Midtown Manhattan ends near the south edge of Central Park, where the streets range in the upper 50s. This is an area best suited for the hotel guest seeking luxury accommodations. If you're looking for a bargain, it'll be hard to find in this neighborhood. Near the exclusive Fifth Avenue shopping district, Upper Midtown is a haven for upscale jet setters and tourists who want to see the finest New York City has to offer.
The Hudson New York
Part of the Morgans Hotel Group, the Hudson is a modern establishment with decor by renowned designer Philippe Starck. Located on the west side, this hotel is close to Time Warner Center and Central Park. The wide room selection ensures guests can find a comfortable fit for the whole party, whether it's one solitary traveler or a family with four kids. This hotel also has appealing options for the long-term guest, including loft- and apartment-style suite rooms with kitchen, dining area and work setup. For recreation, the hotel has a private park and the ultra-trendy Hudson Bar.
Trump International Hotel & Tower
Nestled immediately beside Central Park, Trump International Hotel & Tower is a well-known tourist stop in NYC, as well as a world-class hotel and apartment building. The hotel is mostly suites, with 141 deluxe units that have one to three bedrooms. If a suite isn't quite the thing, the hotel also has 34 regular guest rooms. Trump attracts top talent, and celebrity chef Jean-Georges houses his eponymous restaurant in the tower along with Nougatine, another high-end eatery. Each room in the Trump International offers a view of the park, and concierge services take care of details such as table reservations and personal shopping appointments.
The Plaza is the hotel of fictional schoolgirl Eloise, Sunday brunch and afternoon tea. Once an independent concern, the hotel is now owned by the Fairchild Group and is separated into residences and hotel rooms. Of its 282 hotel rooms, 102 are suites; for young visitors, the hotel has the specialty Eloise Suite with pink and black trappings. Since the Plaza takes up the corner facing the main Central Park entrance, it's become a landmark for many city residents who observe and appreciate genteel customs like tea at the Palm Court or drinks at the Oak Room. It's worth a meal or stop, even if you choose to stay elsewhere.
The New York Palace
Another old-world, traditional New York City hotel, the New York Palace is one of the oldest hotels in Manhattan. The hotel's 899 rooms range in size from Superior to the penthouse Triplex Suites, with many of them offering a terrace or view of the city skyline. The hotel also runs the Towers Club, a members-only spot with complimentary Internet access, concierge, afternoon tea and comfits and meeting rooms for business use. For guests, the New York Palace offers a fitness center, a world-class spa and house car service within a 20-block radius.
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