City Break or Stopover
Located on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA, New York is only around 7 hours from the UK. You can connect to almost every US City as well as the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico and South America.
Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Saks, Fifth Avenue – Shopaholics could quite easily spend a day and a year’s salary in each of these locations. However there are bargains to be had too. Head to the Garment District or Harlem for cute little boutiques featuring hand-tailored clothing for a fraction of the cost.
The Airtrain from Newark or JFK is the quickest and most economical way of getting to your hotel. At around $7.75 per person it also offers some great New York Views en-route. A Yellow Cab has a fixed fare of between $50 and $70 depending on your hotel location but be warned, traffic is a huge issue in New York. If you land near rush hour, expect the fare to double and take over 2 hours to cover the 20 miles or so. At quieter times, it should take an hour.
Yotel Times Square
Although it’s not technically not in Times Square, it’s in a great location just a block and a half away from the bright lights and non-stop humdrum of the Square. It’s close to Hells Kitchen, close the the Theater District and handy for the subway too. The rooftop bar is always a great place to start an evening out. The rooms range from ‘pod’ style cabins to generous suites – the standard cabins are small but very comfortable and cleverly designed. Oh and a robot (YOBOT) will look after your luggage, which is pretty damn cool 🙂
Inspired by luxury first class aircraft design, the hotel rooms – or ‘cabins’ as we like to call them – are super comfortable, smartly designed and adaptable spaces. We pride ourselves on not just being a place to sleep, but a place where you can work or be social. On FOUR, we have our Green Fig restaurant, cool bars, a co-working lounge and one of the city’s largest hotel terraces where you can enjoy everything from hot beverages, a la carte breakfast in the morning, as well as casual sharing plates and amazing cocktails all day long.
The Chelsea (Meatpacking) district of New York is fast becoming the place to be. The hotel and the rooftop pool at the Gansevoort hotels have been known to be the hangout of A-list celebs such as Rihanna, Kanye and Chris Brown.
Downstairs, the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant, The Chester is laden with Red Leather Chesterfield sofas against the stark New York loft style brickwork is a sublime dining experience.
A stunning property and still relatively good value.
Since opening in 2004, Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC has undergone a round of renovations to completely modernize the entire property. Enter this trendy property and find yourself immersed in a swanky lobby complete with a pool table and bar to jump start your trip. All rooms feature new carpeting, drapery, tufted headboards with pops of colour, mod-styled sofas, and wall-hung LCD TVs. Additional luxurious amenities include a 45-foot heated outdoor rooftop pool with underwater lights, Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge featuring landscaped terraces, an outdoor grill and a 5,500 square feet event space with soaring 20- foot ceilings and wall-to-wall windows where guests can enjoy a priceless sunset off the Hudson River.
Kimpton Ink 48
Another Manhattan, Hells Kitchen location (often also called Midtown West,) the Trendy Kimpton Ink 48 offers uninterrupted 360 Panoramic views of the City. I’ve always been a big fan of Kimpton hotels in other US cities, such as Boston and Chicago for years but they have a more traditional feel. Ink 48 is has a more vibrant and funky feel. The rooftop eatery, called The Press Lounge serves up some of New York’s finest small plates and cocktails. Meanwhile downstairs on the Ground Floor, PRINT. restaurant tempts you with everything from succulent New York Strip steaks to Farm to Table fresh, seasonal delights. Once you’ve eaten, take a complimentary Kimpton bike for a ride into Central Park, which is only a few minutes ride away.
It’s a great choice, under a mile from Times Square and near the engineering marvel that will be the Hudson Yards – Hell’s Kitchen may have an intriguing history, but the future is making an impressive appearance here, too. One of the most dramatic additions to our west side skyline is Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development in U.S history.
One part urban fairytale, two parts engineering marvel, all 28 acres of Hudson Yards will be constructed on an elevated platform above the historic train yards that bear the same name. Once completed, Hudson Yards will be home to a dazzling collection of commercial and residential towers, 14 acres of public parks and open space, luxury shops and restaurants, even a public school. The High Line, an aerial public park built on an abandoned elevated freight line, will complete its final phase wrapping around Hudson Yards.
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