Hostelling International New York...
At 891 Amsterdam
Avenue on Upper West Side, the location is brilliant, handy to the two
primary subway lines and a block from Central Park, away from the 24
hour noise of Times Square and Broadway but with easy access to them.
Our room was spacious and, up high and on
a corner, the view's fantastic. It’s leafy and quintessentially
the Big Apple, yellow cabs and all. Security was excellent and the price
was right – the best value for money we found in New York. There
are a diversity of guest discounts available from the hostel including
theatre tickets and you can buy subway tickets and tour passes there.
You’ll find all the facilities you need when travelling. The atmosphere
was friendly and relaxed. We were much happier than our friends in an
expensive, tiny, noisy hotel room closer to the action. It’s also
suitable for all ages. We stayed in a family room with our then young
child but it is ideal for travellers of all ages. We’d love to
go back, soon. Address: 891 Amsterdam Avenue. Phone: 212-932-2300. Website:
The Salisbury Hotel...
Why do I
recommend the Salisbury Hotel? Location and size! The
one-bedroom suite has approx 700 sq ft, easily sleeps five and a great
breakfast is included in the rate. The location is perfect (123 W 57th
St) -- close to Central Park, Times Square / Broadway, subways, and
5th Avenue. Many Manhattan sites are within walking distance. The hotel
is a little dated, but very clean. The staff is friendly and helpful,
there is a mini fridge in the room and a block away is a full grocery
store with many other restaurants in the neighborhood. Website: http://www.nycsalisbury.com
love the Milford Plaza. It's a big hotel, offering
an economical price and located right in the middle of Times Square
(270 W45th). Based on their rates my travelling companion and I expected
the worst but we were pleasantly surprised by the courteous service
and cleanliness of the building. Our room faced the street and looked
over the theatre district -- very fun! This is how their website describes
their location, 'around the corner from 14 Broadway theaters, and just
a short walk from Radio City Music Hall, the Rockefeller Center, 5th
Avenue shopping, Herald Square, Times Square and the Javits Center.
The Milford Plaza New York Hotel's Westside location is also extremely
convenient to SoHo, NoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown and the West Village
- all very popular New York City attractions and easily accessible by
public transportation, located close by.' Website: www.milfordplaza.com
Stay the Night Bed & Breakfast...
favorite place to stay in New York City is called Stay The Night,
a wonderful B&B located on a tree-lined street on 93rd Street between
5th Avenue and Madison Avenue. You can't beat the location (fashionable
Upper East side) and the rooms -- there are three of them plus an apartment
-- all are beautifully decorated. According to their website, 'Within
a five-minute walk you can visit the Guggenheim, the Cooper Hewitt and
the grandest of all, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Every service you
need from drug store to dry cleaner is on your doorstep.' You can reach
the owner, Nick Hankin at 212-722-8300 or at email@example.com
Read more at their website: www.staythenight.com
GUTSY WOMEN HOTEL
Splurge! This is nothing like a B&B or hostel. Hotel Gansevoort
located at #18, 9th Avenue at 13th Street is the first full-service
luxury hotel in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. It is brain candy
for parents (or single moms) who are travelling with their children
and desperately need a sanity break or merely some quiet time. The Hotel
Gansevoort has a package called "Honey, we're stuck with the kids"
that includes a parents' night out (providing a licensed and bonded
babysitter for four hours as well as guaranteed reservations at a "hot"
restaurant, fresh chocolate-chip cookies daily, assorted board games,
video games, a free movie a day, etc. Everyone but your wallet will
be happy! Check out: http://www.hotelgansevoort.com/
Fast food heaven in New York City...
On a recent
trip to New York, I found the Whole Foods Market on
the lower level of the Time- Warner Building (part
of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts) at Columbus Circle. A
friend and I had tickets for a jazz concert on the 5th floor but didn't
have time to eat before the show. What was the next best thing? To find
a healthy fast food situation. Whole Foods Market was the perfect answer.
This outstanding supermarket has a wide variety of gourmet prepared
foods sold by weight. We thoroughly enjoyed tasting choices from around
the world. Besides fabulous salads (don't miss the beet, orange and
goat cheese mix), we sampled sushi, Indian, Mexican, Italian and Chinese
food. For dessert we shared the chocolate bread pudding which was outstanding.
The people watching was wonderful, the dining area was clean and our
meals were fresh, tasty and very affordable.
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