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Where to Stay In New York City - a Neighborhood Guide

New York City has a mind-boggling number of places to stay, go and see… a simple “New York Hotels” Google search can leave even the most savvy traveler feeling overwhelmed. With literally thousands of options to choose from, how does one begin to decide? We think the best way is to first think about your wants, needs or goals for this trip, then narrow it down by neighborhoods that fit the bill -- then start your hotel or vacation rental/lodging search.
We’re here to help with the first two.

*Please Note, all neighborhoods listed below are located in Manhattan unless otherwise noted.

WHERE TO STAY IF: You want to be in the heart of it all.

If you love the idea of being in “the city that never sleeps” and want a lively vacation from first thing in the morning to last thing at night, these neighborhoods will be just what you’re looking for:

WHERE TO STAY IF: You’re bringing young kids.

Keeping young ones entertained and engaged while still having a good time yourself can be challenging. Luckily, NYC is not just for adults. The following neighborhoods offer a myriad of options for families, including lots of green space, parks, neighborhood playgrounds and a family-friendly feel.

WHERE TO STAY IF: You need quiet to sleep.

Choose one of these neighborhoods if you want peace and quiet at night. You’ll get a neighborly vibe AND a good night sleep with easy access to the busier (and noisier) parts of town.

WHERE TO STAY IF: You want green space.

WHERE TO STAY IF: You’re concerned about safety

A city as big as New York is always a little intimidating. If safety is of utmost importance to you, consider staying in one of these super safe neighborhoods.

WHERE TO STAY IF: You want to stay outside Manhattan

If you’re looking to stay outside of Manhattan consider these neighborhoods. They are fun and trendy in their own right and also offer quick public transportation into Manhattan. Because there areas are more residential, be sure to check vacation rental sites like AirBnB or Home Away when looking for lodging.

WHERE TO STAY IF: You want a walkable neighborhood

There’s nothing quite like just walking out onto the street from your hotel and finding everything you need in a block or two. These fun and trendy neighborhoods offer lots of options within walking distance, whether it’s cafes and shopping or theaters and nightlife. Consider these if you like to use your own two feet to get around and like all necessities close to hand.

WHERE TO STAY IF: You’re going for Broadway shows

If you’re in New York strictly for the theater, you may already know that the neighborhood is a loud one. Times Square is happening at all hours of the day and night, and if that is what you like, by all means stay there - the rates are generally lower than elsewhere and your show will be a quick walk away. Otherwise, choose a place in midtown Manhattan that’s a little further out.

WHERE TO STAY IF: You’re going for the museums

The Museum Mile is a lovely stretch along 5th Avenue that boasts 8 of New York City’s most renowned museums. Stay close to this area and you won’t be disappointed. In addition to cultural proximity, you’ll be close to Central Park and as well as shopping and dining. Be sure to check out our Museum Guide while you’re here!

WHERE TO STAY IF: You’re going for the shopping

Most of New York City has more than enough options of things to buy but certain areas are notorious as being shopping districts. Stay here if shopping is the main attraction.

WHERE TO STAY IF: You want to be near the water/harbor

One beautiful aspect of New York City situated on a large natural harbor on the Atlantic. New York Harbor, the East River, and Jamaica Bay all offer stunning views in every direction. These places offer scenic and peaceful places to stay while still being accessible to the hustle and bustle of the city.

  • Financial District
  • Seaport
  • Sheepshead Bay (Brooklyn)
  • Brighton Beach (Brooklyn)
  • Queensborough Bridge (Queens)

WHERE TO STAY IF: You’re going for Art and Fashion.

If you’re someone who is really into the art of fashion, or the fashion of art, you’ll be happy staying in the Meatpacking District. The Whitney Museum of American Art is here, high-end designer clothing stores, and it has something of an exclusive air.

*all neighborhoods are located in Manhattan unless otherwise noted. 


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