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New York is always ready for you

You’ve seen the films, you’ve heard the songs – now it’s time to experience it for yourself. It only takes a second for NYC to sweep you off your feet. This is a city that’s ready for anything.

The question is, are you ready for New York? If it’s your first visit, your first sight of the skyline will be unforgettable – you’ll want to see more, whether you take to the Top of the Rock, the Staten Island Ferry, Brooklyn Bridge or the Empire State Building. On a return visit? The city is always heaping new experiences onto its plate. Catch the latest blockbuster art exhibition at the Whitney, a Tony-winning musical on Broadway or a new restaurant opening in trendy Tribeca. With a world-famous landmark on every street corner, it’s impossible to get lost, but supremely easy to find yourself falling in love.

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New York holidays for every traveller

A great holiday starts with a great place to stay. Browse our selection of New York hotels – there’s bound to be one that’s perfect for your NYC city break. City break lovers should check in at the Roosevelt for its iconic Midtown Manhattan location and chic rooftop bar, Mad46. Trendy travellers should stay at the modern Moxy Times Square, with its rooftop lounge and fun atmosphere. Fans of old-school glam should look no further than The Plaza, which towers over Central Park and Fifth Avenue. The Grand Hyatt New York is right next to Grand Central Station and extremely well-placed for getting about the city. Its stylish lobby and modern feel appeals to city-slickers and New York first-timers alike.

3 star NYC holidays

Despite its reputation, there are inexpensive places to stay in New York – even in central Manhattan. You can stay in the city centre on a shoestring without cramping your style. The Roosevelt has over 1,000 good-value rooms, and it’s right by the Rockefeller. The modern stylings of Row NYC give it an urban edge, and it’s lively and fun.

4 star NYC holidays

Get the keys to one of these four-star boltholes and unlock state-of-the-art facilities and skyline views. The Doubletree Times Square West is a massive new hotel in a fantastic location.. When it comes to premium hotels, we only bring you the best.

5 star NYC holidays

Live like a Park Avenue princess on a luxury New York holiday. Cream always rises to the top, and these high-rise hotels – with their elegant penthouses and skyline views – are no exception. Lotte New York Palace has a glittering Gold Room Bar and is a setting fit for fictional high society: TV series Gossip Girl was frequently filmed here – and so was Homeland.

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How to see New York on a budget

New York, and especially Manhattan, is an expensive place. It has a right to be – it’s one of the greatest cities on earth. There’s world-class food and amazing hotels, but it’s also perfectly possible to explore the city on a budget. Our handy planner tells you how much money you need to cover your hotel, food, activities and more.

Up to $150 per day

Aloft New York Brooklyn

Stay in Brooklyn for inexpensive accommodation. You’ll still be able to access all the sights across the river in Manhattan – just hop on the Subway. Aloft New York Brooklyn is a three-star hotel aimed at budget-conscious explorers. It has compact rooms, fun interior décor and a small gym.

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Eat

New York’s fast food is inexpensive and delicious. Buy pizza by the slice for just a couple of dollars or hit up the deli for a lox bagel – that’s smoked salmon, for the uninitiated. New York isn’t immune to the food truck trend, and there are food vans around the city. Check out our guide for the best places to eat for under $25.

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InterContinental New York Barclay

Get an injection of 1920s elegance on your holiday. The InterContinental New York Barclay opened in New York in 1926, but was recently renovated, taking its interior up a notch. Set in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, it’s within walking distance of the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center. But stick around the hotel for its gin bar.

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$150-$300 per day

Where to stay

Set in the heart of Manhattan’s Midtown, the brand-new InterContinental New York Barclay is within walking distance from Grand Central Station, the Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center.

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What to eat

In the tree-lined avenues of the West Village, there are plenty of small, hip restaurants serving world cuisine. You can eat around the world within a single block. Kish-Kash is an informal cous-cous bar by one of the city’s leading Middle-Eastern chefs. Decoy serves inspired Chinese dumplings, and The Little Owl is a city-wide favourite for Mediterranean delights.

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Things to do

Pre-book tickets online to skip the queues for the Top of the Rock observation deck and the best views of the city. Back on ground level, wander to the Museum of Modern Art to enjoy the city’s largest artwork collection for only $25.

