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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 £82 per night

This weekend

From £183 per night

Next weekend

From £162 per night

Most popular time to visit July–September
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency US$10 = £7.24
Average weekend price £152 per night
Average weekday price £150 per night
Typical stay 3 nights

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Still the most awesome ( in the grand sense of the word, not...

19 October 2021

Still the most awesome ( in the grand sense of the word, not as a too commonly used adjective as used in today's speech , especially among juveniles) city in the world. It's been twenty years since the last there and now revisited some of the usual spots and some entirely new to me. First visited in the late fifties and several times since through the decades. As always very expensive to enjoy the best it as to offer. This time I could finally afford it. On a beer budget 200 - 300 a day is the minimum, on champagne budget 500 plus....hotel, restaurant meals, Broadway shows, admission tickets, city transportation, etc. Of course for those for whom budget is a foreign concept, there are lots of opportunities to spend as much as you'd like.

Miguel United States

The city is in a better state than what is portrayed on the...

19 October 2021

The city is in a better state than what is portrayed on the News. Bars and restaurants are lively, and masks are worn by those who choose to do so. Hadn't been to South Street Seaport in a few years and it was totally renovated and just beautiful with people all around enjoying it.

Ellen United States

I’m not a big city guy- but New York is definitely worth the...

19 October 2021

I’m not a big city guy- but New York is definitely worth the visit. A new adventure on every block. So much to see. So many restaurants. And the trip doesn’t have to break the bank. And people are way nicer than I expected.

Kip United States

This is my 4th trip to NYC.

18 October 2021

This is my 4th trip to NYC. My mantra... "What's not to like?" I Love that city.. We stayed in Chinatown, 2 blocks from Little Italy. Best experience I've had yet, but ALL my NYC stays were FABULOUS!!


There were some people in or near Time Square that need help.

17 October 2021

There were some people in or near Time Square that need help. It looks that the city / state just left them on their own. Quite disappointed for the revenue NY gets. We got ripped off at the Double Deck bust tour. My bad for not checking reviews ahead of time. It was right on the opposite corner of the Riu Hotel, we paid $110 for 2 people and all we got was a ride to Brooklyn. No explanation, it lasted 1 hour.

Antonio United States

Crooks and pot heads everywhere.

16 October 2021

Crooks and pot heads everywhere. You will get nauseated by inhaling the second hand weed smoke. Crooked business all around, be ware for Topview Tours. They will not provide service after selling the ticket and wont refund. I am fighting my case as I write this when their bus driver on Bus 359 on 10-12-21 at 6:10 stop number 12 battery park lied about bus being full and refused to seat us in the bus when other passengers pointed out that seats were available.

Suleman United States

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