Known as the "Crossroads of the World", Times Square is a dazzling intersection famed for its lavish neon signs, grand theaters, and pulsating crowds. Whether you're on your way to a Broadway show, a buzzing bar or one of the family-friendly restaurant that line the streets, look out for iconic structures like the Paramount Building and One Times Square – site of the celebrated New Year's Eve ball drop.
One of the art capitals of the world, Chelsea has literally hundreds of renowned galleries to explore, including the Gagosian and the Gladstone. A taste of New York life can be had at Chelsea Market, a vast warren of artisan food stalls. The High Line, an elevated promenade, offers fantastic views of this upscale neighbourhood, while the Chelsea Piers – intended destination of the Titanic – is a great Manhattan landmark.
Think "New York City" and the sights of Midtown East will spring to mind . There's the towering Art Deco splendor of the Chrysler Building, the gleaming edges of the Empire State Building, and the opulence of Grand Central – arguably the world's most famous train station. For top flight shopping, make your way to Saks Fifth Avenue, and you can even walk the corridors of power at the UN Headquarters.
Anyone visiting the Big Apple will want to explore Midtown West – this is where the razzle dazzle of Times Square is, after all. Take in a show on Broadway or, if you fancy giving your mind a workout, take a tour of the celebrated Museum of Modern Art (or MoMA). And when your tummy starts rumbling, check out the French brasseries, sushi bars and Russian eateries on Restaurant Row.
Sandwiched between the winding Hudson River and lush Central Park, Manhattan's Upper West Side is home to New York's most exclusive high-rise apartments, as well as Columbia University. The American Museum of Natural History makes it a history-buff's dream, while the Lincoln Center showcases everything from opera to jazz. A stroll around Riverside Park in full bloom is a fine way to spend a sunny day.
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"Great hotel, brilliant price, great few days!"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 14, 2013
Great hotel, well equipped rooms, small but perfect to sleep and recharge before a day exploring. Staff were excellent and we both loved the location and quality of the place. Would definitely recommend!
"Best value for money hotel in NY"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Apr 19, 2012
We are a family of four on a 3 month holiday. We stayed in NY for 5 nights at the St James Hotel. The website and comments state the condition of hotel & rooms very well. It is so close to Times Square and many other fantasic NY sights ... we walked everywhere. The hotel is old and looking a bit tired, but it is clean and tidy. The rooms are very small (especially for four peope sharing 2x double beds), but also clean & tidy. A few minor grumbles were - the noise ... NY is noisy anyway, so just need to get on with it, but there is contruction going on a few doors down and that kept us awake early & late (even ear plugs didn't help!) ... also the room was very hot, we couldn't turn the heating down. The big pluses for us for this hotel were, the location, the free wifi, the cleanliness, the value for money and finally one of the 'front of staff' Joey ... he was absolutely awesome, from the time he welcomed us at 7pm when we arrived, to the time we left. Our kids absolutely loved him and drew a picture for him + insisted we left him a NZ gift and tip. He couldn't have been more helpful ... from assisting us to get to a baseball game (Mets lost!) to advice on where to eat ...10 out of 10 for Joey for us.