New York City, the city that never sleeps! There are so many things to do in New York, it’s impossible to get bored: relaxing in Central Park, discover Times Square, see the statue of Liberty, visit the 9/11 memorial, get on top of the empire state building, etc.
But figuring out where to stay in New York can be confusing. Which is why I wrote this guide listing where to stay in New York City, list the best hotels in New York and the best neighborhoods in New York! Staying in New York City is expensive, you’ll notice some areas don’t have budget options!
Midtown is the perfect place to stay if it’s your first time in New York. It’s super central, well-connected and within walking distance of numerous famous sights: Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building, MoMa (Museum of Modern Art), the Rockefeller Center, etc. You’re in the heart of Manhattan, and there’s a large selection of hotels in every price range.
Where to stay in Midtown
- Luxury: The Whitby Hotel. An elegant, chic 5-star hotel just a few minutes away from Central Park. The floor-to-ceiling windows in each room allow you to enjoy wonderful views of the city from your bed. The hotel also features a bar and on-site restaurant, a fitness center and a book-lined drawing room.
- Mid-range: CitizenM New York Times Square. An affordable hotel with everything you need. It’s pretty simple, they only have one room size, a self-check-in with staff on hand if you need assistance, a gym and a rooftop bar. This one is also perfectly located, very close to Times Square.
- Budget: Nap York Central Park Sleep Station. A really nice hostel, funky, modern and above all clean. It has a 24-hour reception, a shared kitchen if you want to cook your own meals and comfortable pod-style beds.
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Chelsea is a great area if you’ve been to New York before and want to experience an authentic slice of New York life. There’s a large selection of great restaurants and a wide range of hotels at reasonable prices. Plus Wall Street, the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge are not far. Chelsea is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in New York. You’ll find numerous art galleries there and the famous Chelsea Market.
Where to stay in Chelsea
- Luxury: The Maritime Hotel NYC. This hotel is beautifully decorated and very close to Chelsea Piers. As its name suggests, this hotel has strong nautical theme but it still has great aesthetic. No ropes lying around but porthole style windows and squashy leather armchairs. A great option in Chelsea!
- Mid-range: Innside by Melia New York Media. It’s a great place to stay and conveniently located near Penn Station. The rooms are modern and feature floor-to-ceiling windows with incredible views of the city. Their on-site restaurant has a gorgeous terrace.
- Budget: Leo House. This hotel offers incredible value for your money. It’s well-located, they offer good service and hospitality, a nice breakfast is included and you have access to an adorable garden. It’s run by a Catholic charity.
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You’ll find many art and design shops, trendy restaurants and boutiques for every budget in Soho. It’s known for its beautiful cast-iron buildings, cobblestone streets and fashionable boutiques. This is also where many celebrities and artists live. It’s a residential area, meaning there are no famous tourist sights but it’s still close to popular attractions. SoHo (meaning South of Houston Street) is the shopping center of NYC, but you shouldn’t stay there if you’re traveling on a budget.
Where to stay in Soho
- Luxury: The Crosby Street Hotel. A stunning luxury hotel you cannot miss to enjoy the ultimate luxury hotel experience! It features an on-site restaurant, elegant and sophisticated rooms featuring floor to ceiling windows with amazing views, and other upscale amenities you’re gonna love! There’s also a really nice rooftop garden!
- Mid-range: Arlo Soho. Great value for your money! It’s well-located, not far from amazing boutiques and hip restaurants. It features a rooftop bar, courtyard and a co-working space. The rooms are contemporary and many offer great city views.
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A quiet area of New York City, not far from Central Park and several museums of the city. Upper East Side is a well-known upscale and posh area of Manhattan, so I wouldn’t recommend staying there if you’re traveling on a budget. A part of 5th Avenue called the Museum Mile passes through the area: you’ll find there the Guggenheim museum, the MET, the Jewish Museum, the Neue Galerie, etc. You should definitely stay there if you’re an art and museum lover.
Where to stay in Upper East Side
- Luxury: The Pierre. It’s an incredible luxury hotel known for its opulence. It’s been open since 1930! It has classical design and features beautiful suites with living rooms, giant tubs, butler services, and city views. The rooms are elegant and feature Turkish marble bathrooms. The staff is accommodating and courteous.
- Mid-range: Voco the Franklin Hotel. A nice hotel conveniently located close to the subway, the Guggenheim Museum and Central Park. The rooms are contemporary and comfortable and breakfast is included as well as a daily wine and cheese reception.
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It’s the art district of New York. You’ll find there many cute little restaurants, street musicians, comedy clubs and jazz bars. It’s home to NYU (New York University) which gives the area a young feel to it. Greenwich Village, also called “the Village”, is where famous 90’s shows where supposedly filmed (Friends, Sex and the City, etc.). It’s a young, hip area and has a great nightlife. Take some time to relax at Washington Square, one of the city’s liveliest park spaces.
Where to stay in Greenwich Village
- Luxury: Gansevoort Meatpacking. It’s a swanky hotel with comfortable rooms and tons of amenities. It features a rooftop space with a heated year-round pool, bar and lounge, and an on on-site restaurant. Moreover, their breakfast is really good!
