It can be quite overwhelming trying to find a place to stay in New York City.
NYC consists of five boroughs; Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island.
All have their quirks with positives and negatives.
Where should I stay in New York City?
For tourists visiting the city with a short amount of time, it’s best to stick to the core borough of Manhattan.
It’s the centre of New York City, with most of the major attractions located here.
Manhattan is linked to numerous Metro stations to access other boroughs easily.
Where I would recommend?
During my first visit to New York City, I stayed on the Upper West Side – a bit of a mistake.
Whilst it was convenient to Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History, it was too far away from the hotspots of Manhattan.
In hindsight, it would have been a better idea to stay in Times Square.
Yes, it’s bright, extremely commercial and loud but it is central to everywhere.
From Times Square –
Grand Central Terminal is a five-minute train ride or 10-minute walk.
Madison Square Garden is a six-minute train ride or 11-minute walk.
Empire State Building is an eight-minute train ride or 13-minute walk.
9/11 Memorial is a 21-minute train ride.
Where to stay in Times Square based on TripAdvisor –
Casablanca Hotel by Library Hotel Collection – ★★★★
Merrion Row Hotel and Public House – ★★★★
Sanctuary Hotel New York Times Square – ★★★★
How much does it cost to stay in a hotel in New York City?
Like a lot of major cities in America, you’ll need to save up if you’re wanting to stay in a decent hotel in NYC.
It’s reported that for a well located and full-service hotel, you’ll be looking at $300 (£228) a night.
I remember paying roughly £175 per night for a room in a four-star hotel on the Upper West Side in May.
If that’s too expensive, you may want to consider staying in Brooklyn or Queens, where you can look at paying £133 per night.