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Where to stay

Wake up well-rested in the city at the lovely New York EDITION. This hotel is set in the famous clocktower building, which has stood in New York’s skyline since 1909. You’ll find classy bars and restaurants across its many floors. Madison Square Park is just outside.

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What to eat

The latest trendy restaurants come and go, but Keens Steakhouse has been an institution in central New York since 1885. Just ten minutes from Times Square, prime beef is on the menu – but so is its special mutton chop. Sticking to iconic destinations, the historical Grand Central Terminal has an underground seafood restaurant: the Grand Central Oyster Bar. But don’t stay underground: check out New York’s rooftop bars afterwards.

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Things to do

You can buy tickets online for New York’s dazzling array of Broadway Shows. But if you haven’t bought in advance, don’t dismay: you can also get discounted tickets on the day from the TKT Booth on Times Square. Old favourites, long-anticipated revivals and bold new dramas are on offer all year around. You can bag seats for under $50… But some popular shows sell for hundreds of dollars.

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Make the most of your New York holiday

With so much to see and do in New York, it can be tricky to know where to start, but don’t fret – our essential guide to holidays in New York will have you looking like a local in no time.

Where are the best areas to stay in New York?

New York’s sights are spread around the city, though most first-timers will want to stay somewhere on Manhattan Island. We’ve pulled out some of the best areas to stay in the city, below.

Times Square and Midtown

Many first-time visitors opt to stay near Times Square. It’s not known as ‘The Crossroads of the World’ for nothing: it’s one of the world’s busiest pedestrian areas and is well-connected to many of the city’s main sights. Midtown, the area around Times Square, is where you’ll find the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, and the Rockefeller Center. Try booking the Doubletree by Hilton Times Square West.

Upper East Side

If you’re hankering for a luxury hotel with all the trimmings: bells, whistles and bellhops, then the Upper East Side is your best bet. Here you’ll find fabulous hotels like the Surrey, with its fashion-savvy clientele. This area is one of the most expensive in the city. As you walk along Fifth Avenue, bordering Central Park, you’ll encounter ‘Museum Mile’, an area of prestigious cultural institutions like the Met and the Frick.

Lower East Side

Staying on the Lower East Side puts you near Brooklyn Bridge and the Tenement Museum – a popular museum which gives you a taste of the area’s working-class roots. The LES has gentrified rapidly in the last couple of decades. Hotel Indigo New York LES gives you a feel for the area as it is now, trendy, young and fun.

Soho

A number of eye-catching cast iron buildings form the backbone of the Soho district, which sits below Midtown. The name comes from the area’s geography: it’s the region south of Houston Street, in downtown Broadway. Soho is synonymous with shopping – with boutiques for everyone from Opening Ceremony to Celine. Stay at NoMo Soho for interiors stuffed with vintage finds and curious furnishings.

Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards, which sits on the west side of Manhattan island, below Hell’s Kitchen, is New York’s newest district. Money has poured in, and the skyscrapers have reared up in this exciting new city hub. Crowne Plaza HY36 is right in the middle of the district. Watch this space: new restaurants and shops are opening all the time.

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Top five things to see in New York

Whatever type of New York city break you’re after, you can be sure that the Big Apple won’t be short on things to see and do. Here are our top five suggestions:

Our top tip? Book tickets in advance wherever possible – it’ll save you having to queue, leaving you more time to explore this exciting city.

Best places to eat in New York

The ultimate melting pot of cultures and cuisine, New York is a foodie’s paradise – so make sure you pack your appetite. Here are some of our ideas from our in-the-know locals:

What to see on a New York city break

Yes, you can do New York over a long weekend. Get swept up on a minibreak – shopping, exploring and eating your way through NYC block by block.  If it’s your first visit, check out our classic itinerary. If you fancy a quirkier route, read our curious weekend guide. Use our NYC top ten to tick off the key sights. We fly up to 15 times a day to New York from London airports, making it easy to plan your short break. Plus, book your experiences with us before you go, and avoid spending your precious time queueing.

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Multi-city holidays

New York City is brilliantly connected – turn your New York trip into a multi-city holiday by flying or driving on to other US cities. Boston is four hours drive north, Philly two hours south. You could swap the cultural capital for the political one, and fly to Washington DC, or take a trip to the west coast and visit San Francisco, then road trip to Las Vegas. Then fly home from your new destination. It’s easy with our multi-centre trip planner.

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