If you are trying to decide where to stay in New York City, it can feel like an overwhelming decision. New York City is massive with hundreds of hotels to choose from.
To make things easier for you, we have narrowed down the long list of options into just a few great properties, organized by neighborhood and budget.
In this article, get an overview of some of New York City’s most popular neighborhoods with recommendations on where to stay in each of them. You can see the locations of all of these hotels on the map at the end of this article.
Where to Stay in New York City
This is the touristy heart of Manhattan. Midtown Manhattan is where you will find some of New York City’s most popular tourist attractions, such as Times Square, the Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center.
Pros: Centrally located, many attractions are within walking distance, lots of hotel options.
Cons: Expensive, touristy, lacks the charm that you find in neighborhoods such as Chelsea and the Upper West Side
LUXURY: The Langham. Located between Byrant Park and the Empire State Building, this hotel features an onsite Michelin-starred restaurant, a spa, and a fitness center. You may never want to leave! Rooms are modern and can accommodate up to four people.
UPSCALE: CitizenM New York Times Square. Stay right in Times Square at this ultra-modern hotel. The rooms are small but have space-saving features and you can use a tablet to control the electronics in your room. Enjoy the view over Manhattan from the exclusive rooftop bar.
MIDRANGE: The French Quarters. This boutique hotel looks like it was plucked off of Bourbon Street in New Orleans and plopped down in Manhattan. Rooms are decorated with a French theme and can accommodate up to five people.
BUDGET: City Rooms NYC – Times Square. Rooms are nothing fancy but they do come with a flat screen TV and private bathroom. Located in Hell’s Kitchen, it is a just a 5-minute walk to Times Square.
Chelsea is home to hundreds of art galleries, the famous Highline, Chelsea Market, and one of the largest LGBTQ communities in New York. It’s hip, it’s trendy, and it’s a great neighborhood to pick if you want to be near the main sites but get more of a “local” experience while touring Manhattan.
Pros: Less touristy than Midtown, one of Manhattan’s trendiest spots
Cons: With just a few subway stations you may have longer metro rides and/or more transfers than other neighborhoods on this list.
UPSCALE: Maritime Hotel. Rooms are decorated with a nautical theme at this trendy hotel. Dine at La Sirena, the onsite gourmet Italian restaurant. This is one of the highest rated hotels in Chelsea.
UPSCALE: The High Line Hotel. Once the Theological Seminary, this building was transformed into the High Line Hotel. Rooms are decorated in a Gothic style and can accommodate up to four people.
MIDRANGE: Chelsea Pines Inn. This Bed & Breakfast is located within walking distance of Chelsea Market and it is right around the corner from the 14th Street subway station. Rooms can accommodate up to four people.
Referred to simply as “the Village,” this is where you will find brownstone buildings, tree-lined streets, and Washington Square Park.
Pros: This area has some of the best nightlife in Manhattan, not to mention some of the best restaurants in town.
Cons: This area can be noisy at night.
UPSCALE: The Marlton Hotel. This boutique hotel is located in a historic building in the heart of Greenwich Village. Rooms are traditionally decorated and can accommodate up to two people.
BUDGET: The Jane. This historic hotel is located on the edge of Greenwich Village, very close to Chelsea. Rooms are decorated to look like the cabin of a ship. Some rooms have a shared bathroom.
Lower East Side
This is another trendy neighborhood in Manhattan. In the 19th century, most of the immigrants to New York City settled here, creating a mixing pot of Europeans. In the late 20th century, this area saw in influx of Asian immigrants. Recent gentrification has turned the Lower East Side into one of Manhattan’s best spots to go for dining and nightlife.
Pros: The place to go for nightlife and for some of New York’s best restaurants.
Cons: Can be noisy at night and there are not many subway stations so it can be more difficult to get around New York City from here. However, the hotels on this list are conveniently located near subway stations.
UPSCALE: The Ludlow Hotel. This boutique hotel looks absolutely amazing. Rooms are tastefully decorated and some rooms offer jaw-dropping views across Manhattan and the East River bridges. Check out the Skybox Loft…what a view!
MIDRANGE: Hotel Indigo Lower East Side. Almost right around the corner from the Ludlow Hotel is Hotel Indigo. This hotel is a great value for the money. You can also get gorgeous views of Manhattan at a lower cost than the Ludlow.
BUDGET: Orchard Street Hotel. Rooms are basic but they are clean and comfortable. There is a rooftop lounge that has a nice view over Manhattan.
The view of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan from Brooklyn.
