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New York Hotels
Searching for a hotel in New York can be a daunting task, particularly if you are unfamiliar with the lay of the land. With some advance preparation and education you can find the right hotel to meet your needs and budget. The internet is the best way to become familiar with the region and points of interest. Most states have travel and tourism websites which are a great starting point. Once you have established the purpose of your trip and the activities you plan to take part in finding the right hotel will be that much easier.
The ultimate New York experience will place you on the island of Manhattan. This is truly the heart of New York with widely known landmarks including: Central Park; Broadway; the Empire State Building; and Times Square. New York City hotels are abundant and each will offer a unique experience. Many hotels offer packages which include admission to nearby attractions. From an economical two-star rated hotel in Midtown to the lap of luxury in a five-star hotel in the Upper West Side, the options are limitless.
Although it is very easy to get around Manhattan by walking or riding the buses and subways, you may want to narrow down your hotel choices by searching for hotels in the areas you plan to spend the most time in. For example, if you plan to tour the Financial District, Chinatown, or take the ferry to Battery Park and the Statue of Liberty, consider staying at a hotel in Lower Manhattan. If Times Square, Broadway, or the Empire State Building are all on your must-see list, focus on the Midtown hotels. The Upper West Side and Upper East Side locations specifically refer to the west and east sides of beautiful Central Park.
One other factor to consider in choosing your New York hotel is that LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy (JFK) airports are located on Long Island. Taxi fare to Manhattan will be expensive, the most expensive being from JFK. There are few hotels in New York City that offer an airport shuttle, so if you are not renting a car or planning other means of transportation this may be your top criteria when searching for a New York hotel.