New York By Neighborhood: Fall in Love with Every Corner of the City
Visitors to the Big Apple have hundreds of hotels to choose from throughout Manhattan but deciding between SoHo or NoHo, Midtown West or the West Village, as a home base can be difficult for first-timers. With so much to see and do, the city is a popular destination for family vacations, girls’ weekends and romantic retreats with every enclave offering unique landmarks catering to different travel styles. No matter what brings tourists to town, we’ve mapped out our favorite pockets of the island and the ideal hotel in each neighborhood with this Starwood Hotels & Resort 15% off sale.
The bohemian artists who once lived illegally above their galleries have been priced out of this Lower Manhattan neighborhood and replaced with designer shops and luxurious loft apartments.
From the Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan SoHo Village, tourists can peruse the boutiques on Broadway and sightsee while window shopping as the area is home to the greatest concentration of cast iron architecture in the world. After a stroll through SoHo, stop into the Center for Architecture just 10 minutes from the hotel to learn more about the history – and future – of urban design.
Bellying up to the Hudson River, the former factories of Chelsea have been converted into art galleries and nightclubs. The artsy area has over 100 exhibition spaces and is also home to the Rubin Museum of Art and The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Its waterfront location also offers easy access to the Chelsea Piers’ sports facilities and Hudson River Park’s jogging and biking trails, adding appeal to the area for active travelers.
Guests of the Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Chelsea can walk to Chelsea Market in 10 minutes to sample local cuisine and craftsmanship before posing for photo-ops along The High Line.
Central Park – Le Parker Meridien New York
Welcoming over 40 million visitors each year, the 843-acre Central Park features year-round entertainment for all ages from ice skating at Wollman Rink to outdoor concerts at SummerStage. In addition to plenty of lawn space for organized sports and sunbathing, the grounds are home to a zoo, a castle, an outdoor theater and two upscale restaurants.
Staying just one block from Central Park at Le Parker Meridien New York places guests around the corner from Carnegie Hall, three blocks from the Museum of Modern Art and within a 10-minute walk of Rockefeller Center, Columbus Circle and Bloomingdale’s flagship store.
Union Square – W New York Union Square
No matter the hour, pedestrians in Union Square will encounter vendors selling handmade artwork, protestors rallying behind picket lines, Krishna devotees dancing in drum circles and countless performing musicians and dancers. The National Historic Landmark served as a gathering place for over one hundred years and includes a year-round farmers market, a dog park and bookstore.
Overlooking the plaza, the W New York Union Square caters to hip travelers in town to party in the East Village. In less than 10 minutes, guests can walk to music venues like Webster Hall and Irving Plaza or reach the punk rock shops of St. Mark’s Place that once dressed Debbie Harry and the Ramones.
Times Square – The Westin New York at Times Square
“The Crossroads of the World,” Times Square is one of the biggest tourists destinations in New York City. Around the clock, this intersection in Midtown Manhattan hums with glowing neon lights and one million voices speaking languages from across the globe. Broadway theaters, restaurants and popular chain stores fight for attention between the enormous billboards.
The Westin New York at Times Square is within a two minute walk of the heart of Times Square and Broadway theaters while other tourist attractions like Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall are five minutes away by taxi.