Affiliated with the medical schools of two Ivy League universities, New York-Presbyterian Hospital is one of America’s most prestigious teaching hospitals. It encompasses five medical centers, four in New York City and another in neighboring Westchester County. Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the hospital’s Weill Cornell Medical Center is one of its best-known branches. Weill Cornell outpatients and the families of inpatients find a number of hotels within three miles of the center.
Best Western Plaza Hotel
It may lack a prestigious Upper East Side address, but this mid-rise Best Western property lies only three miles from Weill Cornell in the New York City borough of Queens. For the budget-minded, it’s a veritable steal when compared with the cost of similar accommodations in Manhattan. Only a short walk from nearby subway lines, the Long Island City hotel also puts guests within easy reach of midtown Manhattan’s many attractions, including the Theater District and chic Fifth Avenue shops. The hotel’s 24-hour fitness center is a good fit for guests who want to stay active, while its complimentary breakfast is an amenity rarely offered by New York City hotels.
Courtyard New York Manhattan/Midtown East
This high-rise, 312-unit hotel, only 1.4 miles from the Weill Cornell Medical Center, tailors its services and amenities to increase its appeal to both business travelers and family groups. For the former, the hotel offers a host of business-friendly services, including translation, networked printing, copying and fax services, and on-call messengers. Families with younger children appreciate the Nickelodeon Your Stay program, an amenity now offered at many hotels in the Marriott chain. Upon check-in, young guests receive Nickelodeon-branded keycards to their rooms, Nickelodeon activity books and silicon bracelets that offer password access to a secret online game. The hotel’s East Side Cafe serves breakfast only, but guests can order room service delivery from the menu of a nearby Outback Steakhouse.
Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel New York City
Take a nostalgic trip back to the 1960s with a stay at this hotel in Manhattan’s conveniently located Midtown East neighborhood. While the Doubletree’s mod furniture and retro decor may be reminiscent of a bygone era, the 755-unit hotel offers plenty of modern conveniences and connectivity, including wireless Internet access and flat-screen LCD TVs. The on-site Met Grill serves typical American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual atmosphere, while the Met Lounge offers pub-type fare and cocktails. For the benefit of families with young children, the hotel provides a children’s menu, cribs, high chairs and a babysitting service (additional fee) for parents who’d like to enjoy a night out on the town.
Loew's Regency Hotel New York
This landmark East Side hotel is easily the most upscale of the properties profiled here and also the most expensive. In return for the higher tariff, guests at the Regency enjoy luxury amenities such as terrycloth robes, marble writing desks and fully stocked mini-bars. Such touches, as well as the very real possibility of spotting a celebrity guest in the lobby, have made the Regency a popular choice for decades. Less than half a mile from the medical center, the hotel offers fine dining in its 540 Park Avenue restaurant, and some of the city’s very best cabaret entertainment at Feinstein’s at the Regency, which on any given night might feature the nightclub’s namesake, Michael Feinstein, or another big-name entertainer.
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