Located on the southern tip of Manhattan, this is where you will find Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, and One World Trade Center. From here, you have easy access to the Staten Island Ferry and the ferry to the Statue of Liberty. Because this district is so far from the rest of Manhattan, this does not make a great choice for most tourists. However, there are some very cool properties to check out and they just may be worth the extra time on the subway.
Pros: Walking distance to Battery Park and One World Trade Center. There are some very great hotel options in this area if you don’t mind the extra commuting time on the subway.
Cons: Expect long subway rides to most sites in New York City.
LUXURY: The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel. This very highly rated property offers gorgeous rooms in a 100+ year old building. It is conveniently located near several subway lines and just a short walk from Brooklyn Bridge. For some people, it may be worth the splurge and the extra time on the subway to stay here.
UPSCALE: AKA Wall Street. This property looks amazing. Ultra-modern, spacious rooms come with a kitchenette and some also have a small living area.
MIDRANGE: Hilton Garden Inn NYC Financial Center. This may not be the most exciting property, but this Hilton is a good pick if you want to stay in a highly rated property that is a good value for the money.
Inside the Oculus in the Financial District.
Upper West Side
This quiet, residential neighborhood has a much different feel to it than downtown Manhattan. There is not a whole lot to do here as far as sightseeing goes, but that’s part of the charm of the Upper West Side. If you want to feel like a local, consider a stay here. We have stayed on the Upper West Side on numerous trips to Manhattan and always enjoy it here. From here, you can walk to Riverside Park and Central Park as well as the Museum of Natural History.
Pros: Quiet, not touristy, less expensive
Cons: You will need to take the bus, taxi, or subway to get pretty much anywhere else in New York City
UPSCALE: Hotel Beacon. With great subway access and a wide range of hotel rooms to choose from, this makes a great pick for families. Rooms can accommodate up to six people and some even have a kitchenette.
MIDRANGE: Excelsior Hotel. This is another family-friendly hotel with rooms that can accommodate up to four people. It is just a short walk to the Museum of Natural History and Central Park.
BUDGET: HI NYC Hostel. This is one of the highest rates hostels in New York City. All rooms are dormitory style rooms with shared bathrooms. It is a 10-minute walk to the 103rd Street subway station.
Upper East Side
This is another residential neighborhood in Manhattan, although this one is more upscale than the Upper West Side. The big sites here include the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Madison Avenue.
Pros: Perfect if you want to stay in an upscale neighborhood near Manhattan’s best museums and luxury shopping areas.
Cons: Can be expensive and expect longer rides on the subway to get to most tourist attractions.
LUXURY: The Pierre, A Taj Hotel. This luxury hotel is located near the boutique shops of Madison and Fifth Avenues. Some rooms offer amazing views over Central Park.
UPSCALE: The Loews Regency New York Hotel. This family friendly hotel is located near the southeast corner of Central Park so it’s easy to get to the museums of the Upper East Side as well as the touristy sites of Midtown.
If you like the idea of staying outside of Manhattan, Williamsburg makes a nice choice. This is yet another one of New York City’s trendy neighborhoods, with lots of great restaurants and bars.
Pros: Trendy neighborhood, less expensive than staying in Manhattan. Some hotels offer stunning views of the Manhattan skyline.
Cons: You will spend a lot more time using public transportation to get around.
DUMBO in Brooklyn
UPSCALE: The William Vale. Staying outside of Manhattan has its advantages! If you want stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, check out the William Vale. All rooms come with a private balcony and some rooms face Manhattan. There is even a rooftop swimming pool.
MIDRANGE: Wythe Hotel. This is a very cool hotel. A 100 year old factory has been converted into this trendy hotel. Rooms are large and nicely decorated and some rooms offer views of the Manhattan skyline.
BUDGET: Pod Brooklyn. Rooms are small but very clean and modern. Located near the Brooklyn Brewery. From the terrace you have decent views of Manhattan.
Where to Stay in New York City: On the Map
Even with a narrowed list of where to stay in New York City, it can still be a lot to choose from. Here are our recommendations based on travel style and budget.
If you are a budget traveler, we recommend City Rooms NYC Times Square. It gets rave reviews and you can stay very close to the main attractions in Manhattan. Another good pick is HI NYC Hostel on the Upper West Side.
For families, The Beacon on the Upper West Side and the Loews Regency Hotel on the Upper East Side are good choices. AKA Wall Street is also a great choice with the extra living space and kitchenette.
If we did it again, Tim and I would love to stay at the Ludlow Hotel in the Skybox Loft if it were just the two of us. With Tyler and Kara, The Beacon looks like a great option. I also love the idea of staying in Brooklyn at The William Vale or the Wythe Hotel.
Are you planning a trip to New York City? Comment below if you have any questions.
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