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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 £74 per night

Next weekend

From £690 per night

Most popular time to visit August–October
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency US$10 = £7.50
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Average weekend price £182 per night
Average weekday price £179 per night
Typical stay 3 nights

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New York reviews

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6.0

Always excellent!

27 November 2021

Always excellent! Came back for Thanksgiving. New York needs a good scrub down cleaning. Go eat at the Time Square Diner & Grill—the best place for all day breakfast. Bubba Shrimp Boat was awesome as well. Joe’s Pizza is over rated just get a slice from anywhere in the area. Prepare to do a lot of walking and purchase the subway metrocard for $23/$21 and purchase one for each family member, you come out better doing it that way instead of sharing. My son and I took advantage of go back and forth—we got in about 20k steps in each day we were there. It is so worth it though.

Guernica
Guernica United States
10

We visited to celebrate my daughter’s 16th bday.

22 November 2021

We visited to celebrate my daughter’s 16th bday. Awesome to be able to shop and feel safe, had reservations for shows at night. Only downside was paying to get downtown, but so what….trade off was being able to walk around while at the hotel and enjoy everything!

Amy
Amy United States
8.0

The location from the hotel to the subway was accessible.

21 November 2021

The location from the hotel to the subway was accessible. It was a short walk to the LIRR station/Penn Station. I though the restaurants around the hotel were nice. It was a great location for night life and for the short stay I had.

Anonymous
10

I can honestly say that taking public transportation can be...

20 November 2021

I can honestly say that taking public transportation can be intimidating. Especially when you are from a city or state that that doesn't have subways trains buses..but where I was unsure of what train I was on I asked and apologized for being a pest and the first person said, if you are unsure just ask a new Yorkers we will help you. And I did and either I got super lucky or he was very correct! Do your homework before leaving and rely on the internet all businesses have websites and new york has very good information on the web on how to get around.

Diana
Diana United States
10

This was our first trip back to NYC in two years.

18 November 2021

This was our first trip back to NYC in two years. It was so good to be back. We felt very comfortable with the measures in place to protect against Covid. Actual vaccine cards are required for most venues including restaurants. We loved the new outdoor seating options. Covid testing sites are practically on every corner and mask required indoors.

Beverly
Beverly United States
10

As a weekend trip, we only got to spend time in midtown and...

15 November 2021

As a weekend trip, we only got to spend time in midtown and Greenwich Village. Overall, New York seems so much more comfortable and safe than many years ago. There is so much to do there for every taste and interest.

Barry
Barry United States

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