Hotels in the Manhattan Area of New York City

by Cicely A. Richard
Manhattan skyline

Manhattan skyline

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Manhattan is the smallest of the five New York City boroughs; however, it serves as the heart of culture, entertainment and finance. Within walking distance of any attraction on this island, visitors find hotels placing them in the center of the action. Manhattan’s luxury hotels have earned praise for their services and architectural designs. The area also has chain hotels for visitors with limited resources.

AAA Five-Diamond Hotels

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park is in downtown Manhattan, overlooking New York Harbor and Ellis Island. Its 2 West Restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows viewing the harbor, and several guest rooms have telescopes that give a birds-eye view of the Statue of Liberty. The concierge assists guests with babysitting, transportation and event tickets. Guest rooms contain stocked mini bars and sewing kits. The Peninsula New York sits on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, walking distance from Central Park and Rockefeller Center. The lobby features two staircases and carved wall accents. Limousine service provides transportation to and from La Guardia and John F. Kennedy airports. The Peninsula Spa by ESPA is on the roof and offers services combining European and Asian principles. Several suites have whirlpool tubs, living rooms, chandeliers and living rooms.

AAA Four-Diamond Hotels

Millenium Hilton is part of the World Trade Center complex, walking distance from Wall Street, SoHo and Century 21, a shopping center. On-site amenities include concierge service, a restaurant serving seasonal meals and snack shop. The indoor pool provides a panoramic view of the city. Guest rooms have blackout curtains and multifunctional telephones. The Westin New York at Times Square is on 43rd Street and 8th Avenue in the Broadway District, walking distance from 40 theaters. The 45-story building rises above the New York skyline and boasts bold décor draped in reds and an atrium encased in glass. Hotel amenities include concierge services and a theater ticket desk. Westin WORKOUT guest rooms provide occupants with their own exercise equipment and the latest workout DVDs.

Kid-Friendly Hotels

Omni Berkshire Place boasts views of Midtown Manhattan and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and guests can walk to Central Park and Radio City Music Hall. The Omni Sensational Kids program provides kids with their own amenities, including a suitcase filled with games, a backpack, menus and tour suggestions. Parents receive first-aid kits, emergency numbers and babysitting assistance. Guest rooms feature artwork, mahogany furniture and 37-inch flat-panel HDTV. The Muse Hotel New York features marble floors and walls in the lobby and guest rooms, and a duel-sided fireplace. Eco-friendly amenities include organic snacks and beverages, fair-trade tea and coffee, and energy-efficient lighting and fixtures. The KimptonKids program provides safety kits, welcome gifts, babysitting and lists of family attractions and restaurants. Guests can request in-room spa services and fitness kits. Guest rooms have black-and-white decor and artwork, as well as a flat-screen television.

Budget Hotels

La Quinta Manhattan is within walking distance of the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden. Concierge service provides tour assistance and transportation arrangements. The hotel also offers valet parking and its indoor/outdoor rooftop bar overlooks the New York skyline. Guest rooms have personal safes, televisions with video games and free nationwide calling. Comfort Inn Times Square places guests within walking distance of Rockefeller Center, the Theater District and the Museum of Modern Art. It is the first nonsmoking hotel in New York City. Hotel amenities include free U.S. phone calls, reduced parking rates and a 24-hour business center. Guest rooms have safes, free wireless Internet access and flat-screen televisions with video games.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .

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