Known as the "Crossroads of the World", Times Square is a dazzling intersection famed for its lavish neon signs, grand theaters, and pulsating crowds. Whether you're on your way to a Broadway show, a buzzing bar or one of the family-friendly restaurant that line the streets, look out for iconic structures like the Paramount Building and One Times Square – site of the celebrated New Year's Eve ball drop.
One of the art capitals of the world, Chelsea has literally hundreds of renowned galleries to explore, including the Gagosian and the Gladstone. A taste of New York life can be had at Chelsea Market, a vast warren of artisan food stalls. The High Line, an elevated promenade, offers fantastic views of this upscale neighbourhood, while the Chelsea Piers – intended destination of the Titanic – is a great Manhattan landmark.
Think "New York City" and the sights of Midtown East will spring to mind . There's the towering Art Deco splendor of the Chrysler Building, the gleaming edges of the Empire State Building, and the opulence of Grand Central – arguably the world's most famous train station. For top flight shopping, make your way to Saks Fifth Avenue, and you can even walk the corridors of power at the UN Headquarters.
Anyone visiting the Big Apple will want to explore Midtown West – this is where the razzle dazzle of Times Square is, after all. Take in a show on Broadway or, if you fancy giving your mind a workout, take a tour of the celebrated Museum of Modern Art (or MoMA). And when your tummy starts rumbling, check out the French brasseries, sushi bars and Russian eateries on Restaurant Row.
Sandwiched between the winding Hudson River and lush Central Park, Manhattan's Upper West Side is home to New York's most exclusive high-rise apartments, as well as Columbia University. The American Museum of Natural History makes it a history-buff's dream, while the Lincoln Center showcases everything from opera to jazz. A stroll around Riverside Park in full bloom is a fine way to spend a sunny day.
"Pod 51 Review"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 27, 2013
We did our booking at Pod 51 right at the last minute before boarding our plane. It was one of the wisest choice... Pod 51 is located at a vry accessible location to airtrain, a small park, a couple of embassies, food outlets with reasonable price & it's within walking distance to a lot of tourist attraction n shopping malls!!! I will recommend this definitely & looking forward to a return holiday to NY with Pod 51!! Oh... We just lurv d rooftop terrace with a nice view too!! ❤
"I stayed there twice and I will go back again"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 26, 2013
it is very conveniently located just above the 34th street subway station. it doesn't come with breakfast and a safe in room, but that's ok with me. the room is small but decent. the free wifi works very well.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 23, 2013
Pod 39 is very conveniently located. It is close to the city and everything is within a walking distance of 30 mins. Staff are really polite and helpful as well. There is a front desk that helps you with the tours and airport transfer too!
"excellent location, no-frills but sufficient"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 17, 2013
Very clean room and bed sheets & duvet. The room was kept warm while we were away into the freezing NY night. Wished they had two washing machines & drier instead of one each, but other residents were nice enough to take out and fold former users' clothes neatly :-) instead of taking them out in a messy pile. Breakfast was without frills but very complete and beyond our expectation of "complementary". All in all, very satisfying stay we had!
"Almost like home!"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 13, 2013
We appreciated the free laundry service very much, especially since our stay was towards the last 5 nights of our 3-weeks long stay in the States. The thought of doing all the laundry only when we are back home was rather demoralising. So, we were more than delighted to learn that we could do our laundry for free (detergent/softener pack can be purchased at only 2 USD) at the hotel! The kitchenette also meant we had access to hot water anytime of the day - essential as the weather outside was always between -2 to 2 deg cel. There was no daily room servicing (for stays under 7 nights), so we had our beds unmade. But, the staff was very prompt to exchange our towels when we requested. So, not an issue at all. The front desk was not exactly warm and friendly, but they were definitely efficient and polite - already a plus, based on experience at other hotels.
"Convenient and very comfortable"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Dec 30, 2012
The room with 2 Queen beds was large and comfortable for my husband and myself, as well as two teenage boys. It was very well maintained and quiet (we requested for a reduced noise room). The pillows were fabulous and gave us a very comfortable sleep. There were convenience stores and eateries surrounding the hotel, and we felt safe walking around at night. I will definitely choose to stay again when in Manhattan.