- Mid-range: Walker Hotel Greenwich Village. It’s a romantic, Art-Deco hotel which is a good choice in The Village. Their rooms are stylish, the staff is friendly and their on-site restaurant, the Society Café, offers dishes made of the freshest ingredients sourced from the local markets.
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It’s probably the best NYC neighborhood for families because it’s relatively quiet and filled with family-friendly establishments (parks, playgrounds, the American Museum of Natural History etc.). Moreover it’s well-connected by the subway and not far from Central Park.
Where to stay in Upper West Side
- Luxury: The Mandarin Oriental. It’s a great luxury hotel and it’s located just next to Central Park and Columbus Circle! The rooms feature marble bathrooms and floor to ceiling windows with incredible skyline views. The hotel also features a cocktail bar, a chic on-site restaurant, an indoor pool and a spa.
- Mid-range: Hotel Beacon. It’s one of the few apartment hotels in NYC and it’s perfect for families! All of the rooms have kitchenettes and living room seating areas. The kitchenettes have a microwave, refrigerator and coffeemaker and the rooms have free WiFi, a flat screen TV and iPod docks.
- Budget: West Side YMCA. This hostel is located just a few minutes away from Columbus Circle and overlooks Central Park. Linens and towels are included, the bathrooms are shared but you can upgrade to get a private room and bathroom. The property features a fitness center and two indoor swimiming pools.
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The Lower East Side is a typical New York residential neighborhood. You won’t find famous sights there. Basically you’ll be staying where New Yorkers live, and you’ll have the chance to stay in an area full of restaurants, bars and shops. Moreover Chinatown and Little Italy are not far!
Where to stay in Lower East Side
- Luxury: CitizenM New York Bowery. A top hotel in Lower East Side! It’s perfectly located a few minutes away from the nightlife and restaurants of Bowery. The hotel features a fitness center but also a coffee bar during the day that turns into a cocktail bar in the evening. The staff is amazing, the rooms are comfortable and you’ll enjoy incredible views of the city.
- Mid-range: Holiday Inn Lower East Side. It’s a great mid-range option! It features a business center and a fitness center. All the rooms feature a flat screen TV, a work desk and coffee maker. The staff is friendly and professional. I highly recommend it!
- Budget: The Ridge. A great option if you’re on a tight budget but still want to be on the Lower East Side. It features a rooftop terrace overlooking Manhattan and offering a view of the city skyline, including the Empire State Building. The rooms feature custom furniture and a marble or European glass tile bath. Their common area is really cool!
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This is where NYC began when it was founded by the Dutch in 1624. As its name suggests, it’s the financial heart of the city, home to Wall Street and a forest of skyscrapers. There are many shops, hotels and restaurants in this district. Many hotels have good rates on weekends when business travelers go home.
Where to stay in the Financial District
- Luxury: Beekman Hotel. This sleek hotel is modern and is inside an abandoned building. It’s architecturally distinguished by its 9-story atrium that has a pyramidal glass ceiling at the top. The upper stories of the atrium are bordered by balconies. Artwork adorns the walls of the The Beekman. The rooms are elegant and the staff is professional.
- Mid-range: Club Quarters Hotel. This hotel is located conveniently alongside the World Trade Center and overlooks the 9/11 memorial and museum. It features an amazing restaurant offering city views with their floor to ceiling windows and terrace. There’s also a lounge with free drinks. The rooms are clean and comfortable.
- Budget: Hotel Mimosa. This one is actually in Chinatown, right next to the Financial District. It’s a great budget option! The rooms are clean and feature a flat-screen TV, WiFi, desk, linens and en-suite bathroom. The staff is very accommodating!
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The only area from this list which is not in Manhattan, but in Brooklyn! Williamsburg is right across the East River from the East Village, connected by Williamsburg Bridge. It’s a trendy area with numerous restaurants, beers gardens, cafes, pubs, boutiques and music venues. Williamsburg is often considered hipster because of its expansive art scene.
Where to stay in Williamsburg
- Luxury: The William Vale. This luxury hotel will not disappoint you! It features a rooftop swimming pool and several dining options. All rooms come with floor-to-ceiling windows, open air balconies and unbeatable views of Brooklyn. Glass-enclosed showers rainfall showers are provided as well. Don’t miss it!
- Mid-range: Hotel Indigo. Great value for your money! Hotel Indigo features a restaurant, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a sun terrace and a bar. There’s also an in-house snack bar and a business area. The rooms are clean, comfortable and the staff is helpful.
- Budget: NY Moore Hostel. If you’re traveling on a tight budget, this loft-style hostel is a great option. Each dorm offers modern furnishing and includes a private or shared bathroom. Private rooms are also available. It’s a clean hostel with a cozy common area.
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Now you know all the best places to stay in New York! Feel free to check out my New York travel guide! It’s one of the most beautiful cities in the US! I also wrote pieces about things to do in New York in the summer, how to use the NYC subway, the 9/11 memorial and Ellis Island museum!
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