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New York City is somewhere that feels familiar before you even visit. Countless films and TV shows are shot here, so when we see the trademark yellow taxi cabs, the hot dog vendors or the dazzling lights of Manhattan, there's a strange sense of déjà vu. It's also home to what is arguably the world's most famous skyline, dominated by the Art Deco marvel of the Empire State Building. Constantly reinventing and setting new trends in fashion, food and art, the city is also a major hub for finance and trade, with the famous Wall Street at its core.

The city is split into the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island, and each has its own unique character. Manhattan Island is home to the trendy neighbourhoods of Greenwich Village and SoHo, while Brooklyn features a Botanic Garden, the New York Aquarium and the famous Coney Island. A ferry from Battery Park to Ellis Island offers a great opportunity for some incredible views of the city, before reaching the fascinating Immigration Museum. You'll also sail past the iconic Statue of Liberty, with plenty of time to snap photos from all angles.

The city's Broadway shows are second to none, with a variety of major musicals proving the pick of the bunch. The giant green oasis of Central Park offers a perfect spot for a peaceful stroll, as well as featuring lakes, theatres and ice-skating rinks.

New York is served by three major airports: JFK, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia, with public transport options available at each one.


From £66 per night

This weekend

From £116 per night

Next weekend

From £121 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit June–August
Local currency US$10 = £7.69
Average weekend price £136 per night
Average weekday price £140 per night
Typical stay 3 nights

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What other travellers say about New York


COVID has made NYC inhospitable and almost unbearable.

24 September 2020

COVID has made NYC inhospitable and almost unbearable. Strict quarantine rules for 39 states have made outsiders unwelcome. Harassment and fear of others abounds worse than ever before. We will not be returning ever!

Betsy United States

Lots to see and do.

5 September 2020

Lots to see and do. Getting around on the subway was quick and easy. Get a reduced price for Broadway shows , at office behind Times Square steps. We went up The Rock at night, and Empire State during the day. Shopping at Century 1 is a must!....

Anonymous United Kingdom

I'm not sure what I could possibly say about New York...

3 September 2020

I'm not sure what I could possibly say about New York that hasn't been articulated better elsewhere. New York has no shortage of cafes and restaurants - which is why reviews really help. Check out the recommended dishes and times - there's a lot of helpful information out there. The musicals and the theatre scene are INSANE. I have watched atleast one musical every single time I've been and I would recommend it to everyone. I've also been lucky enough to catch a play or two which were also excellent. The thing, though, is there are SO MANY storytellers in New York. Lots of customizable tours, free walks, food tasting walks, everything. Every neighborhood has its own history and cool things to offer. Walking around is fun but you'll save a lot of time with a bit of planning. Also, definitely reserve if you ever want a table for lunch or dinner, no matter what the day. There's usually an integrated option on your Google Maps app. The atmosphere in the city is a bit different than when I visited in 2017, and before, though. I suppose that's to be expected with everything the world is going through.

Anonymous Switzerland

This time I chose Chelsea.

1 September 2020

This time I chose Chelsea...a Holiday Inn. Very good location. Near subway, within walking distance to Penn Station and big shops. They had problems with the elevators so I used the stairs from the 4th floor. Breakfast was small but good. Coffee terrible. Ate a nice kosher but expensive meal at Mr Broadway which is an upscale Deli. I was able to walk to most places except to Ground Zero.

Anonymous Israel

I live here and am dealing with water damage to my apartment...

23 August 2020

I live here and am dealing with water damage to my apartment so must stay in hotels. Using it as an opportunity to see my city through others eyes. It is sad enough being here with a government that seems determined to kill it off, but until they get their act together I cannot honestly encourage a visit unless for a specific purpose that is actually available. Those that go the extra mile and are smart will be around, as these are the times that cut the chaff from the wheat for the tough survivors. Until then I'd wait until the current administration is out of power. When level heads reign you will hopefully see the city that can be the Best in The World rise again.

Jeanine United States

Like no other city in the world.

27 July 2020

Like no other city in the world. Excellent number and variety of bars and restaurants. Very conscious of Covid safety measures. Visible police presence, as there has been since 9\11. Police were polite and vigilant. The atmosphere was pleasant and I felt safe. New York is generally expensive, but there are bargains to be had if you look. It is gradually reopening.

Jim United States

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