoramas of iconic Central Park and the NYC skyline. Enjoy the perks of its prime location. Central Park Zoo, Museum Mile, and many other popular attractions are mere steps away from The Park Lane.

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Midtown

If you’re looking for convenience and a cool atmosphere, look no further than City Club Hotel. Don’t expect a grand lobby, chandeliers, or stately furniture. This midtown hotel emphasizes personal service and a welcoming environment on a small scale. Neutrals and rich textures make the interior cozy and warm. Beyond its unassuming façade, you’ll find Time Square, Grand Central Station, and Bryant Park.

Times Square

The W New York could not be a better fit for Times Square. Neon lights, rich colors, and gold accents add to the distinctive ambiance of this modern hotel located in one of the world’s major intersections. Their ultra swanky rooms overlooking the busy streets below is the best way to experience “the city that never sleeps.” Where else can you enjoy the famous dazzling lights from the comforts of a luxuriously bespoke room? Keep in mind that The W is also walking distance from other popular attractions like MoMA, Rockefeller Center, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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Midtown West

Park Central Hotel is an exclusive mixture of traditional and chic. The newly renovated interior of this midtown hotel pays homage to its neighboring landmark, Central Park. Expect to find luxurious textures, bold patterns, and polished details layered into one streamlined look. Not only are the new rooms at Park Central pretty to look at it, but they boast a wealth of new amenities too. Consider some exploring by foot as this hotel is conveniently located near a handful of exciting areas.


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Erika is a writer and content creator exploring the globe boldly and slowly one destination at a time. Her travels and rich upbringing as an Asian-American fuel many of her stories where she endeavors to write about the human condition. Although she might presently call NE Florida home, her heart remains listless for her home in Maui. She is an advocate for "experiences over possessions," a Marquez fan, and a self-proclaimed introvert.