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.
"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!
"Plaza excellent as usual"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 28, 2013
We arrived early in the morning from the Red eye flight from LA and were given a room straight way, which meant we could rest up before hitting 5th Ave. This does not often happen with hotels but we certainly appreciated it and will return. as usual the rooms are splendid, the size generous and every detail immaculate.A wonderful treat in the best position in New York
"An ok hotel"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 27, 2013
Good condition and easy access to the metro, but noisy and as with other comments, the room is very small. We actually expected more in terms of the uniqueness and the boutique quality of the hotel, but quite difficult to find.
"Awesome Family Hotel - the way it should be"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 6, 2013
Very contemporary hotel. The experience has been designed with a tech-literate audience in mind. Check yourself in (easy). Very modern hotel with quiet rooms and bunks for the kids. Staff is young and energetic. Dohyo restaurant is excellent (unusual for a hotel restaurant).
"Great people, great value in great location"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Dec 27, 2012
This is a real gem for anyone looking for a friendly, low-key place near midtown Manhattan. The rooms are clean but modest (and priced accordingly), the staff are outstanding and its near the heart of everything, including a short walk from Grand Central. The hotel bar has a great relaxed atmosphere or you can easily walk to other options. I've been back and it is now my regular choice in NYC.