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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.

Tonight

From £96 per night

This weekend

From £656 per night

Next weekend

From £388 per night

Most popular time to visit September–November
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency US$10 = £7.56
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Average weekend price £180 per night
Average weekday price £181 per night
Typical stay 3 nights

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New York reviews

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10

A vibrant , stimulating city with amazing entertainment, ...

8 December 2021

A vibrant , stimulating city with amazing entertainment, architectural wonders, easy transportation and a huge array of restaurants to fit any desire or budget. Can find the finest of anything you desire! Just don't over plan as it is so easy to do . Best theater selection in the world. Escape a bit to Central park. We are regular visitors from the West Coast. Must see Moulin Rouge musical! Be sure to take Circle LIne cruise for overview of City and different perspective. of architecture and Statue of Liberty.

Elaine Ward
Elaine Ward United States
8.0

Manhattan is a city like no other.

8 December 2021

Manhattan is a city like no other. If you want to do something 24/7 you can find what to do. Whatever nationality food you want to eat, you can find it. Movies? Theater? Broadway shows? It's all there. All sorts of museums, shopping galore - it's all there. And then there are the "enclaves" - Chinatown, Little Italy, Harlem, KoreaTown, Lower East Side. Travel is many and varied. Be prepared for a lot of walking. Don't want to do that? Call Uber, Lyft or a taxi. Or the bus. Or a rather extensive subway system. Manhattan is basically the world, condensed.

Mark
Mark United States
10

The Macys Day Parade was amazing.

7 December 2021

The Macys Day Parade was amazing. I stayed at a lesser hotel because it was on the parade route, being disabled and never knowing when pain and exhaustion will strike was the smartest thing I could have done. Although a lesser hotel the staff more than made up for the hotels misgivings. The following day I moved to a more comfortable hotel in a different area to visit other locations closer to the new hotel.

Kathryn
Kathryn United States
6.0

NYC CAN BE MAGICAL OR A NIGHTMARE.

7 December 2021

NYC CAN BE MAGICAL OR A NIGHTMARE. I WAS IN SHOCKED HOW DIRTY IT HAD BECOME AND BE ON HIGH ALERT FOR SAFETY. PLAN YOUR TRIP, MAKE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE, CARRY VACCINATION CARD, EXTRA MASKS FOR CONSTANT HYGIENE, WASH THISE HANDS...REPEAT WASH NOT JUST HAND SANTITIZER. ASK FOR ADVICE FOR SAFEST ROUTE. THE LATER IT GETS...TAKE TAXIS.

craig
craig United States
10

Everyone was very helpful and friendly.

6 December 2021

Everyone was very helpful and friendly. Not like you think of new Yorkers. And the prices were extremely normal. Stay at sonder! Ive never stayed somewhere that was better than the pics. Avoid Chinatown and subways late at night. Be prepared for hurting feet and legs. Eat the best food of your life in little Italy.

JZells
JZells United States
8.0

New York is back baby!

5 December 2021

New York is back baby! As always, watch your surroundings and stay alert - but that is true about any big city. Vaccination cards required at most businesses so make sure its on you at alll times. Easy to get around, but Ubers and Lyfts are EXPENSIVE because of all the traffic.

Cynthia
Cynthia United States

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