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Piercing New York’s skyline in all its Art Deco splendour, the Empire State Building is perhaps the city’s most iconic structure. Whilst it’s no longer the world’s tallest building, it stands proud at a height of 1,454 feet, and features 2 observation floors offering some of the best views of NYC. Primarily used for offices since its opening in 1931, today it features various exhibits, as well as a knick-knack packed gift shop and a choice of eateries.

Things to see

As soon as you enter the Empire State Building it’s marble-clad lobby is sure to impress. Meticulously restored to its former 1930s glory, it features Art Deco murals depicting stars and planets in mechanical formation, elegantly finished in gleaming golf leaf. The observation floors are located on the 86th and 102nd floors, with the former offering an open-air deck, and the latter situated inside on the building’s top level. After taking in the gawp-worthy views, head down to the 80th floor for the Dare to Dream exhibit, which details the Empire State Building’s rich history and the legendary story of its construction.

Just a few minutes away, Times Square is another of the Big Apple’s juiciest landmarks. Plastered in glowing neon signage and bustling with power-walking pedestrians, the traffic-packed intersection is stacked with big glossy stores. It’s also part of the Broadway Theatre District, where theatregoers will find everything from world-class musicals to smash hit dramas.

Hotels in Empire State Building

The hotels near the Empire State Building range from palatial Art Deco properties and modern high-rise towers, to smaller, more intimate establishments. If you’ve got a taste for the ritzier things however, then Midtown Manhattan is home to some of the world’s most luxurious lodgings, where guests are treated to lavish on-site restaurants, indulgent full-service spas, and glamorous suites that offer 5-star views and pillow menus. The more modest hotels near the Empire State Building also aim to pamper, and range from chain name favourites to independently run digs, many of which feature on-site bars and business centres. The Gregory is one of the best options for visitors.

Where to stay

A hotel near the Empire State Building puts you in a prime Midtown Manhattan location. Every bit like it is in the movies; here yellow cabs impatiently honk, caffeine-fuelled business types power-walk to work, whilst others splash the cash in glossy boutiques. Day or night, it’s always abuzz. Within easy reach of the Empire State Building you’ll find many of the city’s best attractions here too, including the sprawling Madison Square Garden arena, The Museum of Modern Art, and 5th Avenue - a fashionista’s paradise. You’ll also be quite close to Central Park – the city’s leafy 843-acre oasis.

How to get to Empire State Building

Whilst LaGuardia provides a gateway for many of New York’s domestic flights, those coming from further afield are most likely to touch down at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Situated in Queens around a 16-mile drive from the Empire State Building, getting from the airport to Midtown Manhattan should be a breeze once you’ve landed. Whilst taxis are the obvious fuss free option, New York’s subway system is a relatively quick and cheap alternative. JFK’s AirTrain service can whisk you to Jamaica Station, and then onwards to 34 Street Penn Station – which altogether should take less than an hour. From there it’s just a short walk to the Empire State Building.

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