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A fantastic guide for the Big Apple!

New York, New York – a city so nice, they had to name it twice!

The inspiration for countless great works of film, literature and music, the Big Apple can proudly count itself amongst the world’s truly great cities – no wonder some New Yorkers are only half joking when they refer to it as ‘the centre of the universe’.

Home to over 8m people from every background and nationality imaginable, the city itself is divided into five boroughs – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and The Bronx – each with their own distinctive vibe and cultural flavour. Simply put, New York is a 24-hour city of contrast that prides itself on genuine diversity and having something for everyone.

Perhaps the most famous landmark in the city is the Statue of Liberty that stands tall against the city’s harbour. A beacon of hope for immigrants arriving on American shores to escape famine and poverty in search of a new life, the Statue of Liberty symbolises the great dream of American freedom. As the song says, “If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere”, and the New York of today still attracts people in their thousands willing to roll the dice and chase their dreams in the big city. You need only feel the urgency of Grand Central Station or the neon buzz of nighttime Times Square to realise you’re somewhere very special indeed. Then of course there's the bright lights of Broadway where you can see world famous stage productions, such as the The Lion King. Many of New York's attractions are covered by the the New York Pass: a fantastic way of saving money without missing out.

Whilst the more traditional tourist attractions are sure to be must-sees for visitors, the diversity of New York means that it’s also easy to blend in with the crowd and experience the city like a New Yorker. For some this means a trip to Coney Island’s famous amusements, whilst others may prefer the trendy, bohemian feel of Brooklyn. You might even find yourself seeking out the African American music and culture in Harlem! Of course, no trip to New York is complete without a sobering trip to view The National 9/11 Memorial.

Whichever way you choose to enjoy the city, the iconic subway system makes everything easily accessible by simply purchasing a MetroCard and refilling as you go. If you’re new to the city, Midtown East is a great place to start. The location of world famous landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center and Chrysler Building, Midtown East is a good place to get your bearings – and thanks to New York’s grid system, the whole city is extremely easy to navigate. Quite simply, the Big Apple has never been sweeter!

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The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

45 E 45th Street, New York
of 5, from 9,909 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located at the corner of East 45th Street and Madison Avenue, the Roosevelt Hotel, New York City, provides ready access to shopping, as well as Broadway theaters, 3 blocks away.

Waldorf Astoria New York

Waldorf Astoria New York

301 Park Avenue, New York
of 5, from 4,089 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

New York's Grande Dame, the Art Deco-style Waldorf Astoria New York offers a desirable Midtown location 2 blocks from Rockefeller Center and 4 blocks from the Broadway Theater District. Times Square, Central Park, Grand Central, and the shops on Fifth Avenue are among the nearby attractions.

YOTEL New York

YOTEL New York

570 Tenth Avenue, New York
of 5, from 3,792 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This Manhattan hotel is in the Midtown West neighborhood, 0.8 mile from Times Square and within one-half mile of the New Amsterdam Theater and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

Salisbury Hotel

Salisbury Hotel

123 W 57th St, New York
of 5, from 9,031 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

The budget-friendly Salisbury Hotel hotel offers a prime Midtown location just 2 blocks from Central Park and within walking distance of Times Square and Broadway theaters. Opened in 1931, this Neo-Gothic-style hotel is next door to the famed Russian Tea Room, a half-block from Carnegie Hall, and 7 blocks from Radio City Music Hall.



700 8th Avenue, New York
of 5, from 3,833 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This Theater District hotel is at the corner of West 45th Street and Eighth Avenue, 1 block west of Times Square and 6 blocks west of Rockefeller Center.

Hotel Pennsylvania

Hotel Pennsylvania

401 7th Ave, New York
of 5, from 9,250 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

This New York City hotel located on Seventh Avenue at 33rd Street is across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station.

The Belvedere Hotel

The Belvedere Hotel

319 W 48th St, New York
of 5, from 7,546 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This New York hotel is in the center of all the action, located in the cluster of Broadway theaters. The center of Times Square is 2 blocks away, and Rockefeller Center is a 3-block walk.

Grand Hyatt New York

Grand Hyatt New York

109 East 42nd Street, New York
of 5, from 4,032 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This luxury New York hotel boasts a prime location on the city's East Side adjacent to Grand Central Station. Times Square, Broadway theaters, Central Park, Bryant Park, and Fifth Avenue's world-class shopping are within walking distance.

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